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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Africa. Voices of Opera

Through the interpretation of numerous opera repertories by African singers and authors, new paths are opening up on the stages of the world. It was during the inauguration ceremony of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 2014, in her elegant long red dress, that 38 year-old, Pumeza Matshikiza, nicknamed the ‘Callas of the townships’, enchanted…

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Human Dignity is the Right of All

We are bombarded daily by the news and images of violence and mayhem. The bombing of Yemen and Aleppo, the horrific war in Iraq and Syria, conflicts in South Sudan in Africa and with the deaths and suffering of migrants and refugees fleeing violence and war. It gives us urgent reason to feel the human…

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Zimbabwe. Age of Uncertainty

Zimbabwe’s politics remains deeply contested, with both ZANU-PF and the opposition riven by internal and cross -party generational and ideological fault-lines. During the 2000’s, Morgan Tvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change emerged as a formidable competitor to Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF. Throughout the decade, Zimbabwe remained politically polarised,  with each successive election widening national rifts. In 2009,…

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Uganda.The voice of Karamoja

This is the name of the Catholic Diocese of Kotido’s radio station. A project to give voice to the people of the region.  Dust, the sun beating down, a single dirt road, straight, that cuts the town of 25,000 inhabitants in half: this is Kodito, one of the most important centres in the region of…

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Why the Monkey Still Has a Tail

Once upon a time the monkey and the rabbit made a contract. The monkey was to kill all the butterflies and the rabbit was to kill all the snakes. One day the rabbit was taking a nap when the monkey passed that way. The monkey thought that he would play a trick on the rabbit…

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Migration. Africans disappointed one year after the Valetta summit

One year after the EU-Africa summit on migration, disappointment and frustration are predominant among the priority countries of the euro-african partnership. The EU-Africa Valetta summit of November 2015 had two main objectives: the creation of jobs in Africa to provide alternatives to migration and the strengthening of the repression against illegal migration. One year after…

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The community land trust: a solution for the future

The community land trust model is not included in the current trend of markets globalization, where the earth is a commodity, subject to speculation and where its use is actually of less importance than its market value as such. This financialization of the land is at the source of the land grabbing phenomenon of agricultural…

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Africa 2017. Hot Spots

In the African scenario about to open with the New Year of 2017 there are a number of crisis situations that are in danger of degenerating. This analysis examines five of these that are particularly significant. Three of them, we may describe as being ‘in disorder’, while the other two apparently constitute two ‘satellites’ of…

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Bolivia. The visible and invisible shoeshiners

They cover their face behind balaclavas. Greasy hands and heads bowed. Meeting the shoeshiners in La Paz. Every morning, at 5 o’clock, Paco leaves his home in El Alto, a very poor city on top of La Paz, and reaches the centre of the Bolivian capital after an hour’s travel by bus. He is one…

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For the new AU Commission chairperson. A tense race.

The election of the new African Union Commission (AUC) is to take place at the next summit of the AU Assembly in Addis Ababa on 30–31 January 2017. It is a tense race and the number of contenders for all the positions has increased since the elections were postponed in July 2016. Divisive issues such…

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Reportage / Nigeria. A challenge to immigration

First woman in Nigeria to graduate in mechanical engineering, founder of ‘Lady Initiative’ that forms girls in a profession that gives work and dignity. She welcomes us in her large mechanic’s workshop on the outskirts of Lagos. She is wearing the blue overalls of a mechanic. She has just finished taking apart a carburetor from…

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Malawi. Paths of reconciliation.

Halfway House is a former prisoner reintegration program. Edward Onani, the project manager, talks to us about the goals of the program through the paintings in the Reconciliation Chapel of Halfway House. A recovery that is also a path of faith. The program was begun in 2005, on the initiative of the Montfort Missionaries in…

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Advocacy

A Museum for advocacy?

A Museum can surely be an action of advocacy, if it provides awareness towards empowerment. The National Museum of African American History and Culture that ex…

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Baobab

Why the sea is salty.

Long ago, the sea was not salty. People got their salt from the mountain of salt across the sea. One day, the people in the village…

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Youth & Mission

Bennie was the wrong person, in the wrong place at…

Bennie had a thin, hollow face, the picture of malnutrition at 22 years of age, he had never been to school for more than a few…

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