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Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Political Situation

Most of the Eritrean People never regretted their independence from Ethiopia, and  their thereby becoming a sovereign country among the other nations. They also appreciated the heroes who brought about national freedom. At this moment in time most of the Eritrean people are fed up and would like this government to go. The fighters with…

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The Socio-Economic Situation

The first years after the independence there was regular economic growth, but with the outbreak of the border war with Ethiopia (1998-2000) the Socio-Economic Situation in Eritrea went into disarray. Since then the situation has deteriorated a lot. Due to the unlimited period of military service for most of the men, the continuous exodus of…

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Saudi Arabia and Iran battle for dominion of Islamic world

The emerging clash between Saudi Arabia and Iran has certain political and economic motives: differing positions on the issues of Syria and Yemen;  competition in oil production; the struggle for power on the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf. But this confrontation also has religious roots and is about whose form of Islam is destined to…

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The Injustice that Causes Poverty.

The world economic trade system is constantly depriving the poor of land and livelihood, fairness is excluded and corruption and exploitation take over the world. This evil system of unjust trade policies and practices is growing and has caused great damage to families. No less than Pope Francis himself condemned this unfettered liberal runaway economic…

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Eritrea. A desolate country

Eritrea is a small country in Eastern Africa situated along the Dead Sea coast. Its unique strategic location has for centuries made it a meeting place for Arab and African cultures as well as that of the Christian and Muslim religions. Even though the country is very small in size – 121,144 square kilometers –…

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Brazil. Catadores. A path of dignity.

The waste pickers in Marco Moura on the outskirts of Santa Rita, a city in the state of Paraiba, in the northeast of Brazil. A story of redemption that shows the way to hope, shared by a Comboni community living there. Marcos Moura is one of the poorest and most violent areas of the city…

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Venezuela. The Opposition’s top three priorities

Venezuela faces a new political landscape after a landslide Opposition victory in the last parliamentary elections. But the country’s destiny will be decided on an economic rather than a political basis. The opposition coalition, known as MUD (the Democratic Unity Roundtable) won a key two-thirds majority in the legislative elections held in Venezuela on 6…

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When Elephant was King.

At the beginning of time, before people lived on the earth, all the animals of the bush lived together under one king. That king was Elephant. King Elephant was fair to his subjects. He was able to maintain his authority without too much grumbling from them. There were, of course, several characters on whom Elephant…

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Book Review. Eritrea at a Crossroads

Few State  are, at the same time, so relevant for the news media (or at least for some of it) and so difficult to cover as Eritrea. Despite having been for years one of the countries from which a great number of refugees try to reach the shores of Europe, no truly new and reliable…

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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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