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Monthly Archives: March 2019

The Today Moment Of Don Sturzo.

“I have nothing, I own nothing, I do not want anything, I have fought all my life for a complete but responsible political liberty. To the loss of economic freedom, towards which we are moving ahead in Italy, it will follow an actual loss of political freedom, even if the elective forms of an apparent…

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Peru. The Courage To Change.

The Church must accompany the indigenous peoples defending their culture. The importance of a change in the structure of the Church to respond to the real needs of the natives. We talk about it with Father Miguel Ángel, an Augustinian who has been living in Iquitos for 24 years and over the last twenty has…

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Madagascar. The DJ Sets The Tone.

The new President’s first decisions tilt towards authoritarianism, which is matter of concern owing to the poor governance of his earlier period in government. On the last 20 January, 44 year old former DJ, Andry Rajoelina, was sworn into office before the High Constitutional Court, after he won 55.66% of the vote at the second…

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Sub-Saharan Africa: Development By Rail.

With Chinese technical and financial backing, a number of countries – from Tanzania to Angola, from Kenya to Ethiopia, from Nigeria to Ghana – are modernising their railroads and building new lines to move both people and goods more efficiently. The railway system in Africa is undergoing a rebirth. From east to west and from…

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Strengthening Youth In The Amazon Region.

The rural youth of the Amazon region would like to remain in their communities but they are aware that they must migrate to the cities. Their aspirations, including education, employment and health-care, cannot be met where they currently live. Added to these are the expectations of their families and communities. Yet even in the obligatory…

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The New ‘Doctrine Of National Security’.

The cancellation of the effective reforms imposed during the decade in which the social-democrat government was in power, gave rise to serious public protests culminating in an armed revolt in 1960 that was led by a conspicuous group of military people who remained faithful to Arbenz. It was joined by workers, union groups, and students…

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Guatemala. A country, Under Threat.

The country has always been at the centre of tensions and troubles, provoking a sequence of dictatorships, foreign interventions, military coups and civil wars. Part of this situation is due to Guatemala’s geographical position in the area of Central America which, together with Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, acts as a hinge between the Southern…

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Southern Africa: Peoples Once Again Dispossessed of Their Lands.

The Namibian government recently repealed a 2015 law that required at least 20% of company management to be in the hands of Namibians in order to prevent foreign ownership of mining resources – such as diamonds and uranium -. According to the Ministry of Mines, it is a matter of “encouraging foreign investors concerned by…

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An Ancient Country.

It was the Maya who, long ago, inhabited those territories that were later colonised by Spain. The Iberian penetration was accomplished around the years 1523-24, through the work of Pedro de Alvarado who was the founder of the old capital, Antigua, of Guatemala. With the passage of time, the Spanish possession became a Captaincy General…

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Tunisia. The Challenges of the Jasmin Revolution.

The  presidential election of 2019 will be a crucial test for the Arab world’s democratic laboratory. While it will take place at the end of 2019, the Tunisian presidential elections will be one of the most significant political events in the Arab world. They will be the twelfth general election since independence from France and…

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Uganda. Bobi Wine. Rapper and Opposer.

His songs criticise the government and corrupt politics. Young people listen to him and have elected him to parliament. A threat to President Museveni who tries to silence him. It is Sunday and he is sitting in his garden wearing his red beret on his head, he is giving an interview to a national channel.…

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Justice For The Indigenous People.

In December 2006, thanks to the support of the international community, a new truce was agreed that brought about an agreement signed by the United Nations and the Guatemalan government The  purpose was to establish an independent Commission whose remit it was to assist the office of the Guatemalan Procurator, the national police and other…

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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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