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News & Analysis | May 2020

DR.Congo. A new tension area at the Zambian border.

The DRC which has faced frequently problems at its borders with several of its neighbours has clashed recently with Zambia. Both capitals have eventually managed to control the escalation. But these tensions come on top of other challenges for the country’s strategic copperbelt area,…

Dossier

Moldova. Difficult Balances.

Geographically located on the very outskirts of southeastern Europe, Moldova is a small state nestled between Romania and Ukraine. It shares the western border with Romania, while Ukraine envelops it to the north, east and south. The territory, mostly flat, coincides roughly with the Bessarabia region, an area situated between the Prut and Nistru rivers. The latter,…

A Dependent Economy.

From an economic point of view, Moldova is considered one of the poorest countries in Europe. The average net monthly income slightly exceeds 250 euros, the agricultural sector represents about 21% of the GDP, industry 15.1% and services 63.9%. Following independence, the country touched economic collapse due to the interruption of commercial ties with the ex-motherland and…

A Polarized Policy.

The Moldovan political situation is extremely complicated. It reflects the clashes between the West and Russia, but also between internal power groups that escape the great logic of international relations.  In fact, it is self-centred interests that determine every balance, at the expense of the collective well-being, in the light of the significant influence played in politics…

Dangers of Secession.

The secessionist threat of the Gagauza community, which developed simultaneously with that of Transnistria, was resolved thanks to the recognition of an autonomy statute, subsequently contemplated in the 1994 Constitution (art.111 Cost.), and ratified by referendum in the territories concerned. The same fate did not fall to Transnistria where a 'dormant conflict' continues. However, the harmony of…

Churches

Africa. Coronavirus and the Missionaries.

The Coronavirus pandemic is spreading across Africa. The virus has gradually attacked…

World Campaign. "Sowing Hope for the Planet".

The Union of Superiors General of Catholic Religious Sisters launched the “Sowing…

Bolivia. To Be A Church along the River.

After the Special Synod for the Pan-Amazon region, and the Post-Synod Exhortation…

Niger. To Spark Mutual Understandings.

A meeting to seek concrete solutions to problems and, most of all,…

Culture

Gaye Su Akyol. Dreamer of the Turkish Sound.

A mixture of Anatolian pop and oriental folk, gypsy resonances and…

Herbs & Plants. Cyathula prostrata. A wild plant with vast medicinal…

The plant is often harvested from the wild for local use,…

Zimbabwe. In search of the lost city.

Grand Zimbabwe is one of Africa's largest and most complex archaeological…

Bolivia. Rainmaking Ritual.

Quechuas perform a special ritual to ask for rain to the…

Opinion & Comment

Erdogan plays the whole field. Trouble for the EU.

The Turkish President sides with NATO but flirts with Moscow and uses Syrian refugees and the…

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Europe/Africa. Migration and Security.

Migration from Africa to Europe is increasingly being framed as a security threat to states and…

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Advocacy

The Covid-19 Pandemic Advocacy.

Advocacy is Re-active while "forcing" us because problems or issues are already there. Then we use advocacy to respond, seeking to address or reducing their…

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Baobab

The Fox, the Monkey, the Hare and the Horse.

The fox is the wicked animal in the forest, and everyone hates him. He is for ever cheating people and playing tricks on everyone. There is…

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Youth & Mission

The African Youth Survey 2020. Vibrant Afro-optimism rises.

A comprehensive survey of Africa’s youth – the African Youth Survey 2020 –has just revealed a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth driven by a strong…

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