Monthly Archives: November 2014

Business and Human Rights in Africa: An unhappy marriage?

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights(The UN Guiding Principles) clearly distinguishes between the responsibilities of the various players, and helps to clarify the complex interface between human rights and companies. In June 2011, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) unanimously endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). It…

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China. The Kirgiz Falconers

Falconry is an essential part of Kirgiz traditions and culture. The majestic grasslands, rugged deserts and snow-capped mountains of western Xinjiang have been home to China’s largest community of ethnic Kirgiz for centuries. A Muslim-Turkic people, China’s Kirgiz are the linguistic and ethnic brethren of the Central Asian Kirgiz that constitute the majority population of…

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Book review – Sudan and South Sudan: incomplete divorce

Few issues, in African history, are as intricate and deep rooted in time as the tensions between Sudan and what is now South Sudan. Dealing with it in an unbiased way is a challenge for every journalist or scholar: and this is exactly what James Copnall tries to do in his latest book “A poisonous…

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South Sudan at a crossroads

After ten months of bad-tempered negotiations President Salva Kiir and former vice-president Riek Machar have finally signed a peace agreement. It is the fourth one. The appeal of the Catholic bishops for peace. President Kiir and his former vice-president Machar, have acknowledged “collective responsibility for the crisis in South Sudan that has taken a great…

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Togo. The Wachi World

The Wachi are an ethnic group in the south of Togo. They are a people with a great variety of symbols and are very religious. We take a glance at their cosmic view. The Wachi see the world as an organic whole, made up of four elements: earth, sky, fire and water. While water comes…

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Why Elephant has a Trunk

In the beginning of time, the Creator brought forth all the animals of the bush and birds and insects of the air from the roots of a huge baobab tree. Most of the creatures look the same as they did then, but some have changed in appearance since the time of Creation. One such animal…

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Africa. Ebola – Missionaries on the Front Line

They stay behind despite a very real danger/fear of contagion because Africa is truly their home. “At this moment of pain and uncertainty we cannot abandon our people; we can only try to bring them a bit of hope”. These are the encouraging words of Fr. Luigi Brioni, an Italian Xaverian Missionary living in Sierra…

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Life is full of choices

We need to ask ourselves if the choices and decisions , we make every day are truly good, positive, ethical, and virtuous choices. If you were asked what makes you human, different from the rest of God’s creatures, what would you say? Can you answer right away or are you now trying to list what…

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The changing of the guard

After the death of Niyazov in 2006,’free’ elections were held to elect his successor. Former Health Minister, Berdymukhamedov, strongly supported by the then head of the Presidential Security Akhmat Rejepov, was elected President of Turkmenistan on 11 February 2007 with 89.2% of the vote. Berdymukhamedov’s victory was certainly facilitated by the way of sorting the…

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The Covid-19 Pandemic Advocacy.

Advocacy is Re-active while "forcing" us because problems or issues are already there. Then we use advocacy to respond, seeking to address or reducing their…

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The Fox, the Monkey, the Hare and the Horse.

The fox is the wicked animal in the forest, and everyone hates him. He is for ever cheating people and playing tricks on everyone. There is…

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Youth & Mission

The African Youth Survey 2020. Vibrant Afro-optimism rises.

A comprehensive survey of Africa’s youth – the African Youth Survey 2020 –has just revealed a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth driven by a strong…

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