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Africa 2020. Between Elections and Conflicts.

Existing and looming conflicts, “third-termism” and rigged elections are the main challenges. The Jihadist threat, the leaders’ will to stay in power beyond constitutional terms, possibly rigged elections and looming conflicts in the Great Lakes Region are the main challenges for 2020. The result of the parliamentary elections in Egypt at the end of 2020…

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Mexico. Being a priest in Acapulco.

Once the Pearl of the Pacific, it is now a hell inhabited by those involved in the drugs trade and warring criminal bands. Acapulco has become one of the most dangerous cities in the world. One of its parish priests, Father Hugo Hernandez, describes it for us. Saint Nicholas of Bari is a small blue…

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Middle East 2020. The real ‘Arab Spring’?

Syria and Iraq. The central role of the Russia in the region. The possible new nuclear deal. A peace solution in Yemen. The intensification of the street protests. President Bashar al Assad has won the war in Syria; he and the Ba’ath party shall remain in power and the West’s drive for regime change have…

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Asia 2020. A continent where uncertainty reigns.

Eight countries, in all, are due to go to the polls to elect presidents or just parliaments. The trade war between the United States and China will determine how the year unfolds. Uncertainty will continue in Hong Kong. All eyes are on Japan as it prepares to host the next Olympics. The year 2020 promises…

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The Mining Industry in Africa.

Talking about extractive industry (mining, gas and oil) in Africa we are referring to a complex reality. The new model of global economic development makes access to natural resources essential. The special wealth of the subsoil in Africa makes the continent a scenario coveted by extractive industry because of the ease with which local governments…

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Music. Gabacho Maroc. A Connecting Sound.

Afro-Maghrebian percussion, ngoni, chants and choreography, driven by infallible and colorful arrangements make it possible to create a rare and beautiful music. A perfect dialogue among Western, African and Oriental instruments. Gabacho Maroc is one of the most popular music bands in present-day Mediterranean Africa, a land where the sun sets among the dunes, where…

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Africa’s Hotspots in 2020.

This year there will be several security hotspots around the continent. We focus on six African countries three in the centre (Cameroon, the Central African Republic, DR. Congo) and   three in the West (Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mali). On 9th February 2020 national and local elections are scheduled to take place in Cameroon. At the moment,…

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Kenya. The Blood of the Lamb.

The Gabbra are a nomadic people who live in the north-west of Kenya and the south of Ethiopia. An account of the celebration of ‘The Lamb of the Sacred Enclosure’. “Orjale, you who were born on the mountains of Ethiopia, come to the feast with your spouse Bimbirra and your son Dida”. With these words…

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India. The dark side of the tea plantations.

Black Assam tea is famous worldwide but the plantations of the north-east do not deal only in tea. Traffickers in human beings take advantage of the poverty of many families to carry away their children. A sea of green, luxuriant bushes borders the road through the tea plantation. Outside in some small mud houses with…

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Bolivia.Water is the source of life on Pacha (earth).

According to indigenous wisdoms, life on Pacha (earth) originated from water and water is vital to life on Pacha . Water is the source of life of our Mother Earth and the source of all kinds of life, be it animal, plant, human, or otherwise. Therefore, any action or project that refers to water should…

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Widen the horizon of Empowered Women.

Concluding the Special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis in his homily said with a witty remark that the final document speaking of women falls “short” because of the importance of women in “transmitting the faith and in preserving the culture.” For the laity to be privileged actors, “the Church in the Amazon…

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Somalia. An atmosphere of Tension and Instability.

Mogadishu and the Federal States are on a collision course regarding different issues, especially the management of the elections to be held next year, the first since 1969. The bordering countries such as Kenya and the Arab states are fanning the flames of the crisis. The coming months will be crucial for Somalia. In 2020,…

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Advocacy

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…

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Baobab

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…

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Youth & Mission

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…

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