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News & Analysis | May 2021

Cote d’Ivoire. Old and new challenges.

Former President Laurent Gbagbo has received the green light to take back his role on the political scene of Cote d’Ivoire. Apparently, he has now the possibility to engage again in the fight for predominance that he has been fighting for thirty years. A fight…

Dossier

Rare-Earth Elements. A new Eldorado.

The sustainable future of humanity is bound by a double cord to the Rare Earth Elements (REEs) due to their special electromagnetic properties, both magnetic and optic. For the most part unfamiliar, there are the 17 metals of the periodic table of chemical elements, with colours varying from grey to silver. Bright, malleable and ductile, they include…

China global leader in Rare-Earth elements.

China not has only reached 62% of the mineral production, around 90% of its overall subsequent refinement and 36,6% of world reserves of rare-earth elements. Chinese strategy for the control of rare metals has historically shown itself successful from the economic and geopolitical viewpoints. Somewhat less fiscally and environmentally. 1975-1990: how it started? China has been exporting…

Rare Earth Elements. Latin America and Africa. Great dreams.

Latin America has reserves of rare earth and 'technological metals' estimated to amount to 50 million tons. This is around 40% of the world total. In Bolivia alone, resources (potential reserves) of lithium, used in making batteries and electric cars, may be as much as 21 million tons. The second in line is Argentina with 17…

Rare Earths. Future prospects?

How does the rare earth market work? Which are the more desirable elements and which companies are best positioned to exploit and sell them on? Will China’s dominance be challenged one day? We asked Nikolas Toleris, Senior Equity Research Analyst at Metals & Mining of Mirabaud Securities Limited, a Swiss investment company based in Geneva.  How would…

Churches

Colombia. Bishop receives death threats.

For months he travels in an armoured car and an armed police…

DR Congo. Giving dignity and independence.

The Daniel Comboni House of the Comboni Missionary Sisters is a structure…

Nigeria. Telling their tales of suffering.

Kidnappings, rapes and murders are part of daily life for many in…

DR.Congo/Nigeria/Ghana. Towards new life.

On a hill in the city of Bukavu in the south of…

Culture

Music. Fatima Said. Enchanting Voice.

Capable, beautiful and full of positive energy, the Egyptian soprano Fatma…

Kenya. Rose Wanjikũ Mũriũ. Karate girl.

She wants to make history: to be the first Kenyan Karate…

Herbs & Plants. Canarium schweinfurtii. A Medicinal Plant.

Known as African olive or bush candle, this tropical tree is…

Mexico. Weaving culture.

Within the priceless cultural heritage that is preserved among the Indian…

Opinion & Comment

The Energy Charter Treaty. A New Threat to Africa.

The Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) is an international treaty that came into force in the last…

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The Global South Is in Debt Pandemic.

Without a doubt, the Covid-19 pandemic represents the most severe developmental setback in recent history. But…

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Advocacy

From Mother Earth to Earth's Mothers.

Mother's Day for the year 2021 is celebrated on Sunday, May 9th. It is a time to honor mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers for their contribution to family and society.…

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Baobab

The Leopard and the Hare.

Once upon a time there was some trouble between a leopard and a hare. The leopard had cheated the hare of his goat. As the leopard…

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Youth & Mission

African Youth and Migration

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), even before the COVID-19 pandemic, young people were around three times more likely to be unemployed. The pandemic has further…

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