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Opinion & Comment

Africa Needs Diversification.

The last 20 years have been progressive for sub-Sahara Africa, according to Jean Claude Bastos de Morais of the Quantum Global Group. The explosion of economic parameters, advancement in the healthcare sector, and improvement in the standard of living of North Africans have driven up social indicators. This has been possible through proper channelling of…

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A Europe For Humans, Not Just For Markets.

The common market has been a core idea of Europe but markets are not automatically beneficial for all human beings. Europe needs to re-establish the “primacy of politics” and push for the democratization of the economy. Europe has always been both a community of values and a pragmatic economic endeavour. In recent years, however, the…

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The Threat Of Cybercrime In Africa.

The rapid development of technology improves lives and enables more efficient operations in the private and public sectors. The challenges that have emerged as a direct consequence, however, can also undermine progress and expose users to illicit activities online. Before 2000, Africa hosted only 4.5 million Internet users. Since then, telecommunications markets have been liberalised…

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Neo Pan-Africanism As An Alternative.

Africa is experiencing an ideological crisis that is expressed by the current adhesion of African governments to either neoliberalism or monetarism that destroy human solidarity, erode the welfare state and increase human suffering. After the failure of imported ideologies, the future of Africa lies in the adoption of a new unifying ideology of development, Neo…

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Europe. The New Interest For Africa?

The German Federal Government did not show much interest in African affairs in the period after World War II and preferred to leave Africa to the French and the English who had much closer connections to their former colonies. One exception was Horst Köhler. As President of the Republic, he frequently travelled to Africa, brought…

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Nicaragua’s Channel Future.

The channel aims to be the most ambitious project in the history of Nicaragua and the largest to be developed in Latin America, after the construction of the Panama Canal. The Chinese telecommunications entrepreneur Wang Jing announced an investment of 40,000 million dollars, almost four times the GDP of Nicaragua. The plan is to build…

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Bangladesh. At The Roots Of Islamist Extremism.

“Here in Bangladesh the factors which drive Jihadist recruitment and mobilisation are multiple. The processes of Islamist radicalisation have historical roots which must be taken into consideration and which exceed the connection poverty-extremism”. Shahab Enam Khan, docent in international relations at Jahangimagar University in Dacca and a member of the Enterprise Institute, has completed an extensive…

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Cameroon. Risk Of Secession.

The crisis in the western provinces of Cameroon comes as no surprise. For years it was known that the English speaking peoples in this area were dissatisfied and felt marginalised by the central government. This malcontent was known and it was feared that sooner or later it would explode. Probably the central government in Yaounde…

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Challenges Of The Post Cotonou Agreement 2020.

The economic relations between the European Union (EU) and African (and other Caribbean and Pacific – ACP) countries have been framed in different legal agreements since the end of colonization. In 1975, the Lomé Convention established asymmetric economic relations by which the European countries opened their borders to African countries for their raw materials and…

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Venezuela. Violence and Insecurity

For months Venezuela has experienced a crisis so serious that even the international community is in alert. Scarcity of food and medicines as well as a marked fall in the quality of life of its people are among the nation’s numerous difficulties. Another concerning phenomena is the total lack of security for Venezuelans. The Venezuelan NGO…

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2018: An Entire Year Of European Cultural Heritage.

Questions about the merits of the common market are well under way, but the European institutions are keen to ensure that Europe’s cultural heritage is celebrated.  Why a Year of European Cultural Heritage? There is no doubt that we benefit from affordable prices of goods and services, but negative side effects of a common market…

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Advocacy

Advocating From The Bottom Up

It all started when someone stood up saying, “In Liberia there is private land, public land, community’s land and Government’s land”. Surprised I investigated and I…

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Baobab

Brazil. The Forest And The Little Monkey

The sun rises above the Amazon rainforest and the huge, evergreen trees allow rays of light to pass between their leaves and paint the forest floor…

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Youth & Mission

The Challenges and Opportunities of Young People in the World…

At the end of pre-synod meeting, (Roma 19-24 March), more than 300 young people from different cultural and religious backgrounds, have released a document. It is…

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