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News & Analysis | May 2017

Central Africa Region. Under threat of falling behind permanently, warns UNDP.

Central Africa is falling behind all the other regions of the continent and risks to lag behind permanently if things do not change, warns the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in a recent report. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has raised the alarm in…

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The United Arab Emirates, the Individualist of the Gulf Petromonarchies.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country in the southeastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, in southwest Asia. It consists of seven absolute monarchies known as emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaima, Sharja and Umm al-Qaywayn. Before 1971, they were known as the ‘Trucial States’, owing to a truce that the British reached…

UAE. Division of Powers.

The UAE is one of the youngest nations in the Middle East. It has an estimated population of some 9.5 million, a high percentage (over 80%) of which is formed by expatriates operating in different economic sectors. Even though it is a rich state thanks to oil - the UAE has diversified its economy, becoming a…

UAE. Economic progress and its Contradictions.

Until the 1930’s, and reaching a peak in 1929, pearl fishing brought considerable wealth to the Emirates. The bankers on Wall Street and maharajas of India held pearls in high esteem and that helped build the roots of finance and trade of the present day UAE. Yet, the combination of the Great Depression after the stock…

UAE. Foreign Policy and Security.

The United Arab Emirates has been pursuing a very active foreign policy to combat political Islam in all its forms. The Muslim Brotherhood is its main target, and the Federation has therefore found itself at odds with Qatar – but also Saudi Arabia. The United Arab Emirates have taken a more pragmatic approach in foreign policy…

Churches

Syria. Giving communities a future.

Five years of war, which included the use of chemical weapons, have…

Colombia. Mission in conflict zones.

The city of Tumaco has been the theatre of clashes between criminal…

Central Africa. Card. Nzapalainga: "Violence is not a…

The persisting insecurity, the inefficiency of UN peace missions and the Church's…

New Missionary Institute for a New Mission.

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

Culture

Mexico. Cosmovision and colours

The purple, carmín (deep red) and blue were very popular colours…

Balanites Aegyptiaca. A multi-purpose tree.

Balanites aegyptiaca is commonly known as desert date or Egyptian balsam.…

Guatemala. Chichicastenango, an explosion of colours

This municipality of Maya heritage, which is located 140 km northwest…

Ghana. Damba, a thanksgiving festival.

Each year, around May, the Gonjas people of Ghana's Northern Region…

Opinion & Comment

A first step in the fight against conflict minerals

On 3 April 2017, the European Council formally adopted a regulation on the responsible supply of…

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World military spending increases for a second consecutive year.

According to new figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) world military expenditure rose…

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Advocacy

Ezekiel Ramin, a martyr of advocacy.

Advocacy is a process that impacts, in an organized and systematic way, public interest issues. It speaks in defense of human, economical and political rights…

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Baobab

The tortoise and the drum

One day, the tortoise was walking along a forest path when he came across a palm tree that had plenty of palm kernel fruits. The tortoise…

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Youth & Mission

The joy of life

One of the most exciting things about growing up is realizing just how much there is for us in life. “I want it all and I…

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