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Une odeur de Jasmin

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jasmin - image: *Crazy Diamond* (cc: by-nc-nd)

jasmin - image: *Crazy Diamond* (cc: by-nc-nd)

En 1979, à la surprise générale, le shah d’Iran est chassé de son trône. Il erre à la recherche d’un pays d’accueil. Ses prétendus amis se dérobent l’un après l’autre. jusqu’à ce que l’Egypte lui accorde finalement l’hospitalité. La révolution populaire sera confisquée par Khomeini et ses ayatollahs; ils continuent d’occuper le pouvoir aujourd’hui. Il est probable que les exhortations actuelles d’Ali Khamenei, le”Guide suprême” du régime iranien, sont écoutées avec une certaine circonspection lorsqu’il invite, dans une prière du vendredi, les pays arabes à “suivre le modèle de la révolution islamique iranienne de 1979 et à instaurer des régimes populaires basées sur la religion”. En 1989, autre imprévu, le mur de Berlin est rayé de la carte frontière. Les peuples de l’Europe orientale s’émancipent de la tutelle soviétique et entrent dans une nouvelle ère démocratique. La politique, tant vilipendée aujourd’hui, est, comme on le voit, le lieu par excellence où la liberté est au travail, comme une accoucheuse de temps nouveaux. Car, comme le remarquait Saint Augustin repris par Hannah Arendt, toute naissance est de ”l’inédit”; toute venue au monde est un ”inattendu” qui se renouvelle de génération en génération. Ne jamais assassiner Mozart caché dans toute enfance! Continue reading

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JEOupdate – Conflict in the Arab World

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JEOupdate

JEOupdate

versión en español (PDF) – version française (PDF)

The young Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi could not have imagined that setting himself on fire on 17th December, after being dragged from his market stall by police at Sidi Bouzid, that his act would set in train events leading to the biggest political change in Tunisia since its independence in 1957: still less what followed – the crisis threatening several other Arab regimes. Continue reading

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Trois experts, une problématique

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 10 / July 2010.

Congo - image: net_effekt

Congo - image: net_effekt

Trois experts, une problématique
Maria Dolors Martinez

Le 18 mai passé, l’Université de Comillas et l’OCIPE ont organisé une session de travail autour de la problématique qui suppose l’implantation d’une norme de RSE dans la région des Grands Lacs pour les entreprises minières. Pour aborder la question a d’abord été présenté le film ‘Katanga Business’ de Thierry Michel, film qui fait parfaitement le point sur l’état de la question. Ensuite, la session de travail a continué par une table ronde avec la participation de trois experts dans le domaine Continue reading

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Natural Resources – Recommendations

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EP hearing

EP hearing

Natural Resources Curse in Central Africa: Can the EU Contribute to Fairer Economic Relations?
Recommendations to the European Parliament

A. In order for natural resources to be managed in a transparent and sustainable manner

The EU should include transparency, good governance, and the principle of free and prior informed consent by local populations in EU policies and legal agreements vis-à-vis resource-rich countries (such as the Cotonou agreement, trade and investment agreements, Country Strategy Papers, National Indicative Programmes, or Corporate Social Responsibility, etc).
Specifically, the EU should also strongly encourage EITI membership of partner countries, EU Member States, as well as all European extractive companies. Continue reading

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Africa and the Renewal of the Church

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 07 / October 2009.

World Union of Jesuit Alumni/ae - image: Frank Turner

World Union of Jesuit Alumni/ae - image: Frank Turner

Africa and the Renewal of the Church
Frank Turner

Europeans often subliminally expect that renewal of the Church will be animated primarily by Europe, rather as we easily assume that the European Union offers a political model to ‘developing countries’. Evidently, both visible and invisible Christian structures have emerged predominantly within Europe, whether they be hierarchical systems, religious orders, theological institutes, or new ecclesial movements. Continue reading

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Witnesses to Hope

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Alumni meeting

Alumni meeting - image: Frank Turner

Intervention at the 7th World congress of Jesuit Alumni/ae

Jesuit Alumni/ae, for a better Africa: What have we done? What are we doing? What must we do?

I thank the organisers for their imagination in inviting me to this rich experience. I was surprised, as well as pleased by the invitation, for three reasons. Surprised, first, since I am not a Jesuit alumnus. My only previous connection with the Jesuits was that my father had been a parishioner of the Jesuits: but he had been dead nine years when I entered the Society.  Secondly, I don’t know much about schools. I taught for one year when I was ‘in formation’, as we say, but with a notable lack of competence. Universities are much easier! Thirdly, though, I am especially pleased. Allow me to say that insofar as I am ‘converted’ to Christianity, however imperfectly, it is largely due to Africa: an  experience of fifteen months in my early twenties with Barclays bank in Ghana began to open my eyes, and to change my life: that, though, would be another story. Continue reading

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Forum Social congolais

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 06 / July 2009.

Forum Social congolais - image: Emmanuelle Devuyst

Forum Social congolais - image: Emmanuelle Devuyst

Forum Social congolais
Emmanuelle Devuyst

Se tenait à Lubumbashi, du 26 au 30 juin, la deuxième édition du Forum Social Congolais (ci-après FSC) dont le thème retenu était cette année:  “nos ressources naturelles: notre droit, notre dignité.  Un autre Congo où le peuple jouit dignement de ses ressources naturelles est possible: Construisons-le ensemble, construisons-le solidairement. Continue reading

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The Pope and AIDS in Africa

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AIDS

The Pope and AIDS in Africa: A human and spiritual wake-up call
Michael Czerny SJ

Pope Benedict’s words regarding the use of condoms in preventing the spread of HIV, generated a media storm. But the Pope’s comments are not a cause for concern as they were reported to be, argues Michael Czerny SJ. Why is the Church’s teaching on this issue not ‘unrealistic and ineffective’ as alleged, but valuable, efficient and grounded in reality? Continue reading

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Bibliography 2008

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Peter Knauer

  • Fundamentaltheologie im Koran?, in: FrZPhTh 55 (2008, 1) 141–165.
  • Zum Dialog Islam – Christentum, in: Paulus-Rundbrief – Katholische Gemeinde Deutscher Sprache Brüssel, Nr. 444, 02–03/2009, 8–10.
  • Unser liebes Geld –  Aktuelle Überlegungen zu einem Systemfehler, in: Orientierung 73 (2009) Nr. 4, 41–44. Continue reading
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Public Hearing on Business & Human Rights

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Parliamentary hearing

Parliamentary hearing

Input to the Public Hearing on Business & Human Rights of the Parliamentary Commitee on Human Rights, April 16th 2009.

All organizations listed below want to stop the injustice related to business activities in developing countries. European based and/or listed companies must be hold accountable by the European Institutions for human rights abuses committed in the areas of operation. The ECCJ (European Coalition for Corporate Justice) provides legal proposals to tackle this very issue. JEO, CAFOD, IPIS, Fatal Transactions and Global Witness focus on business activities of mining corporations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and collect evidence that due to a lack of European legislation, corporate abuse against local people in mining areas continues.

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