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News August 2013

Qatar – A Growing Force in Africa

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 The Persian Gulf country is increasingly using its economic resources deriving from the sale of hydrocarbons in order to increase its political and religious influence in the African continent.The economic tool is not the only one Qatar is using, the country also relies on media communication: the relevant role, the broadcaster Al Jazeera plays, shows…

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DRC- Slaves of war and of minerals

Forced labour in eastern Congo is linked to the artisanal exploitation of minerals and to a continuing state of war. Two million people are directly involved: governments, NGOs, and churches raise the alarm. A Congolese fable tells that when God decided to distribute natural resources on the newly created Earth, he walked through the world…

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Middle East – The ‘blue gold’ crisis

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Scarcity of drinking water is without doubt the most imminent threat to the planet.While blue gold, as water is often called, becomes less and less accessible, the risk of wars being fought over water scarcity rises.According to UN data, more than one billion people have limited access to fresh drinking water, with highly densely populated…

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Quinoa – The Golden grain of the Incas

Incas called quinoa Chisiya mama (in Quechua), “the mother of grains.” Incas revered quinoa as a sacred food and plant. For them it was as valuable as “gold.” The origins of this plant date back to thousands of years ago. Pre-Inca civilizations are likely to have cultivated this pseudo-cereal, which was, like potatoes, a staple…

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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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