08/27/2015HONG KONG – CHINA Hong Kong government’s vendetta against students and Occupy Central founders by Paul Wang Three student leaders - Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, and Alex Chow – have been accused of unlawful assembly and inciting others to take part in. Benny Tai, Robert Chung, and Daniel Chua have been accused of receiving anonymous donations to promote pro-democracy referendum, and conducting public opinion studies on the matter. Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – Police have charged three student leaders in last year’s Occupy Central protests in Hong Kong with unlawful assembly. Occupy Central founder Benny Tai and two other professors face a temporary...
08/27/2015CHINA Government and industry officials involved in Tianjin explosion arrested Those arrested include the president and vice president of the Rui Hai International Logistics. 500 people are still hospitalized. Fear of environmental pollution and water pollution remains high. Meanwhile, prosecutors are investigating 11 others, suspected of negligence and abuse of power.
08/26/2015VATICAN Pope on prayer: God is "the caress that keeps us alive" At the general audience, Pope Francis explains the value of prayer in family life. Rediscovering our love for God. He is not only "the great Being, the Almighty, who created all things, the judge who controls every action." "There are mothers and fathers who could win the Nobel Prize" because in 24 hours they do things that they would need 48 hours for. "The Gospel read and pondered in the family is like a good bread that nourishes everyone’s heart". Appointment for September 1 at 17 in St. Peter for a Liturgy of the Word on the World Day of Prayer for the care of creation, together with the Orthodox.
08/25/2015KOREA Agreement reached: Seoul turns off loudspeakers, North suspends state of war Talks avoid military escalation between the two sides. The South Korean government will stop border propaganda against the Pyongyang regime. North says "sorry", but does not apologize for the wounding of two of the South’s soldiers. Seoul maintains a defensive position for fear of further provocations.
08/24/2015RUSSIA - CHINA As price per barrel drops so do Russia’s hopes of signing a second gas deal with China On September 2 Putin begins visit to Beijing, but analysts predict expected contract will not be signed. Moscow’s turn to the East burdened by the Chinese financial market crisis, the collapse of oil prices and the devaluation of the ruble. Over the past seven months even Chinese direct investment in the Federation fell by 20%.
08/24/2015JAPAN Country's youth march against Abe’s "bellicose" law Demonstrations in over 60 cities. Approximately 6,500 young people gathered in Tokyo. Protest organized by Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy-s. Youth are opposed to the amendment of Article 9 of the Constitution which rearms the country. Kyoto Professor : "Japan is at a turning point thanks to the growing opposition of the young".
08/22/2015CHINA To mask economic problems, Beijing showcases military might In September, plans for a grand military parade for the 70th anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II. Government intends to put its latest generation armaments on dislay. A show of force, in the context of increasing international tensions