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Monthly Archives: February 2019

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 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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Political Uncertainty.

Thailand is now witnessing the disappearance of its myth as a ‘Teflon Country’, unmoved by any crisis and capable of regaining its solidity after temporary setbacks. Officially, such things are never due to internal reasons but only to international contingencies. Apparently immune to what it sees as from outside, Thailand is occupied solely with presenting…

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Democratic Republic of Congo. Kabila’s Electoral Coup.

The 30 December presidential and parliamentary elections have ended up in a farce. Monitoring group and several international partners have called for a recount. After 12 days of internet black-out, the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), whose chairman Corneille Nangaa, was appointed by the outgoing President Joseph Kabila, announced on the 10 January the victory…

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Advocacy

Advocating inside the United Nations.

In preparation for the 2021 Financing for Development Forum at the United Nations (UN), the NGO Committee on FfD, a substantive committee of CoNGO (Conference…

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Baobab

The Hare and the Elephant.

One day the hare, feeling hungry, went to look for food. Now, although he was full of mischief, the hare was also very lazy, and whenever…

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Youth & Mission

Taizé. Hoping in Season and out of Season.

In the last few months, many young people have shared with us their worries about the future: what hope can give us direction; what things can…

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