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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Tanzania/Maasai. The Woman Of The Oxen.

The Maasai have a saying: “you cannot touch what belongs to a woman”. Indeed, the Maasai – who live in a patriarchal society – are nonetheless very respectful of women’s private property. The proverb came about because of an event that happened years and years ago … Long ago, when the Maasai had just climbed…

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Uganda. The Ganda Tradition.

The Baganda or Ganda are the largest single ethnic group in Uganda representing approximately 20% of Uganda’s total 34.7 million population. They occupy the central part of the country which was formerly called the Buganda province. They are a Bantu-speaking people and their language is called Luganda. We look at some traditional aspects of this…

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Burkina Faso. ‘The Ants Can Carry An Elephant’.

The Mossi are the most numerous ethnic group in Burkina Faso with 6.2 million members making up 40% of the population. Mossi wisdom notes. For the Mossi, wisdom consists in respecting traditional practices and customs. ‘If you go to a village and find everyone walking heads down, do the same yourself ‘, and do not…

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USA. Montclair Sanctuary Alliance

Bnai Keshet is a Jewish community founded in 1978, and at the same time a Synagogue. It defines itself as representative of the broader community: mature couples, singles, “traditional” Jewish families, interfaith families, and gay and lesbian Jews. It is now renovating an apartment with the support of partners, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Montclair (UUCM),…

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Sudan. Young People For Peace and Non-Violence Action.

A Sudanese University student Fatah Elalim brought back lessons to his community in Sudan’s Western Kordofan State, about dialogue as a way to transform local conflicts non-violently. Fatah Elalim is a student at the University of Dalanj, located in the second biggest city in South Kordofan State, a conflict-affected area at the border with South…

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Syria. Behind ‘Operation Olive Branch’.

Are Turkey and the United States on a collision course on operation Olive Branch? What consequences could we expect for the region? The Turkish raid in Afrin – Operation ‘Olive Branch’ – has put Turkey on a collision course with Washington. But, to a lesser extent, it has also put Turkey on a collision course…

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Carnival In Mexico. The Great ‘Colourful Fiesta’.

Celebrations vary depending on the local indigenous cultures. A journey through the several carnivals of the country. The Veracruz carnival. This festival, which takes place in February, is undoubtedly the most famous carnival in Mexico, as well as one of the most ancient (its celebration dates back to the early eighteenth century) and the one…

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Anti-Migration Walls.

The year 2016 was the year of anti-immigration walls, the militarisation of frontiers and a record year for deaths in the Mediterranean, sad phenomena closely affecting Europe. The famous ‘Balkan route’ bringing migrants from the Middle East to Europe was broken up by a series of barriers to stem the flow of migrants: first among…

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Nicaragua’s Channel Future.

The channel aims to be the most ambitious project in the history of Nicaragua and the largest to be developed in Latin America, after the construction of the Panama Canal. The Chinese telecommunications entrepreneur Wang Jing announced an investment of 40,000 million dollars, almost four times the GDP of Nicaragua. The plan is to build…

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Advocacy

Silencing the Guns in Africa.

On 27 February 2019, the Security Council welcomed the African Union’s “determination to rid Africa of conflicts and create conditions favorable for the growth, development…

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Baobab

How the Dogs Came.

A long time ago there were no domestic animals, all were wild, and all were the enemy of man. They feared him, and he feared them,…

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Youth & Mission

Pan-African Youth Leadership Development.

The Leadership Development and Mentorship program has an ambitious agenda for training tomorrow’s leaders across Africa. Africa is by far the world’s youngest continent, with a median…

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