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News & Analysis | May 2024

The Svalbard islands, the Russian challenge to NATO in the Arctic ice.

The Svalbard archipelago, in the far North of the Arctic, has been an object of deep geopolitical interest for the Russian Federation for decades. The area is still governed by the 1920 Treaty, which gave Norway limited sovereignty over the archipelago. The Treaty of Svalbard,…

Dossier

Mauritania. Beyond the dunes.

The presidential elections, scheduled for June 22, constitute a test for the Mauritanian political system. The outgoing president, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, elected for the first time in 2019, is widely expected to win. The majority parties have designated him as their candidate ever since the announcement of the elections last December by the Independent National Electoral Commission (Ceni). The…

How to stem the progress of Jihad.

Nouakchott has not suffered large-scale attacks for 12 years. There are three reasons: collaboration with neighbouring countries, the intervention of religious authorities and having "institutionalised" the demands of Islamist parties and movements. The Sahel is an endemically poor region and Mauritania struggled significantly after independence, to achieve economic development that lived up to expectations. Over the…

Economy. Oil & Gas and Green hydrogen.

The government is focusing on green hydrogen to diversify the rapidly growing economy, aiming for growth in the renewable energy sector. The country is among those most suffering from the climate crisis with increasingly frequent and destructive floods and longer periods of drought. On the one hand, the prospect of becoming Africa's third largest gas exporter in a…

Islam. Close Alliance with Power.

The Muslim religion is the unifying feature of Mauritanian culture and society which, however, presents notable differences in other aspects. To fully understand the extent of Islam’s role in the country, we must start from the decision taken in 1958 when it was not yet independent, to define itself as the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. It might…

Churches

The Asian Faces of Mary.

Non-Christians venerate Mary in Asia. Mary stands as an interreligious bridge that…

Talitha Kum against people trafficking.

Fifteen years ago, Talitha Kum was established as an International Network of…

Myanmar. They survived the Loikaw inferno.

Former Burma has become an open-air prison since the military junta took…

Angola. Santa Teresa Education Centre. Educate in values.

The Sisters who belong to the Slaves of the Divine Heart run…

Culture

Uganda. The King. Looking for a wife.

The marriage of the Kabaka of Buganda renews his royal status.…

Music. The soul of Madagascar.

Malagasy music is a rainbow of vivid colours, cheerful and full…

Ivory Coast. The three rivers.

The two ethnic groups of the Agni-Baulé  in Ivory Coast have…

Ghana. Living Art in Tamale.

In recent years the inhabitants of this northern city have witnessed…

Opinion & Comment

EU Bishops in view of the 2024 elections.

Given the elections for the European Parliament to be held on 6-9 June 2024, the Commission…

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Urbanisation and Climate Change in Africa.

About 53% of Africa's population lives in rural areas. Six decades ago, it was 85.38 percent.…

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Advocacy

Sister Nelly, a mother for women prisoners.

For more than twenty-five years, Sr. Nelly Leòn Correa from Chile has accompanied inmates in and outside the prison and created the "Mujer, Levántate" (Woman,…

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Baobab

The Mask of Genius.

It was a scorching dawn. Scattered across the vast grassy savannah beyond the rocky mountains, the villages seemed to bleach under the thick blanket of clay…

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Youth & Mission

A ‘Catholic Toolkit for Young Europeans’ ahead of 2024 EU…

As the 2024 European elections approach, COMECE (Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union) has released the ‘Catholic Toolkit for Young Europeans’. This comprehensive toolkit…

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