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News June 2013

Niger – Threats to the country

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Mali’s political crisis of 2012 has had a strong impact on neighbouring countries: especially Niger. Mali is not Niger’s only neighbour facing problems, tensions in Libya also worry Niamey. Safeguarding its own security has therefore become a priority for a nation with great potential and weakness at the same time.Since 2010, Niger has become an…

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Africa – non-food based biofuels

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The announcement by the European Commission at the end of 2012 that the use of food-based biofuels to meet the EU 10% renewable energy target will be limited to only 5% of the total consumption for transport purposes, has generated morosity in the sector. Yet, perspectives are not so bad for African producers of non-food…

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Nigeria – A long journey to peace

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  Insecurity, attacks on oil companies, corruption, poverty in the Niger Delta, the disbanding of many armed groups, amnesty to Boko Haram members. We talked with Ukoha O. Ukiwo, director of the Department of Political and Administrative Studies at Port Harcourt University. What has president Goodluck Jonathan achieved and what has he failed to achieve?…

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Somalia – The fall of piracy or a change of strategy?

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  For many months, Somali pirates haven’t attacked ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. The most recent seizures date back to the first six months of 2012, a year that marked a decline in Somali piracy. For the mercantile business in the Indian Ocean and in the Mediterranean Sea – roughly…

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Advocacy

Widen the horizon of Empowered Women.

Concluding the Special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis in his homily said with a witty remark that the final document speaking of…

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Baobab

Hare and the Hyena.

0ne day, a long time ago when there was a famine in a certain part of Africa, Hare met Hyena. “How thin you are looking,” said…

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Youth & Mission

Young Indios: “The world must listen to us”.

During the Synod for Amazonia, we heard stories of young Indios who struggle against environmental exploitation, in recognition of their own identity, and they want to…

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