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Monthly Archives: October 2018

Counteracting Deforestation. Sustainable Choices.

Negative impacts of deforestation require proactive interventions in order to reverse the trend. African governments are moving towards averting the situation by embracing sustainable management of forest instruments at all levels. The key issue forest policy must address is the implementation of national programmes, with focus on afforestation and reforestation programmes, in order to increase…

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Uganda/Sudanese Refugees. Just A Drop In The Ocean.

It consists in a microcredit project for women and grants for school fees for about fifty young people. This is the concrete contribution of the Comboni Sisters to those wishing to build a life for themselves. A Costa Rican Comboni Sister Lorena Ortiz puts us in the picture. There are signs of improvement in the…

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South Sudan. Street Children in Juba. They Want To Live.

Seventeen abandoned children have been rescued from wandering around the streets and started ‘the trip of their lives’. They are part of a long-awaited educational project, which hopefully will take them, and many others like them, into a different future. Juba, the capital of the South Sudan, lays on the left bank of the White…

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Causes Of Deforestation. Stop The Pillage.

The most common pressures causing deforestation and severe forest degradation are agriculture, unsustainable forest management, mining, infrastructure projects and increased fire incidence and intensity. Discussion on the drivers (or causes) of deforestation has been quite animated in the public arena. Let us briefly enumerate the most important of them. The increased demand for food has…

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In Bolivia, Mother Earth Defense Is In Women’s Hands.

In Oruro, few months ago, there took place an exchange of knowledge among women from ten communities on the defense of their rights: it was an initiative of the Itinerant School of Mother Earth’s Defenders promoted by RENAMAT and the CASA Collective of Bolivia, and after a tour in the Huanuni mining center and in…

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World Mission Sunday. “Life Is A Mission”.

The theme of this year: “Together with young people, let us bring the Gospel to all,” echoes the upcoming synod of bishops on Youth. “The Synod to be held in Rome this coming October, the month of the missions, offers us an opportunity to understand more fully, in the light of faith, what the Lord…

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Trump Versus Erdogan. A Diplomatic Clash.

At the White House it is not advisable to insist too much. The Turkish leader guarantees the USA and NATO important strategic interests in the Middle East. He could look to Russia, China or Iran. There is no easing off in the diplomatic war between the USA and Turkey; indeed, it seems to be intensifying.…

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DR Congo. Kabila likely to remain in control after the elections date.

Either the elections are rigged or they cannot take place for logistical and financial reasons. In both cases, directely or indirectly, Kabila is likely to remain in control, anticipate observers in Kinshasa. A growing number of players and observers inside and outside the DRC are convinced that President Joseph Kabila is likely to remain in…

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Morocco / The Ancient City Of Tétouan. The Embrace Of Medina.

A beauty now, the patrimony of humanity. Most of all a place of relations and social solidarity that goes against the individualism of modernity. Tétouan is a city in the north-east of Morocco, between the Mediterranean and the slopes of the Western Rif mountain range. Medina (an ancient city), a UNESCO World Heritage Site since…

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Ethiopia. The Water Hyacinth Threatens Lake Tana.

The invasive plant is spreading rapidly, threatening the ecosystem, the economy, tourism and the survival of the two million people living on the banks of the vast basin. Without investment and strict control plans, the infestation is in danger of spreading to the Blue Nile. Also the Ethiopian Lake Tana, the second largest lake in…

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Latin America. New drug routes.

Ecuador and the Dominican Republic have become the new drug routes in collaboration with the Mexican drug barons and the Colombian paramilitaries.   The increasing role of Guayaquil, in Ecuador, especially in cocaine trafficking, reflects the changeable dynamics of the drugs trade between Colombia and Ecuador and demonstrates how anti-drugs trade politics have failed. El…

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Africa Youth. To be protagonists in the church and in the society.

In the view of the Synod on youth which will take place in Rome this month, Tendai Karombo,   chairperson of the National Catholic Youth Council in Zimbabwe, explains what are the challenges  that face young people in the society and in the church in Africa. Zimbabwe just like any other African country, young people are…

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Advocacy

South Sudan. Father Michael: “There is hope because I see…

Seventy-year-old Father Michael Bossano’s solemn declaration sounds resolute. His streaks of white hair tell tales of many years spent travelling the world. For now, however,…

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Baobab

Why the Cheetah’s cheeks are stained.

Long ago a wicked and lazy hunter was sitting under a tree. He was thinking that it was too hot to be bothered with the arduous…

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Youth & Mission

Pope Francis. Sharing the Wisdom of Time. A new alliance…

Pope Francis in a new book is calling for an alliance between the young and elderly:  “Young people need the dreams of the elders so they…

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