Monthly Archives: November 2016

The Evolution of the African Justice System.

Pundits are agreed that ‘tradition’ refers to customs (social habits) which, with time, become a way of dealing and living, and eventually turns into locally respected and abiding laws. Tradition   stems from ancient medieval beliefs and they are still very widely practised in Africa. Impartiality, social equality, tradition and the general principles of equity remain…

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Yemen. The forgotten war

While The World’s Attention is on Syria, The United States is being drawn into another war in Yemen. How far will it go? The conflict has so far left 7,000 dead, thousands more wounded and displaced some three million people. The Republic of Yemen, located on the southwestern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, is one…

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Claw backs on democracy across East and Central Africa.

A wind of democratic claw backs on democratic gains is blowing across East and Central Africa. Presidents are in the process or have already changed constitutions in order to cling to power for life. Some do it without shedding blood, others kill using the army and police. The presidents of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni; Congo-Brazzaville, Sassou…

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Zanthoxylum chalybeum. The antidiabetic herb.

It is a tropical plant that grows in medium to low altitudes of dry woodland or grassland. Laboratory scientific tests indicate that the plant is effective also with a number of diseases including malaria, sickle cell anemia, diabetes and worms. Zanthoxylum chalybeum, also called ‘knob wood’ in English, is a deciduous spiny shrub. In Greek,…

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The situation of the Rohingya

Increasingly and central to the perception of democratic progress in Myanmar by diplomats and international organizations is the issue of the Rohingya population, about one million in the country, today considered the most persecuted minority in the world. They are denied citizenship in Myanmar, where they have resided for a long time, especially in Rakhine…

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A new life for the Symposium of the African bishops.

Active participation within the African Union. Establishing two bodies: conflict resolution and the equatorial forest preservation. Two key words: lobbying and advocacy. We spoke with Mons. Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle, Archbishop of Accra (Ghana) and member of the SECAM Presidency. SECAM (Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar) has recently obtained observer status at the…

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The Values of a True Democracy

Democratic societies are increasingly feeling the challenge of a rising wave of civil discontent with many traditional politicians. They are turning to populist upstart politicians who promise an anti-establishment agenda to bring about a disciplined crime free or immigration free new society. These opportunistic politicians around the world are using the genuine anger of those…

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Towards a federal state

The National League for Democracy is facing many challenges, and these include the revival of militant Buddhism favored by the Party for the union, the solidarity and the development that supports the military’s role in the life of the country which is why, in the last election, it experienced a resunding defeat. The standard bearer…

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Mexico. Sowiki, a drink for life.

The Tarahumara people, who call themselves the Rarámuri, are one of the ethnic groups that inhabit the Sierra Tarahumara in the State of Chihuahua in northern Mexico. This group keeps traditions alive through celebrations and in particular through a drink. The Raramuri people have settled down for almost a thousand years in a region  among…

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Colombia. A leap into uncertainty.

The victory of the ‘No’ vote leaves Colombia in limbo. The country has no Plan B after voters rejected the peace deal with FARC rebels. On what basis can the deal be revised? A new unimaginable scenario. Two weeks before the referendum, the national and foreign press (300 journalists) were called to cover the conference…

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Where Stories Come From

Once, a very long time ago, so long ago that it must have been close to the time when the First Man and the First Woman walked upon the earth, there lived a woman named Manzandaba and her husband Zenzele. They lived in a traditional home in a small traditional village. They had many children,…

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Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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