08/28/2014IRAQ - ISLAM The barbaric cruelty of the Caliphate puts Islam to the test by Samir Khalil Samir The bloodthirsty and dramatic violence of the Islamic State has met with lukewarm condemnation but above all the silence of the Muslim world. The causes: an education system that rejects critical thought in preference of memorization; a religion that paralyzes reason and intelligence (as Muslims themselves state). The hideous cruelty of the former Isis goes against the Koran and the life of Muhammad. But are the humus in which the violence "in the name of God" appears justified. Islam needs to be profoundly renewed through a radical transformation of the educational method. Beirut (AsiaNews) - Social media is
inundated with images depicting the absurd and cruel violence of
Islamic State (IS) militants related to the Caliphate declared by Abu
al Baghdadi Bakhr at the end of June in Syria and...
08/27/2014CHINA - HONG KONG Beijing prepared to crack down on Hong Kong's democracy movement by Wang Zhicheng Local representatives to the National People's Congress defend Beijing's position. Hong Kong's chief executive threatens to strip foreign residents of their voting rights, insisting that Beijing does not have to follow "international standards" for democracy.
08/27/2014CHINA China's corruption probe leads to two more arrest: a tycoon, and the director of China Resources Power Xi Jinping's campaign against corruption, seen by many as a cover to eliminate internal enemies, continues to claim illustrious victims. This time it is Wang Yujun and Zhang Xinming, who allegedly made money by buying and selling overpriced coalmines. For the head of China's Supreme People's Court, Zhou Yongkang's fall "fully illustrates that in socialist China no power exists outside the cage of the system".
08/27/2014VIETNAM To please Beijing, Hanoi jails three activists on false charges The blogger Bui Thi Minh Hang, leader of the protests against China's imperialist policies, is sentenced to three years prison. Police arrest dozens of activists outside the courtroom, then they beat them up in the barracks. The convictions coincide with a senior government officials visit to Beijing.
08/26/2014CHINA China developing submarine to reach San Francisco in 100 minutes Scientists at the Harbin Institute of Technology announced a solution for problems related to "supercavitation", a technology developed by the Soviets that allows an object to reach the speed of sound underwater. The solution would be a special liquid membrane to reduce water drag.
08/26/2014CHINA - JAPAN - VIETNAM Beijing's diplomacy to ease maritime tensions with Tokyo and Hanoi Next month, a senior Chinese government official and a childhood friend of Xi Jinping, will visit Japan. Her goal is to mend relations ahead of the November APEC summit. Beijing wants to overcome disagreements in the name of "common interests." Senior Vietnamese official visits Chinese capital at the invitation of the Chinese Communist Party.
08/25/2014HONG KONG - CHINA As mainland officials to discuss Hong Kong's future, Occupy Central prepares "waves" of protests by Wang Zhicheng The National People's Congress Standing Committee is set to decide during a weeklong meeting how to pick the next chief executive. Pro-democracy advocates want universal suffrage; Beijing wants a committee to vet candidates, who must be "patriotic" and not opposed to the central government. The Occupy Central movement of the police are preparing for the demonstrations.
08/25/2014CHINA Xinjiang, 8 executions held: Tiananmen attackers also killed The Chinese government has revealed the identity of 7 terrorists killed for crimes that range from terrorist attacks to having watched online video on religious extremism. Uyghur dissident: "Clearly politically motivated executions to weaken the spirit of the province".
08/25/2014MACAU - CHINA Democracy referendum halted as police detains five activists For police, which shut down polling stations within hours of their opening, collecting personal opinions is illegal. The next chief executive is set to be elected this Sunday by 400 electors. For China, the referendum calling for universal suffrage in the choice of chief executive is illegal.
08/25/2014VATICAN-CHINA The Sistine Chapel choir will not sing in Beijing by Paul Wang The papal choir will sing in Macau, Hong Kong and Taipei. The "cultural diplomacy" at work and of interest to both China and the Vatican, even though it may bring few results. In stand-by an exhibition of objects from the Vatican Museums. Plans for an exhibit of documents on relations between the papacy and imperial China.
08/24/2014VATICAN Pope appeals for peace in Ukraine. Peter's blind faith and hearts of "rock" or "sand" At the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls situation of conflict that create "so much suffering among the civilian population". A bishop writes a letter to the pope, "describing this pain." As for Peter, Jesus expects a "reliable", faith on which to build the Church. "What is your faith like? We should all find the answer in our hearts. What does the Lord find in our hearts? A stable heart like stone, or a heart like sand, that is incredulous, doubtful, suspicious?". He makes the pilgrims repeat Peter's profession three times: "You are Christ, the Son of the living God."