Monthly Archives: August 2015

Book Review – Africa Uprising

When in late October last year a wave of protest in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou forced the then president Blaise Compaoré to flee after 27 years in power, many political commentators began to wonder which country would be next. Adam Branch and Zachariah Mampilly, who at the time were working on a book on urban…

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Africa & Cybersecurity

The boom in global information and communication technologies (ICTs) has led not only to massively increased connectivity, but also to the unprecedented growth of criminality in this environment. Whether targeting individuals, banks, businesses or institutions, attacks take place through various means. These include the spread of malware and so-called ‘distributed denial of service’ attacks, whereby…

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Arms Trade: the business that knows no crisis.

With so many conflicts around the world, the global arms trade continues to increase. The Middle East region leads the trend. The geopolitical tensions which, in recent years, have destabilized the ‘hinge’ of Eurasia, the extensive belt of territories that stretches from the Middle East to the Caucasus and Ukraine, appear to affect the balance…

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Music. Monza, not just a “bad boy”

Politicians are often blamed if they try to wear more than one hat at a time, but Kane Limam, even though calling himself “president”, never faced such criticism. Despite his self-imposed nickname, in fact, he does not hold any office and is better known as Monza: he is one of the most skilled rappers in…

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DR.Congo. Land grabbing: colonial law prevails upon community rights

In a recent report, Congolese and European NGOs accuse a Canadian company and development agencies of land grabbing at the expanse of local communities. Yet, the land was leased by the state. Working conditions in industrial palm-oil plantations in North-East DRC described in the report « Agro-colonialism” in the Congo, by the Spanish-based NGO Grain…

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Dijbouti. The witness presence

Being a missionary in Dijbouti means seeking a dialogue with Islam and being confronted with the situation of the migrants and refugees in the country. Djibouti is often quoted in the press because of its strategic and military relevance or, more recently, for its ambitions as a potential commercial and economic gateway for both Africa…

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The Right to Land

Access to land is central to food security and the livelihood of individuals. When we talk about the fight against hunger and poverty reduction, we must consider not only the economic factors but, above all, the formal and informal rules that regulate access to land which is strictly linked to access to food. Food security…

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia’s ally against Shiite Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, is increasing its interests and investments in the Balkans and Ukraine. Over recent years the UAE and Serbia have strengthened ties, despite the UAE’s recognition of Kosovo’s independence. Serbia has become the UAE’s strategic partner in the Balkan region. The…

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Love the earth as yourself

The world was created by God so that all could have nourishment: “Food is not something to be consumed but a gift of God to be shared”. God created a world in which the living could live and therefore find nourishment. The first pages of Genesis tell the story of creation. God entrusts food to…

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The Right to Food

The right to adequate food as a human right was first formally recognized by the United Nations in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. It was further recognized in Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in1966, (entered into force in 1976), which stated that, “Everyone has…

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Malawi. Gule Wamkulu. Dance of the Spirits

The ‘gule Wamkulu’ is both a secret cult and a ritual dance performed by people wearing character masks or disguised as animals, who represent the world of the spirits. This ritual performance, which is aimed at preserving traditional values, is practiced among the Chewa people on various occasions. Among this population, as in the majority…

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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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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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