23 July 2017
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  • 22/07/2017 - USA - NORTH KOREA

    The ban is the direct consequence of the death of Otto Warmbier, the American student who died after more than a year in North Korean prisons. The restriction will be published next week in the Federal Register and will come into effect within 30 days. The interim period needed to regularize the situation of those who are already in Pyongyang.

     




    22/07/2017 - CHINA

    No one knows where Liu Xia is, but police guard her empty apartment


    No response to foreign journalists ' request for news. Friends say they have no information about Liu Xiaobo's wife and believe sh is being kept under police control in the southern Yunnan province

     


    21/07/2017 - CHINA

    Communist Party threatens to punish members if they are religious


    The party remains concerned about the enduring issue. “Party members should be firm Marxist atheists, obey Party rules and stick to the Party's faith,” one official writes. They should not be “allowed to seek value and belief in religion”.


    20/07/2017 - EGYPT – CHINA

    China is suspected in the arrest of hundreds of Uyghur students


    China appears to be behind the round-up to get students home where they face long prison sentences on terrorism and extremism charges. Activists and international NGOs slam the "ridiculous" charges and the lack of legal protection for those in custody.


    20/07/2017 - ASIA

    Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai among most sought-after destinations in 2017 City Index


    New York is still first, but Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong are second and third for business. The top ten includes Tokyo (fifth), Beijing (seventh), and Shanghai (tenth). The younger generation prefer Abu Dhabi and Tokyo. The data comes from the Ipsos Global survey of the best cities in which to live, work and visit.


    20/07/2017 - CHINA

    Liu Xia on forced "vacation". Activists remember her husband seven days after his death


    According to the Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in China, she it is being held in isolation by police in Yunnan province. Ceremonies are being held everywhere to remember the Nobel Prize laureate one week after his death, but Beijing is closely monitoring and censoring any reference to the dissident.


    20/07/2017 - CHINA - INDIA

    Modi’s Hindu nationalism could trigger another war, the Global Times says


    A belligerent editorial in the Chinese Communist Party newspaper clarifies Beijing's position. Tensions have reignited between China and India near the border with Bhutan, on the Doklam plateau claimed by China. The armies have been facing off for about a month. India feels still surrounded.


    19/07/2017 - KOREA

    North Korea’s public executions mapped


    Executions take place on riverbanks, school grounds and in marketplaces by shooting, and in some cases, by beating to save bullets. Stealing rice, corn, copper or circulating South Korean news are the main crimes. The report is based on interviews with 375 North Korean defectors over two years.


    19/07/2017 - CHINA - TIBET

    Gansu: Beijing forces Tibetans to wave the Chinese flag


    The incident occurred at a summer festival that opens the region's picnic season. In the past, Tibetans had refused to obey and the authorities had sent soldiers disguised as Tibetans to carry the Chinese flag.


    18/07/2017 - CHINA

    Xi Jinping wants more imports and foreign investment


    The Chinese president said that foreign firms should be able to benefit from the same treatment as Chinese companies. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Xi stood as a defender of free trade and globalisation against Donald Trump's protectionism, but foreign companies operating in China complain of obstacles they face to do business in that country.


    18/07/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope on twitter reaches 35 million followers


    Benedict XVI launched the account 3 December 2012. Available in nine languages, it is one the most followed in the world with the most retweets. In recent weeks, the pope’s thoughts about Charlie Gard and very sick children was extensively retweeted.


    17/07/2017 - CHINA

    China censors Winnie the Pooh


    The Disney-owned character has become a “sensitive” topic in recent years after a less-than-flattering comparison was made between the portly bear and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Some post the name and picture just to see how quickly they are censored.


    17/07/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Church providing relief to Marawi victims

    by di Santosh Digal

    The National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) and Caritas Philippines are handing out food, hygiene kits and other essential goods to 3,005 beneficiaries in 12 villages in Illigan City. Psychological support is also provided to women and children traumatised by the fighting. Five staff members and 20 volunteers, Christians and Muslims, are working on the ground.


    17/07/2017 - KOREA

    South Korea’s peace offensive


    Talks could be held in Tongilgak, a North Korean building in the Panmunjom complex inside the demilitarised zone between the two countries, which has already been used for previous meetings. South Korea proposes 21 July as the day to start the talks. The first goals are the restoration of communication hotlines between the two Koreas and an end to all the hostile activities along the fortified border.


    17/07/2017 - CHINA

    Liu Xiaobo: a torch that enlightens human civilization


    The testimony of the great nonviolent dissident is the highest contribution to humanity in the last (sterile) 500 years of Chinese history. A priest from North China offers an elegy in memory of Liu (and his wife).


    16/07/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Jesus invites us to look inward and carry our rocks and brambles in the confession


    "Let us ask ourselves if our heart is open to accept faithfully the seed of the Word of God. Let us ask ourselves if the rocks of idleness are still numerous and big. Let us identify and call by name the brambles of vices. Let us find the courage to clean properly the ground, bringing our rocks and brambles to the Lord in the confession and in prayer.”


    14/07/2017 - CHINA

    China, Liu Xiaobo: Global criticism of Beijing


    Harsh comments on the government's no to overseas treatment.  Focus now on concerns for his wife, her mental health and calls for her freedom. Twitter creates #FreeLiuXia hashtag.


    14/07/2017 - CHINA - TIBET

    The Dalai Lama’s condolences for Liu Xiaobo


    According to the Dalai Lama, "although he is no longer living, the rest of us can best pay honor to Liu Xiabo by carrying forward the principles he has long embodied, which would lead to a more harmonious, stable and prosperous China." “It is my belief that Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo’s unceasing efforts in the cause of freedom will bear fruit before long”.


    14/07/2017 - CHINA - HONG KONG

    China, Liu Xiaobo: Hong Kong's mourners call for the liberation of his wife

    by Victoria Ma

    Cardinal Zen: "Your blood has not been spilled in vain." Candel light vigils organized in Hong Kong and throughout the country. Alliance: the population has the right to cry for Liu, no interference in the mourning.


    13/07/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: visiting the sick or giving food to the poor "is already preaching"


    Francis’ message to the International Symposium on Catechesis in Buenos Aires, on the topic "Blessed are those who believe." "Being a catechist is a vocation of service in the Church, a gift of the Lord that changes lives."


    13/07/2017 - ASIA

    28.5% of world’s youth live in an Islamic country


    Secretary of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation: Young people can be "resources for their countries and for the world," but it is necessary to fight the social problems and the narrative that leads to violent extremism.  


    12/07/2017 - CHINA

    Hong Kong Christians seek overseas care for Liu Xiaobo


    According to Shenyang Hospital's medical report, the dissident's conditions are critical: the liver cancer is in terminal, requiring  dialysis, and resuscitation. But foreign doctors allowed to visit him on July 9 said he could still travel. Christians in Hong Kong cite  to art. 33 of the Chinese Constitution: "The country respects and protects the human rights of citizens," they demand respect for Liu Xiaobo's right to life and for his choice to seek treatment abroad.


    12/07/2017 - USA - KOREA

    Thaad shield test disintegrates missile headed for Alaska


    An Alaska-based interceptor hit a missile test launched by an Air Force Cargo plane near Hawaii. In the wake of North Korean missile tests, the United States is pushing South Korea to equip itself with Thaad. The construction of the Thaad system with the permission of former President Park Geun-hye had already begun earlier this year. But the reactions of China, Russia and, above all, the advent of the new South Korean President, Moon Jae-in, have returned the project to Seoul's parliament for debate.


    11/07/2017 - JAPAN

    A sticker to tell everyone that a wailing baby is not a nuisance


    Under the picture of a baby, the sticker says “I don’t mind wailing”. Akiko Shihara, 34, an essayist and mother of two children, is behind the idea. Everything began in 2016 when a customer in a restaurant yelled at her because her son was crying. Now many have joined the initiative across Japan.


    11/07/2017 - CHINA

    Xi Jinping and the Restoration of Traditionalism in China

    by Zi Yang (*)

    A new campaign is underway to rediscover and implement Chinese traditional culture. The promoter is the state and the general secretary of the Communist Party. Marxism has lost all its charm with the people. The campaign responds to the spiritual void felt by many Chinese and at the same time draws the fascination that Western culture and democracy exemplify between intellectuals and people. Confucianism, once despised by the party and Mao, now becomes an educational model. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.


    10/07/2017 - INDIA – CHINA – TIBET

    The Dalai Lama’s 82nd birthday sparks Beijing’s anger against Delhi


    A Chinese Communist Party's newspaper slams the celebrations, which saw the Tibetan flag hoisted. For the paper, India uses the “Tibet card” in its diplomatic relations with Beijing; however, "more Western countries have snubbed the Dalai Lama." The incident raises the possibility of trade sanctions.


    10/07/2017 - CHINA

    American and German experts say Liu Xiaobo can be treated abroad


    Two doctors visited the dissident. According to Beijing authorities, Liu was too ill to be transported. For the Chinese hospital "he does not have better options abroad".


    10/07/2017 - NORTH KOREA – UNITED STATES

    Pyongyang reacts to US bombers in Korean skies


    "The US, with its dangerous military provocation, is pushing the risk of a nuclear war on the peninsula to a tipping point,” wrote North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper in an editorial. “The US saying it will regularly deploy strategic bombers to the Korean Peninsula is the same as a crazy act of playing fire on top of an ammunitions locker. A small misjudgement or error can immediately lead to the beginning of a nuclear war, which will inevitably lead to another world war,” the paper added. Meanwhile, South Korean President Moon Jae-In tries to keep the door open to dialogue.


    09/07/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Jesus "does not take the Cross from us, but carries it with us", let us entrust people and situations to him


    “So many goals are illusory: they promise some respite and distraction, they guarantee peace and fun, only to leave the same solitude as before,  they are "fireworks". That is why Christ indicated where to go:"Come to me".


    08/07/2017 - VATICAN

    Card Sarah: Ensure the validity of bread and wine for the Eucharist


    Letter from the Congregation for Divine Worship. Bishops must ensure that the material for the celebration is valid: wheat bread and grape wine. The exceptions for celiac and for those who do not drink wine but can drink mustum. Verification is needed because today these products are also sold in supermarkets and via the internet.






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    CHINA
    Liu Xiaobo: a torch that enlightens human civilization



    The testimony of the great nonviolent dissident is the highest contribution to humanity in the last (sterile) 500 years of Chinese history. A priest from North China offers an elegy in memory of Liu (and his wife).


    INDIA
    Crosses broken and cemetery desecrated in Goa due to religious hatred, Mgr Neri Ferrao says



    The broken crosses were left on the side of the road. Some 28 niches, five wooden crosses, nine granite crosses, 16 graves and the big entrance cross at the Guardian Angel cemetery were damaged. At a Hindu extremist meeting, a leader said “those who eat cow should be hanged in public,” noted Sajan K George.


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