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News & Analysis | January 2020

Middle East 2020. The real 'Arab Spring’?

Syria and Iraq. The central role of the Russia in the region. The possible new nuclear deal. A peace solution in Yemen. The intensification of the street protests. President Bashar al Assad has won the war in Syria; he and the Ba'ath party shall…

Dossier

African Forests in Danger.

According to recent NASA satellite information there are five times more wildfires burning in Africa than in the Amazon. Deforestation must be seen as global threat. The phenomenon is general in Africa, in particular in the Congo Basin, one of the main biodiversity sanctuaries of the planet with over a thousand bird species, 1300 butterfly species and…

Logging, a Major Threat.

Logging is another major threat. It provokes soil erosion, water pollution and reduces the regeneration capacity of the forest, warns the Central African Forests Observatory (OFAC). Moreover, it contributes to the densification of the human presence in the forests, opening roads to poachers and itinerant farmers or charcoal producers. Illegal logging is continuing as showed in the seizure…

Slash and Burn Agriculture.

Owing to a lack of evolution of agricultural techniques, slash-and-burn agriculture remains the most frequent practice in Central Africa. During centuries, a balance was maintained between resources and exploitation, owing to low population density but now with the generalized use of chainsaws, this balance has gone, says Trefon.  Besides, except for the very fertile soils of Kivu…

Climate Change and Biological Invasion.

Central African forests are also vulnerable to the effects of climate change which could generate negative consequences for biodiversity. Indeed, since 1950, a trend showing a rise of temperatures and another indicating lower precipitations, albeit differently according to the regions, have been observed. Some studies indicate a decrease of rainfall on large parts of the Bain towards the…

Churches

Burkina Faso. Restoring their dignity.

The Pan-Bila — which in the Mossi language means 'Small Power' —…

India. The dark side of the tea plantations.

Black Assam tea is famous worldwide but the plantations of the north-east…

Ecumenism in Africa. Dialogue in the continent of…

In ancient times, the word ecumene denoted the whole known world and…

Mexico. Being a priest in Acapulco.

Once the Pearl of the Pacific, it is now a hell inhabited…

Culture

Music. Gabacho Maroc. A Connecting Sound.

Afro-Maghrebian percussion, ngoni, chants and choreography, driven by infallible and colorful…

Mexico. Calakmul, the Lost City.

Its name means "The Place of Adjacent Mounds." This site was…

Guatemala. The native flavour of boj.

Boj, which originates from the northern region of Alta Verapaz, has…

Kenya. The Blood of the Lamb.

The Gabbra are a nomadic people who live in the north-west…

Opinion & Comment

The priorities of Russian foreign policy in Africa.

Holding summits for African heads of governments is fast becoming a recurrent event among the global…

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The Mining Industry in Africa.

Talking about extractive industry (mining, gas and oil) in Africa we are referring to a complex…

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Advocacy

Homelessness, an Unexpected Advocacy.

Advocacy is about defending a noble cause and denouncing oppression and injustice. However, it should be also a source of inspiration for alternative solutions to…

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Baobab

How the hare lost his tail.

One day in the long, long ago the hare was walking through the forest. He was a good farmer and was on his way to inspect…

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Youth & Mission

Our Right to Speak for Climate Justice.

Hundreds of thousands of young people have taken to the streets from Johannesburg to London to demand radical action on the unfolding ecological emergency. It is a…

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