Monthly Archives: August 2016

Debra Maryam, dug into the rock

Apart from the surroundings of Lalibela, two areas outside the cities have a particular concentration of churches and monasteries. One is that of Tigray, between the cities of Adigrat and Mekele, the other that of Lake Tana. The Tigray historic churches are basically rock churches, in whole or in large part excavated in the rock…

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World Council of Churches. Towards a missionary ecumenical movement.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has chosen Africa for the next World Mission Conference to be held in Arusha, Tanzania, 8-13 March 2018. One of the goals is the establishment of a missionary ecumenical movement. After sixty years Africa will once again host the World Mission Conference, the most relevant ecumenical event on the…

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Brexit’s shockwave hits Africa

The decision by a majority of British citizens to leave the European Union has already started to hit Africa and more is to come.  Only a few days after the 23 June, the result of the British referendum has started to have immediate consequences in Africa. Indeed, the depreciation of the sterling pound by 10%…

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Mexico. Radio Zapata, weaving communities from the heart of the mountain

A community radio that tries to improve the living conditions of indigenous people through communication. The Popular Indigenous Council of Guerrero – Emiliano Zapata (Consejo Indígena y Popular de Guerrero – Emiliano Zapata, CIPOG-EZ), is a community organization that from the heights of the Guerrero State calls on the world to join efforts to revive…

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G7, G2O, Brics and Mint. The crisis of the alternative economic ‘clubs’.

ln an international system of rapid change, where states and regions of the world are trying to establish new arrangements, several acronyms referring to the economies of  groups of countries are continuously created in an attempt to crystallize the international power relationships, which are called by political experts ‘global governance’. In the beginning was the…

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Book – The predictable rise of Boko Haram

In November 2015 a report released by the Sydney-based Institute for Economics and peace (Iep) stated a somehow unexpected truth. In 2014 it was Boko Haram, and not the dreaded Islamic State or Al Qaeda, the deadliest terrorist group in the world. The Nigerian insurgents were responsible for 6,664 deaths, six hundred more than those…

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The martyrs of Laudato sì

One year after the publication of Pope Francis’ environment Encyclical Laudato sì (“Praised be you”), many environmentalist leaders have been murdered throughout the planet. The last one was killed last 2 July in Honduras. Just a little over two months after the publication of the Encyclical, Raimundo dos Santos Rodrigues was killed on 25 August…

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Lebanon. Migrant reception: the figures

Lebanon, a country of slightly more than 4 million inhabitants, has been home to 1.2 million Syrian refugees for five years now, and to another 600,000 Palestinian refugees who have lived for decades in the land of the cedars. The migrant reception in Lebanon is not an easy issue but shows problems and contradictions. The…

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Burkina Faso. The Koglweogo’s rough justice

The Burkina Faso authorities are tackling the threat posed by the self-defence militia groups referred to as ‘Koglweogo’. These militias who mainly operate in the rural areas, are overstepping the limits of the law. The name ‘Koglweogo’, which comes from the combination of two words of the Moré language, can be translated as ‘The Guardians…

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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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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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