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Monthly Archives: April 2018

A Europe For Humans, Not Just For Markets.

The common market has been a core idea of Europe but markets are not automatically beneficial for all human beings. Europe needs to re-establish the “primacy of politics” and push for the democratization of the economy. Europe has always been both a community of values and a pragmatic economic endeavour. In recent years, however, the…

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Peru. It Is Impossible To Remain Silent.

On both sides of the border between Ecuador and Peru, there are oil and gas operations. The consequences are disastrous for the environment and for the indigenous peoples who live there. Two Augustinian missionaries living in Iquitos (Peru) talked about the challenges for the church and for the indigenous people. Governments traditionally have partnered with…

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India. A Lost Dream.

The multi-souled India of today has denied none of its souls but struggles to embrace any one of them in particular. It is ‘the largest democracy in the world’ with the three objectives that the founding fathers entrusted to it and that are to be found in the 1950 Constitution (independence, harmony and development). It…

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Brazil. The Value Of Life.

In Ceará, one of the poorest states of Brazil, and one of the most violent in the world, Sister Francisca Erbenia de Sousa, head of Crateus Diocese, as always, fights alongside the people regarded as the least important in the world: women victims of abuse, the youth, peasants without land to till and fishermen without…

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The ‘African Mona Lisa’ Rediscovered …

It took almost four decades for the people of Nigeria to rediscover one of three lost original copies of this picture of Princess ‘Tutu’ painted by artist Ben Enwonwu in 1974. The painting which had become part of Nigerian history was found in a flat in London and sold at auction last month for more…

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Nidia Góngora. Singing The Memories Of Her People.

This singer from the South Pacific of Colombia has liberated from ostracism the lullabies of her land, Timbiquí. Music and songs, the legacy of their ancestors is preserved. When she was a young teenager, Nidia Gongora joined a band named Canalón of Timbiquí. This contemporary group plays Afro-Colombian folk music that is typical of the…

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Advocacy

A Special Advocacy Action.

International organisms during this pandemic are under scrutiny and surely for many and good reasons. However, even in the weed fields some good wheat can…

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Baobab

Why the Bananas Belong to the Monkey.

Once upon a time when the world had just been made and there was only one kind of banana, but very many kinds of monkeys, there…

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Youth & Mission

Young People Fighting For Democracy.

From Bangkok to Lagos, from Harare to Hong Kong, from Lima to Santiago, young people are fighting for Democracy and Human Rights. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic…

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