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News & Analysis | November 2014

Mozambique - Business as usual

Mozambique's next president will be Filipe Nyusi but lost its two-thirds majority in the parliament. Renamo claimed that the vote was riddled with widespread irregularities. According to the National Electoral Commission (CNE), Frelimo’s Filipe Nyusi has reportedly garnered 57 per cent of…

Dossier

Turkmenistan. From the Silk Road to the gas pipeline

Turkmenistan is a landlocked country along the Silk Road, in one of the most inaccessible and remote territories of Central Asia. Its desert, steppe and multicolour mountains resembling a lunar landscape make the country look one of the most melancholy places of the region. According to a tradition dating to the 11th century, the term ‘Turkmen’…

The Great Game

The history of Turkmenistan is strongly marked by its geographical position. The country is in fact located at the crossroads of that network of routes commonly known as the 'Silk Road' that linked Beijing to the Mediterranean Basin. The Silk Road has been, over the centuries, the most important transit and transportation corridor…

The transition process

Like the majority of the Central Asian republics, Turkmenistan experienced a troubled and difficult transition process after gaining independence. In the aftermath of the USSR’ s implosion, the communist-inspired oligarchies became democratic overnight. This led to the establishment of despotic and nepotist regimes commonly known as 'sultanistic regimes'. As far as Turkmenistan is concerned,…

The changing of the guard

After the death of Niyazov in 2006,'free' elections were held to elect his successor. Former Health Minister, Berdymukhamedov, strongly supported by the then head of the Presidential Security Akhmat Rejepov, was elected President of Turkmenistan on 11 February 2007 with 89.2% of the vote. Berdymukhamedov's victory was certainly facilitated by the way of…

Churches

Mexico. Bishop in the narco-traffickers’ Sierra

Drug traffickers have taken over and keep capillary control of Sierra…

Kenya. The Missionary for Social Justice

A Comboni missionary living in one of the slums on the…

Africa. Ebola – Missionaries on the Front Line…

They stay behind despite a very real danger/fear of contagion because Africa…

Mexico. Celebrating the departed

From ancestor veneration to the modern rituals of Dia de los muertos.…

Culture

Togo. The Wachi World

The Wachi are an ethnic group in the south of …

China. The Kirgiz Falconers

Falconry is an essential part of Kirgiz traditions and culture. The…

Music - From Illinois to Nigeria

What do you get if you bring an Illinois-born black singer…

Book review - Sudan and South Sudan: incomplete divorce

Few issues, in African history, are as intricate and deep rooted…

Opinion & Comments

Business and Human Rights in Africa: An unhappy marriage?

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights(The UN Guiding Principles) clearly distinguishes between…

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South Sudan at a crossroads

After ten months of bad-tempered negotiations President Salva Kiir and former vice-president Riek Machar have finally…

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Advocacy

Kenya - Evangelize politics

Comboni missionaries working at the Institute of Social Ministry in Nairobi are helping Catholic parliamentarians to understand the social teaching of the church. When…

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Baobab

Why Elephant has a Trunk

In the beginning of time, the Creator brought forth all the animals of the bush and birds and insects of the air from the roots…

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Youth & Mission

Life is full of choices

We need to ask ourselves if the choices and decisions , we make every day are truly good, positive, ethical, and virtuous choices. If you…

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