Monthly Archives: October 2015

Why Tortoise’s Shell is not Smooth

The moon had been rising late every night until it was seen only at dawn. Nakerekere and her mother sat on a mat on the floor after their supper. The world was silent except for the shrill cry of insects, which was part of the night, and the sound of wooden mortar and pestle as…

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Oman. Elections: women’s marginal role

The citizens of the Sultanate of Oman will be called upon to vote for the Consultative Assembly in the upcoming elections on 31 October. Few opportunities for women. The Sultanate of Oman , which is located in the south eastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula, occupies a strategic geographical position. It is crossed by the…

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Egypt. The hidden charm of graves

The City of the Dead, or simply Al-Qarafa (the cemetery), as the inhabitants of Cairo call this extreme place on the border between the countryside and the city, between the living and the dead, is the largest cemetery in Egypt and home to  hundreds of thousands of ‘souls in the flesh’. This Islamic cemetery in…

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The refugees are our responsibility

The large numbers of war refugees and poverty stricken migrants pouring into Europe is a matter for immediate concern and action. But it should be concern and action primarily for the displaced and suffering refugees and those fleeing sub-human conditions and political systems where human rights violations, religious persecution and injustice are so cruel and…

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Between history and current events

In the past, Laos has long had a major influence in the whole complex Indochinese mosaic with kingdoms located in areas crucial to the control of the Mekong and areas considered central to local cultures and the spread of Buddhism. In times like today it is under the constant threat of warlike neighbours, Khmer, Thai,…

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Nicaragua. The Nica Halloween

The Agüizotes Feast is celebrated on the last Friday of October. Ghosts, which have struck the imagination of children, young people and adults for centuries, come out and walk about the dark alleys of the city of Masaya in the darkness of the night. Los Agüizotes is the festival in Nicaragua where death comes disguised…

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Number of women legislators inches upward in Africa

According to Aili Mari Tripp, a professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US: “ “One of the most fascinating developments in African politics has been the increase in women’s political participation since the mid-199os”.  Besides the two female heads of state, Ms. Tripp bases her upbeat assessment on…

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Antarctica. Missionaries at the end of the earth.

Two missionaries talk to us about their mission at the Antarctic glaciers. White is made up of many colours. “It can be as cold as 60° below zero here, but despite that, it has been a magnificent experience”,  Father Dan Doyle tells Southworld. He is going to be the last among the New Zealand priests…

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Laotian Economy

Research in the development and maintenance of ecological balance, modern and traditional ways of life, independence and increasing foreign influence, socialist and democratic demands the deep dualism of Laos also extends to its two largest cities: busy and modern with more ambitions than Vientiane excesses, that from a dusty plain overlooking the banks of the…

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Brazil. Environment: mine & mission

Mining exploitation threatens not only the environmental balance but often also violates human rights. The struggle of the missionaries from the grassroots up to the United Nations. “As Pope Francis has said, there is a big difference between guarding and looting the environment. We are witnessing massive looting, which has been going on for years.…

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Music. DR Congo. Rhythm from the mines

Times have changed and even the performers’ faces have, but more than fifty years later, the ‘Jecoke’ are still there, in Lubumbashi. This Congolese city is mostly known for being the capital of the resource-rich province of Katanga (which, according to a recently approved law, is due to be split in four in the near…

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Peru/Bolivia. Life around Lake Titicaca

Few borders in the world show as much cultural similarity on both sides as the one between Peru and Bolivia. In the Andean highlands, Lake Titicaca joins these two countries whose cultures have evolved together for most of history. There is no change of culture or scenery when you cross to the other side. Lake…

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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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