21 January 2018
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Alarm pollution for China’s rivers


20/01/2007
The Government: drinking water for 32 million farmers, but ten times more are left without
Clean drinking water promised by 2010, but 320 million are left without and a further 190 million forced to drink toxic water. Beijing’s interventions are hindered by industrial pollution and the lack of cooperation from local governments who focus on economic growth to the detriment of the environment. The Bohai sea is in Danger. Fourth Dossier on pollution.

19/01/2007
Death of a sea from industrial waste and coastal build-up
Billions of tonnes of untreated liquid and solid waste are killing the Bohai Sea. The authorities are spending billions of yuan to clean up the sea but plan also more factories and larger harbours. Here is the third in a series of articles about China’s environmental crisis.

18/01/2007
Fish dying in Yellow River
One species in three is gone. Annual catches have dropped by 40 per cent. One tenth of farmland is contaminated and crops have to be destroyed because of their metal content. China's economic gains of the last 30 years will have to go to offset pollution and might choke off the country’s development. Second in a series of articles on China’s pollution crisis.

17/01/2007
Shandong farmers use water for drinking and irrigation from a river as black as ink
Hundreds of thousands of farmers must use filthy water for drinking and irrigation. The economies of entire farming and fishing villages have been destroyed. Authorities do not seem concerned and do not stop the pollution or help locals whilst local governments are more interested in increasing industrial developments. First part in a series of articles on China’s pollution crisis.

16/01/2007
For the Chinese, pollution and the environment top list of problems
Water, air, contaminated food are “a serious threat” for 80 per cent of the population. There is trust in government but also concern. Few are those willing to file complaints against polluters. AsiaNews begins a series of reports on the issue.



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EGYPT – LEBANON
Muslims and Christians meet in Cairo for Jerusalem, 'the cause of causes'

Fady Noun

A conference was held on 16-17 January at al-Azhar. Many prominent figures from Lebanon took part, including the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi. The Arab world is divided between "complicit passivity" and "noisy but ineffective speeches". For a former Lebanese premier, coordinated actions are needed to ensure greater efficacy on behalf of Jerusalem’s "pluralistic identity " and "religious freedom". Card Al-Rahi called for joint prayers, Islamic-Christian interfaith solidarity in the Arab world, and support for the Palestinians.


CHINA
Yunnan: Christians accused of membership in an apocalyptic sect get up to 13 years in prison



The Three Grades of Servants cult, an underground pseudo-Protestant sect founded in Henan, is especially strong in the countryside. Those convicted claim they are just ordinary Christians and know nothing about the sect. Defense lawyers have been threatened with loss of their license to practice.


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