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News & Analysis | March 2015

The Ivory Coast - Deceptive victory

The Ivory Coast’s football team made the headlines for its victory at the African Cup of Nations, but the country still faces problems. With elections to be held within months a display of unity as the one shown on the pitch would be badly…

Dossier

Tunisia - On the difficult road to democracy

Because of its strategic location in the Mediterranean, Tunisia’s territory has been disputed by different peoples since ancient times. In the second and third centuries BC, the region was inhabited by the Phoenicians who founded Carthage, their largest colony. The Punic Wars brought the region under the sovereignty of Rome. Tunisia enjoyed a high level of…

The Arab Spring

Riots and demonstrations swept through the central and southern towns of Tunisia between December 2010 and January 2011. Arab Spring began in Tunisia when a fruit vendor set himself on fire in protest in front of the Sidi Bouzid government building because police had seized his goods. The fruit vendor's self-immolation touched off a wave of…

The need for compromise

On 23 November 2014, the Tunisians went to the polls to vote for a new president, the first to be elected by universal suffrage and under the new constitution approved in January of 2014. Essebsi, leader of the secularist party Nidaa Tounes took 39,46% of the vote, with Moncef Marzouki, leader of the Congress for the…

The Catholic Church. Being witnesses

The arrival of Christianity in Tunisia is linked to the arrival of Christianity in North Africa. Christianity reached Mediterranean Africa in the second century AD, and developed greatly until the fifth-sixth century. In the fourth century, 150 dioceses were established in the territory of current Tunisia, and 600 throughout North Africa. Half of the Christians existing…

Churches

Nigeria – To the last vote …

The government has decided to postpone the legislative and presidential elections…

Mexico. Father Solalinde, on the side of migrants.

They threaten and intimidate him, but Father Alejandro Solalinde continues his mission,…

Cambodia – Living solidarity

The Lindalva centre in Cambodia was founded by missionaries in order to…

El Salvador - Romero to be beatified.

Pope Francis has recognized Oscar Arnulfo Romero as a martyr. The Archbishop…

Culture

Mexico. Mazahua Sashes, between art and symbolism

The Mazahuas are an indigenous people concentrated particularly in the municipalities…

Music - Voice of Hope

Contamination is often part of contemporary African musicians’ work, but few…

Book review - South Africa’s suspended revolution

As South Africa, a few months ago, reached a very symbolic…

Uganda. The Karimojong prophets

In the Karimojong group living in north-east Uganda, a particular figure…

Opinion & Comment

Latin America in 2015: the political prospects

In this year's electoral agenda of Latin America, of special note are the three presidential elections…

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China-Latin America relations and the fall of oil prices

Latin America is important for China in terms of energy, raw materials and as an expanding…

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Advocacy

Missionaries fighting against human trafficking

Religious institutions in the world are committed to raising awareness about human trafficking; they inform against traffickers and protect victims. Since the beginning of…

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Baobab

How the dog came to live with man

There was a time, long ago, when the dog and the jackal lived together in the wilderness as brothers. Every day they hunted together and every…

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Youth & Mission

The Creator seen in our Planet

This planet, a place of wonders and incredible beauty is but a tiny speck of dust in the vast expanse of the galaxy,one of billions of…

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