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News & Analysis | July 2020

Egypt. The Economic Power of the Military.

Cities built from nothing in the desert, vast infrastructure created, gold mines opened, arms and steel production, the commercialisation of consumer goods from such various materials as foodstuffs, domestic appliances and medicine.  The huge empire controlled by the military. The military control the means of transport…

Dossier

The Romani People in the Balkans.

The Balkans and central Eastern Europe are experiencing the most serious and sudden drop in population in the world. Actually, for more than twenty years, the birth rates have been constantly declining and have recently reached the critical threshold which, according to experts, may not guarantee generational replacement. The factors which determine this change are many, but…

Romania. Failure to integrate.

Romania, with its 19.6 million inhabitants, is going through a shocking demographic depopulation crisis. If the present pace were to continue, according to calculations made by the Romanian National Statistics Institute, the population would be reduced by around eight million in a matter of forty years, to below eleven million by 2060. According to experts, this imbalance…

Bulgaria. Social breakdown.

The Bulgarian demographic crisis is the one that is most critical due to the speed at which it is taking place. Here, too, there is a high probability that in the near future the Romani may become the most numerous ethnic group in the country. In this regard, the United Nations predict that in Bulgaria, in the…

Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Fragile countries.

Serbian demography is also following the trend of the other surrounding countries, registering a considerable decline in population, something that involves especially the citizens belonging to the Serbian ethnic group. Demographic studies inform us that, in the period from 1991 to 2011, the population changed from 8,010,000 to 7,186,000, while the population of autochthonous citizens recorded a…

Churches

The Catholic Church in Kyrgyzstan. A seed sprouting…

A small community that lives its faith through testimony. One of the…

The Catholic Church in Kazakhstan. Testifying through friendship…

Kazakhstan is the country of Central Asia with the largest number of…

Sudan. St Mary’s Hospital in Khartoum. At the…

St. Mary’s Hospital is located in the Arab market district of Khartoum.…

Sudan. Mission among the Nuer.

Comboni Missionaries have been living with the Nuer people for almost twenty…

Culture

Music. Mory Kanté. The Electric Griot.

His eighties hit Yeke Yeke made him one of the prime…

Colombia. The loss of an elder among indigenous communities.

Elderly people are the preservers of the historical memory of a…

Herbs & Plants. Aspalathus linearis. The medicinal Tea Plant.

It is used to treat different allergies and help various antioxidant-associated…

African Fashion. Between Creativity and Elegance.

Increasingly established designers, ever more inspired collections, ever more lavish fashion…

Opinion & Comment

Time for Africa to rid itself of racist colonial relics.

Anti-racism protests and the removal of colonial-era statues are signs of dealing with historical injustices. Africa…

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Africa’s eyes are still set on its future.

Africa is suffering a double whammy after many years of success. The Coronavirus, while not taking…

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Advocacy

Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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Baobab

The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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