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Yearly Archives: 2018

Russia Returns To Africa.

In the new geopolitical context that is developing worldwide, Africa is increasingly seen as a nerve centre of interests. Its natural resources and its strategic position have drawn the attention of Western countries (especially that of the combined efforts of the USA, Israel and France) and have provoked the interest of new actors such as…

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Dr Denis Mukwege. A Nobel Peace Prize for Africa

Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi human rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State in Iraq, Nadia Murad, have won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for their work and commitment to fighting sexual violence in conflicts around the world. The award, which will be presented at a ceremony in Oslo on December…

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Kenya. People With A Future In Their Hands.

Many years ago, a local district officer gave a small plot for a non-formal school in the Mukuru slums of Nairobi. The Mukuru Promotion Centre (MCP) started and along the years has become an important place for thousands of people giving them a future and dignity. We visited the Centre. Mukuru is one of the…

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Wax, the Pan African Cloth.

Now popular in many countries, African wax cloth owes its creative and commercial success to the fact that it is not tied to any particular African culture. It must guard against Chinese imitations and violations of copyright.  French anthropologist, Anne Grosfilley, an expert in African materials, recounts the history of this cloth. When we speak…

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Syria, Not Yet Out Of The Tunnel.

Syria has defeated the bulk of Jihadists and rendered ineffective US plans to domesticate it. Now it needs reforms and justice, also for the Kurds. The Syria of 2011 no longer exists. The Syrian crisis, begun seven years ago, no longer makes the headlines. Nevertheless, Syria continues to be in a difficult situation due to…

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African Tropical Forests, Europe and Food Security

Millions of hectares of tropical forest disappear every year and many other rainforest areas are degraded through human activity. Agriculture and the timber trade are responsible for much of this environmental loss. And the EU is one of the biggest importers from Africa of them both. Forests are cleared for agriculture like monoculture of palm…

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USA, China. Military Strategy And Market in Africa.

Over the years, President Putin has attentively observed the political, economic and military strategy of the United States and China in Africa. For the United States, Africa represents one of its geostrategic priorities for two sorts of reasons: the first is connected to the control of energy and mineral resources and the second is of…

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Illegal Fishing In African Waters.

Illegal fishing or unauthorized fishing is a scourge affecting the countries of Africa, in particular those in the west, which are deprived of most of their fishery resources. “Every one in five fish eaten in a Western capital is likely stolen from African waters”, said Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta at the G7 Summit in Charlevoix…

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Egypt. Ecumenical Dialogue Lost.

The comfort of political correctness to the detriment of ecumenical dialogue. In an Egyptian context where Christians have a loose sense of belonging in their original ecclesial communities. A Comboni Missionary, who has spent twenty-five years in the country and attended ecumenical meetings said: “When religion has meaning and gives meaning to life, it can…

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Advocacy

Research and Rating, a tool of Advocacy.

Advocacy is a strategy used around the world by NGOs, activists, and even policy makers themselves, to influence policies. Advocacy is about creating reform of…

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Baobab

An Unhappy Fish.

0nce upon a time there was a colony of little fishes who lived together in their own small pool, isolated from the rest of the fish…

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Youth & Mission

Peace and Climate Justice is Needed to Save the Planet.

The world is afire again, the flames heartbreakingly consume shrubs, trees and forests in Australia, Portugal, Brazil, and recently in California and Siberia and elsewhere too.…

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