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News & Analysis | January 2021

Africa’s hotspots in 2021.

This year many African countries will go through a phase of instability and conflict. Some of them even risk of being torn apart by ethnic tensions and political rivalries. These tensions and rivalries run deep. There is no sign of change in some of these…

Dossier

Africa 2021. Security and Elections.

Clouds appear on the horizon in Sahel and forthcoming elections in several parts of the continent may contribute alongside with the economic crisis aggravated by the Covid 19 pandemic to raise tensions. The deteriorating security situation in the Sahel region and more particularly in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger is the main concern in West Africa. The challenge for…

Middle East and North Africa 2021. COVID-19 and Oil.

Socio-economic tensions rise but the COVID Pandemic buys time for governments under pressure. Tension between Ankara and Cairo. There are two lenses through which to frame prospects for the Middle East in 2021: the results of the U.S. election and the Abraham Accords that established the framework for diplomatic relations between Israel and the Persian Gulf States…

Asia. 2021. Uncertainties and ambiguities.

How to confront the consequences of Covid-19 as they affect the countries of Asia. China will continue its domination on the various international chessboards. India joins the Security Council. Meanwhile, the Olympics are to be held in Japan. The management of the first phases of the epidemic and the ambiguity that followed it concerning the causes and…

Latin America. 2021. Elections in the shadow of Covid-19.

Crisis in the economy, public health and the environment. Six countries will go to the polls to elect their presidents. Will the Bolivia effect lead to new scenarios in the continent? Many unknowns. Latin America, together with the rest of the world, is fighting the Covid-19 pandemic that has badly affected the region already sorely tried by…

Churches

Colombia. The impact of Covid-19 on Afro spirituality.

The coronavirus pandemic is changing how people live and relate to others…

South Sudan. The tenderness of God.

“As missionaries, we try to share as much as possible the life…

India. Experiencing Silence in India's Ashrams.

A Dominican friar shares his experience of spending his yearly vacation in…

Comboni Lay Missionaries. Getting involved.

It is more than 30 years since the Comboni Family has been…

Culture

Sami. An indigenous European people.

The Sami have always lived in the far north of the…

Ethiopia. The Guji. A people in transformation.

The Guji are an ethnic group of southern Ethiopia. They belong…

Herbs & Plants. Psorospermum febrifugum Spach. A medicinal plant for…

Medicinal plants continue to play vital roles in primary health systems…

Bolivia. Water: source of life in the Andean Pacha.

The Andean peoples preserve their ancient wisdoms with great care in…

Opinion & Comment

Sahel. Extremist groups.

In recent years, the region has become a base for violent extremists. Several extremist groups make…

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The Persian Gulf, new trends in the oil market.

Crossroads of the world crude oil market, the Persian Gulf has a central role in the…

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Advocacy

A Special Advocacy Action.

International organisms during this pandemic are under scrutiny and surely for many and good reasons. However, even in the weed fields some good wheat can…

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Baobab

Why the Bananas Belong to the Monkey.

Once upon a time when the world had just been made and there was only one kind of banana, but very many kinds of monkeys, there…

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Youth & Mission

Young People Fighting For Democracy.

From Bangkok to Lagos, from Harare to Hong Kong, from Lima to Santiago, young people are fighting for Democracy and Human Rights. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic…

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