News August 2015

Arms Trade: the business that knows no crisis.

With so many conflicts around the world, the global arms trade continues to increase. The Middle East region leads the trend. The geopolitical tensions which, in recent years, have destabilized the ‘hinge’ of Eurasia, the extensive belt of territories that stretches from the Middle East to the Caucasus and Ukraine, appear to affect the balance…

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DR.Congo. Land grabbing: colonial law prevails upon community rights

In a recent report, Congolese and European NGOs accuse a Canadian company and development agencies of land grabbing at the expanse of local communities. Yet, the land was leased by the state. Working conditions in industrial palm-oil plantations in North-East DRC described in the report « Agro-colonialism” in the Congo, by the Spanish-based NGO Grain…

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Eritrea. Under UN investigation

The UN Commission of Inquiry has just released its report on the Eritrean government’s human rights abuses. There is nothing new for the Eritrean people. For a population which underwent wide spread torture and cruelty for decades, the findings of the report are just a tip of an iceberg. But, the suffering of the Eritrean…

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Horn of Africa. Pastoralism and conflicts

Pastoralism – the predominant form of livestock keeping in the Horn of Africa – has always been a source of disputes and tensions in the region. We look at the interwoven aspects influencing conflicts in the Horn of Africa in general and South Sudan more specifically. More than 20 million people live as nomadic pastoralists…

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10 Ways We Pretend War is Not a Crime.

Advocacy, more than economic interests, is about consciousness and knowledge. It is about building a strong democracy, holding those in power accountable. It is about…

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Why the Hippo lives in the Water.

Many years ago the hippopotamus, whose name was Isantim, was one of the biggest kings on the land; he was second only to the elephant. The…

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Youth & Mission

Saving the Planet and Ourselves.

Australia, Philippines, California and Central and South Africa have been recently hit by severe drought and endless forest fires.  Thousands are suffering. Plants and animals perish.…

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