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Culture June 2015

Kenya – Maasai. The place where the grass is tied …

The ritual of tying grass means a close union with God and with other people. In the life of the Maasai people it plays a significant role in various rituals and blessings Grass is of prime importance in the life of the pastoral Maasai. The extent of their reverence for grass may be measured by…

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Music – Asa, the little Nigerian hawk

Who said that African artists are only to be taken into account when dealing with genres such as afrobeat, rap, hip-hop, ‘world music’ and so forth? The continental musical scene, in fact, also features singers capable of competing with the big names of European and American pop. The Nigerian (but Paris-born) Asa – whose real…

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Book Review. ISIS – Inside the army of terror

Since June 2014, when it announced the establishment of a Caliphate in the areas it controlled, the so-called Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) seems to have become one of the shaping forces in world geo-politics. From the Middle East…

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India. Wari Walking

Singing praises and dancing, thousands of people have undertaken a pilgrimage to worship the Lord Vitthal, a Hindu God. A spiritual journey. On the eleventh day of Aashaadh (June-July), an ocean of devotees having undertaken an arduous two-week journey on foot, descend on the temple town of Pandharpur, in Maharashtra, in the western region of…

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Advocacy

Rely on one own strength first.

We are in Pikine, a Dakar suburb, Senegal. Father Armel Duteil, is the one telling the story. He is an 80-year-old Spiritan missionary. French by…

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Baobab

The Water-Buffalo and the Tiger.

Once there lived a hard-working farmer in a small village who had a water-buffalo. Every day, with his plough on his shoulder, he led his water-buffalo…

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Youth & Mission

Nine Challenges Facing Young People in Syria.

For over nine years, violence and displacement have devastated opportunities for youth across the country. Here are nine of the most pressing challenges facing young people…

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