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Military Escalation In Africa.

After the beginning of the crisis in Mali in 2012, external powers have increased the…

01 Aug 2018

The forgotten Real Issues.

If we analyse the actual reality of the continent from a security point of view…

01 Aug 2018

A Proxy War.

Apparently, the US government’s discretion on its military initiatives in Africa is due to two…

01 Aug 2018

Disconnected From Reality.

According to Feldstein, an analysis of the African situation leads to the conclusion that the…

01 Aug 2018

Asian Spirituality. A Quest For Depth.

Nearly all major religions of the world were born in Asia. Some characteristics of Asian…

01 Jul 2018

Spirituality, Learning From Each Other.

The Tibetan Buddhist leader Dalai Lama remembers a discussion he had with Thomas Merton on…

01 Jul 2018

The Spirituality of Responsibility.

Chinese spiritual outlook made Confucius remind his people of their own inherited ethical convictions. Ethical…

01 Jul 2018

Spirituality as Ahimsa.

Undoubtedly, nonviolence remains at the heart of Asian spiritual tradition. It is not that Asians…

01 Jul 2018

Latin America. The starting point of all the routes.

The mingling of drug trafficking and terrorist/guerrilla organisations also involves Latin America which, as is…

01 Jun 2018

Groups in the galaxy of terror.

Among the groups belonging to the radical Islamic galaxy, a fundamentally important role was played…

01 Jun 2018

Drug Trafficking and Terrorism.

Drug trafficking is a global business. It is finding its way ever more perniciously into…

01 Jun 2018

Territory control.

The colossal and internationally important business of drug trafficking, now run by criminals of all…

01 Jun 2018

Kyrgyzstan. A Geopolitical Pivot.

Kyrgyzstan merits to be called a 'geopolitical pivot'. It is a territory that, due to…

01 May 2018

Tajikistan. Great Power Interests.

Tajikistan, situated at the heart of central Asia, was a transit area crossed by caravan…

01 May 2018

Central Asia. A Great New Game.

The region of Central Asia, because of its geographic location, has always been considered a…

01 May 2018

Uzbekistan. A Delicate Balance.

Uzbekistan, like Kyrgyzstan is one of the five Central Asian republics created in 1991 after…

01 May 2018

A Truly Indian Church.

The start of the year was characterised by an important series of events for the…

01 Apr 2018

The women Condition.

On 11 October 2017, the Supreme Court of India deliberated that sexual relations with a…

01 Apr 2018

Hinduism and Nationalism.

In the Hindu concept is taken up by its present proponents, connected to the political…

01 Apr 2018

India. A Lost Dream.

The multi-souled India of today has denied none of its souls but struggles to embrace…

01 Apr 2018

Protests, Not Like The Arab Spring.

Unlike the protests of the ‘Arab Spring’, moreover, the recent protests in Iran have a…

01 Mar 2018

The Opposition, Internal and External.

Iran does have a domestic and clandestine opposition, the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK). The MEK combine…

01 Mar 2018

Syria. All The Games.

Whatever tensions exist between Israel, the USA and Iran, they will play out in Syria…

01 Mar 2018

Iran And The Conflicts In The Middle East.

Nobody appears to have any clear plans for Syria. Indeed, the ignorance extends to the…

01 Mar 2018

Visible And Invisible Walls.

In the course of his pontificate, Pope Francis has not ceased to fight against the…

01 Feb 2018

In The Shadow Of The Wall.

Twenty nine years have passed since the most famous wall in Europe ceased to divide…

01 Feb 2018

Walls Separating Peoples.

Walls are like an infection, made of bricks, nets and barbed wire that prevent the…

01 Feb 2018

Anti-Migration Walls.

The year 2016 was the year of anti-immigration walls, the militarisation of frontiers and a…

01 Feb 2018

The Kurds, Which Future?

The big winner in the Middle East is Russia. Thus, it will be Russia that…

01 Jan 2018

The War In Syria Is Over, The West Will Give…

The West will always choose Turkey over the aspirations of the Kurds. This is one…

01 Jan 2018

The Challenges Of Kurdish Nationalism.

The Kurds have become one of the key players of the Middle East. They have…

01 Jan 2018

The Kurds' History.

The Kurds and their struggle have suffered because of geographical and cultural fragmentation first and,…

01 Jan 2018

Indios’ Irruption Into History.

The Indios peoples of Latin America have finally irrupted into history. They are present as…

01 Dec 2017

Indio Theology. The flowers of Tepeyac

The indigenous peoples and their descendants in America and in the entire world are the…

01 Dec 2017

The Church Meeting With Indigenous People.

Since the 1960s, the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM) has been promoting a new pastoral…

01 Dec 2017

God, Heart Of Heaven And Earth.

The greatest contribution of the indigenous communities to the Churches and to society is their…

01 Dec 2017

Malawi. Journey Into The Chewa Cultural Heritage.

Malawi is a country with over 10 tribes each with different cultural traditions and beliefs.…

01 Nov 2017

Marriage & Installation of Chiefs.

The Chewa people are the matrilineal society where married men are used to playing a…

01 Nov 2017

The Burial And The Commemoration Ceremonies.

In the small Chewa village, death has come; the bam-owl has announced it by its…

01 Nov 2017

The Initiation Rites.

The initiation rites for girls take place in the village or a place close by…

01 Nov 2017

Sufi Orders (turuq).

The need to be organised in groups in following their teachings is common to all…

01 Oct 2017

Sufism: The Spiritual Side Of Islam.

God is the direction (qibla) of the intention (niyya), the intention is the direction of…

01 Oct 2017

The History Of Sufism.

The ascetic movement (I-II/VII-VIII). – Sufism emerges in early Islamic times as an ascetic movement,…

01 Oct 2017

The “Perfect Man”.

In the sea of divine manifestations (VI-VII/XII-XIII) – Starting from the III/IX century, many currents…

01 Oct 2017

'Unity In Diversity'.

As an archipelago of 17,000 islands, the geographical and cultural bridge between the Far East…

01 Sep 2017

Indonesia. A Country In Transition.

The vast Indonesian archipelago shows all the signs of possibly becoming the next 'Asian miracle'. A…

01 Sep 2017

Economic Turbulence.

The economic future of this populous south-east Asian country is increasingly ambivalent. On the one hand…

01 Sep 2017

Catholic Church. In search Of A Shared Life.

The catholic faith, originally brought by the Portuguese, went through Dutch persecution and through varying…

01 Sep 2017

The Journey Of Initiation.

Initiation into voodoo is an important time that unequivocally marks the life of a person.…

01 Aug 2017

Togo. Voodoo, A School Of Life In Transformation

The Outachi, an ethnic group of the south coast of Togo, practice voodoo, a traditional…

01 Aug 2017

The Sacred Dances.

The return to the home and resuming contact with family members takes place under the…

01 Aug 2017

Banquet Of Communion.

The rite of erecting the Heviesso, for example, takes place at midnight on the day…

01 Aug 2017

Pökot Marriage.

Boys and girls meet at dance parties or at communal work or while tending domestic…

01 Jul 2017

Kenya. Journey into Pökot Cultural Heritage.

“ Rocks or hills can never meet.  Only our peoples can come together”.   A Pökot…

01 Jul 2017

The Birth of a Pökot Child.

When a pregnant woman is about to deliver usually other women, most probably two, help…

01 Jul 2017

The Rite of Initiation: Sapana

Sapana  is a celebration undertaken by young men, around 20 years of age, to become…

01 Jul 2017

East Timor. Stability is a long way.

There were eight candidates but just one outsider who figured in the election campaign for…

01 Jun 2017

The church with the people.

A colonial inheritance and a strong identifying factor, the Catholic religion has perhaps been the…

01 Jun 2017

A variety of languages and cultures.

At 500 Km from the coast of northern Australia, East Timor, though limited in extent,…

01 Jun 2017

The past remains in the memory.

On 20 May, the Democratic Republic of East Timor marked the fifteenth anniversary of its…

01 Jun 2017

UAE. Foreign Policy and Security.

The United Arab Emirates has been pursuing a very active foreign policy to combat political…

01 May 2017

UAE. Economic progress and its Contradictions.

Until the 1930’s, and reaching a peak in 1929, pearl fishing brought considerable wealth to…

01 May 2017

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…

01 May 2017

UAE. Division of Powers.

The UAE is one of the youngest nations in the Middle East. It has an…

01 May 2017

Dinka culture. Together as a family.

There are important values of Dinka culture and moral values for women and men. They…

01 Apr 2017

South Sudan. People of the people.

Though known for centuries as the Dinka, they actually call themselves Moinjaang, 'People of the…

01 Apr 2017

The Dinka Today.

In the late 20th and early 21st century, the pressures of the conflict between Arab…

01 Apr 2017

Dinka Traditional Religion.

The essential features of Dinka religion fall under three headings, which may be regarded as…

01 Apr 2017

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

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Dossier Archive – summaries

Lalibela, the Ethiopian Jerusalem

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

01 Aug 2016, Dossier August 2016

Coptic Churches of Ethiopia

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

01 Aug 2016, Dossier August 2016

Debre Damo, the mystical experience

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

01 Aug 2016, Dossier August 2016

Debra Maryam, dug into the rock

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

01 Aug 2016, Dossier August 2016

The spiritual world and the dead.

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

01 Jul 2016, Dossier July 2016

Cosmogony and anthropology of the Adja-Fon.

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

01 Jul 2016, Dossier July 2016

Benin. The Fon: a proud people

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

01 Jul 2016, Dossier July 2016

The Fon marriage.

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

01 Jul 2016, Dossier July 2016

Poverty & Exploitation

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

01 Jun 2016, Dossier June 2016

The Heritage of History

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

01 Jun 2016, Dossier June 2016

Cambodia. An uncertain future

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

01 Jun 2016, Dossier June 2016

Religions and the Catholic Church

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

01 Jun 2016, Dossier June 2016

Leaving home.

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

01 May 2016, Dossier May 2016

Advocating for change.

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

01 May 2016, Dossier May 2016

African Youth. Defusing the time bomb.

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

01 May 2016, Dossier May 2016

Challenging the stereotypes.

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

01 May 2016, Dossier May 2016

A silent but active Church

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

01 Apr 2016, Dossier April 2016

Djibouti at a crossroads

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

01 Apr 2016, Dossier April 2016

Pirates and migrants

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

01 Apr 2016, Dossier April 2016

A harbour for peace and war

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

01 Apr 2016, Dossier April 2016

Cyber crime. A new emergency for Africa

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

01 Mar 2016, Dossier March 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 expand…

01 Mar 2016, Dossier March 2016

The cyber-mafias in Russia

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

01 Mar 2016, Dossier March 2016

Mexico of the cyber-narcos cartels

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

01 Mar 2016, Dossier March 2016

The Catholic Church

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

01 Feb 2016, Dossier February 2016

The Political Situation

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

01 Feb 2016, Dossier February 2016

The Socio-Economic Situation

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

01 Feb 2016, Dossier February 2016

Eritrea. A desolate country

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

01 Feb 2016, Dossier February 2016

A young but vital Church

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

01 Jan 2016, Dossier January 2016

Growing ambitions

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

01 Jan 2016, Dossier January 2016

Chad. A country of contrasts

The 19th of October does not mark any particular anniversary or festivity in Chad, and neither…

01 Jan 2016, Dossier January 2016

Oil: a blessing and a curse

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

01 Jan 2016, Dossier January 2016

Characteristics of Islamic extremism

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

01 Dec 2015, Dossier December 2015

Challenges linked to Islamic extremism

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

01 Dec 2015, Dossier December 2015

Diversity of extremist movements

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

01 Dec 2015, Dossier December 2015

Islamic Extremism. Between Fear and Terror

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

01 Dec 2015, Dossier December 2015

Traditional medicine and modern medicine

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

01 Nov 2015, Dossier November 2015

Traditional healers

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

01 Nov 2015, Dossier November 2015

African Traditional Medicine - Healing the Body and…

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

01 Nov 2015, Dossier November 2015

Herbal medicine and health care

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

01 Nov 2015, Dossier November 2015

Between history and current events

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

01 Oct 2015, Dossier October 2015

Laotian Economy

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

01 Oct 2015, Dossier October 2015

Laos. A country teetering on its own future

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

01 Oct 2015, Dossier October 2015

Faiths and Christianity

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

01 Oct 2015, Dossier October 2015

Myanmar. Kachin, the forgotten people

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

01 Sep 2015, Dossier September 2015

The Conflict in Kachin Land

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

01 Sep 2015, Dossier September 2015

The Problems: economic and social perspectives

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

01 Sep 2015, Dossier September 2015

The Catholic Church

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

01 Sep 2015, Dossier September 2015

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Advocacy

The 'No' to Injustice.

"We are the 'No' that God scrawls on the wall," said Cardinal Joseph Tobin, addressing a gathering of Faith leaders in Newark. He had first voiced that…

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Baobab

How The Monkeys Saved The Fish.

The rainy season that year had been the strongest ever and the river had broken its banks. There were floods everywhere and the animals were all…

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Youth & Mission

The Planet Is Our Home.

It surrounds us, It is in every place we go, on the street, on the beach or the woods. We see it when we climb a…

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