North African bishops discuss ‘Arab Spring’

Independent Catholic News

The Bishops of CERNA indicated three emerging key challenges, which in their view, the countries of the region have to face: a religious, a political and a social-economic challenge

The social and political situation in North Africa was the focus of the meeting of the Conference of Bishops of North Africa Region (CERNA), which was held in Tunis from November 13 to 16. It was attended by the Bishops, Apostolic Vicars and the Apostolic Administrator of the region with their general Vicars. Continue reading North African bishops discuss ‘Arab Spring’

China’s green growth potential ‘could create 9.5m new jobs’

The Guardian

Report urges China to replace dirty, energy intensive industries with renewable technology and other ‘green’ businesses

China can make a net gain of 9.5m jobs over the next five years if it phases out its dirtiest, energy intensive industries and replaces them with renewable technology and other “green” businesses, according to an influential advisory body.  The potential for green growth was flagged up in a report that highlights the “Jeckyl and Hyde” nature of the environmental situation in China, which can claim both the world’s biggest investment in new energy and the most dangerous levels of pollution. Continue reading China’s green growth potential ‘could create 9.5m new jobs’

Brazil indigenous Guarani leader Nisio Gomes killed

BBC

Mr Gomes was also a religious leader or shaman

An indigenous leader in southern Brazil has been shot dead in front of his community, officials say.  Nisio Gomes, 59, was part of a Guarani Kaiowa group that returned to their ancestral land at the start of this month after being evicted by ranchers.    He was killed by a group of around 40 masked gunmen who burst into the camp.   Brazil’s Human Rights Secretary condemned the murder as “part of systematic violence against indigenous people in the region”.  In a statement, Human Rights Minister Maria do Rosario Nunes said the region in Mato Grosso do Sul state was “one of the worst scenes of conflict between indigenous people and ranchers in the country”.  She said those responsible must not be allowed to escape with impunity.  Mr Gomes was shot in the head, chest, arms and legs and his body was then driven away by the gunmen, community members said.   His son was reportedly beaten and shot with a rubber bullet when he tried to intervene.      Unconfirmed reports say two other Guaranis were abducted by the gunmen and may also have been killed.   Many of the community’s 60 residents fled the camp to hide in the surrounding forest. Continue reading Brazil indigenous Guarani leader Nisio Gomes killed

KENYA: Loreto Appeals for Funds to Aid Injured Pupils

NAIROBI, November 18, 2011 (CISA) –The Loreto Convent Msongari School will on Sunday November 20, 2011 launch a year-long fund-raising campaign to help meet medical expenses estimated to be Kshs 150 million for survivors of the tragic road accident that took place on July 29, 2011 in Meru.  Two pupils were killed, six underwent arm amputations, including one girl who is a double amputee, and several sustained severe facial injuries and one pupil lost an eye.  Continue reading KENYA: Loreto Appeals for Funds to Aid Injured Pupils

Students find own way to combat human trafficking

WKYT

It’s a problem that the United Nations says affects about two and a half million victims worldwide. And experts say the numbers of human trafficking cases are on the rise here in Kentucky.  In her school research, Asbury student Taylor Bobb learned just how close to home human trafficking can hit.   “When I think of human trafficking my mind automatically goes to Thailand or Cambodia or somewhere overseas. I forget that it’s right here in Lexington obviously and right here in the United States,” says Bobb. Continue reading Students find own way to combat human trafficking

High hopes and low blows in DRC election battle

Mail and Guardian

TANYA PAMPALONE

The M&G travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo ahead of the upcoming presidential elections, where the threat of violence and unrest simmers as veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi takes on President Joseph Kabila in a fight to the finish.

As you drive into Kinshasa, the battle lines become clear. These are not potholes, they are large ponds of water where concrete gave in to time long ago, and cars and trucks and windowless, battered taxis have no option but to exist in a constant state of near collision.  One of the city’s poorest, most densely populated areas, Tshangu — called China by the locals — runs along the road, immersed in grey slippery mud, with the stench of dried fish and urine hanging thick in the wet air. Traders scrape by on a few dollars a month, selling peppers and onions and second-hand shoes next to rubbish piles that form small urban hills.  Then the road changes. Four lanes on each side, freshly paved and painted with straight white lines, and Boulevard Lumumba — named after Patrice Lumumba, the Congo’s first prime minister — emerges in its full glory. Straight ahead there are ultramodern streetlights and an expansive Chinese-themed shopping complex and public square is rising slowly from the dirt. Continue reading High hopes and low blows in DRC election battle