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Oceans

The Indian Ocean.

In this new re-establishment of international balances in which Asia is acting as the leader, the Indian Ocean, the theatre of numerous conflicts in recent decades, has assumed a role of primary importance. It does, in fact, function as a logistical connecting platform assisting Asian economic development since it connects Europe, Asia, the Middle East…

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The Atlantic Ocean.

In ancient times, the Atlantic Ocean was believed to be a mysterious extent of water that could not be crossed, until Columbus came up with the idea, as foolish as it was ingenious, of sailing across it.  The discovery of the Americas, together with all the historical vicissitudes that occurred during the following centuries, encouraged…

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The Pacific Ocean.

The Pacific, almost twice as big as the Atlantic, with an area of 161 million square kilometres, is a single body of water covering about one third of the planet. The sudden ascent of China has transformed this area into a theatre stage where a great confrontation is taking place between the great powers that…

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Who controls the Oceans?

Besides having always been that part of the world where the most of commercial interchange takes place, the sea also has a central role for society, influencing – directly or indirectly – most aspects of daily life. The movement of the geo-economic axis towards the maritime environment is more easily understood if one considers that…

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Advocacy

Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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Baobab

The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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