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by Dario Salvi | TURKEY

Fr Palinuro’s ordination is scheduled for 7 December in a ceremony led by Card Sandri with his entrance in the Cathedral of Holy Spirit 11 days later. Fr Andrea Santoro’s legacy means remembering that evangelization is "a risk" to be taken "without fear" while keeping "doors open". He can start with an established relationship with the ecumenical patriarch while the dialogue with Islam will be a great challenge.

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by Vladimir Rozanskij

Aleksej Naval'nyj's supporters are betting on candidates from other parties to defeat Putin's United Russia. The main collaborators of the first opponent to the regime are in prison or banned by the authorities. "Chinese" tactics are used to control the internet.

| 17/09/2021
| RUSSIA

Two men and two women candidates for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats. In recent days they have outlined their economic policies to lift the country after the pandemic: the most enterprising is Takaichi; the favorite in the polls is Kono. General elections in November.

 

 

| 17/09/2021
| JAPAN
by Fady Noun

A convoy of dozens of tanker trucks crossed the Syrian border at Hermel yesterday morning. The pro-Iranian Shiite movement celebrated the entry as a victory. The crude oil will be distributed to hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages, water plants and the Red Cross. Experts speak of "state conquest" by Hezbollah. 

 

 

| 17/09/2021
| LEBANON - SYRA - IRAN
by Kamel Abderrahmal

A French drone killed the head of terrorist group Islamic State in the Greater Sahara. Russian privateers are moving into the Sahel. jihadism is an ideology much stronger than any individual and must be fought on the ground.

| 17/09/2021
| ISLAM – SAHEL

‘The Congregation for Religious is examining the religious congregations and associations created in this period.” Among the latter, many have been placed under external control. Positions of governance in lay groups are a “call to serve” that runs up against a hunger for power and disloyalty.

| 16/09/2021
| VATICAN

Juan Macababbad, vice president of the Union of Peoples' Lawyers in Mindanao, defended the victims of the 2018 Lake Sebu massacre. According to Global Witness, the Philippines ranked third in the world in 2020 for this type of murder with 29 activists killed defending their land.

| 16/09/2021
| PHILIPPINES
by Dario Salvi

WHO director general is in Lebanon today and tomorrow to vet the country’s “unprecedented complex crisis”. In August, dozens of cancer patients protested in front of the UN offices. For Caritas director Fr Abboud, the basic problem is “corruption” in a nation “plundered” by politicians. Yet, hope lives on, as does solidarity.

| 16/09/2021
| LEBANON

Australians will be able to build nuclear submarines with US technology. The agreement includes cooperation on artificial intelligence, cyber and quantum technology. Beijing slams move as "irresponsible". Protests from France, which loses a contract for the sale of submarines to Canberra. New Zealand also distances itself.

 

| 16/09/2021
| THE WEST-CHINA
by Mathias Hariyadi

Declining cases, more than 20% of the adult population vaccinated with two doses. An app has been set up to check the vaccination certificates of foreign visitors. Operators in Bali hope for recovery after a year and a half of paralysis.

 

| 16/09/2021
| INDONESIA

South Korea tested its first submarine-launched missile, but denies it was a response to the North's provocations. Japan reports that North Korean rockets landed inside its exclusive economic zone. China's foreign minister was visiting Seoul.

 

 

| 16/09/2021
| KOREA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Economic aid and commercial opening in exchange for the fight against the network of Fethullah Gülen, Erdogan's arch-enemy. The "Gulenists" have a strong presence in Central Asia. The goal is to bring trade to the billion dollar mark. Expert: the Turks act like masters in Kyrgyzstan.

 

| 16/09/2021
| KYRGYZSTAN-TURKEY

The measure affects some 30 prisoners for crimes of opinion or thought. A recent amendment by the monarch provides for alternative sentences to prison at any time of sentencing. Some detainees had ended up in cells while still underage. Of 3,800 total detainees, at least 1,400 are political prisoners. 

 

| 16/09/2021
| BAHRAIN

Telecom company Telenor pulls out of the country refusing to spy on its customers for the ruling military junta. For now, the military regime will not get a seat at the UN General Assembly.

| 16/09/2021
| MYANMAR
by Steve Suwannarat

Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and his government plan to appeal last week’s High Court ruling overturning a discriminatory law that grants citizenship to children of mixed couples only if the father is Malaysian. For civil society groups, the government’s appeal is a “betrayal of rights”.

| 15/09/2021
| MALAYSIA
Editor's choices
 
by Fady Noun
After 13 months, Lebanon has a new government. For the new prime minister, “we must tighten our belts”. While reiterating Lebanon’s place in the Arab world, he says the country is open to aid from anyone, Syria included. Several highly ...
| 10/09/2021
| LEBANON
 
The coastal city has received a lot of Chinese investment in recent years. Inside the China Project compound, at least 8,000 people are held prisoner, trained to commit Internet fraud. A Khmer Times investigation found that criminals are moving their ...
| 10/09/2021
| CAMBODIA
 
The US president does not want the competition to become an open conflict. Xi wants to reset bilateral relations. COVID-19, environment, North Korea and Afghanistan are possible areas of cooperation. The US Navy challenges the Chinese near the Spratly ...
| 10/09/2021
| CHINA – UNITED STATES
 
by Dario Salvi
Msgr. Hinder has lived in the area since 2004 and has experienced tensions and dangers in the years following the attacks on the Twin Towers. Little interest in a historical revisionism, concerns are about economy and development. From the Emirates positive ...
| 10/09/2021
| GULF - USA
 
The clergyman had been administering the diocese since December 2012, as well as acting as deputy secretary of the Beijing-controlled Bishops' Conference. The Holy See spokesman confirms that the ceremony took place within the framework of the Sino-Vatican ...
| 08/09/2021
| CHINA - VATICANO
 
by Alessandra De Poli
The Iranian regime is Shia, while the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is Sunni. In Afghanistan’s new cabinet, all Taliban leaders have a post, but a dichotomy still divides urban and rural Pashtuns, especially those in the provinces near the borders, ...
| 08/09/2021
| AFGHANISTAN – IRAN
 
by Emanuele Scimia
Beijing asks Islamic fundamentalists for stability, protection for Chinese interests and fight against terrorist groups. Wang Yi: the US witdrawal is against China and Russia. Former Afghan deputy minister: Chinese want to invest in our mines; security ...
| 07/09/2021
| CHINA - AFGHANISTAN
 
by Vladimir Rozanskij
Presented at the Vladivostok Economic Forum. Transforming the Kurili Islands into an off-shore area. Urban development of Eastern Siberia, with cities of over a million inhabitants. The Kremlin bets on Chinese and Japanese cooperation. Russians aim to ...
| 06/09/2021
| RUSSIA
Right wing Hindu nationalists molesting Christians during prayer
A woman celebrating Independence Day assaulted by nearly 400 men in Pakistan
Man vandalizing the statue of Ranjit Singh, a Sikh leader at Lahore Fort
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