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News & Analysis | May 2018

FIFA World Cup/Africa. The Road to Russia.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia will be the greatest sporting show on earth this year. Between 14 June to 15 July, 32 team will make billions of people dream, enjoy and weep. Africa will be represented by five nations. …

Dossier

Central Asia. A Great New Game.

The region of Central Asia, because of its geographic location, has always been considered a historical place of interest for, and of confrontation between, the great powers, as well as the stage for the famous 'Great Game' between the British and Russian Empires. Following the implosion of the Soviet Union that led to the independence of the…

Kyrgyzstan. A Geopolitical Pivot.

Kyrgyzstan merits to be called a 'geopolitical pivot'. It is a territory that, due to its geographic characteristics, occupies a central position in super-power rivalry. A landlocked country, it is prevalently mountainous and Tian Shan Range occupies 65% of its territory. To the east it borders on the Chinese province of Xinjiang, a highly strategic location for…

Uzbekistan. A Delicate Balance.

Uzbekistan, like Kyrgyzstan is one of the five Central Asian republics created in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country borders to the north-east with Kazakhstan; to the east with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan; to the south with Afghanistan; to the south-west with Turkmenistan.  It is mostly desert plains though in the east there…

Tajikistan. Great Power Interests.

Tajikistan, situated at the heart of central Asia, was a transit area crossed by caravan trails between Europe and China. The country borders Afghanistan to the south; China to the east (the Xinjiang region); Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to the north and again Uzbekistan to the west. The territory is mostly mountainous, closed between the Turkestan Range, the…

Churches

Singapore. Towards a vibrant and missionary Church.

The journey of the Catholic Church. Commitment to authentic interreligious dialogue. Social…

DR Congo. The Commitment of the Church…

A sound formation, pastoral competence, a political vision and single-mindedness are the…

Nigeria. The Bishop is not a traditional Chief.

In the end, Mons. Peter Okpaleke resigned. He was rejected by local…

Africa and ‘Gaudete et Exsultate’. In search for…

Pope Francis has written a new Apostolic Exhortation on “the call to…

Culture

Uganda. The Karamojong. The Sky: The Final, Immense Savannah.

This ethnic group of agro-pastoral herders live in arid or semi-arid…

Herbs & Plants. Syzygium cumini. An anti-diabetic plant.

It is commonly known as Jamun or Jambul. It is a…

Togo/Benin. Tata Somba.

In the north of Togo and the north-east of Benin in…

African Myths. A door to the Mysteries of Creation.

In Africa, there are thousands of myths to explain what reason…

Opinion & Comment

People Power and Political Transitions in Africa.

The phenomenon of people power and political transition, and how it happened in Zimbabwe and South…

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Europe at a Crossroad.

One year ahead of the next European elections, the debate over citizens’ participation heats up: How…

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Advocacy

Indigenous Peoples' Cosmo-Vision Advocacies For Nature.

Indigenous peoples’ views of nature are incompatible with the extractive model, which is based on excess and limitless profit-seeking that drives to prey on natural…

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Baobab

Tortoise and the Baboon.

0ne evening when the tortoise was crawling slowly home, he met the baboon on his path. “Hello, old fellow - said the baboon heartily - Have you…

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Youth & Mission

Europe. The Tension of Being Young. Between Uncertainty and Responsibility.

The lives of many young Europeans are characterized by uncertainty. Sarah Prenger, president of the International Young Christian Workers movement, points out the personal and social…

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