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Jamaica. ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’.

This year Jamaica is celebrating 60 years of independence from the United Kingdom. A country…

01 Nov 2022

In the Hands of Local Gangs.

Within Kingston, gangs involved in drug trafficking, extortion, robbery, and the exploitation of prostitution have…

01 Nov 2022

Reggae, a Jamaican soft power.

Jamaica is a Parliamentary democracy and, as a member of the Commonwealth, it is also…

01 Nov 2022

Political and social instability.

During the 60 years in which the country has made itself autonomous from the motherland,…

01 Nov 2022

Senegal. The Colours of the Pirogues.

The fishing sector is crucial both for socio-economic stability and for the food security of…

01 Oct 2022

Industrial-scale piracy.

Foreign industries of transformation of fresh fish into fish meal and oil for export to…

01 Oct 2022

Ancient methods.

Madj lights the flashlight on his head, tying hooks and lures to the ends of…

01 Oct 2022

Setting Sail.

The sun is about to set behind the houses that, in the distance, appear on…

01 Oct 2022

The identity ‘card’.

The latest census of India, that of 2011, indicates that 79.9 per cent of Indians…

01 Sep 2022

Socio-economic imbalances.

Unlike most countries with a medium or high level of development, India has a population…

01 Sep 2022

India. A Country in Transition.

With an evident crisis in the availability of widely distributed agricultural production from Ukraine as…

01 Sep 2022

The Path of Reforms.

A country like India that aspires, at least in Asia, to be the first competitor…

01 Sep 2022

New political openings.

Suriname is a unitary Republic with executive power vested in the President of the Republic,…

01 Aug 2022

Suriname. A Multi-coloured Country.

It is the smallest country in South America with a population of just over 600,000…

01 Aug 2022

Ethnic Variety.

The period of Dutch colonization made the country one of the main crossroads of both…

01 Aug 2022

Immense Natural Resources.

Suriname is a country rich in natural resources in terms of biodiversity, fresh water, raw…

01 Aug 2022

Economy. Unsustainable Extractivism.

The oil industry is at the heart of the Angolan economy. But it benefits only…

01 Jul 2022

The Church Raises the Voice.

Since independence, the Church has been somewhat close to the MPLA, although it has always…

01 Jul 2022

Unpredictable Elections.

The result of next August’s elections cannot be taken for granted. About 14 million Angolans…

01 Jul 2022

Angola. A Country and Its Contradictions.

In the African context, Angola, a country with a population of over 33 million inhabitants,…

01 Jul 2022

The churches. Lost engagement.

They have lost the prophetic voice they had in the days of apartheid. They have…

01 Jun 2022

Economy. The COVID-19 Challenge.

The country is divided between two worlds, the world of the poor and the world…

01 Jun 2022

The Unending Saga of Jacob Zuma.

The former president faces two important trials. At the moment, he has only been in…

01 Jun 2022

South Africa. A Bitter Season.

Next December, the African National Congress will hold its five-yearly elective conference. President Cyril Ramaphosa…

01 Jun 2022

The Philippines. Towards a new “Flowers and Rosaries Revolution”.

On May 9, the Philippines will be the scene of multiple elections that will have particular…

01 May 2022

Duterte, the Executioner.

In office since June 30, 2016, despite the criticisms, Duterte ‘the executioner’ seemed unstoppable. After having…

01 May 2022

Internal Conflicts.

Once again, on May 9, the Filipinos will also bring persistent situations to the polls…

01 May 2022

The Catholic Church.

The motto of the 500th anniversary year was ‘Missio ad Gentes’, to show that the…

01 May 2022

The Great Federation.

The Emirate Federation, created in 1971 out of the union of the six monarchies (seven…

01 Apr 2022

The United Arab Emirates. The Pearl Necklace.

The history of the United Arab Emirates is unique in the scenario of the Near…

01 Apr 2022

Strategic geopolitical position.

The strategic asset of the United Arab Emirates finds its place in the broader security…

01 Apr 2022

Diversifying the Economy.

During the past decade, the United Arab Emirates has brought to the fore an important…

01 Apr 2022

Nomads and Farmers, Old and New Fights in Africa.

In the last years one of the different ethnicities that live on the continent was…

01 Mar 2022

Peuls, as foreigners.

Nomadism caused Peuls to move between different areas that, after the decolonization, became independent states.…

01 Mar 2022

The Enemy Inside.

The fight is not only between Peuls and other groups. In many areas there is…

01 Mar 2022

The crisis of chieftaincy.

The crisis of traditional authorities is a common phenomenon in many northern areas in West…

01 Mar 2022

Africa. The Rural Market.

In the world of rural Africa, the market is not just a place for buying…

01 Feb 2022

Urban Markets.

Approaching the market of any African city, the visitor is immediately involved. The eyes are…

01 Feb 2022

West Africa. The Variety of the Markets.

In some rural areas of the Sahel such as the Mossi plateau in the north…

01 Feb 2022

The Market. Where Women Reign Supreme.

It is still dark when Esther rises. The children are still asleep and her husband…

01 Feb 2022

Economy. Dynamic Development.

The country is extremely rich in water resources and minerals. The latter have featured largely…

01 Jan 2022

Azerbaijan. Land of Fire.

Azerbaijan is a Caucasian republic located in the south-east, straddling Asia and Europe, in an…

01 Jan 2022

A Long Chess Game.

In the autumn of 2020, the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan again broke out violently…

01 Jan 2022

The Karabakh Conflict.

In 1917, ownership of the region of Karabakh was claimed by the new-born republics of…

01 Jan 2022

Kenya/Ethiopia. A journey into Borana's cultural heritage.

In the vast semi-desert uplands of southern Ethiopia, and in the northern desert region of…

01 Dec 2021

Getting married.

Among the Borana people marriage is preceded by several stages and long negotiations, which can…

01 Dec 2021

The Gubissa Ceremony.

The birth of a child is always an important event that brings joy to the…

01 Dec 2021

The Gadamoji Celebration.

Every eight years, the feast of final Borana passage called Gadamoji, when a man reaches…

01 Dec 2021

Marriage an expensive venture.

Marriage is highly esteemed among the Banyakole and it is one of the most expensive…

01 Nov 2021

Religion & Family.

Prior to the Christian missionary movement in the 19th century, the Ankole people’s idea of…

01 Nov 2021

The Ankole cultural spots.

Places, legends, instruments, dances, to preserve the Ankole’s rich and diverse culture. At a glance…

01 Nov 2021

Uganda. Journey into the Ankole cultural heritage.

Ankole is one of the oldest and most famous dynasties in Uganda. It is believed…

01 Nov 2021

Trinidad and Tobago. Between Prosperity and Islamic Extremism.

Located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Trinidad and Tobago are part of…

01 Oct 2021

A flourishing economy.

The discoveries of large deposits of oil and gas between 1970 and 1990 brought about…

01 Oct 2021

Islamist danger.

As well as the high crime rate and the phenomenon of migration from Venezuela, during…

01 Oct 2021

A multi-ethnic country.

Due to its varied history, Trinidad and Tobago represents one of the most multiracial countries…

01 Oct 2021

Kazakhstan. "The Heart of the World".

Right in the middle of Eurasia, in that mass of land known as ‘The Heart…

01 Sep 2021

The hard road towards Nation-Building.

Kazakhstan achieved independence in December 1991 at a time when the dissolution of the USSR…

01 Sep 2021

A Eurasian canal.

The modernisation of the state forms part of the ‘Kazakhstan 2030 Plan’ launched by Nazarbayev…

01 Sep 2021

Great reforms.

For Kazakhstan, the year 2019 may be remembered as a time of political change. President Nursultan…

01 Sep 2021

Always On the Move.

The Bororo culture is one of movement. There are different sorts of movement. First of…

01 Aug 2021

Gerewol. The festival of Love.

The Gerewol is the festival of bodily beauty. The young Bororo, after spending ascetic months…

01 Aug 2021

“We are the ‘most beautiful’ of all”.

The cult of physical beauty is most important. The rules of aesthetics are followed by…

01 Aug 2021

Niger. The Bororo-Wodaabe. The Beauty of Liberty.

The Bororo belong to the large ethnic family of the Peul, better known as the…

01 Aug 2021

Child soldiers. The difficulty of ‘adapting to peace’.

There are at least eighteen countries, where children are recruited and used in armed conflicts.…

01 Jul 2021

2021. The International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.

It is estimated that there are 152 million children in the world who are compelled…

01 Jul 2021

Child Migrants. Alone with their destiny.

They travel alone. They may fall into the hands of human traffickers. They often end…

01 Jul 2021

The puppies of Islamic State.

Born in the Caliphate and indoctrinated to believe in a ‘different world’. The images are few and…

01 Jul 2021

Strategic control.

The discovery of oil, together with its geographical position, has brought Guyana to the attention…

01 Jun 2021

Guyana. An Unknown Country.

The recent discoveries of oil have brought Guyana to the centre of international attention. Many…

01 Jun 2021

A New Constitutional Charter.

In 1966, Guyana became independent of its mother country and joined the Commonwealth as an…

01 Jun 2021

Oil Exploration.

Economically, with a per capita GNP of around $5,000, Guyana is one of the poorest…

01 Jun 2021

Rare-Earth Elements. A new Eldorado.

The sustainable future of humanity is bound by a double cord to the Rare Earth…

01 May 2021

China global leader in Rare-Earth elements.

China not has only reached 62% of the mineral production, around 90% of its overall…

01 May 2021

Rare Earths. Future prospects?

How does the rare earth market work? Which are the more desirable elements and which…

01 May 2021

Rare Earth Elements. Latin America and Africa. Great dreams.

Latin America has reserves of rare earth and 'technological metals' estimated to amount to 50…

01 May 2021

Brunei. Under the shadow of Sharia Law.

Far from the reflectors of global strategies and tensions, the small South-East Asian island country…

01 Apr 2021

Contradicting results.

With a population that is 70% ethnically Malayan, Brunei has been under the influence of…

01 Apr 2021

Catholic Church: 'the Periphery within the Periphery'.

A small Catholic population. The seven pastoral priorities. Living under Sharia Law. Cardinal Cornelius Sim,…

01 Apr 2021

To become a 'Muslim Singapore'.

Seven years have passed and the real reasons for the introduction of the most severe…

01 Apr 2021

The Syrian War. Ten Years Later.

March 2021 will mark the tenth anniversary of the Syrian war. The bulk of the…

01 Mar 2021

The Regional and International Proxy Battleground.

The definition of civil war has never quite applied in the case of Syria. Ever…

01 Mar 2021

What Next ?

The Russians are the ones who, having taken a direct military role alongside Damascus in…

01 Mar 2021

The War and its Protagonists.

On 6 March 2011, a group of teenagers wrote anti-government graffiti on a school wall…

01 Mar 2021

The New North Sea.

The Black Sea, besides being a transit zone for oil, is rich in energy deposits…

01 Feb 2021

Control of the Straits.

A further crucial element in the balance of power in the Black Sea is that…

01 Feb 2021

The Black Sea. The Strategic Games.

The Black Sea is situated in the centre of the vast geographical area that runs…

01 Feb 2021

The Balance of Power Old and News.

It was the conflict that broke out between Russia and Georgia in 2008 that challenged…

01 Feb 2021

Latin America. 2021. Elections in the shadow of Covid-19.

Crisis in the economy, public health and the environment. Six countries will go to the…

01 Jan 2021

Asia. 2021. Uncertainties and ambiguities.

How to confront the consequences of Covid-19 as they affect the countries of Asia. China…

01 Jan 2021

Africa 2021. Security and Elections.

Clouds appear on the horizon in Sahel and forthcoming elections in several parts of the…

01 Jan 2021

Middle East and North Africa 2021. COVID-19 and Oil.

Socio-economic tensions rise but the COVID Pandemic buys time for governments under pressure. Tension between…

01 Jan 2021

GGW. Resources insufficient.

It is not easy to juggle the various interests that revolve around the GGW, and…

01 Dec 2020

GGW. An inconsistent impact

The Great Green Wall’s goal is clear: to regenerate 100 million hectares of degraded land…

01 Dec 2020

The Pan-African Green Wall.

From a green wall of trees to a mosaic of ecosystems. From the moment it…

01 Dec 2020

GGW. Agroforestry Is Key.

Any ecological rehabilitation of a territory must consider several factors, not the least of which…

01 Dec 2020

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Dossier Archive – summaries

The Tijaniyya Brotherhood. The Way of the Koran.

Today, there are 40,000 inhabitants in Tivaouane, 100 km north-east of Dakar, the holy city of…

01 Nov 2020, Dossier November 2020

A Journey into Islam in Senegal.

More than 90% of the population of Senegal, an officially secular country, profess the Islamic faith.…

01 Nov 2020, Dossier November 2020

The Layeniyya Brotherhood. The Meaning of Equality.

On one of the Atlantic beaches of Yoff, rises the Great Layene Mosque-Mausoleum. The low cube-shaped,…

01 Nov 2020, Dossier November 2020

The Muridiyya Brotherhood. "The Disciple".

Touba, the holy city of the Muridiyya Brotherhood, situated in the centre of the country, though…

01 Nov 2020, Dossier November 2020

The Dhofar Rebellion and Oman’s Modernity.

Clearly, Great Britain has played a fundamental role in the emergence of modern Oman, considering it…

01 Oct 2020, Dossier October 2020

Ibadi Islam and Diplomacy.

Oman is distinctive in the Persian Gulf context because it has been traditionally ruled by an…

01 Oct 2020, Dossier October 2020

Oman. The legacy of Sultan Qaboos.

The Sultanate of Oman is in the Middle East, on the south-eastern end of the Arabian…

01 Oct 2020, Dossier October 2020

How history shaped Oman.

During its history, Oman has been known by different names. Arab tribes, who emigrated from the…

01 Oct 2020, Dossier October 2020

USA. The Space Force.

China and Russia’s advances have prompted the United States to bolster its own efforts in the…

01 Sep 2020, Dossier September 2020

Russia. An Ambitious Space Program.

Russia, which in Soviet times pioneered space exploration in 1957 with the launch of the first…

01 Sep 2020, Dossier September 2020

Cyberspace in the New Geopolitical Balance.

Space has witnessed an intensifying level of economic-strategic activity as related to defense, protecting territory and…

01 Sep 2020, Dossier September 2020

China. The Great Game.

The logic used by super powers in space is not an exclusively competitive one. In fact,…

01 Sep 2020, Dossier September 2020

Uganda. A journey into Buganda’s cultural heritage.

The Buganda are a bantu speaking ethnic group found in Uganda. They are a very dominant…

01 Aug 2020, Dossier August 2020

Births as a successful family.

Birth in Buganda is very important because it is the yard stick that measures a successful…

01 Aug 2020, Dossier August 2020

Bulgaria. Social breakdown.

The Bulgarian demographic crisis is the one that is most critical due to the speed at…

01 Jul 2020, Dossier July 2020

The Romani People in the Balkans.

The Balkans and central Eastern Europe are experiencing the most serious and sudden drop in population…

01 Jul 2020, Dossier July 2020

Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Fragile countries.

Serbian demography is also following the trend of the other surrounding countries, registering a considerable decline…

01 Jul 2020, Dossier July 2020

Romania. Failure to integrate.

Romania, with its 19.6 million inhabitants, is going through a shocking demographic depopulation crisis. If the…

01 Jul 2020, Dossier July 2020

Ethnic Groups and Religions.

A country of striking and changing landscapes, extremes of climate and environment, in tourism, Mongolia has…

01 Jun 2020, Dossier June 2020

Mongolia. An Unstable Democracy.

The advisability, possibility and feasibility of the elections for the new Mongolian parliament, the single house…

01 Jun 2020, Dossier June 2020

Dependent Economy.

The question present in the recent history of Mongolia is whether the potential of the country…

01 Jun 2020, Dossier June 2020

A Polarized Policy.

The Moldovan political situation is extremely complicated. It reflects the clashes between the West and Russia,…

01 May 2020, Dossier May 2020

Dangers of Secession.

The secessionist threat of the Gagauza community, which developed simultaneously with that of Transnistria, was resolved…

01 May 2020, Dossier May 2020

Moldova. Difficult Balances.

Geographically located on the very outskirts of southeastern Europe, Moldova is a small state nestled between…

01 May 2020, Dossier May 2020

A Dependent Economy.

From an economic point of view, Moldova is considered one of the poorest countries in Europe.…

01 May 2020, Dossier May 2020

Demographic Grow and Commercial Crops.

The strong demographic growth is a main driver of the decimation of the African wildlife. The…

01 Apr 2020, Dossier April 2020

The ‘Deal of the Century’ .

The latest ‘Peace’ plan, the so-called ‘Deal of the Century’ by US President Donald Trump has…

01 Mar 2020, Dossier March 2020

Jordan at the Crossroads.

Jordan is a country marked by ‘artificial’ borders, drawn on a map in the wake of…

01 Mar 2020, Dossier March 2020

The custodian of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Inevitably, the Jordanian government - and the political arrangement, which has taken decades to craft in…

01 Mar 2020, Dossier March 2020

The Indian Ocean.

In this new re-establishment of international balances in which Asia is acting as the leader, the…

01 Feb 2020, Dossier February 2020

The Atlantic Ocean.

In ancient times, the Atlantic Ocean was believed to be a mysterious extent of water that…

01 Feb 2020, Dossier February 2020

The Pacific Ocean.

The Pacific, almost twice as big as the Atlantic, with an area of 161 million square…

01 Feb 2020, Dossier February 2020

Who controls the Oceans?

Besides having always been that part of the world where the most of commercial interchange takes…

01 Feb 2020, Dossier February 2020

West Africa, bridgehead for cocaine trafficking.

The region has acquired a key role in the drugs trade, becoming the major platform of…

01 Dec 2019, Dossier December 2019

Nigerian gangs.

A large part of the drugs coming from Latin America and Asia is controlled and managed…

01 Dec 2019, Dossier December 2019

Namibia. Nothing Surprising.

Ever since it won the first democratic elections, held in November 1989 and supervised by the…

01 Nov 2019, Dossier November 2019

Economy. Too much inequality.

The structure of the economy of Namibia reflects the contradictions that are typical of all southern…

01 Nov 2019, Dossier November 2019

Namibian Mosaic.

With only 2.6 million inhabitants and an area of 824,292 square kilometres, Namibia presents a particularly…

01 Nov 2019, Dossier November 2019

Ethnicity and National Unity.

The SWAPO movement succeeded in bringing on board the different ethnic groups, even co-opting some of…

01 Nov 2019, Dossier November 2019

Towards the Synod. 'Amazonising the Church'.

The defense of the environment and its peoples. New ministries for the Christian communities. The role…

01 Oct 2019, Dossier October 2019

Which Kurdish populations?

There has never been a Kurdish State. But, there has been and still exists a Kurdish…

01 Sep 2019, Dossier September 2019

The Shi’a Movement.

There has been a tendency on the side of the mainstream media to describe this movement…

01 Sep 2019, Dossier September 2019

Ba’ath Party Dominance and Mistakes.

As the Ba’ath increasingly dominated the State, the Communists faced greater restrictions on their activities. By…

01 Sep 2019, Dossier September 2019

Iraq. A Fragile Country.

Iraq, the country established on the land of the Assyrians and Babylonians of ancient Mesopotamia, is…

01 Sep 2019, Dossier September 2019

Drug Trafficking.

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

01 Aug 2019, Dossier August 2019

Between Maras and Pandilla

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

01 Aug 2019, Dossier August 2019

El Salvador. A Country In Transition.

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

01 Aug 2019, Dossier August 2019

A New President.

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

01 Aug 2019, Dossier August 2019

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Advocacy

Ghana. Women and Climate Change.

In harmony with Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si' to “care for our common home”, the Sisters of the Holy Cross have a long-standing commitment…

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Baobab

The Dove's Egg.

A dove laid an egg in the hollow of a big tree in front of the blacksmith's house. When she flew away from her nest in…

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Youth & Mission

World Youth Day. Pope Francis: “All together in Lisbon! A…

“I hope and I firmly believe that the experience many of you will have in Lisbon next August will represent a new beginning for you, the…

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