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News August 2012

Niger – Looking good

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  Issoufou Mahamadou, President of Niger, was recently in Paris and London for political talks and meeting investors. He also met the media and answered their questions. “I came here so that people will know Niger a little better. Often in Europe people confuse us with Nigeria. Today Niger is becoming more known. People know…

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International Law – Justice is better served cold

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  Justice delayed is justice denied, lawyers are happy to say. Then the case of Charles Taylor is a good example. For much of the 1990s, Taylor has been one of the pivot forces behind the violence in Liberia and Sierra Leone. He is directly responsible for the death of thousands of people, for the…

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Sudan – Growing hatred

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  Travelling southward from the Nuba Mountains towards the border with South Sudan, from time to time we see a group of two of three dozen children and a few women. They walk under an implacable sun, with day temperatures constantly over forty degrees, and sometime in the middle of the day they stop and…

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Egypt – Who is in charge?

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  Mohamed Morsi won the presidential run-off against Ahmed Shafiq and became the new President of Egypt on June 30th. Morsi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, is painfully aware of the limitations imposed on his office. On the one side, popular support to the Muslim Brothers declined sharply in the past year. Voters turned…

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Advocacy

Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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Baobab

The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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