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The Great Federation.

The Emirate Federation, created in 1971 out of the union of the six monarchies (seven since…

01 Apr 2022, Dossier April 2022

The United Arab Emirates. The Pearl Necklace.

The history of the United Arab Emirates is unique in the scenario of the Near Middle…

01 Apr 2022, Dossier April 2022

Strategic geopolitical position.

The strategic asset of the United Arab Emirates finds its place in the broader security strategy…

01 Apr 2022, Dossier April 2022

Diversifying the Economy.

During the past decade, the United Arab Emirates has brought to the fore an important process…

01 Apr 2022, Dossier April 2022

Nomads and Farmers, Old and New Fights in Africa.

In the last years one of the different ethnicities that live on the continent was put…

01 Mar 2022, Dossier March 2022

Peuls, as foreigners.

Nomadism caused Peuls to move between different areas that, after the decolonization, became independent states. While…

01 Mar 2022, Dossier March 2022

The Enemy Inside.

The fight is not only between Peuls and other groups. In many areas there is also…

01 Mar 2022, Dossier March 2022

The crisis of chieftaincy.

The crisis of traditional authorities is a common phenomenon in many northern areas in West African…

01 Mar 2022, Dossier March 2022

Africa. The Rural Market.

In the world of rural Africa, the market is not just a place for buying and…

01 Feb 2022, Dossier February 2022

Urban Markets.

Approaching the market of any African city, the visitor is immediately involved. The eyes are struck…

01 Feb 2022, Dossier February 2022

West Africa. The Variety of the Markets.

In some rural areas of the Sahel such as the Mossi plateau in the north of…

01 Feb 2022, Dossier February 2022

The Market. Where Women Reign Supreme.

It is still dark when Esther rises. The children are still asleep and her husband murmurs…

01 Feb 2022, Dossier February 2022

Economy. Dynamic Development.

The country is extremely rich in water resources and minerals. The latter have featured largely in…

01 Jan 2022, Dossier January 2022

Azerbaijan. Land of Fire.

Azerbaijan is a Caucasian republic located in the south-east, straddling Asia and Europe, in an extremely…

01 Jan 2022, Dossier January 2022

A Long Chess Game.

In the autumn of 2020, the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan again broke out violently causing…

01 Jan 2022, Dossier January 2022

The Karabakh Conflict.

In 1917, ownership of the region of Karabakh was claimed by the new-born republics of Armenia…

01 Jan 2022, Dossier January 2022

Kenya/Ethiopia. A journey into Borana's cultural heritage.

In the vast semi-desert uplands of southern Ethiopia, and in the northern desert region of Kenya,…

01 Dec 2021, Dossier December 2021

Getting married.

Among the Borana people marriage is preceded by several stages and long negotiations, which can go…

01 Dec 2021, Dossier December 2021

The Gubissa Ceremony.

The birth of a child is always an important event that brings joy to the Borana.…

01 Dec 2021, Dossier December 2021

The Gadamoji Celebration.

Every eight years, the feast of final Borana passage called Gadamoji, when a man reaches complete…

01 Dec 2021, Dossier December 2021

Marriage an expensive venture.

Marriage is highly esteemed among the Banyakole and it is one of the most expensive and…

01 Nov 2021, Dossier November 2021

Religion & Family.

Prior to the Christian missionary movement in the 19th century, the Ankole people’s idea of a…

01 Nov 2021, Dossier November 2021

The Ankole cultural spots.

Places, legends, instruments, dances, to preserve the Ankole’s rich and diverse culture. At a glance some…

01 Nov 2021, Dossier November 2021

Uganda. Journey into the Ankole cultural heritage.

Ankole is one of the oldest and most famous dynasties in Uganda. It is believed to…

01 Nov 2021, Dossier November 2021

Trinidad and Tobago. Between Prosperity and Islamic Extremism.

Located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Trinidad and Tobago are part of the…

01 Oct 2021, Dossier October 2021

A flourishing economy.

The discoveries of large deposits of oil and gas between 1970 and 1990 brought about considerable…

01 Oct 2021, Dossier October 2021

Islamist danger.

As well as the high crime rate and the phenomenon of migration from Venezuela, during the…

01 Oct 2021, Dossier October 2021

A multi-ethnic country.

Due to its varied history, Trinidad and Tobago represents one of the most multiracial countries in…

01 Oct 2021, Dossier October 2021

Kazakhstan. "The Heart of the World".

Right in the middle of Eurasia, in that mass of land known as ‘The Heart of…

01 Sep 2021, Dossier September 2021

The hard road towards Nation-Building.

Kazakhstan achieved independence in December 1991 at a time when the dissolution of the USSR was…

01 Sep 2021, Dossier September 2021

A Eurasian canal.

The modernisation of the state forms part of the ‘Kazakhstan 2030 Plan’ launched by Nazarbayev in…

01 Sep 2021, Dossier September 2021

Great reforms.

For Kazakhstan, the year 2019 may be remembered as a time of political change. President Nursultan Nazarbayev,…

01 Sep 2021, Dossier September 2021

Always On the Move.

The Bororo culture is one of movement. There are different sorts of movement. First of all…

01 Aug 2021, Dossier August 2021

Gerewol. The festival of Love.

The Gerewol is the festival of bodily beauty. The young Bororo, after spending ascetic months in…

01 Aug 2021, Dossier August 2021

“We are the ‘most beautiful’ of all”.

The cult of physical beauty is most important. The rules of aesthetics are followed by the…

01 Aug 2021, Dossier August 2021

Niger. The Bororo-Wodaabe. The Beauty of Liberty.

The Bororo belong to the large ethnic family of the Peul, better known as the Fulani,…

01 Aug 2021, Dossier August 2021

Child soldiers. The difficulty of ‘adapting to peace’.

There are at least eighteen countries, where children are recruited and used in armed conflicts. From…

01 Jul 2021, Dossier July 2021

2021. The International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.

It is estimated that there are 152 million children in the world who are compelled to…

01 Jul 2021, Dossier July 2021

Child Migrants. Alone with their destiny.

They travel alone. They may fall into the hands of human traffickers. They often end up…

01 Jul 2021, Dossier July 2021

The puppies of Islamic State.

Born in the Caliphate and indoctrinated to believe in a ‘different world’. The images are few and taken…

01 Jul 2021, Dossier July 2021

Strategic control.

The discovery of oil, together with its geographical position, has brought Guyana to the attention of…

01 Jun 2021, Dossier June 2021

Guyana. An Unknown Country.

The recent discoveries of oil have brought Guyana to the centre of international attention. Many interests…

01 Jun 2021, Dossier June 2021

A New Constitutional Charter.

In 1966, Guyana became independent of its mother country and joined the Commonwealth as an autonomous…

01 Jun 2021, Dossier June 2021

Oil Exploration.

Economically, with a per capita GNP of around $5,000, Guyana is one of the poorest countries…

01 Jun 2021, Dossier June 2021

Rare-Earth Elements. A new Eldorado.

The sustainable future of humanity is bound by a double cord to the Rare Earth Elements…

01 May 2021, Dossier May 2021

China global leader in Rare-Earth elements.

China not has only reached 62% of the mineral production, around 90% of its overall subsequent…

01 May 2021, Dossier May 2021

Rare Earths. Future prospects?

How does the rare earth market work? Which are the more desirable elements and which companies…

01 May 2021, Dossier May 2021

Rare Earth Elements. Latin America and Africa. Great dreams.

Latin America has reserves of rare earth and 'technological metals' estimated to amount to 50 million…

01 May 2021, Dossier May 2021

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Dossier

Dossier articles from the past 3 months

The Catholic Church. “A laboratory of evangelization in a Buddhist world”.

Under the Pol Pot regime, the Church lost everything: bishops, priests, men and women religious and catechists. Since the 90s it has emerged from the catacombs and is slowly growing in numbers as well as in social commitment. Monday, April 14, 1975, was an overcast afternoon. From his window, Father Joseph Chhmar Salas watched as…

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Cambodia. The will to live.

Still traumatised by the bloody Khmer Rouge regime, Cambodia is struggling to recover its economic strength, which is leading to a real social “cultural revolution” for the seventeen million inhabitants of the Land of Smiles. Cambodia is one of the oldest empires in the world. Throughout its history, it has been marked externally by wars…

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Opening up to the world.

The onset of industrialization brought about the brutal decomposition of rural Cambodian families since poverty and indebtedness led to the emigration of an unskilled workforce from the countryside especially to the capital, Phnom Penh. The first clothing factories started up here and were followed by many others. They are run by Chinese, South Korean, Bangladeshi…

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The Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror.

Pol Pot’s regime caused one million seven hundred thousand deaths, devastating families and the entire country. Being a French protectorate brought no significant changes in Cambodian life or economy except for introduction of more formal rules for civil registration and education. Thus, the pagoda monks retained responsibility for primary schools but were required to obtain…

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A tortuous political journey.

After the catastrophic war against the Triple Alliance, the country was crisscrossed by bitter political struggles and episodes of civil war between gangs, supported by Brazil and Argentina, who competed for the division of the Paraguayan territory. The Colorado party was in power and governed uninterruptedly from 1870 to 1904 when it was ousted by…

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An economy controlled by a few.

Paraguay is a country with a strong rural vocation where the agri-food sector predominates, firmly in the hands of the landed oligarchies active in the production of soya, mostly transgenic, wheat, and rice. These crops also constitute the majority of exported goods, together with hydroelectric energy of which the country is the world’s leading exporter…

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Cultural and Ethnic Diversity.

The country has a population of 7,353,000 inhabitants, with a population density of approximately 16 people per km2, of whom 56% live in urban areas. The distribution on the territory is uneven because only a small percentage, around 3% of the Paraguayan population, which is largely mestizo and descended from Spaniards and indigenous people, live…

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Paraguay. A Buffer State.

A landlocked country with almost all its rivers navigable. The difficult road to independence. Lugo’s parenthesis. The world of the triple frontier. The landed oligarchies. Paraguay nestles in the heart of the southern Latin American cone between Bolivia, which surrounds it to the north and northwest, Brazil which it borders to the east, and Argentina…

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The Catholic Church. Values and Service.

There is a trait that distinguishes the Congolese Episcopal Conference (CEC): its ability to intervene in the various sectors of society in which it is directly involved. And it does so with competence and determination by a widespread ecclesial presence in the territories. This does not mean a desire for political interference, but a desire…

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Democratic Republic of the Congo. Bleak future.

On 20 January, President Tshisekedi was sworn in for a second term. But electoral fraud has reached such proportions that the future looks rather bleak. Felix Tshisekedi was sworn in as president on 20 January 2024 for a second mandate. On the last 31 December, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Independent National Electoral Commission…

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The Paradox of a Country.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, 64 years after its independence, has, for many years, embodied the paradox of abundance. It is very rich in natural resources while its population is extremely poor. It is the paradox of a country whose lands are home to the Congo basin, the second largest rainforest in the world…

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Seeking to control the Northeast.

The thirty-year instability of the mining provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri is an indicator of the voracity of neighbouring countries, the obtuseness of the Kinshasa government and the lack of interest on the part of the international community. A state of war that also has ethnic implications. Compared to 2018, the elections…

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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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