Demonstrations in Yangon and Lashio. The UN condemns the use of lethal bullets, tear gas and stun grenades against protesters. Aung San Suu Kyi in court. A Yangon police chief, Tin Min Tun, says he "does not want to serve under the present military regime." Tom Andrews, UN human rights expert in Myanmar: Words are insufficient. Action must be taken.
The increase is almost entirely due to COVID-19. In the first three months of 2020 alone, some 45,320 people probably died because of the pandemic. The Chinese government reported so far only 4,636 deaths in the whole country, 3,869 in Wuhan. For the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China, Wuhan's medical staff were warned not to give interviews to journalists.
The latest scandal, which has been ignored so far, has led to the arrest of 20 arms dealers and go-betweens. The sale of “suicide drones” to China is in the crosshairs. Israel's secret police moved in to stop sales too “hot” for relations with Washington.
Horror in the Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh over another episode of brutal violence. After the discovery of the body, the anger of the village exploded. Sister Liza of the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Grace: "An inhuman crime on the eve of March 8"
Government gives the go-ahead for Muslims to collaborate in the construction or restoration of Christian places of worship. A decision that follows the fatwa issued at the end of January by the Egyptian grand mufti. But some of the faithful are against it: "Christianity is blasphemy".
Putin has promised anti-Covid vaccines and 100 million dollars. Rail and air communication channels with Moscow are increasing. Beijing extends repayment conditions of $ 5 billion in debt and seeks licenses for the Dzhetim-Too iron mine.
The Caixin Index drops to 50.6 points in February, from 51.5 in January. Domestic and foreign demand fell due to the pandemic. Chinese companies stop hiring. Alarm raised over decline in tax revenues. The burden of debt accumulated by local governments.
A Christian's mission, Francis said at the Angelus, is "ignite little lights in people's hearts; be little lamps of the Gospel that bring a little love and hope ". In Lent a "fast" from gossip. A prayer for children suffering from rare diseases.
Commentary on the Gospel of the 2nd Sunday of Lent B (Mark 9, 2-10).
The woman killed was a teacher who demonstrated. Demonstrations also in Mandalay, in Lashio (Shan State), in Myitkyina (Kachin State). In Mandalay there are Catholic and Buddhist parades. In Myitkyina a nun pleaded alone in front of the military. The new junta fires the Burmese ambassador to the UN, Kyaw Moe Tun, who has asked for the help of the international community.
An economic and social time bomb. In the same period, there will be more than 300 million pensioners while the working population paying their pensions shrinks. The government will raise the retirement age. Local leaders are calling for the abolition of limits on the number of children per couple.
The ship with 81 refugees was rescued by the New Delhi coast guard which refuses to allow it dock and wants it to return to Bangladesh. The Dhaka Foreign Minister: "We are under no obligation". Already eight dead on board.
Msgr Ramousse died yesterday of Covid. He was expelled from Phnom Penh in 1975. He returned there in 1989. He focused heavily on the growth of a Khmer Church and on the flowering of local priestly vocations. It was also thanks to him that the Catholic Church is now recognized by the Cambodian government. Collaboration with PIME for the rescue of 2,000 Cambodian and Vietnamese boat people.
The Mon march together with other ethnic groups in the economic capital. Three reporters detained. Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun calls on the international community to "stop the military coup". UN envoy Christine Schraner Burgener warns every country against recognizing the junta regime.