Author: Chika Onyejiuwa

PLAYING THE OSTRICH – THE EUROPEAN UNION AND AFRICAN NEO-SLAVERY

Slavery is a very complex subject matter and manifests itself in various forms. Though its manifestations vary, they share a foundational philosophy characterised by two elements thus: an unbridled desire to gain economic dominance (power) over others and the creation of structures that ensure the sustenance of the economic powers gained. This kind of philosophy creates a mind-set that leads to unrestrained exploitation of people and their natural resources and remains undisturbed so that ‘Lazarus’ can no longer feed even from the crumbs of his table (Luke 16:19-31). The economic relationship between Europe and Africa is worse than that of...

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The Earth is still Groaning… for Obvious Reasons!

While we celebrate the Season of Creation (September 2 – October 4), the recent ecological disasters in the different parts of the world ranging from landslides and mudslides in Cambodia, the USA (California and New York) and Sierra-Leone and floods in India, Bangladesh and Nepal to the most recent hurricanes ravaging the coastlines of the USA and the Caribbean Islands once more call out to humanity to listen to the protesting groans of the earth and the cry of the poor. The options are slim: the global community must review her relationship with the ecosystem or be prepared to...

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UN JAILLISSEMENT D’AIR FRAIS VENU DE HAMBOURG ET DE TANZANIE

AEFJN est d’accord avec le G20 pour le résultat du Sommet sur le climat et l’énergie tenu à Hambourg les 7 et 8 juillet. Nous saluons en particulier la position du “G19” sur “l’irréversibilité” de l’Accord de Paris de 2015. Elle prouve que nous pouvons encore réussir avec les choix de notre système de valeurs, en mettant les intérêts mondiaux avant des quêtes économiques provinciales. C’est une victoire pour la communauté mondiale et la solidarité humaine ! C’est une protestation contre l’effort systématique de voler les valeurs humaines pour des intérêts économiques. Là où il n’y a plus de valeurs...

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A BURST OF FRESH AIR – FROM HAMBURG AND TANZANIA

AEFJN stands with the G20 on the outcome of the July 7-8 Hamburg Summit on Climate and Energy. We welcome, in particular, the position of the “G19” on “the irreversibility” of the 2015 Paris Agreement. It demonstrates that we can still get it right with our choice of value system, putting global interests before parochial economic quests. It is a victory for the global community and human solidarity! It is a protest against the systematic effort to short-change human values for economic interests.  Where there are no values beyond exchange values, we can no longer speak of humanity. What...

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President Trump’s climate decision: A giant step in the wrong direction

The discourse of solidarity in recent times has been reduced to the status of religious charity which one decides to give out of his own benevolence. On the contrary, solidarity must be a default attitude for any meaningful conversation on global economics, ecological protection and inequality. It is the very foundation for social inclusion, justice and peace. The challenge of solidarity is that it essentially requires a recalibration of the human heart for a different type of value system that puts the common good at the centre of national economic decisions. The decision of President Trump to dump the...

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