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News & Analysis | March 2020

Arms Trafficking. The Sahel Connection.

The arms trade criss-crosses the Sahel region. To the north highly organised networks of traffickers operate. On the opposite bank the local intermediaries come into play. The Niger River is over four thousand kilometres long. It is an impressive current of fresh water which,…

Dossier

Jordan at the Crossroads.

Jordan is a country marked by ‘artificial’ borders, drawn on a map in the wake of World War I and the new world order that emerged from it. These borders extend from the fertile lands of the Jordan River and the shores of the Dead Sea, to the desert of Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The country has…

Economy and Refugees.

Jordan has few resources. It is one of the world's leading exporters of phosphate, but prices for this commodity fluctuate frequently and in the past ten years they have dropped considerably. Recently, the Hashemite Kingdom has discovered substantial quantities of high-quality shale-oil in many areas south and east of the capital Amman. Their exploitation could begin in…

The ‘Deal of the Century’ .

The latest ‘Peace’ plan, the so-called ‘Deal of the Century’ by US President Donald Trump has added more pressure on King Abdullah. Jordan plays a crucial role in President Trump’s ‘project’, which at its essence implies the retirement of the two-state solution (Israel and a Palestinian State, entirely independent, comprising of the entire West Bank, the return…

The custodian of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Inevitably, the Jordanian government - and the political arrangement, which has taken decades to craft in order to achieve the present equilibrium among the Jordanian tribes, the Palestinians and the religious authorities – will lose legitimacy. The Jordanian monarch, pressed with the difficult decision of having to compromise the interests of the various political actors, will necessarily…

Churches

'Querida Amazonia'. Looking far.

The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of the Holy Father Francis, Querida Amazonia, was…

Philippines. On the side of the underdog.

A Benedictine theologian, activist, missionary and intellectual, Sr. Mary John Mananzan speaks…

Chad / Mons. Miguel Sebastian, “Let us not…

A country where injustice and impunity reign. A government that threatens the…

Uganda. Father Giuseppe Ambrosoli, a Blessed for Africa.

On 22 November 2020, the Italian Comboni priest Father Giuseppe Ambrosoli will…

Culture

Brazil. The Magic and Colour of Movement.

A school of dance for the blind, the only one of…

Herbs & Plants. Manilkara mochisia. A vital medicine plant.

It is used to treat backache and brittle bones. The…

Uganda. Giving Away the Bride.

With the Ankole people in the Western part of Uganda, the…

Bolivia. The Corn Festival.

Sara Raymi is the feast of corn celebrated by the Andean…

Opinion & Comment

Africa. Illicit Financial Flows in the Mining Sector.

The European Commission recognises that mining and extractive companies in Africa are responsible for 65% of…

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South Africa. 2020: The year of Reckoning.

The year 2020 is going to tell us a lot about the long-term future of our…

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Advocacy

The president Trump’s plan for ‘Peace to Prosperity’.

“President Trump announced the launch of his Deal of the Century to achieve peace between Israel and Palestine.” “Donald Trump’s peace plan isn’t a plan…

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Baobab

The Hippo and the Elephant.

Once upon a time it so happened that there was a Hippopotamus and an Elephant living in the same ancient forest, in the same ancient land…

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Youth & Mission

African Youth activists and climate change.

Africa emits only 5% of world greenhouse gas emissions yet is most at risk from worsening heatwaves, droughts and floods. African youth activists urged their governments to…

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