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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Land – The role of the Church

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  The Church has always been aware that the distribution of land plays an important role in the struggle for justice and equality, particularly in rural societies.  In 1997, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace issued an important document on land reform. It strongly criticized the accumulation of large stretches of land in the…

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Land – Myth and reality

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  Those who want to lay their hands on land cover-up their real intentions with myths. These are some of the misleading arguments used to justify land grabbing. There is much unused or underused land in Africa.When you look down from a plane, you might think there is plenty of uncultivated land. On the ground,…

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Land – The social and human rights dimensions

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 A fair distribution of resources is a question of justice, and a call for justice is at the heart of most religious traditions. Not only African spirituality but also biblical tradition, Christian social ethics, human rights pacts and international law can provide a framework to approach complex land issues and provide orientations to find just…

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Africa – Land Grabbing

“One morning, in our village of Samana Dugu in Mali, some bulldozers appeared and started clearing the land. When we protested, the police came and began to beat us and many of us were arrested,” said Assame Sidibé, the community leader. “Our local politician arrived later and told us that a foreign company got the…

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Latin America – The Art of good living

Good living, or buen vivir in Spanish – living in harmony with oneself, other members of the community, nature and one’s surroundings – is central to indigenous life. “Each indigenous community has its own way of interpreting the concept of buen vivir,” says Cecilia Ramírez, a representative of the International Indigenous Women’s Forum and member…

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Advocacy

10 Ways We Pretend War is Not a Crime.

Advocacy, more than economic interests, is about consciousness and knowledge. It is about building a strong democracy, holding those in power accountable. It is about…

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Baobab

Why the Hippo lives in the Water.

Many years ago the hippopotamus, whose name was Isantim, was one of the biggest kings on the land; he was second only to the elephant. The…

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Youth & Mission

Saving the Planet and Ourselves.

Australia, Philippines, California and Central and South Africa have been recently hit by severe drought and endless forest fires.  Thousands are suffering. Plants and animals perish.…

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