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News February 2015

Zambia. Follow the Money

The government accuses some multinational mining companies of evading taxes, they reply by threatening a suspension of the activities. The consequences of such a scenario are still unclear. Six hundred million dollars account for 2,3% of Zambia’s GDP in 2013, less than half the growth that the economy of the country experienced in the same…

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Burundi. «Avoid the worst!»

Less than four months before the start of a new electoral cycle, rebel activity has resumed in the North of the country and in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. A UN spokesperson urges to “avoid the worst”. In early January, clashes between the Burundian Defence Force and rebels infiltrated from the DRC took place in…

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Reportage – Nicaragua. The art of pneumatic tyres

His hands run fast over the grooves of a scrap tyre. He uses a heated knife to cut the rubber to be modeled. The motif is not a designed pattern but it is inspired by shapes and colors drawn from his imagination. Slowly, images, the faces of animals and geometric motifs take shape. Francisco Josué…

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Despite foreign support, the Congolese army remains a major problem

Fifteen years after the start of the UN peacekeeping operation in 1999, the DRC remains a fragile state and the army is a sizeable part of the problem. By next June, the 30 military advisers of the European Union’s EUSEC mission of assistance to the Forces armées de la République démocratique du Congo (FARDC) will…

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Advocacy

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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Baobab

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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