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GGW. Resources insufficient.

It is not easy to juggle the various interests that revolve around the GGW, and it…

01 Dec 2020, Dossier December 2020

GGW. An inconsistent impact

The Great Green Wall’s goal is clear: to regenerate 100 million hectares of degraded land by…

01 Dec 2020, Dossier December 2020

The Pan-African Green Wall.

From a green wall of trees to a mosaic of ecosystems. From the moment it was…

01 Dec 2020, Dossier December 2020

GGW. Agroforestry Is Key.

Any ecological rehabilitation of a territory must consider several factors, not the least of which is…

01 Dec 2020, Dossier December 2020

The Tijaniyya Brotherhood. The Way of the Koran.

Today, there are 40,000 inhabitants in Tivaouane, 100 km north-east of Dakar, the holy city of…

01 Nov 2020, Dossier November 2020

A Journey into Islam in Senegal.

More than 90% of the population of Senegal, an officially secular country, profess the Islamic faith.…

01 Nov 2020, Dossier November 2020

The Layeniyya Brotherhood. The Meaning of Equality.

On one of the Atlantic beaches of Yoff, rises the Great Layene Mosque-Mausoleum. The low cube-shaped,…

01 Nov 2020, Dossier November 2020

The Muridiyya Brotherhood. "The Disciple".

Touba, the holy city of the Muridiyya Brotherhood, situated in the centre of the country, though…

01 Nov 2020, Dossier November 2020

The Dhofar Rebellion and Oman’s Modernity.

Clearly, Great Britain has played a fundamental role in the emergence of modern Oman, considering it…

01 Oct 2020, Dossier October 2020

Ibadi Islam and Diplomacy.

Oman is distinctive in the Persian Gulf context because it has been traditionally ruled by an…

01 Oct 2020, Dossier October 2020

Oman. The legacy of Sultan Qaboos.

The Sultanate of Oman is in the Middle East, on the south-eastern end of the Arabian…

01 Oct 2020, Dossier October 2020

How history shaped Oman.

During its history, Oman has been known by different names. Arab tribes, who emigrated from the…

01 Oct 2020, Dossier October 2020

USA. The Space Force.

China and Russia’s advances have prompted the United States to bolster its own efforts in the…

01 Sep 2020, Dossier September 2020

Russia. An Ambitious Space Program.

Russia, which in Soviet times pioneered space exploration in 1957 with the launch of the first…

01 Sep 2020, Dossier September 2020

Cyberspace in the New Geopolitical Balance.

Space has witnessed an intensifying level of economic-strategic activity as related to defense, protecting territory and…

01 Sep 2020, Dossier September 2020

China. The Great Game.

The logic used by super powers in space is not an exclusively competitive one. In fact,…

01 Sep 2020, Dossier September 2020

Uganda. A journey into Buganda’s cultural heritage.

The Buganda are a bantu speaking ethnic group found in Uganda. They are a very dominant…

01 Aug 2020, Dossier August 2020

Births as a successful family.

Birth in Buganda is very important because it is the yard stick that measures a successful…

01 Aug 2020, Dossier August 2020

Bulgaria. Social breakdown.

The Bulgarian demographic crisis is the one that is most critical due to the speed at…

01 Jul 2020, Dossier July 2020

The Romani People in the Balkans.

The Balkans and central Eastern Europe are experiencing the most serious and sudden drop in population…

01 Jul 2020, Dossier July 2020

Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Fragile countries.

Serbian demography is also following the trend of the other surrounding countries, registering a considerable decline…

01 Jul 2020, Dossier July 2020

Romania. Failure to integrate.

Romania, with its 19.6 million inhabitants, is going through a shocking demographic depopulation crisis. If the…

01 Jul 2020, Dossier July 2020

Ethnic Groups and Religions.

A country of striking and changing landscapes, extremes of climate and environment, in tourism, Mongolia has…

01 Jun 2020, Dossier June 2020

Mongolia. An Unstable Democracy.

The advisability, possibility and feasibility of the elections for the new Mongolian parliament, the single house…

01 Jun 2020, Dossier June 2020

Dependent Economy.

The question present in the recent history of Mongolia is whether the potential of the country…

01 Jun 2020, Dossier June 2020

A Polarized Policy.

The Moldovan political situation is extremely complicated. It reflects the clashes between the West and Russia,…

01 May 2020, Dossier May 2020

Dangers of Secession.

The secessionist threat of the Gagauza community, which developed simultaneously with that of Transnistria, was resolved…

01 May 2020, Dossier May 2020

Moldova. Difficult Balances.

Geographically located on the very outskirts of southeastern Europe, Moldova is a small state nestled between…

01 May 2020, Dossier May 2020

A Dependent Economy.

From an economic point of view, Moldova is considered one of the poorest countries in Europe.…

01 May 2020, Dossier May 2020

Demographic Grow and Commercial Crops.

The strong demographic growth is a main driver of the decimation of the African wildlife. The…

01 Apr 2020, Dossier April 2020

The ‘Deal of the Century’ .

The latest ‘Peace’ plan, the so-called ‘Deal of the Century’ by US President Donald Trump has…

01 Mar 2020, Dossier March 2020

Jordan at the Crossroads.

Jordan is a country marked by ‘artificial’ borders, drawn on a map in the wake of…

01 Mar 2020, Dossier March 2020

The custodian of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Inevitably, the Jordanian government - and the political arrangement, which has taken decades to craft in…

01 Mar 2020, Dossier March 2020

The Indian Ocean.

In this new re-establishment of international balances in which Asia is acting as the leader, the…

01 Feb 2020, Dossier February 2020

The Atlantic Ocean.

In ancient times, the Atlantic Ocean was believed to be a mysterious extent of water that…

01 Feb 2020, Dossier February 2020

The Pacific Ocean.

The Pacific, almost twice as big as the Atlantic, with an area of 161 million square…

01 Feb 2020, Dossier February 2020

Who controls the Oceans?

Besides having always been that part of the world where the most of commercial interchange takes…

01 Feb 2020, Dossier February 2020

West Africa, bridgehead for cocaine trafficking.

The region has acquired a key role in the drugs trade, becoming the major platform of…

01 Dec 2019, Dossier December 2019

Nigerian gangs.

A large part of the drugs coming from Latin America and Asia is controlled and managed…

01 Dec 2019, Dossier December 2019

Namibia. Nothing Surprising.

Ever since it won the first democratic elections, held in November 1989 and supervised by the…

01 Nov 2019, Dossier November 2019

Economy. Too much inequality.

The structure of the economy of Namibia reflects the contradictions that are typical of all southern…

01 Nov 2019, Dossier November 2019

Namibian Mosaic.

With only 2.6 million inhabitants and an area of 824,292 square kilometres, Namibia presents a particularly…

01 Nov 2019, Dossier November 2019

Ethnicity and National Unity.

The SWAPO movement succeeded in bringing on board the different ethnic groups, even co-opting some of…

01 Nov 2019, Dossier November 2019

Towards the Synod. 'Amazonising the Church'.

The defense of the environment and its peoples. New ministries for the Christian communities. The role…

01 Oct 2019, Dossier October 2019

Which Kurdish populations?

There has never been a Kurdish State. But, there has been and still exists a Kurdish…

01 Sep 2019, Dossier September 2019

The Shi’a Movement.

There has been a tendency on the side of the mainstream media to describe this movement…

01 Sep 2019, Dossier September 2019

Ba’ath Party Dominance and Mistakes.

As the Ba’ath increasingly dominated the State, the Communists faced greater restrictions on their activities. By…

01 Sep 2019, Dossier September 2019

Iraq. A Fragile Country.

Iraq, the country established on the land of the Assyrians and Babylonians of ancient Mesopotamia, is…

01 Sep 2019, Dossier September 2019

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Dossier

Dossier articles from the past 3 months

Danger of Jihadism.

The spread of terrorist actions across West Africa alarms the Ghanaian authorities. Experts argue that the possible involvement of Ghanaian youth has an economic and social rather than an ideological matrix. The sentinel role of local communities. What seemed unlikely a few months ago is now possible. Ghana is observing with increasing concern the onset…

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Ghana. Uncertain Times.

Just a few years ago, Ghana was synonymous with development and stability. Today inflation, debt and unemployment are increasingly creating a climate of precariousness and uncertainty. In the early years of his first term (he was elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2020), President Nana Akufo-Addo proudly announced “no more help, we can do it…

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Coexistence in respect and dialogue.

Interreligious dialogue is customary. Just like the comparison between the different ethnic components, also through institutional paths. Thus, the Ghanaians live together without distinction of faith or ethnicity. If there is a priceless treasure that the Ghanaians have always clung to, valuing and cultivating it, it is the peaceful coexistence between the different religions and…

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Catholic Church on the Synodal Way.

The Church, though still in its young age, is very dynamic, vibrant, and efficient. Two important challenges: a new missionary élan and dialogue with modern society.  Particular attention to the youth. Catholic missionaries from Portugal accompanying the soldiers in their discovery expeditions, around 1482, were the first protagonists of the Catholic Presence in Ghana. Still…

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Jamaica. ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’.

This year Jamaica is celebrating 60 years of independence from the United Kingdom. A country that is constantly living in a political and economic crisis. High crime rate. It is one of the most important cannabis producers. Reggae music. The island of Jamaica, located in the Caribbean Sea, belongs to the Greater Antilles Archipelago. The…

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In the Hands of Local Gangs.

Within Kingston, gangs involved in drug trafficking, extortion, robbery, and the exploitation of prostitution have their own well-defined geography of crime which, moreover, has undergone changes and changed its structure compared to the past. To date, in fact, the ‘Dons’ of the urban areas have disappeared from the Jamaican criminal scene, including the infamous Christopher…

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Reggae, a Jamaican soft power.

Jamaica is a Parliamentary democracy and, as a member of the Commonwealth, it is also a constitutional monarchy. Therefore, Charles III of England is also ‘King of Jamaica’. The internal institutional set-up is democratic, with a two-party structure and a bicameral structure composed of a House of Representatives directly elected by the people and the…

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Political and social instability.

During the 60 years in which the country has made itself autonomous from the motherland, there was no lack of bitter suffering that has greatly afflicted the population, the cause of which is to be traced to the serious problems of a socio-economic nature: corruption, a weak administrative and judicial structure, high unemployment, inflation, and…

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Senegal. The Colours of the Pirogues.

The fishing sector is crucial both for socio-economic stability and for the food security of the populations of the entire region. Fishing vessels from Europe, China, Turkey, and Russia are endangering the livelihoods of many local fishermen. We accompanied some fishermen on a fishing night. In Soumbédioune, a colourful harbour nestled between the rocks of…

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Industrial-scale piracy.

Foreign industries of transformation of fresh fish into fish meal and oil for export to European, Asian and American countries flourish on the coast. The entire informal fishing chain in Senegal employs more than 600,000 people, contributing 3.5% to the gross domestic product. According to Aliou Ba, a Senegalese activist of Greenpeace Africa, fishing is…

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Ancient methods.

Madj lights the flashlight on his head, tying hooks and lures to the ends of the lines. The space on board is narrow and the two fishermen work seated, to avoid dangerous jolts to the hull. Crouching on the opposite sides of the dugout, one facing the other, the two men look at each other…

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Setting Sail.

The sun is about to set behind the houses that, in the distance, appear on the opposite side of the bay from the small port of Soumbédioune, when Madj adjusts his hat and waves to his friend Bouba. It is the signal to set sail. It is time to load the latest equipment on board…

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Advocacy

Cop 27. Emissions, loss and damage, finance: the decisions.

Cop 27 is over. A first step in climate justice, but zero progress on the central issue of CO2 emissions. The principle of a new fund…

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Baobab

The Tortoise and the Chimpanzee.

The Tortoise and the Chimpanzee had been friends for a very long time and so it was only natural that they should invite each other to…

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Youth & Mission

Pope urges African youth to be protagonists in shaping the…

Young people from nine different countries had a chance to each comment and ask a question to Pope Francis, during the online conversation. At the beginning…

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