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News & Analysis | February 2017

2017. A year of presidential elections in Latin America.

Presidential elections will be held in Ecuador, Chile and Honduras. Results will shed more light on the future of the region. The 2017 electoral calendar also includes the parliamentary elections in Argentina, the jurisdictional ones in Bolivia, and the polls to be held in four…

Dossier

Jordan. At a Crossroad

Like many political fruits of the Sykes-Picot agreement, Jordan is a relatively new State in an ancient land. It was created in 1950, evolving from ‘The Emirate of Transjordan’ (in Arabic: Imarat Sharq-Al-Urdun) – a British protectorate. Jordan is important for Christians. It is home to many Biblical places – including Mount Nebo – and many…

Transjordan, Jordan and the Hashemite Monarchy

Despite Great Britain’s promises made to the Hashemites – who claim to be descendants of the Prophet Muhammad like the al-Saud tribe – London stalled on the creation of an Arab kingdom. In 1920, the San Remo conference gave the former Ottoman territories of Palestine, Transjordan and Iraq to the British (the British Mandate). The Hashemites…

The Economy is Jordan’s Main Weakness and Source of Risk.

Yet, Islamist pressures exist in Jordan. Just as in the early 90’s, when Arab mujahedin fighters returned to their countries (Algeria, Jordan, Egypt, etc.) from the Afghan war, so too Islamist combatants have started to return from Syria, as government forces gradually retake the territory. In the past few years, Prince Rashid bin Hassan, head of…

The Islamists and ISIS

The Islamic Action Front, the Jordanian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, has grown in significance on the street. Yet, it defies the Jordanian approach to Islamists, which has been to allow them representation to better absorb their impact. It’s largely made up, and represents, Palestinians. But, it’s more moderate than Hamas, which is the main political…

Churches

South Africa. The appointment of ten new permanent…

Ten married men were recently appointed as permanent deacons in the Diocese…

Lutherans in Africa. For a new responsibility…

The Reformation, which celebrates its 500th anniversary, is increasingly global. Today only…

Iraq. Looking to the future, no matter what.

More than two years under ISIS rule. Destruction and death. The desire…

Comboni Missionaries - 150th Anniversary: “Our ancient, deep,…

This year, Comboni Missionaries will celebrate  the 150th anniversary of the foundation…

Culture

Jatropha curcas - A multipurpose African traditional medicinal plant.

Jatropha curcas (Linnaeus); commonly referred to as Barbados nut, it is…

Zambia. Ncwala: a traditional ritual of thanksgiving.

The Ngoni people are one of the many ethnic groups living…

Nicaragua. Ometepe Island. Between ancient legends and biodiversity.

Formed by two green volcanoes; sanctuary of flora and fauna species.…

Mexico. The Tlaxcala Carnival. A colourful feast

Carnival in the state of Tlaxcala, in central Mexico, includes different…

Opinion & Comment

2017. Economic outlook for Africa

2017 will be a critical year for Africa. After many years of high growth rates, many…

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Mexico. Ten years of failure against the organized crime

Last December marked ten years since Mexico's government embarked on a militarized campaign against the country's…

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Advocacy

From awareness to empowerment.

Advocacy is about politics and change, values and beliefs, consciousness and knowledge. It is about influencing the powerful on problems that concern people. Advocacy aims…

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Baobab

Why does the Hippo live in water?

A very long time ago in Africa, when all the animals lived together in the bush with the Creator, most animals lived on the land, and…

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Youth & Mission

Synod on Young People: “Going out; Seeing; Calling.”

Listening to everyone, “without exception”, “abandoning the rigid attitudes which make the proclamation of the joy of the Gospel less credible” and avoiding "anachronism.” It is…

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