Monthly Archives: May 2016

The jihadist offensive in West Africa

The terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou (capital of Burkina Faso) and Grand Bassam (tourist region of Ivory Coast) have shown that all West African countries are at risk of terrorism. Extremist groups of jihadist matrix, both the major ones (AQIM- Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and Daesh) and the minor ones (Macina Liberation Front, Ansar Dine,…

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Leaving home.

In Europe, the phrase ‘African migration’ is almost exclusively associated with people trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea on dinghies or old, overcrowded boats, but this is just a part of the picture, as Africans themselves know very well. On the one hand, those leaving the continent aren’t only doing so by sea (even if…

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The wisdom of the eagle’s feather.

” I hope you can find that which gives your life deep meaning, something for which life is worth living perhaps even dying for. Something which arouses in you energy and enthusiasm and which allows you to continue on your path. I cannot say what this consists of, as you need to discover it in…

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The Exhortation. A conscience that listens to the Word of God.

In all, nine chapters and 264 pages, a long and complex document: Amoris Laetitia, ‘The Joy of Love’ is the document with which Pope Francis concludes the process of the two Synods dedicated to the family. Here is a commentary by the Prior of Bose, Enzo Bianchi. The fruit of listening and discernment by the…

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Japan. The way of the Kami. Living the Sacred.

The Japanese religions may be compared to a multi-coloured tapestry depicting diverse traditions with a history going back almost two thousand years, a journey towards others and towards nature. Japanese religious culture is composed mainly of Shintoism and Buddhism, both influenced by Confucian ideas and values and, to a lesser extent, by western Christianity. Historically,…

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Peru. Keiko Fujimori can’t avoid run-off election for the presidency.

Daughter of former dictator won first round and will face right-wing candidate Pedro Pablo Kuczynski for the presidency. Almost 40 percent of the more than 21 million voters in Peru casted their votes for Keiko Fujimori Higuchi, of Fuerza Popular, also known as “fujimorismo,” in the first round that took place on April 10 to…

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Advocating for change.

In their 2015 book, Africa uprising, already regarded as one of the  most important studies on grassroots political movements in the continent, academics Zachariah Mamphilly and Adam Branch offer many insights on the political consequences of youth discontent. ‘A growing political society of frustrated youth – they write among other things – is a recipe…

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Prunus Africana. A Wonder Medicinal Plant

It belongs to the Rosaceae family and it is also called the red stinkwood tree. The plant is called stinkwood because it has wood with an unpleasant odour. The genus name ‘Prunus’ is derived from the Latin word which refers to the plum family and the scientific name “Prunus africana” refers to the species of…

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Philippines. To empower poor people.

She has been arrested and detained, harassed and also sued but this Benedictine nun continues her anti-mining advocacy and promotion of sustainable agriculture in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao. Sr. Stella Matutina of the Order of St. Benedict has her fair share of harassment because of her missionary work across Southern Philippines. In 2009,…

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DR of Congo. Ex-governor of Katanga in pole position for the presidential race.

After Jean-Pierre Bemba’s condemnation by the International Criminal Court, last March, the ex-governor of Katanga is emerging as the opposition candidate for the November 2016 presidential race. The guilty verdict issued on the last 21 March by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Jean-Pierre Bemba is a turning point in the DRC’s political life. The…

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Ivory Coast, singing against terror.

Grand Bassam is wounded, and yet, she sings. Or better, a number of Ivorian artists have chosen to celebrate through their music the city’s strength and resilience a few weeks after the attacks that, on 13 March left 19 dead on the beach of the renowned Ivorian tourist destination. It was a Sunday, when a…

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African Youth. Defusing the time bomb.

Looking at African youth, the impression is that something is about to burst. Whether it will be a catastrophe or a new beginning, however, it’s not easy to tell. Quite recently, Alexander Chikwanda, Zambia’s finance minister, voiced his concern by affirming that “youth unemployment is a ticking time bomb”. Figures, indeed, seem to be on…

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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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