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News & Analysis | August 2022

DRC/Rwanda. The East African Community destabilized by the rebel upsurge in Eastern Congo.

A rebel upsurge in Eastern Congo has led to a spectacular rise of tensions between the DRC and Rwanda. The East African Community is faced with the challenge of bringing back peace between two of its members. Since the end of 2021, hostilities have resumed…

Dossier

Suriname. A Multi-coloured Country.

It is the smallest country in South America with a population of just over 600,000 inhabitants and a population rate that has been steadily decreasing since 1970.  About 245,000 people live in Paramaribo, the capital.  Located near the mouth of the 480 km  long Suriname River that crosses the country from south to east, colonial architecture…

Ethnic Variety.

The period of Dutch colonization made the country one of the main crossroads of both the slave trade and the migration of labour to be employed in plantations and mines, leaving as a legacy the multi-ethnicity dictated by the mixing of cultures, languages, and religions. This, however, has had little effect on the divisions between the various…

Immense Natural Resources.

Suriname is a country rich in natural resources in terms of biodiversity, fresh water, raw materials, and cultural heritage. The mining sector is linked to the extraction of bauxite, gold (which is extracted from the alluvial deposits of Saramacca and Lawa), silver, nickel, and crude oil (which is extracted from an offshore field off the coast of…

New political openings.

Suriname is a unitary Republic with executive power vested in the President of the Republic, who is elected by the members of parliament for a five-year term; while the Chamber, composed of 51 seats, has legislative power. The 51 members of the assembly are chosen from the ten electoral districts into which the country is divided from…

Churches

Reflection. Daily Marys.

In the Central Latin-American tradition, devotion is strong to Our Lady with…

Towards the 2023 Synod. The Challenge of Listening.

‘Listening’ means taking on board the new geometry of the Church: circular,…

XI Assembly of the World Council of Churches.…

After last year's postponement due to Covid-19, the XI World Assembly of…

Kenya. The Thousand Faces of the Parish Community.

A large number of initiatives have been started in the parish of…

Culture

Nollywood in Netflix Sauce.

The Blood Sisters miniseries has disembarked on Netflix. Filmed during the…

Books. Summer Reading.

Three interesting books for this summer. Why is Africa still perceived as…

Music. Houeida Hedfi. In the Rivers of the Soul.

Sounds with an unmistakably Arabian and Middle Eastern flavour, the sort…

Herbs & Plants. Euclea natalensis. An important medicinal plant in Tropical…

It is an important and frequently used medicinal plant in tropical…

Opinion & Comment

Colombia. The Challenges of the New President.

The Colombian presidential election showed a clear victory for the centre-left candidate Gustavo Petro. Although it…

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Sri Lanka. What next?

At the height of the numerous protests that have swept through Sri Lanka over the past…

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Advocacy

The use of language at global climate talks.

The yearly UN climate summit or Conference of the Parties (COP) produces international agreements that guide countries in their response to the climate crisis. At…

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Baobab

How the Tiger Got His Stripes.

Once upon a time, ages and ages ago, so long ago that the tiger had no stripes upon his back and the rabbit still had his…

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Youth & Mission

African Youth Survey 2022.

The 2022 African Youth Survey (AYS) sponsored by Ichikowitz Family Foundation, a leading African foundation encouraging active citizenship across the continent, shows how young Africans plan…

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