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Thailand. Caffè Bruno: A really nice cup of coffee.

Love for the people and the youth of ethnic minorities has borne fruit in the form of Caffè Bruno, a new brand of coffee now well known and available throughout Thailand. Chae Hom is a plateau surrounded by mountains and is located in the province of Lampang in the north of the country. Agriculture is…

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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 Thailand on 22 May 2014. This year on 24 March, it will hold elections which could have serious consequences for the Country of the Smile, now grim and uncertain, led formally by civil institutions but inflexibly guided by the National Council…

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The Maritime Silk Road in South-East Asia.

The definition of The Maritime Silk Road seems never ending. The initial interest of the Chinese government in their South-East Asian neighbours is being gradually concretised in the form of a series of projects. Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar are the countries most involved. Since its announcement in 2013, the Chinese Maritime Silk Road (MSR) initiative,…

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Economy. Risk factors.

Bangkok seems to be a champion of futuristic architecture but its lights simply overwhelm without removing either its own multiple dark areas or the darkening shadows of the country. The present contingency, with the creation of a speculation bubble, the flight of capital, failed investments, populist policies and the rigidity of a self-referential system which…

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Political Uncertainty.

Thailand is now witnessing the disappearance of its myth as a ‘Teflon Country’, unmoved by any crisis and capable of regaining its solidity after temporary setbacks. Officially, such things are never due to internal reasons but only to international contingencies. Apparently immune to what it sees as from outside, Thailand is occupied solely with presenting…

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Thai Identity.

The nation, the monarchy and Buddhism are the pillars commonly attributed to the Thai identity. A mixture of doctrinal rigour contaminated in practice by many Hindu and animist elements, Thailandese Buddhism, which belongs to the Theravada current, is in substance a ‘religion of works’. Offerings, donations and almsgiving are its determining elements, associated for many…

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Asia 2019. Troubled Waters.

Important political events will mark the Asian panorama in 2019 while the evolution of strategic and economic questions will play a role in regional and global relations. Once again Chine will take the lead.  Again in 2019 the gaze of the world will be turned towards China, the economic colossus which, in the second half…

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Philippines. A Voice for the Oppressed.

Brother Karl Gaspar, an award-winning writer, respected socio-anthropologist, theologian, interfaith scholar, and missionary from Davao City shares with us the reasons for his passion for Indigenous Peoples (IP) and his vocational option.  “As somebody born in Davao and growing up in parts of Mindanao, I was early on exposed to indigenous peoples who came down…

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Support Local Initiatives.

Today, Bangladesh is a country in tumultuous growth, afflicted by many problems that for the small local Church and the missionary presences are so many fields for intervention, both in country areas as well as in the capital Dhaka, a metropolis of 15 million inhabitants, containing in its chaos both problems and potential as well…

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Do Not Forget Rana Plaza.

Ashulia and the nearby districts of Savar, Tongi and Gazipur on the edge of the metropolitan area of Dhaka, represent the greatest industrial concentration of the country, the heart of the production of textiles, clothes and accessories much of which is destined for the foreign markets of European and US brands. However, they are also…

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Women At The Crossroads.

The population of Bangladesh is rapidly approaching 170 million, depending on an area of 147,570 square kilometres, large parts of which are subject for their productivity to seasonal variations in the tides and seasonal flooding. After the first dramatic decades following independence in 1971, the country succeeded in bettering its agriculture and rationalising its resources,…

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Bangladesh. A Country In Contrast.

Geography, demography, history, faith and politics are inextricably intertwined in determining the reality known as Bangladesh. Many positive elements and progress in many areas have marked its journey since independence, but an equal number of elements render difficult a view into its future. The country is mostly a flat area in the combined delta of…

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Advocacy

The Today Moment Of Don Sturzo.

"I have nothing, I own nothing, I do not want anything, I have fought all my life for a complete but responsible political liberty. To…

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Baobab

Somalia. The Well.

A long time ago, there were four families who lived in a small village in Somalia. The first family would argue all of the time, the…

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Youth & Mission

Strengthening Youth In The Amazon Region.

The rural youth of the Amazon region would like to remain in their communities but they are aware that they must migrate to the cities. Their aspirations,…

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