Monthly Archives: October 2016

Turkey: getting out of the vicious circle

Throughout history, relations between the “Turks” and the “Europeans” have never been simple. In recent years, while Europeans have been happily travelling to Turkey to spend their holidays there (before the region became inflamed), they have not always been so ready to recognise its inhabitants as a veritable alter ego. To start with, religious differences were…

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Shea butter tree. The skin’s best friend

It is a multi-purpose tree and is highly valued not only for its economic and dietary value, but also for its medicinal uses. The Shea butter tree is considered sacred in many communities around Africa because of the bounty of goodness it can bring to the skin, hair, beauty and health of a person. The…

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Nigeria. Boko Haram’s terrorist group in deep crisis.

The dreaded jihadist group Boko Haram (BH) has received serious blows over the last months. Its leader, Shekau, has been reportedly injured but the causes which allowed BH to terrorise four African countries still remain.  Over the last months, Boko Haram (the Western education is sinful) has suffered a number of serious setbacks and is…

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President Kuzcynski, a new political scenario.

Pedro Pablo Kuzcynski, 77, has just taken office as Peru’s new President for a mandate lasting until 2021, the year in which the bicentenary of the independence of Peru will be commemorated. Kuzcynski won a narrow majority, by 41,057 votes (0.25%), in Peru’s presidential election beating the opponent of the Popular force, Keiko Fujimori, the…

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Peru’s economy, slowdown.

“Structurally speaking Peru’s is a small economy, which has, for the most part, shown vulnerability to external shocks. The impulses to growth and the reasons of its slowdown were seldom due to internal causes but almost always to external factors”, as the economist Felix Jimenez says. (2) Peruvian economy is currently undergoing slowdown, after more…

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Why Zebras have Striped Skins

Long ago before people started taming any other animal apart from the dog, it was said that donkeys could also be tamed. One man who went to the bush to hunt told this rumour. After killing the animal he had hunted he found that it was very heavy for him to carry alone. So he…

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Syria. Franciscan Friars challenging bombs.

A city under siege, continuous bombardments. Thousands of children at risk. The witness of a community of Franciscan Friars who give courage and hope to people. One can see almost the entire city of Aleppo, or what is left of it after five years of war, from the Em Ram monastery. The ancient citadel, which…

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The social situation, insecurity.

Peru’ s social situation is marked by great discontent among the population, due to several factors, in particular: the increasing citizen insecurity, due to the boost of common crimes. According to the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI), 89.5% of the Peruvian population aged over 15 years old, perceives that it may be victim…

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Guatemala. Quetzal: ‘God of the Air’

It is one of the most enigmatic and elusive birds in the world. It is a symbol, a nation. The first sight of a quetzal in the wild is unforgettable.  The Guatemalan high forests are mysterious. Others say mystic. This forest, a green belt of dense jungle crowning the Maya Forest – a region shared…

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The Covid-19 Pandemic Advocacy.

Advocacy is Re-active while "forcing" us because problems or issues are already there. Then we use advocacy to respond, seeking to address or reducing their…

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The Fox, the Monkey, the Hare and the Horse.

The fox is the wicked animal in the forest, and everyone hates him. He is for ever cheating people and playing tricks on everyone. There is…

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Youth & Mission

The African Youth Survey 2020. Vibrant Afro-optimism rises.

A comprehensive survey of Africa’s youth – the African Youth Survey 2020 –has just revealed a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth driven by a strong…

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