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  • 24/07/2017 - CHINA

    Liu Xiaobo's death is expected to be a low moment for China’s pro-democracy activists. Most of its members are in jail or under house arrest. Their movements are controlled via big data. The same is true for underground Christians. The facial recognition industry is doing brisk business, fostered by the state and multinationals (including Taiwan-based ones). The old tool of volunteer-vigilantes is also in place in each neighbourhood. Orwell’s Big Brother is now a reality. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.


    by Willy Wo-Lap Lam

    24/07/2017 - CHINA - VATICAN

    60 years of the Chinese Patriotic Association: the Church subordinated to Politics

    by Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)

    Although in a low key - perhaps because of talks with the Vatican - the slogan for an "autonomous" and "independent" Church (from the Holy See) is completely subjugated to Party politics. Official bishops die like "state officials" far from the faithful. Some are required to enroll in the Party that forces its members to atheism. THere are few  "witnesses" among official bishops and amny  "opportunists". The opinion of a priest of the official Church.

     


    24/07/2017 - JORDAN - ISRAEL

    Israeli Embassy in Amman: two Jordanians killed and one Israeli wounded


    Amman's security forces seal off neighborhood. Little news from Jordanian police. The Israeli foreign ministry censors information. Pope Francis makes appeal.

     


    24/07/2017 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    Palestinian Christians and Muslims oppose monitoring the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif compound


    Christians pray with Muslims. For Bernard Sabella, religion cannot and should not be a cause of conflict. Wisdom is needed to restore calm and engage dialogue, just as the pope says. For Adil Misk, Palestinian Christians and Muslims have said "no" to religious conflict. Israel has "climbed a tree and no longer knows how to come down." Muslims will not give up.


    24/07/2017 - NEPAL – INDIA

    'Bangalore Cares for Nepal' opens school for earthquake victims

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The old school collapsed in the April 2015 earthquake. The new Jal Kalyan Vidyalay School was inaugurated on 21 July. It caters to secondary and high school students. Almost US$ 70,000 were spent on building four classrooms as well as a library and a lab.


    24/07/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Human Trafficking in Asia: women of different religions mobilise

    by Santosh Digal

    For the first time, the role of women is highlighted as a key to prevent the new slave trade. Nearly 45 million people are victim of trafficking all over the world, nearly two thirds in Asia. For Sister Cecilian Espenilla of Talitha Kum, an organisation of Catholic women, modern slavery is opposed by all religious traditions. It is a crime against humanity and a serious offense against God.


    24/07/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Faisalabad, a Christian enslaved and slaughtered by his Muslim master

    by Shafique Khokhar

    Javed Masih was 32 years old. With his job, he was repaying a debt that his family had contracted three years ago. Contracted, he was supposed to work 24 a month. In reality he was a slave. Accused of theft, he was tortured for days. The employer's family threatens serious consequences while police refuse to open an investigation.

     


    24/07/2017 - TIMOR-LESTE

    Dili, Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri's left party wins election



    Alkatiri's Fretilin (Independent Timor-Leste Independent Front), with 30 percent of the vote, will have to form a coalition with Independence hero Gusmao's party, which has won 28 percent. In March, Francisco Guterrez was elected President. The country is undergoing a strong economic crisis with a high unemployment rate. From the maritime border treaty with Australia, hopes for discovery of oil resources.


    24/07/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Students and Caritas help flood victims in Jamalpur

    by Sumon Corraya

    The kids from Notre Dame College Mymensingh raised funds in their classrooms. According to government sources, 132 schools have been closed in Jamalpur due to flooding. Many roads are under water.


    24/07/2017 - AFGHANISTAN

    Kabul: At least 24 die in attack on Shiite district


    A car filled with explosives ploughs into a ministerial bus. The number of victims, mostly civilians, could rise.

     


    24/07/2017 - RUSSIA

    Ljudmila Alekseeva, the 'mother of human rights' turns 90

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    She is the founder of the "Helsinki Group" in Moscow to defend human rights in the Soviet Union. She collaborated with the new course, but then dropped out. Critical of the invasion of the Crimea. She also defends the religious freedom for Jehovah's Witnesses. Vladimir Putin visited her on her birthday. She has asked for the release of Igor Izmestev, in prison for 12 years.


    23/07/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope appeals for "moderation and dialogue" in Jerusalem


    At the Angelus Francis, concerned about the violence in the Holy City, asks all to pray "so that the Lord may inspire intentions of reconciliation and peace in all." Evil and good are "intertwined" in each of us, and it is not for man to distinguish or judge.


    22/07/2017 - INDIA

    Bishops: August 10 a 'black day' for discriminated Dalit Christians

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The initiative of Indian Bishops' Conference Office for Dalits and Disadvantaged Classes. The constitutional order of 1950 excludes all non-Hindus from the advantages reserved to the former "untouchables". In the following years, the changes included Sikhs and Buddhists. Christian and Muslim Dalits are marginalized


    22/07/2017 - IRAQ

    Karamles, welcomes home first Christian family, after Isis: "Like letting go of a heavy weight".


    Labib Rammo, along with his wife and children, left Ankawa's exile to return home. After three years, "we really feel we are in the right place." Hope to find coexistence with Muslims; Reconstruction a "duty"; Sufferings have "strengthened our faith".

     


    22/07/2017 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Protests in Jerusalem: Hundreds of Palestinians injured and three dead


    Tensions high since early morning. The clashes exploded after prayers, triggered by the stun grenade launched by the police to separate demonstrators. The victims between 18 and 20. In the evening, a Palestinian stabbed tand killed three settlers because "there is no life after what I have seen at al-Aqsa".

     


    22/07/2017 - USA - NORTH KOREA

    White House to issue travel ban to 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.

     


    21/07/2017 - RUSSIA

    Tsar Nicholas II's martyrdom celebrated as Russia seeks its soul

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    At least 60,000 pilgrims from around the world participated in the pilgrimage and divine liturgy in honour of the Romanov family slain by the Bolsheviks. The tsar was the last to hold sacred power in Europe. Communism included a new from "Antichrist" sacredness. Russian Orthodox exalt the "passive martyrdom", devotion to the suffering Christ.


    21/07/2017 - SYRIA

    Disabled and orphaned by war, boy calls for a spring of peace in Syria


    Rabee Zarife is a 15-year-old Muslim. In November 2016, he lost his father and both legs when a shell exploded. Today, Caritas Syria is caring for him materially and psychologically. His greatest desire is to complete his studies but he still cannot go to school. Sometimes, he feels “like when I was a baby of one-year old”.


    21/07/2017 - INDIA

    Indian bishops urge new president to uphold the constitution and the law


    The Indian Bishops' Conference congratulates Ram Nath Kovind for his election yesterday. A former governor of Bihar, he is a member of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. CIBC general secretary urges him to “devote himself to the service and well-being of the people of the Republic of India.”


    21/07/2017 - MALAYSIA – ISLAM

    Record-breaking ‘Despacito’ banned in Malaysia as "obscene"


    The global his is deemed contrary to the morals and principles of the Muslim majority nation. State Tv and state radio cannot broadcast it. Private outlets are urged not to play it. For Communications Minister, entertainment should spoil people but make them better.


    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”.


    21/07/2017 - ASIA

    AIDS-related deaths drop, except in Central Asia and the Middle East, UN agency reports


    UNAIDS found an "alarming" trend in the two Asian regions. Cases and deaths are up, with many people going without treatment.


    21/07/2017 - TURKEY – GREECE

    Quake hits Turkish coast: two dead, hundreds injured


    The 6.3 quake struck overnight at 1:31 am, just 10 kilometres below the seabed.


    21/07/2017 - IRAN

    Lawmakers to scrap citizenship law that discriminates against women


    Only men can pass their citizenship to their children and spouse. This way, thousands of children remain stateless. The most vulnerable are the children of Afghan refugees.


    21/07/2017 - INDIA

    In 2016, 11,400 farmers committed suicide in India over debt


    The figures are from the Agriculture Ministry. In 2015, another 12,602 farmers took their own lives. Among the states, Maharshtra is ranked first with 4,291 cases.


    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 - LEBANON

    “Surrender or die”: Countdown for Al-Nusra in Jaroud Arsal and Qalamoun

    by Pierre Balanian

    Serious fighting is underway in Idleb with Al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham and allies. Al-Nusra in Lebanon is totally isolated and time is on the Lebanese army’s side. According to Basel El Hugeiri, mayor of Arsal, the Lebanese army urged civilians to leave.


    20/07/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA

    Miniskirt-wearing Saudi woman released


    Officially the police accepted the version of the aspiring model who said that the video was private and posted without her knowledge. The case sparked opposite reactions on Saudi social media.


    20/07/2017 - SYRIA – UNITED NATIONS

    FAO: Wheat harvest in Syria improving, but still less than half of prewar production


    This year's harvest is 1.8 million tonnes, up 12 per cent over last. Some 6.9 million people are food insecure, another 5.6 million are at risk without monthly aid. Deir-ez-Zor and Ar-Raqqa are the most at risk.


    20/07/2017 - INDIA

    Nationalists are jubilant, Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, is India’s 14th president


    The former governor of Bihar won with 66 per cent of the votes with the support of the Hindu nationalist party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A foregone conclusion, the outcome confirms the prime minister’s political acumen. The next Union elections are set for 2019. Once marginalised, Dalits are courted today given their size (16 per cent) in the electorate.






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    60 years of the Chinese Patriotic Association: the Church subordinated to Politics

    Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)

    Although in a low key - perhaps because of talks with the Vatican - the slogan for an "autonomous" and "independent" Church (from the Holy See) is completely subjugated to Party politics. Official bishops die like "state officials" far from the faithful. Some are required to enroll in the Party that forces its members to atheism. THere are few  "witnesses" among official bishops and amny  "opportunists". The opinion of a priest of the official Church.

     


    VATICAN
    Pope appeals for "moderation and dialogue" in Jerusalem



    At the Angelus Francis, concerned about the violence in the Holy City, asks all to pray "so that the Lord may inspire intentions of reconciliation and peace in all." Evil and good are "intertwined" in each of us, and it is not for man to distinguish or judge.


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