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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Earth Summit – Wrong pathway

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  In 1992, the World celebrated the first Earth Summit. That meeting decided on a series of actions to fight climate change and support biodiversity, as well as commitments on poverty eradication and social justice. Yet, in the past 20 years, global emissions have risen by 48%, 300m hectares of forest have been cleared and the…

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Israel – Black shadows

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  Like everything else in Israel, the question is complicated. Lacking a clear majority, all recent governments have had to include Jewish fundamentalist parties in their coalitions. In turn, these impose unsavoury choices regarding religious and ethnic issues. The latest problem is the growing presence of African migrants. Facing economic depression, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu…

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Madagascar – Plundering resources

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  The sale of 1.3 million hectares in 2008 to the South Korean company Daewoo was one of the major issues behind the 2009 protests against the government of Marc Ravalomanana, now exiled in South Africa. Under the new government of Andry Rajoelina, negotiations on land seem to happen more at regional and local levels.…

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Angola – Strategic alliance

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  Last April, José Manuel Durrão Barroso visited Angola; the first President of the European Commission to do so. Barroso’s objective is to transform Angola into a strategic partner of the European Union. This means building a relationship through bilateral political and economical relations, but also agreements on vital global issues such as the security…

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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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