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News July 2012

Earth Summit – Wrong pathway

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  In 1992, the World celebrated the first Earth Summit. That meeting decided on a series of actions to fight climate change and support biodiversity, as well as commitments on poverty eradication and social justice. Yet, in the past 20 years, global emissions have risen by 48%, 300m hectares of forest have been cleared and the…

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Israel – Black shadows

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  Like everything else in Israel, the question is complicated. Lacking a clear majority, all recent governments have had to include Jewish fundamentalist parties in their coalitions. In turn, these impose unsavoury choices regarding religious and ethnic issues. The latest problem is the growing presence of African migrants. Facing economic depression, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu…

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Madagascar – Plundering resources

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  The sale of 1.3 million hectares in 2008 to the South Korean company Daewoo was one of the major issues behind the 2009 protests against the government of Marc Ravalomanana, now exiled in South Africa. Under the new government of Andry Rajoelina, negotiations on land seem to happen more at regional and local levels.…

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Angola – Strategic alliance

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  Last April, José Manuel Durrão Barroso visited Angola; the first President of the European Commission to do so. Barroso’s objective is to transform Angola into a strategic partner of the European Union. This means building a relationship through bilateral political and economical relations, but also agreements on vital global issues such as the security…

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Advocacy

Rely on one own strength first.

We are in Pikine, a Dakar suburb, Senegal. Father Armel Duteil, is the one telling the story. He is an 80-year-old Spiritan missionary. French by…

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Baobab

The Water-Buffalo and the Tiger.

Once there lived a hard-working farmer in a small village who had a water-buffalo. Every day, with his plough on his shoulder, he led his water-buffalo…

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Youth & Mission

Nine Challenges Facing Young People in Syria.

For over nine years, violence and displacement have devastated opportunities for youth across the country. Here are nine of the most pressing challenges facing young people…

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