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Monthly Archives: August 2023

Africa. Democracy and Human Rights: the EU offers a weak response to violations.

Over the last months, democracy and human rights have been endangered in several African countries. But Western countries either turn a blind eye or offer weak responses, based on the quest for natural resources or the wish to reduce the Chinese and Russian influence. Over the last months, democratic principles and human rights have been…

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Hakuna Movement. Changes nothing, changes everything.

Hakuna is setting the lives of many young people ablaze, inside and outside the confines of the Church, through prayer, music, formation and service to those in need. The name Hakuna which means ‘there is not’, in Swahili, came as a shortened form of Hakuna matata (no problem). Chosen by chance, it ended up embodying…

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Zimbabwe. Towards the General Elections.

Years of protests and violent repression. The results of the Motlanthe Commission, which called for accountability for the violence, have been disregarded. In August, the country will go to the polls to elect its president. On 23 August 2023, Zimbabweans will vote to elect new leaders in general and local elections. Octogenarian President Emmerson Mnangagwa…

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China’s Arctic strategy.

To facilitate its Arctic ambitions, China aims to increase bilateral influence over its Arctic pariah, Russia. China’s northernmost tip is over 1,400 km south of the Arctic Circle. It sees the mass of sea, ice, and land as a new strategic frontier, and as Arctic space becomes increasingly critical for infrastructure and defense, China has…

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Zimbabwe. “Christians Must Enter Politics”.

What the Catholic Church is doing and what role it is playing in this electoral process.  But above all the Church must motivate Catholics and all people of good will to run as candidates and enter politics. The question that many are asking is whether the political and administrative elections of 23 August will be…

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Alessandra Korap Munduruku. “ We will continue to resist”.

She organized community efforts to stop mining development by British mining company Anglo American in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. Brazil is one of the five largest mineral producers in the world, with much of the activity concentrated in the Amazon region. Mining caused nearly 3 million acres of deforestation between 2005 and 2015. In 2019, the…

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The Baboon and the Hare. “What goes around, comes around!”

Once upon a time, there was a baboon and a hare. They lived happily with their families. One day, the Hare decided to have a family party at his house. He invited Baboon and his family. The Baboon was so excited to get the invitation. “But there is one condition,” the Hare said. “What is…

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Music. The Boom of the Afrobeats.

The music industry is experiencing the fastest global growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (+34.7%). The Spotify platform recorded 13.5 billion streams last year. The musical trend of the moment comes from Africa and is called Afrobeats. One of the genres most in vogue globally. And not just today, but for many years already. Such is the…

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Lebanon/Armenian Catholics. The Courage to Exist.

The history of the Armenian Catholic Church is made up of persecution but also of the courage to survive. In Lebanon, the church is engaged in the field of education and social affairs. The difficult political situation in the country. The explosion three years ago in the port of the capital left open wounds. We…

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Advocacy

Ecuador. Alexandra Narvaez & Alex Lucitante. “We are people, who…

Two young leaders from the A’i Cofán community of Sinangoe in Ecuador led a movement to protect their people’s ancestral territory from gold mining. Their leadership…

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Baobab

The Spider, the Elephant and The Hippo.

Because there was a famine in the land, the spider and his family grew thinner and thinner and hungrier and hungrier. In his desperation, the spider…

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Youth & Mission

The voices of young people. Some leave and some remain.

Leaving the Church does not mean abandoning the faith; moving away from the faith does not mean giving up one's spirituality. Even though they are leaving…

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