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Monthly Archives: December 2015

The papaya, a gift of God …

Sweet as honey, just slightly acidic with a pulp that varies in tones ranging from intense yellow to orange, terracotta, salmon pink and fiery red.  With a skin smooth and delicate to the touch. And powerful medicine properties. According to people from the Americas, for the pleasure and health of humankind, God created a fruit…

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Islamic Extremism. Between Fear and Terror

The latest terrorist attacks in Paris and in Bamako (Mali) have drawn, once again, the attention on Islamic extremist groups. They have spread death across the Middle East, Africa and now at the heart of Europe. We look at the phenomenon:  causes, characteristics, diversity and challenges.  Al-Qaeda, Abu Sayyaf, Boko Haram, Al-Shabab, ISIS, Khorasan, Al-Nusra,…

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The Jubilee of Mercy

The extraordinary Holy Year declared by Pope Francis (December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016) will have at its centre the mercy of God. The ‘Misericordiae Vultus’, Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy outlines the main themes and intentions for the Jubilee. The name ‘jubilee’ is derived from the Hebrew jobel, the…

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The lion, the hare and the hyena

A  lion once lived alone in a cave. In his younger days the solitude had not worried him, but not very long before this tale begins, he had hurt his leg so badly that he had been unable to provide food for himself, and he had begun to realise that companionship had its advantages. Things…

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Climate Conference : Africans likely to be disappointed

In  the Paris Climate Conference, there are little signs that African demands concerning the financing of adaptation and mitigation costs by developed countries will be met. Africa is hit climate injustice. Though it only contributes 3 percent of green house gases (GHG), the continent is likely to suffer the most from climate change. Food security…

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Climate Change. Time running out

December 2015 will define the course of humanity’s survival at the crunch U.N. climate conference in Paris, known as the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) . COP is an annual meeting of countries mandated by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) . After two decades of meetings, this year’s COP is expected…

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Iraq. Erbil Archbishop’s appeal

The dramatic situation of refugees and displaced people. The responsibility of the international community. The possibility of a new international intervention to stop the Islamic State. We spoke with Monsignor Bashar Matti Warda, Archbishop of Erbil. “The more time passes, the more Christians lose hope to be able to return to their homes. One year…

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Book Review – Islamic State, Rewriting History

Apart from being pointed at as the most credible menace for stability in the Middle East and the West, the self-proclaimed Islamic State (Is) is also a case study for experts in history and political science. How one among the many militias active in post-Saddam Hussein Iraq could turn into a regional actor capable of…

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Guatemala. Childbirth in Maya society

The birth of a child is particularly meaningful among the Maya people since it represents a link with the divine will. The nawal, the spirit protector, is attached to  a person at the moment of his birth and thus connects the profane with the sacred world. When a woman  realises she is pregnant, she visits…

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Advocacy

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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Baobab

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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