Monthly Archives: January 2020

The priorities of Russian foreign policy in Africa.

Holding summits for African heads of governments is fast becoming a recurrent event among the global power brokers. The EU has had about 5 of these summits, probably to massage and codify her colonial exploitative economic spree with Africa because nothing significant has really emerged from those submits to enhance Africa’s fortune. Following the example…

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Slash and Burn Agriculture.

Owing to a lack of evolution of agricultural techniques, slash-and-burn agriculture remains the most frequent practice in Central Africa. During centuries, a balance was maintained between resources and exploitation, owing to low population density but now with the generalized use of chainsaws, this balance has gone, says Trefon.  Besides, except for the very fertile soils…

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Guatemala. The native flavour of boj.

Boj, which originates from the northern region of Alta Verapaz, has a cultural and spiritual meaning to the Q’eqchi’ people, it is served at religious celebrations and indigenous festivities. The inhabitants of the Alta Verapaz department say that the basic ingredient of this drink is corn, which has cooked on a wood fire for three…

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Burkina Faso. Restoring their dignity.

The Pan-Bila — which in the Mossi language means ‘Small Power’ — is a place that welcomes the poor and the needy, especially children and young girls who live on the streets and have been the victims of violence. She has the face of a child but life has already made her an adult. Relwende…

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Logging, a Major Threat.

Logging is another major threat. It provokes soil erosion, water pollution and reduces the regeneration capacity of the forest, warns the Central African Forests Observatory (OFAC). Moreover, it contributes to the densification of the human presence in the forests, opening roads to poachers and itinerant farmers or charcoal producers. Illegal logging is continuing as showed…

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How the hare lost his tail.

One day in the long, long ago the hare was walking through the forest. He was a good farmer and was on his way to inspect his mealie lands. In those days he was like all the other creatures of the wilds: he had a long tapering tail, a well-formed nose and a strong, sturdy…

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Homelessness, an Unexpected Advocacy.

Advocacy is about defending a noble cause and denouncing oppression and injustice. However, it should be also a source of inspiration for alternative solutions to social, political and economic threats. Solutions advocating for inclusion and equality instead of exclusion or, worse, only of private financial interests. First, what is Global Homelessness? Its current statistic are…

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Ecumenism in Africa. Dialogue in the continent of diversity.

In ancient times, the word ecumene denoted the whole known world and defined that portion of the earth that was inhabited, in contrast with the lands as yet unknown. Later, the concept of ecumenism attained a religious meaning referring to the movements within Christianity that aimed at unifying their various denominations, separated by questions of…

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African Forests in Danger.

According to recent NASA satellite information there are five times more wildfires burning in Africa than in the Amazon. Deforestation must be seen as global threat. The phenomenon is general in Africa, in particular in the Congo Basin, one of the main biodiversity sanctuaries of the planet with over a thousand bird species, 1300 butterfly…

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Mexico. Calakmul, the Lost City.

Its name means “The Place of Adjacent Mounds.” This site was contemporary with Tikal and Palenque. Calakmul was at its peak between around 431 and 790 A.D. but it was already an important city in the late Pre-classic, with dated monuments being erected around 200 A.D. Calakmul was inhabited for 1500 years and was a…

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Our Right to Speak for Climate Justice.

Hundreds of thousands of young people have taken to the streets from Johannesburg to London to demand radical action on the unfolding ecological emergency. It is a time to challenge the people with the means and power to eliminate poverty, change their communities, build a nation and fight climate change, a cause of poverty, and…

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Climate Change and Biological Invasion.

Central African forests are also vulnerable to the effects of climate change which could generate negative consequences for biodiversity. Indeed, since 1950, a trend showing a rise of temperatures and another indicating lower precipitations, albeit differently according to the regions, have been observed. Some studies indicate a decrease of rainfall on large parts of the…

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Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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