10/02/2014VATICAN Pope: nothing justifies the suffering imposed on Christians in the Middle East In his meeting with Mar Dinkha IV, patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, Francis slammed the "daily persecution" of Christians and members of other religious minorities. The patriarch's visit "is another step on the way towards a growing closeness and spiritual communion between us, after the bitter misunderstandings of the past centuries." Vatican
City (AsiaNews) - "There are no religious reasons, political or economic conditions that can
justify what is happening to
hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children" who
face "daily persecution" in the Middle East just because they are Christian or members of
other religious minorities," said Pope Francis as he
greeted Mar Dinkha IV, patriarch
of the Assyrian Church of the East
10/02/2014VATICAN Pope: "fundamental right" to work "cannot be considered a variable dependent on financial markets" Globalization has increased wealth, but " it has also exacerbated the gaps between different social groups, creating new inequalities and poverty in those countries considered to be the riches". " Visions that claim to increase profitability, at the cost of the restriction of the labor market that creates new excluded [people], do not conform to an economy at the service of humanity and the common good, to an inclusive and participatory democracy".
10/02/2014SRI LANKA - MYANMAR Alliance between radical Burmese and Sri Lankan monks will "destroy true Buddhism" by Melani Manel Perera Some moderate religious criticise pact between Sri Lanka's Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and Myanmar's 969 movement to "fight" Islamic fundamentalism. "For us, they are a disgrace, not real Buddhists," critics say. Both groups are responsible for violence against minority communities in their respective countries.
10/02/2014INDONESIA - ISLAM Aceh: activists and civil society groups against Sharia for non-Muslims by Mathias Hariyadi The decision by the outgoing provincial assembly would impose Islamic law on Christians and other minorities, such as the obligation for women to wear the veil and the ban on consuming alcoholic beverages. Opponents appeal to the central government to block the new legislation for violating the constitution and Pancasila.
10/02/2014INDIA Modi, sweeper for a day for Gandhi and the "Clean India" campaign by Nirmala Carvalho The aim is to improve the sanitary conditions of the Indian people, providing toilets and services to schools and homes. For pro-Dalit activist Raghuvanshi, the campaign is a boost to the fight against the caste system. However, he opposes plans to turn the Ganges River into a fluvial highway for goods.
10/02/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Beijing tells US, Hong Kong is internal affair. Occupy Central calls for Leung Chun-ying to quit by Paul Wang Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi slams democracy demonstrations as "illegal", but rules out the intervention of the Chinese army. All organized trips from China to Hong Kong blocked. Students ultimatum: Leung Chun-ying must quit by today. Otherwise they will occupy government buildings. Card. Zen advises Leung to resign. Solidarity with the democratic struggle from China. Shopkeepers and hotels concerned about the drop in business. In Shenzhen hundreds of people prevented from entering Hong Kong.
10/01/2014BANGLADESH Dhaka: Telecommunications minister removed for attacking Muhammad and Hajj by Sumon Corraya At a meeting with the press in New York, Abdul Latif Siddique criticised the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, one of the pillars of Islam. Muhammad created it because Arab people were robbers. Then "he introduced a system stating that his followers will assemble once a year. Through this system," some "income would be generated". For the minister, "It is sheer waste of manpower." Now he could be arrested after a complaint was filed against him.
10/01/2014IRAN Iran hangs man for heresy Mohsen Amir Aslani, a 37-year-old former psychologist, taught religion, giving a new interpretation of the Qur'an. The authorities also accused him of insulting the prophet Jonah.
10/01/2014INDONESIA Temporary veto for bill that abolishes direct election of governor and mayor by Mathias Hariyadi Indonesia's outgoing president temporarily vetoes controversial bill approved by parliament last week. President-elect Widodo, who has already criticised the law, will now have to solve the controversy with his own means. Some political groups want to keep in check democracy.
10/01/2014CHINA - HONG KONG Scores of mainland supporters of democracy in Hong Kong arrested Chinese police react angrily to demonstrations in support of Occupy Central and protests in Hong Kong. In almost all of the country's big cities, people are summarily arrested and subjected to overnight interrogations. In some cases, unknown people carry out raids.