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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Southeast Asia. Dangerously silent on Rohingya crisis.

Myanmar’s spiralling onslaught of the ethnic minority group is glaringly absent from the regional grouping’s agenda, despite rising political, security and economic risks. On April 26, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) leaders convened a summit where they discussed “an integrated, peaceful, stable and resilient Asean Community.” One day prior to the high level meeting,…

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Peru. The Inca woven rope bridge.

Q’eswachaka is the last surviving example of an Inca suspension woven rope bridge in the Andes. It is made of natural fibres and built according to pre-Columbian techniques. Each June, four rural communities carry out an ancient tradition that stems back to the age of the Incan civilization; they spend three days rebuilding the rope…

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Kenya.The missionary dowser.

He explores the sun-scorched savannah with a wooden stick in his hand. Silently, he listens for the vibrations of the water. He is a Comboni Missionary dowser who, for thirty-five years has sought the life that flows beneath the ground. He moves slowly with his forked stick in his hands, he stops, moves on again…

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Young Iraqis are “the seeds of dialogue “.

Fr. Samir Youssef, Chaldean priest of the diocese of Amadiya (Iraqi Kurdistan) is promoting a project to transform “young Muslims, Christians and Yazidis” into “seeds of dialogue ” to breathe new life into Mosul, the Nineveh plain, and Iraq as a whole. The aim of the project is to find youth “eager to talk, communicate,…

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Congo-Brazzaville. Pool rebels asphyxiate Brazzaville before the elections.

Parliament and local elections are scheduled sometime between June and August. But they take place in a tense and morose atmosphere. The capital is literally asphyxiated by the Pool guerrilla attacks and politicians are divided in front of the challenge. Life has become a real nightmare for the people in Brazzaville, tells SouthWorld, the ambassador…

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Which Iran after Rouhani’s victory.

The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani won with an unexpected landslide victory in a fiercely contested re-election bid. Donald Trump has clearly outlined his Iran policy. Lest there be any doubt, the president has aligned US foreign policy sharply alongside the Israeli and Saudi Arabian political agenda: the anti-Iranian axis in the region. Perhaps, feeling the…

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Brazil,its prisons. From Crime to Rebirth

In a country like Brazil where prison conditions are among the worst in the world, where corruption and violence are the order of the day, the alternative experience of detention, called APAC (Association for the Protection and Assistance of the Detained), is becoming the alternative method for the rehabilitation of prisoners by considering them as…

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What Africa Expects from President Macron.

All former French presidents are too familiar with the importance that their country attaches to Africa and particularly their former colonies. As proof of this, even in the middle of campaigns during the just ended French presidential elections, the two front liners, president – elect Emmanuel Macron and rival Marine Le Pen visited Algeria and…

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The past remains in the memory.

On 20 May, the Democratic Republic of East Timor marked the fifteenth anniversary of its birth. A third period of five years of complete independence had, for the first time, been completed.  In January 2013, the tiny State of East Timor entered a new phase without the armed tutelage of the international community. The tutelage…

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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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