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Dossier

Drug Trafficking.

The maras are characterized by their particular ritualism, their violent initiation rites and the tattoos…

01 Aug 2019

Between Maras and Pandilla

The phenomenon of organized crime is one of the plagues that most affects both the…

01 Aug 2019

El Salvador. A Country In Transition.

El Salvador is one of the smallest countries in size of Central America, given that…

01 Aug 2019

A New President.

In the general elections last February, Nayb Bukele established himself as the new President of…

01 Aug 2019

The Gumuz People, their culture.

They live today almost the way they could have lived one or two hundred years…

01 Jul 2019

The Religious Universe of the Gumuz.

Travelling around the Gumuz region we did not see specific place for worship. Of course…

01 Jul 2019

The Gumuz in front of a changing world.

Changes go very fast. There are many agents responsible for these changes. The first is…

01 Jul 2019

Ethiopia. The Gumuz. A marginalized People.

We have travelled for 500 kms in northwest Addis Ababa. First, it was along the…

01 Jul 2019

The Philippines. Constant Threats.

The 13 May 2019 elections in the Philippines have been correctly seen most of all…

01 Jun 2019

War on drugs.

The tension between the presidency and the ecclesial hierarchy has considerably affected baptised Filipinos. The…

01 Jun 2019

The Duterte's Games

But who is Rodrigo Duterte? A person with a judgemental mentality, partly due to his…

01 Jun 2019

Catholic Church Commitments.

With a Catholic population of over 80% of its 100 million inhabitants, the Philippines has…

01 Jun 2019

Migration Between Regions.

Interregional migration, or the movement of people between geographic sub regions, is also a key…

01 May 2019

Catholic Church. Taking concrete steps to mitigate the migration crisis.

African bishops are aware that, when there is a massive movement of people, the countries…

01 May 2019

Migrating in Africa. A continent on the Move.

Globally, in 2017, there were around 258 million international migrants, approximately 3.4% of the world…

01 May 2019

Migration. Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Conflict.

African migration patterns do not happen in a vacuum. Rather, they are situated within major…

01 May 2019

Monasticism and Monasteries in Ethiopia.

If it is true that the Christian Europe of the Middle Ages was shaped by…

01 Apr 2019

The Monastery of Debre Libanos.

From its very foundation, Debre Libanos grew in prestige and power until it surpassed all…

01 Apr 2019

The Monastery of Debre Damo.

Among the many Ethiopian monasteries Debre Damo deserves to be mentioned first. Not because it…

01 Apr 2019

The Monastery of Hayk.

If we mention the monastery of Hayk (or Hayq) among the three chosen for this…

01 Apr 2019

The New 'Doctrine Of National Security'.

The cancellation of the effective reforms imposed during the decade in which the social-democrat government…

01 Mar 2019

Guatemala. A country, Under Threat.

The country has always been at the centre of tensions and troubles, provoking a sequence…

01 Mar 2019

An Ancient Country.

It was the Maya who, long ago, inhabited those territories that were later colonised by…

01 Mar 2019

Justice For The Indigenous People.

In December 2006, thanks to the support of the international community, a new truce was…

01 Mar 2019

Thailand. Much is unknown in the Country of the Smile.

It is now almost five years since the coup d’état that took place in…

01 Feb 2019

Economy. Risk factors.

Bangkok seems to be a champion of futuristic architecture but its lights simply overwhelm without…

01 Feb 2019

Political Uncertainty.

Thailand is now witnessing the disappearance of its myth as a 'Teflon Country', unmoved by…

01 Feb 2019

Thai Identity.

The nation, the monarchy and Buddhism are the pillars commonly attributed to the Thai identity.…

01 Feb 2019

The Limpopo River. Collateral Victim Of The Mining Industry.

The Limpopo River Basin is a fragile environment threatened by the combined pressure, of climate…

01 Jan 2019

The Zambezi River. Threats and opportunities for the ‘Great River…

The Zambezi River is one of Africa’s main energy assets and could become as well…

01 Jan 2019

The Senegal River. Threatened by Drought, Climate Change And Man-Made…

The Senegal River is a main source of life and prosperity for three West-African countries.…

01 Jan 2019

The Niger River : From Drought To Floods And Pollution.

The Niger River is the main source of life of large parts of West Africa.…

01 Jan 2019

Russia Returns To Africa.

In the new geopolitical context that is developing worldwide, Africa is increasingly seen as a…

01 Dec 2018

USA, China. Military Strategy And Market in Africa.

Over the years, President Putin has attentively observed the political, economic and military strategy of…

01 Dec 2018

Libya, Putin’s Interests.

It is a fact that Libya is of fundamental importance for the Russian Federation since…

01 Dec 2018

A New Epoch.

Moscow began to take its first steps in the African context during the “Soviet period”. Since…

01 Dec 2018

India, Playing A Very Active Role.

In the context of the changes in power relations on the Asian continent, the movements…

01 Nov 2018

Geo-Political and Geo-Economic Scenarios of the Indian Ocean.

The collapse of the Soviet Union has characterized the birth of new and important geopolitical…

01 Nov 2018

Oman, Small But Strategic.

The new centrality and strategic importance assumed by the Indian Ocean have unquestionably created competition…

01 Nov 2018

China, The Protagonist.

China may certainly be described as the more relevant protagonist in this change, finding itself…

01 Nov 2018

Counteracting Deforestation. Sustainable Choices.

Negative impacts of deforestation require proactive interventions in order to reverse the trend. African governments…

01 Oct 2018

Causes Of Deforestation. Stop The Pillage.

The most common pressures causing deforestation and severe forest degradation are agriculture, unsustainable forest management,…

01 Oct 2018

Deforestation In Africa. The Earth Needs To Breathe.

In Africa, forests play a vital role in providing goods and services to people and…

01 Oct 2018

African Tradition And Religion. The Sacredness Of Nature.

Man is aware that he did not create nature. The earth, with all it contains,…

01 Oct 2018

Support Local Initiatives.

Today, Bangladesh is a country in tumultuous growth, afflicted by many problems that for the…

01 Sep 2018

Do Not Forget Rana Plaza.

Ashulia and the nearby districts of Savar, Tongi and Gazipur on the edge of the…

01 Sep 2018

Women At The Crossroads.

The population of Bangladesh is rapidly approaching 170 million, depending on an area of 147,570…

01 Sep 2018

Bangladesh. A Country In Contrast.

Geography, demography, history, faith and politics are inextricably intertwined in determining the reality known as…

01 Sep 2018

The forgotten Real Issues.

If we analyse the actual reality of the continent from a security point of view…

01 Aug 2018

Military Escalation In Africa.

After the beginning of the crisis in Mali in 2012, external powers have increased the…

01 Aug 2018

A Proxy War.

Apparently, the US government’s discretion on its military initiatives in Africa is due to two…

01 Aug 2018

Disconnected From Reality.

According to Feldstein, an analysis of the African situation leads to the conclusion that the…

01 Aug 2018

Asian Spirituality. A Quest For Depth.

Nearly all major religions of the world were born in Asia. Some characteristics of Asian…

01 Jul 2018

Spirituality, Learning From Each Other.

The Tibetan Buddhist leader Dalai Lama remembers a discussion he had with Thomas Merton on…

01 Jul 2018

The Spirituality of Responsibility.

Chinese spiritual outlook made Confucius remind his people of their own inherited ethical convictions. Ethical…

01 Jul 2018

Spirituality as Ahimsa.

Undoubtedly, nonviolence remains at the heart of Asian spiritual tradition. It is not that Asians…

01 Jul 2018

Latin America. The starting point of all the routes.

The mingling of drug trafficking and terrorist/guerrilla organisations also involves Latin America which, as is…

01 Jun 2018

Groups in the galaxy of terror.

Among the groups belonging to the radical Islamic galaxy, a fundamentally important role was played…

01 Jun 2018

Drug Trafficking and Terrorism.

Drug trafficking is a global business. It is finding its way ever more perniciously into…

01 Jun 2018

Territory control.

The colossal and internationally important business of drug trafficking, now run by criminals of all…

01 Jun 2018

Kyrgyzstan. A Geopolitical Pivot.

Kyrgyzstan merits to be called a 'geopolitical pivot'. It is a territory that, due to…

01 May 2018

Tajikistan. Great Power Interests.

Tajikistan, situated at the heart of central Asia, was a transit area crossed by caravan…

01 May 2018

Central Asia. A Great New Game.

The region of Central Asia, because of its geographic location, has always been considered a…

01 May 2018

Uzbekistan. A Delicate Balance.

Uzbekistan, like Kyrgyzstan is one of the five Central Asian republics created in 1991 after…

01 May 2018

A Truly Indian Church.

The start of the year was characterised by an important series of events for the…

01 Apr 2018

The women Condition.

On 11 October 2017, the Supreme Court of India deliberated that sexual relations with a…

01 Apr 2018

Hinduism and Nationalism.

In the Hindu concept is taken up by its present proponents, connected to the political…

01 Apr 2018

India. A Lost Dream.

The multi-souled India of today has denied none of its souls but struggles to embrace…

01 Apr 2018

Protests, Not Like The Arab Spring.

Unlike the protests of the ‘Arab Spring’, moreover, the recent protests in Iran have a…

01 Mar 2018

Syria. All The Games.

Whatever tensions exist between Israel, the USA and Iran, they will play out in Syria…

01 Mar 2018

The Opposition, Internal and External.

Iran does have a domestic and clandestine opposition, the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK). The MEK combine…

01 Mar 2018

Iran And The Conflicts In The Middle East.

Nobody appears to have any clear plans for Syria. Indeed, the ignorance extends to the…

01 Mar 2018

Visible And Invisible Walls.

In the course of his pontificate, Pope Francis has not ceased to fight against the…

01 Feb 2018

In The Shadow Of The Wall.

Twenty nine years have passed since the most famous wall in Europe ceased to divide…

01 Feb 2018

Walls Separating Peoples.

Walls are like an infection, made of bricks, nets and barbed wire that prevent the…

01 Feb 2018

Anti-Migration Walls.

The year 2016 was the year of anti-immigration walls, the militarisation of frontiers and a…

01 Feb 2018

The Kurds, Which Future?

The big winner in the Middle East is Russia. Thus, it will be Russia that…

01 Jan 2018

The War In Syria Is Over, The West Will Give…

The West will always choose Turkey over the aspirations of the Kurds. This is one…

01 Jan 2018

The Challenges Of Kurdish Nationalism.

The Kurds have become one of the key players of the Middle East. They have…

01 Jan 2018

The Kurds' History.

The Kurds and their struggle have suffered because of geographical and cultural fragmentation first and,…

01 Jan 2018

Indios’ Irruption Into History.

The Indios peoples of Latin America have finally irrupted into history. They are present as…

01 Dec 2017

Indio Theology. The flowers of Tepeyac

The indigenous peoples and their descendants in America and in the entire world are the…

01 Dec 2017

God, Heart Of Heaven And Earth.

The greatest contribution of the indigenous communities to the Churches and to society is their…

01 Dec 2017

The Church Meeting With Indigenous People.

Since the 1960s, the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM) has been promoting a new pastoral…

01 Dec 2017

Malawi. Journey Into The Chewa Cultural Heritage.

Malawi is a country with over 10 tribes each with different cultural traditions and beliefs.…

01 Nov 2017

Marriage & Installation of Chiefs.

The Chewa people are the matrilineal society where married men are used to playing a…

01 Nov 2017

The Burial And The Commemoration Ceremonies.

In the small Chewa village, death has come; the bam-owl has announced it by its…

01 Nov 2017

The Initiation Rites.

The initiation rites for girls take place in the village or a place close by…

01 Nov 2017

Sufi Orders (turuq).

The need to be organised in groups in following their teachings is common to all…

01 Oct 2017

Sufism: The Spiritual Side Of Islam.

God is the direction (qibla) of the intention (niyya), the intention is the direction of…

01 Oct 2017

The History Of Sufism.

The ascetic movement (I-II/VII-VIII). – Sufism emerges in early Islamic times as an ascetic movement,…

01 Oct 2017

The “Perfect Man”.

In the sea of divine manifestations (VI-VII/XII-XIII) – Starting from the III/IX century, many currents…

01 Oct 2017

'Unity In Diversity'.

As an archipelago of 17,000 islands, the geographical and cultural bridge between the Far East…

01 Sep 2017

Indonesia. A Country In Transition.

The vast Indonesian archipelago shows all the signs of possibly becoming the next 'Asian miracle'. A…

01 Sep 2017

Economic Turbulence.

The economic future of this populous south-east Asian country is increasingly ambivalent. On the one hand…

01 Sep 2017

Catholic Church. In search Of A Shared Life.

The catholic faith, originally brought by the Portuguese, went through Dutch persecution and through varying…

01 Sep 2017

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Dossier Archive – summaries

The Journey Of Initiation.

Initiation into voodoo is an important time that unequivocally marks the life of a person. It…

01 Aug 2017, Dossier August 2017

Togo. Voodoo, A School Of Life In Transformation

The Outachi, an ethnic group of the south coast of Togo, practice voodoo, a traditional religion…

01 Aug 2017, Dossier August 2017

The Sacred Dances.

The return to the home and resuming contact with family members takes place under the guise…

01 Aug 2017, Dossier August 2017

Banquet Of Communion.

The rite of erecting the Heviesso, for example, takes place at midnight on the day of…

01 Aug 2017, Dossier August 2017

Pökot Marriage.

Boys and girls meet at dance parties or at communal work or while tending domestic animals.…

01 Jul 2017, Dossier July 2017

Kenya. Journey into Pökot Cultural Heritage.

“ Rocks or hills can never meet.  Only our peoples can come together”.   A Pökot saying Under…

01 Jul 2017, Dossier July 2017

The Birth of a Pökot Child.

When a pregnant woman is about to deliver usually other women, most probably two, help her.…

01 Jul 2017, Dossier July 2017

The Rite of Initiation: Sapana

Sapana  is a celebration undertaken by young men, around 20 years of age, to become recognised…

01 Jul 2017, Dossier July 2017

East Timor. Stability is a long way.

There were eight candidates but just one outsider who figured in the election campaign for the…

01 Jun 2017, Dossier June 2017

The church with the people.

A colonial inheritance and a strong identifying factor, the Catholic religion has perhaps been the true…

01 Jun 2017, Dossier June 2017

A variety of languages and cultures.

At 500 Km from the coast of northern Australia, East Timor, though limited in extent, has…

01 Jun 2017, Dossier June 2017

The past remains in the memory.

On 20 May, the Democratic Republic of East Timor marked the fifteenth anniversary of its birth.…

01 Jun 2017, Dossier June 2017

UAE. Foreign Policy and Security.

The United Arab Emirates has been pursuing a very active foreign policy to combat political Islam…

01 May 2017, Dossier May 2017

UAE. Economic progress and its Contradictions.

Until the 1930’s, and reaching a peak in 1929, pearl fishing brought considerable wealth to the…

01 May 2017, Dossier May 2017

The United Arab Emirates, the Individualist of the Gulf Petromonarchies.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country in the southeastern part of the Arabian Peninsula,…

01 May 2017, Dossier May 2017

UAE. Division of Powers.

The UAE is one of the youngest nations in the Middle East. It has an estimated…

01 May 2017, Dossier May 2017

Dinka culture. Together as a family.

There are important values of Dinka culture and moral values for women and men. They have…

01 Apr 2017, Dossier April 2017

South Sudan. People of the people.

Though known for centuries as the Dinka, they actually call themselves Moinjaang, 'People of the people'.…

01 Apr 2017, Dossier April 2017

The Dinka Today.

In the late 20th and early 21st century, the pressures of the conflict between Arab North…

01 Apr 2017, Dossier April 2017

Dinka Traditional Religion.

The essential features of Dinka religion fall under three headings, which may be regarded as its…

01 Apr 2017, Dossier April 2017

HK. The largest gap in Asia between rich and poor.

On 1 July next Hong Kong will begin the twenty years until its official return to…

01 Mar 2017, Dossier March 2017

HK. The future challenges.

Hong Kong's data come from its economic power, and are verified in a high quality of…

01 Mar 2017, Dossier March 2017

Protests and repression.

Opening a new phase of crisis, was the exclusion from the Legislative Council, prompted by Beijing,…

01 Mar 2017, Dossier March 2017

Hong Kong. An uncertain future.

For the former British colony of Hong Kong, part of the People's Republic of China (PRC)…

01 Mar 2017, Dossier March 2017

Jordan. At a Crossroad

Like many political fruits of the Sykes-Picot agreement, Jordan is a relatively new State in an…

01 Feb 2017, Dossier February 2017

The Economy is Jordan’s Main Weakness and Source of Risk.

Yet, Islamist pressures exist in Jordan. Just as in the early 90’s, when Arab mujahedin fighters…

01 Feb 2017, Dossier February 2017

The Islamists and ISIS

The Islamic Action Front, the Jordanian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, has grown in significance on…

01 Feb 2017, Dossier February 2017

Transjordan, Jordan and the Hashemite Monarchy

Despite Great Britain’s promises made to the Hashemites – who claim to be descendants of the…

01 Feb 2017, Dossier February 2017

Africa 2017. Hot Spots

In the African scenario about to open with the New Year of 2017 there are a…

01 Jan 2017, Dossier January 2017

Asia 2017. A year of unknowns.

For Asia, The New Year, if such were possible, will be even more uncertain than the…

01 Jan 2017, Dossier January 2017

Africa political forecast 2017

The year 2017 looks a challenging one, especially in Libya and the Sahel, in the DRC…

01 Jan 2017, Dossier January 2017

The Middle East and North Africa in 2017.

Predicting what might happen in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has become particularly difficult…

01 Jan 2017, Dossier January 2017

Sexual Exploitation and new born child trafficking

Sexual exploitation could be referred to as the abuse or unfair treatment of people (especially females)…

01 Dec 2016, Dossier December 2016

Trafficking in the maritime world

The maritime world is a globalized one. Commercial shipping transports 90% of the goods produced in…

01 Dec 2016, Dossier December 2016

Trafficking in crisis situations

Every year millions of women, men and children leave their homes and their countries. While some…

01 Dec 2016, Dossier December 2016

Human Trafficking, the new form of slavery

Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery. It involves controlling a person through force, fraud…

01 Dec 2016, Dossier December 2016

The situation of the Rohingya

Increasingly and central to the perception of democratic progress in Myanmar by diplomats and international organizations…

01 Nov 2016, Dossier November 2016

Towards a federal state

The National League for Democracy is facing many challenges, and these include the revival of militant…

01 Nov 2016, Dossier November 2016

Myanmar. A fragile democracy.

Aung San Suu Kyi's first visit to Beijing as foreign minister of her country last August,…

01 Nov 2016, Dossier November 2016

The opium question

Another issue that has been prevalent in the recent history of the country and now seems…

01 Nov 2016, Dossier November 2016

Peru, the difficult path towards the common wealth

Peru is located on the western coast of South America. Its geographically uneven territory is divided…

01 Oct 2016, Dossier October 2016

Peru’s economy, slowdown.

"Structurally speaking Peru's is a small economy, which has, for the most part, shown vulnerability to…

01 Oct 2016, Dossier October 2016

President Kuzcynski, a new political scenario.

Pedro Pablo Kuzcynski, 77, has just taken office as Peru’s new President for a mandate lasting…

01 Oct 2016, Dossier October 2016

The social situation, insecurity.

Peru’ s social situation is marked by great discontent among the population, due to several factors,…

01 Oct 2016, Dossier October 2016

India and Latin America In the multipolar context

The global transition, which is the result of the collapse of the Soviet bloc and the…

01 Sep 2016, Dossier September 2016

India’ s economic access in Latin America

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, traveled to Fortaleza, Brazil for the 6th BRICS summit hosted by…

01 Sep 2016, Dossier September 2016

Relations between India and Brazil

The relationship between India Brazil can be seen at all three levels: bilateral, plurilateral in forums…

01 Sep 2016, Dossier September 2016

India and Latin America, a new partnership

The Indian foreign policy undertaken after the independence (1947), being influenced to a large extent by…

01 Sep 2016, Dossier September 2016

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Advocacy

Silencing the Guns in Africa.

On 27 February 2019, the Security Council welcomed the African Union’s “determination to rid Africa of conflicts and create conditions favorable for the growth, development…

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Baobab

How the Dogs Came.

A long time ago there were no domestic animals, all were wild, and all were the enemy of man. They feared him, and he feared them,…

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Youth & Mission

Pan-African Youth Leadership Development.

The Leadership Development and Mentorship program has an ambitious agenda for training tomorrow’s leaders across Africa. Africa is by far the world’s youngest continent, with a median…

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