04/18/2015VATICAN Pope: Denounce and combat trafficking in human beings, a hidden evil At an audience with participants at the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Pope Francis calls for national and international laws to "ensure the traffickers meet with justice and their unjust gains are reused for the rehabilitation of their victims." The fight against slavery, the work of Christian saints and "many men and women of good will who do not identify with a religion."
04/17/2015INDONESIA - SAUDI ARABIA Saudi Arabia another Indonesian beheaded. "Shock and grief" in Jakarta by Mathias Hariyadi It is the second case in less than a week. Karni binti Medi Tarsim had been sentenced to death for killing the four year old son of her employer. Indonesian authorities once again notified after the fact. Activists and human rights groups appeal to President Jokowi, for the protection of migrant workers.
04/16/2015SAUDI ARABIA – YEMEN Saudi war in Yemen masks widening domestic tensions by Afshin Shahi Saudi Arabia is using the conflict in Yemen to control domestic problems, especially social inequalities and religious sectarianism. However, whilst the royal family flaunts its wealth, some 20 per cent of the population lives in poverty. Many disgruntled young Saudis end up becoming "foreign fighters" for the Islamic state (IS). Some 15 per cent of the Saudi population is Shia, under the heavy thumb of the Sunni-dominated state. Afshin Shahi, director of the Centre for the Study of Political Islam and lecturer in International Relations and Middle East Politics at University of Bradford, provides the following lucid analysis.
04/16/2015VATICAN More Catholic believers and priests in the world
The Statistical Yearbook of the Church shows an increase in both the number of Catholics – 1.254 billion – and their share – 17.7 per cent – of the world’s population. In Asia, Catholics rose by 17.4 per cent and now constitute 3.2 of the continent’s population.
04/16/2015TAJIKISTAN Former jihadist escapes from the Islamic state: We had to kill everyone, without pity A young Tajik has managed to return home and tell how he was recruited by the militants of the Islamic State. The terrorists wanted to force him and his companions to kill children, women, Jews, Shiites. The government in Dushanbe has banned the pilgrimage to Mecca for citizens under the age of 35 years. The trips contribute to the spread of radical ideas among young people.
04/15/2015TURKEY – VATICAN And the sultan "warned" the pope The Turkish president yesterday warned Francis “not to make such a mistake again" when referring to the Armenian "genocide". Today, he said that a motion by the European Parliament on the same issue would “go in one ear and out of the other".
04/15/2015YEMEN UN applies an arms embargo on Houthis, amid skepticism by Paul Dakiki The UN resolution voted by 14 to 15. Russia abstains. In addition to the arms embargo on the Houthi, sanctions will be imposed on rebel leaders. So far there have been 736 deaths, half of them civilian. The UN denounces attacks on hospitals and schools. Iran proposes a dialogue between all the components of Yemeni society, but it falls on deaf ears. An al Qaeda leader.