12/20/2014VATICAN Pope: the most dangerous misery is "the presumption that we can do without God" According to such blind misery, material wealth, the quest for power and pleasure, and the enslavement of others to achieve these goals, are the purpose of existence. Vatican City
(AsiaNews) - As he greeted the Pope John XXIII Community, an Italian
association operating in 34 countries to free enslaved women from prostitution,
Pope Francis said that "the most dangerous misery, which causes all the others,"
is "the distance from God, the presumption that...
12/20/2014CHINA Mongolian rights activist Hada released after 20 years Considered a prisoner of conscience by major human rights groups, he slams Chinese authorities for torturing him and for persecuting his family. He said he would "continue to fight against the oppression of the Mongolian nationality". Like Tibet and Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia has suffered for decades from the arrival of Han Chinese settlers, whose immigration is undermining local traditions and beliefs.
12/19/2014JAPAN With empty cradles, Japan needs to boost birth rate, govt says Shinzo Abe's government released a draft plan to halt the decline of the Japanese population. Without a higher birth rate, health care and retirement systems are no longer viable. The draft plan includes two parts, a long-term vision and a comprehensive strategy to boost births.
12/19/2014SOUTH KOREA Seoul, the Constitutional Court bans a Political Party: "Dictatorship is back" Chief judges have accepted the Government's demands and imposed the dissolution of the Unified Progressive Party, accused of carrying out "pro-North Korea" policies. The Party's five elected MPs have been forced to resign: they will be banned from political life "for at least five years." The Party leader speaks of a "return of dictatorship", concern among international observers.
12/19/2014MACAU - HONG KONG - CHINA Occupy effect: umbrellas banned during Xi Jinping's visit to Macau (despite the rain) by Paul Wang Hong Kong activists were expelled from the former Portuguese colony. At the Macau Ferry Pier, people opened their umbrellas to demand freedom for all Chinese political prisoners. Opponents to Occupy are up (plus 9 per cent, to 38). Some 43.1 per cent are opposed to China's electoral reform. At least 1.2 million people took part in the Occupy protest.
12/18/2014VATICAN Pope: God walks with us in history, and when we go wrong he correct history and brings it forward "Making history with his people means for God to walk with us and to test the ones he has chosen". But in the end He saves them: "Let us always remember, with confidence, even in the worst moments, even in times of illness, when we realize we have to ask for the Last Rites because there is no way out, to say: 'Lord, history did not start with me and will not end with me! You go ahead, I am willing to come with you'. And to put ourselves in the hands of the Lord".
12/18/2014JAPAN Japan's Communist Party celebrates winning 21 seats in recent elections For the first time in 14 years, the party wins double-digit representation. Analysts and experts agree that its staunch and consistent opposition to the Abe government has paid off. For party leader Kazuo Shii, "Together with the people, we will further push this administration to the edge."
12/17/2014CHINA China's anti-corruption campaign claims more victims China Resources' vice-president Jiang Wei is in the spotlight for lending US$ 320 million to a businessman "friend". In Jiangxi, a former senior official gets life imprisonment for getting banks to lend him money to buy 248 properties. Hu Jintao aide pledges loyalty to Xi Jinping, as does the military.
12/17/2014VATICAN Pope: May God "convert the hearts of the violent who do not stop even before children" Prayers "for the victims of inhuman terrorist acts in recent days in Australia, Pakistan and Yemen." Tango dancers, a cake and birthday wishes in all languages for Francis' 78 years. The "meditations" on the family during the general audiences are part of a journey in which the Extraordinary Synod of October" was the first step."
12/16/2014CHINA China loses US$ 1.25 trillion to tax evasion and corruption According to a report by Global Financial Integrity, illicit outflows from the mainland grew exponentially over a ten-year period. Tax evasion and corruption are the main reason. This makes China the biggest loser among 151 developing nations.