Monthly Archives: April 2015

Music – Sia Tolno, African Woman

“I’m a very changeable person: I don’t wear the same face everyday”. The description Sia Tolno gives of herself also fits with the musical works of this 40 years old Guinean woman: so far, none of her four albums have resembled the previous. Tolno ascribed this to a mere attempt of finding a style that…

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DR Congo. The UN to stay for another twenty years

There are concrete signs that the mandate MONUSCO, the UN largest mission in the world, could be extended year after year for the next two decades. The problem however is its efficiency is questioned and that its relations with the Congolese authorities is deteriorating. The United Nations Mission for the Stabilisation of Congo (MONUSCO), whose…

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Book Review – Congo

Since Joseph Conrad wrote Heart of Darkness in 1899, the country which is now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been the subject of many novels, stories and reports. Authors such as André Gide, Graham Greene, Ryszard Kapuściński, Norman Mailer and V.S. Naipaul have written about it, not to mention historians such…

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Islamic theology: “We must be pioneers of change”.

Misleading interpretation of the Koran may lead to violence. The commitment of Muslim women theologians and the search for the common good. We spoke with Shahrzad Houshmand, a Muslim theologian of Iranian origins, professor of Islamic studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,…

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Making choices

Our life is full of choices: some regular and daily (but not less important) other extraordinary and that last a lifetime. Life is full of hard choices and the bigger they are and the more options they have, the harder they get to make. Most of the times, our choices and our decisions are not…

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Geostrategic significance of Asia-Pacific

Factories in the Far East and South East Asia export manufactured products and import copious loads of energy and raw materials, essential to make industries work and for life in the overpopulated cities. Half of the world’s maritime trade passes through the Indonesian Straits of Sunda, Lombok and Malacca which makes the Asia-Pacific region emerge…

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How the Leopard got his spots

Long ago, Leopard and Fire were the best of friends. Every morning, without fail, Leopard made a special effort to visit his friend even though the journey took him quite a distance from his own home. It had never before bothered him that Fire did not visit him in return, until the day his wife…

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Syria. Four years later. A world of refugees.

From youth protests to all-out civil war. A destroyed country with more than 220,000 deaths. President Assad is firmly in power. An uncertain future. From a slogan painted on the wall of a high school to a civil war with 220,000 deaths. Three million 800 thousand refugees from Syria to neighbouring countries, nearly 8 million…

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Islam: Between tradition and modernity

Muslims in the world are currently more than one and a half billion, the majority of whom are not Arabs, and not all Arabs are Muslims, even if Islam sinks its roots in the culture and history of Arabs. The Arabia land was, in fact, the place where Islam started in the seventh century AD.…

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The challenge of modernity

Modernity is an issue that involves all cultures and religions. It is a mandatory step which doctrines of all religions have to deal with. It implies a deep review of history, culture and religion. The debate between science and faith is expected to continue in the future. The fundamentalist guidelines within modern Islam, can be…

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Muslim belief and worship

The longest list of articles regarding the Islamic faith in the Koran, is in Surah 2, verse 177 ,’Faith is Belief in God, Belief in His Angels, Belief in His Books, Belief in His Prophets and Messengers, Belief in the Day of Judgment, Belief in God’s Divine Decree. The theological debate, which can sometimes have…

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Reportage. Nigeria – Escaping Boko Haram

They flee, leaving everything behind them. They find shelter with relatives and friends. Only a few of them prefer to go to the official centres administered by the government. Director of Caritas Nigeria urges: “Camps with adequate sanitation and hygiene facilities are urgently needed.” Only ten months ago, Mohammed Bashiru was an entrepreneur living a…

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Rely on one own strength first.

We are in Pikine, a Dakar suburb, Senegal. Father Armel Duteil, is the one telling the story. He is an 80-year-old Spiritan missionary. French by…

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The Water-Buffalo and the Tiger.

Once there lived a hard-working farmer in a small village who had a water-buffalo. Every day, with his plough on his shoulder, he led his water-buffalo…

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Youth & Mission

Nine Challenges Facing Young People in Syria.

For over nine years, violence and displacement have devastated opportunities for youth across the country. Here are nine of the most pressing challenges facing young people…

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