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Civil society as a corner stone for democracy in Central Africa

The 50 European member organisations of EurAc share a common understanding of development and partnership, one which addresses the structural causes of underdevelopment of the people and supports or accompanies local initiatives. The identification, implementation and evaluation of development activities are primarily done by our partners and by th ...
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“Europe doesn't question official development aid” (Commissioner KAREL DE GUCHT)

Europe may be making it easier for member states to fulfill their promises with regard to development aid. Today the European Commission has published a Communication, which questions the traditional criteria used to define ODA (Official Development Assistance). Those criteria are being closely watched by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation ...
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Europe questions ‘official development aid’ (OECD reaction)

Europe may be making it easier for member states to fulfill their promises with regard to development aid. Today the European Commission will publish a Communication, that questions the traditional criteria used to define ODA (Offical Development Assistance). Those criteria are being closely watched by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and ...
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Europe questions ‘official development aid’

Europe may be making it easier for member states to fulfill their promises with regard to development aid. Today the European Commission will publish a Communication, that questions the traditional criteria used to define ODA (Offical Development Assistance). Those criteria are being closely watched by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and ...
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Money should serve development

The United Nations organized in June a summit on proposals to fight the current financial-economic crisis in a way that would really help the developing countries. MO* discussed the subject with two members of the Stiglitz Commission, that served as the preparing think tank.
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Europe divides Southern Africa

The Southern African Customs Union, SACU in short, originated in 1910. But even before its five members will be able to celebrate their centenary next year, three among them, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland namely, have signed an EPA in Brussels, a free trade agreement with the European Union. Did Europe just smash the world’s oldest customs union ...
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Interview with Booker Prize laureate Ben Okri

“Within a week you will ask yourself whether this conversation really happened. Whether it wasn’t a dream.” Ben Okri (50) says it with a straight-faced expression. The interview with the British-Nigerian success writer is at moments hallucinatory indeed. But the man himself keeps his feet firmly on the ground. Whether that ground is European or Afr ...
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The growing influence of a religious reform movement in Turkey

The Group of Muslims inspired by religious leader Fethullah Gülen is flourishing in Anatolia. For secular Turkey however, the Fethullahci are a source of deep worries. MO* travelled to Istanbul and Diyarbakir and talked with opponents and supporters of the Gülen movement.
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THE BATTLE FOR PAKISTAN’S SOUL

In Pakistan, an explosive cocktail of poverty, ethnic differences, religious fanaticism and international paranoia is being further shaken up by the endless war in neighboring Afghanistan and by the recklessness of the political and military elite. It’s unlikely that the Taliban would take over power in Islamabad, but it’s nearly impossible for Pak ...
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Response to the supreme leader's sermon

The establishment i.e. Supreme leader and Ahmadinejad tried to put a stop to the ever growing demands for change as a result of the alleged election-fraud via the supreme leader’s Friday sermon. The regime tried to showcase that it still has broad support by drawing a large crowd to the sermon.
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‘Time for a Green New Deal XXL’

In April, world leaders from the G-20 countries met in London. Trade unions, non-governmental and international organizations hoped they would consider Green New Deal XXL: a radical reform of the global system which also tackles economic, social and environmental problems.
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Iranian blogosphere follows events

The uprising against the fraudulous elections in Iran is transmitted through web-based media. MO* asked an Iranian student to monitor the Farsi-language feeds. An overview.

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