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Culture August 2016

Ibn Arabi. Poet and mystic

Mystic, philosopher, poet, sufi, Muhammad ibn al-Arabi was one of the world’s great spiritual teachers. In particular, he taught how to keep faith with reason. An important lesson for our society disrupted by tensions. Known as Muhyiddin (the ‘Revivifier of Religion’) and the Shaykh al-Akbar (the ‘Greatest Master’), he was born in 1165 AD during…

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Music. Youssou N’Dour: the king’s comeback

For many Senegalese Youssou N’Dour is more than just a singer: he is a living symbol of success, almost a legend even for those who are not his fans. Taxi drivers carrying foreigners around Dakar point at the building hosting his media group (comprising a newspaper, a radio and a tv station) as they do…

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Mexico. Radio Zapata, weaving communities from the heart of the mountain

A community radio that tries to improve the living conditions of indigenous people through communication. The Popular Indigenous Council of Guerrero – Emiliano Zapata (Consejo Indígena y Popular de Guerrero – Emiliano Zapata, CIPOG-EZ), is a community organization that from the heights of the Guerrero State calls on the world to join efforts to revive…

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Book – The predictable rise of Boko Haram

In November 2015 a report released by the Sydney-based Institute for Economics and peace (Iep) stated a somehow unexpected truth. In 2014 it was Boko Haram, and not the dreaded Islamic State or Al Qaeda, the deadliest terrorist group in the world. The Nigerian insurgents were responsible for 6,664 deaths, six hundred more than those…

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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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