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News March 2012

Election round

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  Mali – Four candidates lead the race to the presidency. If all goes according to plans, on 29 April Malians will vote, confirming the stability of democracy twenty years after the army overthrew General Moussa Traore’s despotic government. President Amadou Toumani Toure will step down in May as required by the constitution. The most…

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Turkey/Africa – Sweet ballade

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  India and China are not the only new entries in the rush towards Africa. Turkey is also trying to cash in the dividends of the Arab spring, and become one of the centres of reference for African countries south of the Sahara. Supported by an economic renaissance, the government of Ankara is pursuing an…

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EU/2 – Corporate interests

On 27 January the European commission released a statement entitled Trade, Growth and Development – Tailoring Trade and Investment Policy for Those Countries Most in Need. The policy reduces development goals to a narrow set of statistics, ignoring the needs of millions of poor people. Worse than that, and despite the failure of the banking…

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EU/1 – Trade is not aid

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  At the end of January, Karel De Gucht, EU Trade Commissioner, announced a new initiative to boost trade development and growth in the developing countries urging countries to finalize trade talks by end 2013. In Karel De Gucht’s view the negotiations for Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) which aim at introducing gradually free trade between…

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Cocoa – Halt to child labour

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  The European Parliament is concerned about child labour in Africa’s cocoa plantations. The influential International Trade Committee is warning producing countries that trade preferences could be withdrawn in the event of violations of international conventions of children’s rights. The International Trade Committee of the European Parliament approved in January a resolution proposed by Portuguese…

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Niger – The curse of uranium

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The World Nuclear Association says Niger is the world’s fifth producer of uranium with an output of 4,256 tons in 2010, accounting for 7.82%.of the world total, after Kazakhstan (17,803), Canada (9,783), Australia (5,900) and Namibia (4,496). Uranium is mined close to the twin mining towns of Arlit and Akokan, 900 km north-east of Niamey.…

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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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