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News & Analysis | April 2024

The EU and the “-stan” countries.

Central Asia plays a crucial role in the geopolitical agenda of many countries, including those of the European Union. The region is rich in mineral resources and fossil fuels, as well as being a crossroads for trade routes with the rest of Asia. Central Asia…

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Cambodia. The will to live.

Still traumatised by the bloody Khmer Rouge regime, Cambodia is struggling to recover its economic strength, which is leading to a real social "cultural revolution" for the seventeen million inhabitants of the Land of Smiles. Cambodia is one of the oldest empires in the world. Throughout its history, it has been marked externally by wars with neighbouring empires…

The Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror.

Pol Pot's regime caused one million seven hundred thousand deaths, devastating families and the entire country. Being a French protectorate brought no significant changes in Cambodian life or economy except for introduction of more formal rules for civil registration and education. Thus, the pagoda monks retained responsibility for primary schools but were required to obtain state teaching diplomas…

Opening up to the world.

The onset of industrialization brought about the brutal decomposition of rural Cambodian families since poverty and indebtedness led to the emigration of an unskilled workforce from the countryside especially to the capital, Phnom Penh. The first clothing factories started up here and were followed by many others. They are run by Chinese, South Korean, Bangladeshi and Singaporean…

The Catholic Church. “A laboratory of evangelization in a Buddhist…

Under the Pol Pot regime, the Church lost everything: bishops, priests, men and women religious and catechists. Since the 90s it has emerged from the catacombs and is slowly growing in numbers as well as in social commitment. Monday, April 14, 1975, was an overcast afternoon. From his window, Father Joseph Chhmar Salas watched as people with their…

Churches

Haiti. A Better Future Through Education.

Sister Paësie Phillipe had been a missionary in Haiti for twenty five…

Israel/Palestine. The Doors of the Desert.

"It is very important to be present and accompany them, especially in this…

Nigeria. The open wound of kidnapping priests.

Kidnapping for ransom has long become a real industry in Nigeria. Priests…

Vietnam, new-found hope.

In a historic step, the Hanoi government has invited Pope Francis to…

Culture

Nike, ambassador of contemporary Nigerian art.

Recycled material reigns supreme in Nike's modern art galleries in Lagos…

History. Ancient Urbanisation.

Although colonization contributed to its urban development, Africa had already experienced…

Music. The Tinariwen. Beyond fear.

The music of the Malian group has the traits of blues,…

Egypt. Pigeons, what a passion.

In the shade of the pyramids and minarets of Cairo, the…

Opinion & Comment

Iran. Ayatollahs, bombs & Barbies.

Democratic states are all alike; every autocratic state is autocratic in its own way.  Democracies are…

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Yemen. The Houthis and their Own “Brand”.

By opening the Red Sea front, the Houthis have taken the lead of the Palestinian cause…

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Advocacy

Ecuador. Alexandra Narvaez & Alex Lucitante. “We are people, who…

Two young leaders from the A’i Cofán community of Sinangoe in Ecuador led a movement to protect their people’s ancestral territory from gold mining. Their leadership…

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Baobab

The Spider, the Elephant and The Hippo.

Because there was a famine in the land, the spider and his family grew thinner and thinner and hungrier and hungrier. In his desperation, the spider…

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Youth & Mission

The voices of young people. Some leave and some remain.

Leaving the Church does not mean abandoning the faith; moving away from the faith does not mean giving up one's spirituality. Even though they are leaving…

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