News November 2014

Nicaragua. The New Canal joining two Oceans

In December work will start on a new canal in Nicaragua joining two oceans. The cost will be 40 billion dollars and work will take 5 years. Questions from Environmentalists. Chinese interests. The Russian moves. The plan of the mega-canal will join Punta Gorda (facing the Caribbean) with the estuary of the river Brito facing…

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Burundi. 2015 Elections – Coalitions take shape

Party coalitions are taking shape six months to the 2015 general elections.The opposition has already formed the Democratic Alliance for Change locally known as ADC-Ikibiri which brings together most large opposition parties such as Frodebu, CNDD and MSD. There are calls for a larger opposition coalition which should include the wing of the Union for…

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Mozambique – Business as usual

Mozambique’s next president will be Filipe Nyusi but lost its two-thirds majority in the parliament. Renamo claimed that the vote was riddled with widespread irregularities. According to the National Electoral Commission (CNE), Frelimo’s Filipe Nyusi has reportedly garnered 57 per cent of the presidential vote, with Renamo’s Dhlakama getting 36 per cent and MDM’s Daviz…

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Lesotho. The coup that never was

After the murky events of 30 August, peace has formally returned to Lesotho. However, the roots of the crisis run deep and many questions are still open in Maseru On 30 August, the people of Lesotho felt that they had been involved in something bigger than them. The true nature of the events that occurred…

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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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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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