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Monthly Archives: February 2019

Peru. How To Shape A Church With An Amazonian Face.

In view of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region scheduled to meet in Rome next October, we are preparing a series of articles. We start with an interview with  Ribelino Ricopa, a member of the indigenous Kukama people, who has been the animator of the parish of Santa Rita da Cascia, in the…

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Mexico. Poblano Chili here we come.

When most people think of Mexican food, the first thing that comes to mind may be chili peppers and fiery hot dishes that threaten their taste buds. Although chilis are essential in Mexican cuisine throughout the country, they are not necessarily added for spiciness. More often than not they are used to enhance flavour. Many…

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Nicaragua. Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, Under Threat.

Illegal logging and deforestation for agriculture and livestock activities are destroying the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve. The Bosawas Biosphere Reserve in north-eastern Nicaragua, the largest forest reserve in Central America, covers an area of 2,420,000 hectares and constitutes a key element in the Mesoamerican biological corridor connecting protected areas of Belize, Costa Rica, Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras,…

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Thailand. Much is unknown in the Country of the Smile.

It is now almost five years since the coup d’état that took place in Thailand on 22 May 2014. This year on 24 March, it will hold elections which could have serious consequences for the Country of the Smile, now grim and uncertain, led formally by civil institutions but inflexibly guided by the National Council…

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The Maritime Silk Road in South-East Asia.

The definition of The Maritime Silk Road seems never ending. The initial interest of the Chinese government in their South-East Asian neighbours is being gradually concretised in the form of a series of projects. Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar are the countries most involved. Since its announcement in 2013, the Chinese Maritime Silk Road (MSR) initiative,…

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China’s Economic Interest in Africa.

China is present and active in almost all countries of Africa. In 2015 China invested about 35 billion Dollars in Africa and so has surpassed Europe or the US as Africa’s main trading partner. The China-Africa Summit of 2018 further demonstrated the growing importance of China in Africa. During the Summit President Xi Jinping offered…

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Economy. Risk factors.

Bangkok seems to be a champion of futuristic architecture but its lights simply overwhelm without removing either its own multiple dark areas or the darkening shadows of the country. The present contingency, with the creation of a speculation bubble, the flight of capital, failed investments, populist policies and the rigidity of a self-referential system which…

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Africa. The Woman at the Heart of Sustainable Development.

All over the world, gender inequality makes and keeps women poor, depriving them of basic rights and opportunities for well-being.  The root of this discrimination is in the way of considering women as non-existent on their own as full human beings but as always attached to someone else: a daughter or a wife to someone.…

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The Trinidad Carnival. Under the fantasy banner.

A moment of exuberant celebrations, which are traditionally associated with thrilling music that leads to dance. An event during which the traditions and customs of the many local ethnic groups meet to celebrate the past and look at the future with hope. Trinidad and Tobago are the two islands that form the small Antillean archipelago;…

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The Leopard and the Boy.

Long ago and far away there was a wealthy man who had several wives. Of a sudden, this man learned that his town was to be invaded by men from another tribe. Fearing for his life and the lives of those in his family, the man thought long about what he must do to save…

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Advocacy

Advocating For Intelligent And Sustainable Earnings.

There is no consistent and successful advocacy but the one founded in strong credibility. Credibility is the quality or power of inspiring belief; it can…

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Baobab

The Ambitious Ants.

Ants are the busiest creatures in the world. Every ant has a full time job, with no holidays and no half-days off Ants like to work,…

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Youth & Mission

Pope Francis: “Our young people are our foremost mission”.

In his fourth apostolic journey to the African continent, visiting Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius Pope Francis said to young people: “keep dreaming and moving forward”. In…

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