Monthly Archives: January 2015

South Africa. Energy – Power for the future

Technically speaking, they call them ‘load-sheddings’ but they actually are scheduled blackouts, which can last for hours. They are well-known by South Africans, who already experienced them in 2008 and in the last months repeatedly faced them again. Even big cities as Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town have not been spared and the result…

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Health and environmental risks

Getting closer – also through the already mentioned nuclear deals – to Russia and other BRIC countries has also been a way for South Africa to find powerful allies on various issues being discussed within the international community. Among those, climate change is one of the most relevant and, given the fact that South Africa…

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Togo. Beyond mere numbers

The Wachi, an ethnic group in southern Togo. They are agriculturalists and live off the products of the land. The cosmological and religious thinking of this group contains an infinity of symbols. Let us take a glance at the numbers that mean much more than a way of counting. Among the important numbers some are…

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Music – African Ambassador

‘Blitz the Ambassador’ is not the usual New York City rapper winking at Africa, at least for one reason: he was born and raised in Accra, Ghana, before moving to the United States. This probably had an influence on the nom de plume he chose for himself and his band – which is called the…

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China. Xinjiang: a potential tinderbox

Tension is high in the Chinese area around the old Silk Road. Beijing fears a possible alliance between Uighur separatists and Jihadist factions and has tightened its grip across Xinjiang. A video released by the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) has especially alarmed Beijing’s government. The video, in fact, shows a terrorist with Chinese facial…

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Isis and North African labourers

The Islamic Maghreb is one of those areas throughout which ISIS intends to expand the boundaries of the recently established Islamic Caliphate. Many Takfirist jihadists currently fighting in IS ranks are from North Africa. According to ‘The Economist’, there are several North African jihadists fighting in Syria. Tunisia is the biggest “exporter” of jihadists: the…

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The Nuclear Power

The amount of money was huge: 111 billion rand, more than 7,5 billion euro, for building 6 to 8 nuclear power plant and turn the government’s project into reality. When Energy minister Tina Joemat-Petterson, at the end of September 2014, announced a deal with Russia’s State-owned Rosatom, the news was widely commented on by both…

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Spiritual Economy to Live Well

Spirituality must give a soul to the economy. “The market was made for human beings and not human beings for the market”. When a Brazilian company built the Tucuruí hydroelectric dam in the Amazon, different groups in defence of the Indians tried to impede the construction. When they could do so no more, they insisted…

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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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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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