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News & Analysis | February 2019

The Maritime Silk Road in South-East Asia.

The definition of The Maritime Silk Road seems never ending. The initial interest of the Chinese government in their South-East Asian neighbours is being gradually concretised in the form of a series of projects. Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar are the countries most involved. Since its…

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Thailand. Much is unknown in the Country of the Smile.

It is now almost five years since the coup d’état that took place in Thailand on 22 May 2014. This year on 24 March, it will hold elections which could have serious consequences for the Country of the Smile, now grim and uncertain, led formally by civil institutions but inflexibly guided by the National Council…

Political Uncertainty.

Thailand is now witnessing the disappearance of its myth as a 'Teflon Country', unmoved by any crisis and capable of regaining its solidity after temporary setbacks. Officially, such things are never due to internal reasons but only to international contingencies. Apparently immune to what it sees as from outside, Thailand is occupied solely with presenting an image…

Economy. Risk factors.

Bangkok seems to be a champion of futuristic architecture but its lights simply overwhelm without removing either its own multiple dark areas or the darkening shadows of the country. The present contingency, with the creation of a speculation bubble, the flight of capital, failed investments, populist policies and the rigidity of a self-referential system which pretended…

Thai Identity.

The nation, the monarchy and Buddhism are the pillars commonly attributed to the Thai identity. A mixture of doctrinal rigour contaminated in practice by many Hindu and animist elements, Thailandese Buddhism, which belongs to the Theravada current, is in substance a 'religion of works'. Offerings, donations and almsgiving are its determining elements, associated for many Thais…

Churches

The Jesuit Refugee Service. The African Microcosm In…

Ethiopia is Africa's second largest refugee hosting country with more than 800,000…

Peru. How To Shape A Church With An…

In view of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region scheduled…

Kenya. The Challenge Of Reinsertion In Society.

Kamiti penitentiary in the outskirts of Nairobi hosts more than 4,200 detainees.…

Brazil. Bringing hope to the inferno of Cracolandia.

Living with the street people. Evangelising the “inferno” of drugs. Experiencing “Mission…

Culture

Souad Massi. The voice of North Africa.

“Her songs speak of love, altruism and courage; they are messages…

Mexico. Poblano Chili here we come.

When most people think of Mexican food, the first thing that…

The Queen of Calypso.

Calypso is a genre of Afro-Caribbean music that comes primarily from…

The Trinidad Carnival. Under the fantasy banner.

A moment of exuberant celebrations, which are traditionally associated with thrilling…

Opinion & Comment

China’s Economic Interest in Africa.

China is present and active in almost all countries of Africa. In 2015 China invested about…

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Africa. The Woman at the Heart of Sustainable Development.

All over the world, gender inequality makes and keeps women poor, depriving them of basic rights…

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Advocacy

The Bribris of Costa Rica: Preventing Escalation of Violence and…

The Bribris are a native people of about 11,500 in total, established in Costa Rica for centuries, some think for 5,000 years. They live on…

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Baobab

The Leopard and the Boy.

Long ago and far away there was a wealthy man who had several wives. Of a sudden, this man learned that his town was to be…

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Youth & Mission

Empowering African Youth.

Young people in Africa today face many different challenges and circumstances.  These engender both hope and hopelessness among them, depending on their  particular context and on…

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