An Islamic prayer will be recited in the Christian basilica on July 24. This marks the high point in the Turkish president's neo-Ottoman policy and in modern Turkey’s history. Yet, Hagia Sophia might be seen as a last throw of the dice to hide the country's deep economic crisis characterised by huge military budgets, runaway inflation, and uncontrolled public spending.
With a new constitution behind him, Putin is preparing to clear house and rid himself of all dissent in media, politics and academia. For Khodorkovsky, this is a test of a more mature authoritarian regime. Yakovenko sees the crackdown as a consequence of economic hard times, which will force the regime to make very unpopular choices.
The Sri Lanka Medical Association criticised the lifting of restrictions on public gatherings, uncontrolled public transport, the opening of recreational activities, and many other questionable activities. So far, 2,454 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the country. Yesterday saw the highest number of infections in a single day with 300 new cases.
The proposed mine is in a protected national forest some 90 km from the capital. China is financing the US$ 2 billion, project building roads and bridges in exchange for access to bauxite. Environmental groups warn that rare species and water supply for millions of people are at risk. Increasingly, activists are turning to the courts to stop polluting activities in Africa.
For Card Sako, the "difficult circumstances" caused by the novel coronavirus require a new way of being a priest. Believers must be shown the meaning of "fatherhood" and "human and spiritual care". The present must be used for spiritual growth through reading, meditation and prayer. Sharing life provides priests growth opportunities.