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Archive September 2009

The G20 Meeting, the ascendant state and what it tells us

The recent G20 meeting is prescient. It reinforces the idea, despite scepticism about state intervention, that only the state can bring back balance. The G20 statement is full of measures that speak to a throng of interventions that demonstrate the state’s capacity is not nascent, but real.

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Glez – Second Synod for Africa

Sep26

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RDC: Farmers threatened by environment protection

The delimitation of the Virunga National Park in Kivu causes numerous tensions between the Congolese Institute for Wildlife Preservation and the Union of the Farmers’ Alliance. The two groups are clashing because of the control of the area, but the final result is the forced displacement of many families.

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South America-Africa: New summit to boost cooperation

Heads of state and other officials from 54 African and 12 South American nations will meet for the Second Africa-South America Summit this Saturday and Sunday on Isla Margarita, Venezuela, to boost cooperation in a score of areas with potential for greater bi-regional exchange.

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China in Africa: Is the continent being re-colonised?

Sep24

China’s foray into Africa since the turn of the century has indeed been remarkable, with trade volumes increasing ten-fold and the Chinese government identifying Africa as the future engine of global growth. However, China’s return to Africa has not been without controversy as the Asian giant is accused of manipulating weak African states to control access to their resources and for flooding markets with cheap goods from the Mainland.

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Waiting for the Second Synod for Africa

Sep24

Is Africa the future of the global Church? Numbers are in its favour. In 1900 Sub-Saharan Africa’s catholic people were less than two million, but in 2000 they increased up to 130 million: an amazing growth that never happened before in the Church’s history. The atmosphere of enthusiasm and joy of being Christian makes the participation to a Mass into an African village an absolutely new experience for European Christians.

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