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HK. The largest gap in Asia between rich and poor.

On 1 July next Hong Kong will begin the twenty years until its official return…

01 Mar 2017

HK. The future challenges.

Hong Kong's data come from its economic power, and are verified in a high quality…

01 Mar 2017

Protests and repression.

Opening a new phase of crisis, was the exclusion from the Legislative Council, prompted by…

01 Mar 2017

Hong Kong. An uncertain future.

For the former British colony of Hong Kong, part of the People's Republic of China…

01 Mar 2017

Jordan. At a Crossroad

Like many political fruits of the Sykes-Picot agreement, Jordan is a relatively new State in…

01 Feb 2017

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…

01 Feb 2017

The Islamists and ISIS

The Islamic Action Front, the Jordanian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, has grown in significance…

01 Feb 2017

Transjordan, Jordan and the Hashemite Monarchy

Despite Great Britain’s promises made to the Hashemites – who claim to be descendants of…

01 Feb 2017

Africa 2017. Hot Spots

In the African scenario about to open with the New Year of 2017 there are…

01 Jan 2017

Asia 2017. A year of unknowns.

For Asia, The New Year, if such were possible, will be even more uncertain than…

01 Jan 2017

Africa political forecast 2017

The year 2017 looks a challenging one, especially in Libya and the Sahel, in the…

01 Jan 2017

The Middle East and North Africa in 2017.

Predicting what might happen in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has become particularly…

01 Jan 2017

Sexual Exploitation and new born child trafficking

Sexual exploitation could be referred to as the abuse or unfair treatment of people (especially…

01 Dec 2016

Trafficking in the maritime world

The maritime world is a globalized one. Commercial shipping transports 90% of the goods produced…

01 Dec 2016

Trafficking in crisis situations

Every year millions of women, men and children leave their homes and their countries. While…

01 Dec 2016

Human Trafficking, the new form of slavery

Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery. It involves controlling a person through force,…

01 Dec 2016

The situation of the Rohingya

Increasingly and central to the perception of democratic progress in Myanmar by diplomats and international…

01 Nov 2016

Towards a federal state

The National League for Democracy is facing many challenges, and these include the revival of…

01 Nov 2016

Myanmar. A fragile democracy.

Aung San Suu Kyi's first visit to Beijing as foreign minister of her country last…

01 Nov 2016

The opium question

Another issue that has been prevalent in the recent history of the country and now…

01 Nov 2016

Peru, the difficult path towards the common wealth

Peru is located on the western coast of South America. Its geographically uneven territory is…

01 Oct 2016

Peru’s economy, slowdown.

"Structurally speaking Peru's is a small economy, which has, for the most part, shown vulnerability…

01 Oct 2016

President Kuzcynski, a new political scenario.

Pedro Pablo Kuzcynski, 77, has just taken office as Peru’s new President for a mandate…

01 Oct 2016

The social situation, insecurity.

Peru’ s social situation is marked by great discontent among the population, due to several…

01 Oct 2016

India and Latin America In the multipolar context

The global transition, which is the result of the collapse of the Soviet bloc and…

01 Sep 2016

India’ s economic access in Latin America

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, traveled to Fortaleza, Brazil for the 6th BRICS summit hosted…

01 Sep 2016

Relations between India and Brazil

The relationship between India Brazil can be seen at all three levels: bilateral, plurilateral in…

01 Sep 2016

India and Latin America, a new partnership

The Indian foreign policy undertaken after the independence (1947), being influenced to a large extent…

01 Sep 2016

Lalibela, the Ethiopian Jerusalem

The apotheosis of Christian worship in Ethiopia is Lalibela, which is named after the sovereign…

01 Aug 2016

Coptic Churches of Ethiopia

A journey among the Coptic churches of Ethiopia. In search of the Christian roots... Axum was…

01 Aug 2016

Debre Damo, the mystical experience

A journey back in time is certainly what Debre Damo ofers, the oldest preserved Ethiopian…

01 Aug 2016

Debra Maryam, dug into the rock

Apart from the surroundings of Lalibela, two areas outside the cities have a particular concentration…

01 Aug 2016

The spiritual world and the dead.

The deceased protect and reward those who are faithful to and pray for them. They…

01 Jul 2016

Cosmogony and anthropology of the Adja-Fon.

The cosmogony of the Adja-Fon people is hierarchical and spiritualist. It implies a hierarchy of…

01 Jul 2016

Benin. The Fon: a proud people

The Fon people are the largest ethnic group of Benin, and make up 39% of…

01 Jul 2016

The Fon marriage.

Marriage implies a gradual preparation of the couple for married life, and the deepening of…

01 Jul 2016

Poverty & Exploitation

The Cambodian people are, on average, very young, engaged in the difficult search for well…

01 Jun 2016

The Heritage of History

Having been subjected to one of the cruellest regimes of modern history, as well as…

01 Jun 2016

Cambodia. An uncertain future

The agreement published by Peking with four Asian countries on 23 April, has widened the…

01 Jun 2016

Religions and the Catholic Church

On 14 April, 1975, under the bombs that announced the approach of the victorious Khmer…

01 Jun 2016

Leaving home.

In Europe, the phrase 'African migration' is almost exclusively associated with people trying to cross…

01 May 2016

Advocating for change.

In their 2015 book, Africa uprising, already regarded as one of the  most important studies…

01 May 2016

African Youth. Defusing the time bomb.

Looking at African youth, the impression is that something is about to burst. Whether it…

01 May 2016

Challenging the stereotypes.

For many years, the dominant narrative about Africa has been that of the 'hopeless continent'…

01 May 2016

A silent but active Church

Bound by Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, Djibouti, where religion is concerned, religion, can be more…

01 Apr 2016

Djibouti at a crossroads

Ismail Omar Guelleh's latest wish is to turn Djibouti into Africa’s Singapore, which probably means…

01 Apr 2016

Pirates and migrants

If France has somehow neglected Djibouti for a decade, in the last few years the…

01 Apr 2016

A harbour for peace and war

Guelleh’s dream of making Dijbouti a regional hub has at least some reasons. In an…

01 Apr 2016

Cyber crime. A new emergency for Africa

The spread of information technology on the African continent is opening up new avenues for…

01 Mar 2016

The cyber-mafias. The 'Fourth Age' of organized crime.

Access to the Internet and to deep web has allowed and allows criminal groups to…

01 Mar 2016

The cyber-mafias in Russia

All of the Internet technology, with its enormously vast high-tech resources, were rapidly and productively…

01 Mar 2016

Mexico of the cyber-narcos cartels

Some Mexican drug cartels are now also referred to as 'cyber-cartel narcos' seeing that they…

01 Mar 2016

The Catholic Church

The Catholic Church arrived in this land with St Justin de Jacobis, (affectionately known as…

01 Feb 2016

The Political Situation

Most of the Eritrean People never regretted their independence from Ethiopia, and  their thereby becoming…

01 Feb 2016

The Socio-Economic Situation

The first years after the independence there was regular economic growth, but with the outbreak…

01 Feb 2016

Eritrea. A desolate country

Eritrea is a small country in Eastern Africa situated along the Dead Sea coast. Its…

01 Feb 2016

A young but vital Church

The Church in Chad has a much shorter history than any other in Africa. It…

01 Jan 2016

Growing ambitions

In early February 2008, Déby’s regime’s days seemed numbered: rebels from three different groups joined…

01 Jan 2016

Chad. A country of contrasts

The 19th of October does not mark any particular anniversary or festivity in Chad, and…

01 Jan 2016

Oil: a blessing and a curse

When oil was discovered in Chad‘s Doba basin in the early 1990s, probably nobody would…

01 Jan 2016

Characteristics of Islamic extremism

Islamic extremism is characterized by a certain diversity between groups; however, there are certain things,…

01 Dec 2015

Challenges linked to Islamic extremism

Security. After the 11 September bombing of the Twin Towers, the world has become extra…

01 Dec 2015

Diversity of extremist movements

Islamic extremism shows many faces as represented by the many and different groups of extremist…

01 Dec 2015

Islamic Extremism. Between Fear and Terror

The latest terrorist attacks in Paris and in Bamako (Mali) have drawn, once again, the…

01 Dec 2015

Traditional medicine and modern medicine

The modern or conventional medicine health care system has been described as the 'Western model'…

01 Nov 2015

Traditional healers

In Central and East Africa, the term most commonly used for a traditional healer is…

01 Nov 2015

African Traditional Medicine - Healing the Body and…

When we talk about health and disease in Africa, we need to consider the cultural…

01 Nov 2015

Herbal medicine and health care

In Africa, the role of herbal medicine in primary health care cannot be underestimated and…

01 Nov 2015

Between history and current events

In the past, Laos has long had a major influence in the whole complex Indochinese…

01 Oct 2015

Laotian Economy

Research in the development and maintenance of ecological balance, modern and traditional ways of life,…

01 Oct 2015

Laos. A country teetering on its own future

It is a country on the fringes both of the news and the development of…

01 Oct 2015

Faiths and Christianity

The sentencing of five Christians by a provincial court in February was met with harsh…

01 Oct 2015

Myanmar. Kachin, the forgotten people

Kachin people are one among many racial groups in Myanmar (Burma), South East Asia, and…

01 Sep 2015

The Conflict in Kachin Land

The Kachin people were living between the Burmese and Chinese Kingdoms as if sandwiched between…

01 Sep 2015

The Problems: economic and social perspectives

Farming is a way of life for all Kachins and even the Chief is an…

01 Sep 2015

The Catholic Church

The early works the Catholic Mission in Kachin Land can be traced back to the…

01 Sep 2015

The Right to Land

Access to land is central to food security and the livelihood of individuals. When we…

01 Aug 2015

Love the earth as yourself

The world was created by God so that all could have nourishment: “Food is not…

01 Aug 2015

The Right to Food

The right to adequate food as a human right was first formally recognized by the…

01 Aug 2015

The fight against hunger. An illusory victory

Next September, the international community will present a report that aims to assess how the…

01 Aug 2015

Rohingya. Boat People

On May 1, 2015, a joint military-police taskforce discovered at least 30 bodies at an…

01 Jul 2015

2012 - Rohingya Massacre

Thousands of defenceless Rohingya were brutally killed, hundreds of innocent Rohingya sentenced to long term…

01 Jul 2015

Burma. The Rohingya: The Hidden Genocide

Burma is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the region, and ethnicity is…

01 Jul 2015

Rohingya - Which Future ?

A three-day conference (26-28 May 2015) focusing on ending the systematic persecution of Rohingya, with…

01 Jul 2015

Russia and Africa: a Growing Relationship

Should the world be worried because of Russia setting its eye on Africa? Until not…

01 Jun 2015

The legacy of the past

At present, Russia’s role in Africa is in some ways comparable - definitely not in…

01 Jun 2015

Between Peace and War

Many things have changed in the Russian presence in Africa since the Soviet times. Moscow…

01 Jun 2015

Energy matters

One of the reasons for Africa’s current geo-strategic relevance, is beyond any doubt energy: to…

01 Jun 2015

Controversial reforms

The country has also begun the year with a political season full of conflicts and…

01 May 2015

Turkey denies responsibility

The Armenians suffered an incomplete holocaust and, to the pain of the memory, we must…

01 May 2015

The Armenian genocide 100 years on. "The Great Evil…

The Armenians call it Metz Yeghern, “the Great Evil”. The genocide of the Armenians forms…

01 May 2015

Nagorno - Karabakh conflict

The Armenian political context of the celebrations of the centenary is not at all favourable.…

01 May 2015

Islam: Between tradition and modernity

Muslims in the world are currently more than one and a half billion, the majority…

01 Apr 2015

The challenge of modernity

Modernity is an issue that involves all cultures and religions. It is a mandatory step…

01 Apr 2015

Muslim belief and worship

The longest list of articles regarding the Islamic faith in the Koran, is in Surah…

01 Apr 2015

Caliphate, sharia, jihad

The institutions of any religious belief, are expressions of faith and fulfill the task of…

01 Apr 2015

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Dossier Archive – summaries

The need for compromise

On 23 November 2014, the Tunisians went to the polls to vote for a new president,…

01 Mar 2015, Dossier March 2015

The Arab Spring

Riots and demonstrations swept through the central and southern towns of Tunisia between December 2010 and…

01 Mar 2015, Dossier March 2015

The Catholic Church. Being witnesses

The arrival of Christianity in Tunisia is linked to the arrival of Christianity in North Africa.…

01 Mar 2015, Dossier March 2015

Tunisia - On the difficult road to democracy

Because of its strategic location in the Mediterranean, Tunisia’s territory has been disputed by different…

01 Mar 2015, Dossier March 2015

Swahili, Hausa, Arabic languages

Among the African languages, Swahili is certainly the best known outside the continent. Until recently it…

01 Feb 2015, Dossier February 2015

African language policies

After independence, a good number of African countries opted for the colonizer’s idiom as the official…

01 Feb 2015, Dossier February 2015

Lingala, a resounding language

Lingala, a Bantu language also known as mangala, was originally used by the people living on…

01 Feb 2015, Dossier February 2015

African Languages in a time of globalization

In Africa, there is a large number of languages, about 2,000, practically 30% of the languages…

01 Feb 2015, Dossier February 2015

A look abroad. Hydroelectric plants

Wars in the 21st centuries, some have said, will be increasingly caused by water resources, which…

01 Jan 2015, Dossier January 2015

South Africa. Energy - Power for the future

Technically speaking, they call them ‘load-sheddings’ but they actually are scheduled blackouts, which can last for…

01 Jan 2015, Dossier January 2015

Health and environmental risks

Getting closer - also through the already mentioned nuclear deals - to Russia and other BRIC…

01 Jan 2015, Dossier January 2015

The Nuclear Power

The amount of money was huge: 111 billion rand, more than 7,5 billion euro, for building…

01 Jan 2015, Dossier January 2015

Nepal. A country of uncertainty

Nepal’s history has been strongly influenced by its position in the Himalaya mountains on the northeastern…

01 Dec 2014, Dossier December 2014

Economy and Social data

Nepal is the poorest country in South Asia and the 17th poorest in the world. Approximately…

01 Dec 2014, Dossier December 2014

From Civil War to General Elections

The civil war that lasted from February 1996 to November 2006 represents perhaps the bloodiest chapter…

01 Dec 2014, Dossier December 2014

Catholic Church. Committed with the poor

The tiny Nepalese Catholic Church is organised into 8 parishes with 39 churches, 16 local priests,…

01 Dec 2014, Dossier December 2014

The Great Game

The history of Turkmenistan is strongly marked by its geographical position. The country is in fact…

01 Nov 2014, Dossier November 2014

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…

01 Nov 2014, Dossier November 2014

The transition process

Like the majority of the Central Asian republics, Turkmenistan experienced a troubled and difficult transition process…

01 Nov 2014, Dossier November 2014

The changing of the guard

After the death of Niyazov in 2006,'free' elections were held to elect his successor. …

01 Nov 2014, Dossier November 2014

Aristide, a leading voice for Haiti’s poor majority

Then Jean-Bertrand Aristide came on the national stage. An educated former priest who was born into…

01 Oct 2014, Dossier October 2014

Haiti. The difficult reconstruction

Located in the gorgeous Caribbean basin, within the archipelago of the Antilles, the Republic of Haiti…

01 Oct 2014, Dossier October 2014

Military occupation

In July 1915, the US intervened in Haiti. Civil unrest surrounding the assassination of President Vilbrun…

01 Oct 2014, Dossier October 2014

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake

Still today, Haiti is struggling, the already miserable conditions of the country became tragic after…

01 Oct 2014, Dossier October 2014

Catholic church, a long tradition

The poor tolerance of the initiatives of dissent or groups not entirely under the control of…

01 Sep 2014, Dossier September 2014

Vietnam - A country that looks afar

With the death, at the age of 102 years, on 4 October 2013, of Vo…

01 Sep 2014, Dossier September 2014

Economy: investments and exports

It took almost forty years, but eventually Vietnam, once the nation-symbol of resistance to American influence,…

01 Sep 2014, Dossier September 2014

Media under siege

Notwithstanding the openings of an economic and financial character, which are essential to an economy open…

01 Sep 2014, Dossier September 2014

Growing social discontent

Since February 2012, South Korea has a woman as president (unique in the Confucian area which…

01 Aug 2014, Dossier August 2014

South Korea. In search of its identity

South Korea is shortly going to be a witness to two important national and ecclesial events:…

01 Aug 2014, Dossier August 2014

The Catholic Church

As for the Catholic Church, after the first baptized in 1631 and the first Korean celebrant…

01 Aug 2014, Dossier August 2014

The challenges of the church

The Catholic Pastoral Institute, which was launched on the initiative of the Catholic Bishops' Conference in…

01 Aug 2014, Dossier August 2014

Turkana today

Lodwar has changed over the last two decades, and continues to change. Lately, its transformation has…

01 Jul 2014, Dossier July 2014

Animals as 'humans'...

Three elements make up the world of the Turkana: human beings (ngitunga), animals (ngibaren) and Akuj…

01 Jul 2014, Dossier July 2014

Initiation

A boy cannot become an adult unless he undergoes the rite of initiation. Before this 'rite…

01 Jul 2014, Dossier July 2014

Kenya – Turkana, the last warriors

When visitors reach Lodwar, the capital of Turkana County, a town of about 50,000 people, the…

01 Jul 2014, Dossier July 2014

Bolivia & Argentina - Dynamic drug trafficking

Drug trafficking is a challenge for Bolivia and Argentina too. Bolivia is the third largest producer…

01 Jun 2014, Dossier June 2014

Peru - Coca cultivation on the rise

Just like the Colombian FARC, what remains of the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) rebel group in…

01 Jun 2014, Dossier June 2014

Colombia: Drug cartel 'miniaturization'

Colombia was home to legendary drug traffickers in the 90s, and despite the demise of several…

01 Jun 2014, Dossier June 2014

Latin America - Drug trafficking: the mafia octopus

Drug trafficking can have a severe impact on a country's economy and politics. It can affect…

01 Jun 2014, Dossier June 2014

Together for peace

Talking about 'women power', often, means making reference not just to single individuals. 'Efforts to resolve…

01 May 2014, Dossier May 2014

Soft Power

The parameters used by Forbes are indeed subjective, and many other names could have been included.…

01 May 2014, Dossier May 2014

Young and promising

Many African women hope to succeed in their political career: the US magazine Forbes has taken…

01 May 2014, Dossier May 2014

Power in Africa, time for women

'More power to women, means more power to humankind', said Boutros Boutros Ghali, the then Secretary-General…

01 May 2014, Dossier May 2014

Catholic Church, never ceases to amaze

The presence of the mainline Churches, i.e. Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and United, have been instrumental in…

01 Apr 2014, Dossier April 2014

Fortnight Friday

There has always been a hidden economy in the remote, inaccessible areas which never feature in…

01 Apr 2014, Dossier April 2014

Long-term economic vision

The mineral deposits of gold, oil and copper, and the production of palm oil has grown…

01 Apr 2014, Dossier April 2014

Papua New Guinea - The Land of the Unexpected

Much is known about the white beaches and pristine blue waters of the South Pacific,…

01 Apr 2014, Dossier April 2014

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Advocacy

A Museum for advocacy?

A Museum can surely be an action of advocacy, if it provides awareness towards empowerment. The National Museum of African American History and Culture that ex…

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Baobab

Why the sea is salty.

Long ago, the sea was not salty. People got their salt from the mountain of salt across the sea. One day, the people in the village…

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Youth & Mission

Bennie was the wrong person, in the wrong place at…

Bennie had a thin, hollow face, the picture of malnutrition at 22 years of age, he had never been to school for more than a few…

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