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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

Widen the horizon of Empowered Women.

Concluding the Special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis in his homily said with a witty remark that the final document speaking of…

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Baobab

Hare and the Hyena.

0ne day, a long time ago when there was a famine in a certain part of Africa, Hare met Hyena. “How thin you are looking,” said…

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Youth & Mission

Young Indios: “The world must listen to us”.

During the Synod for Amazonia, we heard stories of young Indios who struggle against environmental exploitation, in recognition of their own identity, and they want to…

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