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Monthly Archives: May 2012

South Sudan – Hard lines

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  The South Sudanese literally walk over vast crude deposits, yet over 51 percent of the 9 million citizens live below the poverty line, the country faces a big food gap and austerity measures are choking the economy. Twenty one years of civil war left the infrastructure in ruins and South Sudan needs sustainable peace…

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Madagascar – Worrying signs

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  Madagascar is on edge. Some insiders predict that the unity government headed by the prime minister Jean Omer Beriziky could collapse soon. It could also be the case of all other transitional institutions. Further complex issues have emerged while the solution to the political crisis is moving at slow pace. Observers express concern about…

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Maghreb – Arab spring in the ballot box

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  The foreseen contagion did not happen in Algeria. Islamic parties have found a new majority in Tunisia, morocco, Egypt, where they dominate parliaments, not so in the largest North African country. The Green Alliance – formed by three Islamic movements: the Movement for society and peace (MSP), El Islah and Ennahada – lost the…

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France-Africa – Winds of change

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  The election of a socialist French President has raised hopes both in France and in Africa to put an end to the old paternalistic and neo-colonial political and business networks dubbed as Françafrique. Former President Sarkozy was close to transnational companies such as the logistics giant Bolloré, which manages a number of African railways…

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South Sudan: Standoff

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  Joe Vieira, from Juba The political situation between South Sudan and Sudan took a turn to the worse at the end of January when the Government of Juba decided to turn off the pumps in its oil fields accusing Khartoum of stealing the crude and demanding unreasonable fees to allow the export of oil…

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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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