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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

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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