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A new version of the Great Game is unfolding in Afghanistan, the five Central Asia countries, as well as Nepal, India and Pakistan. As Washington and Delhi undertake a rapprochement, Beijing develops closer ties to Iran and Pakistan. Afghanistan too is in China’s sight, but US influence remains strong. COVID-19 becomes part of the diplomatic game.

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by p. Peter Geremia, PIME

A PIME missionary with 50 years in Mindanao gives his thoughts. Are the parables of Jesus impossible dreams or can they become reality? Killing people and destroying property can be stopped. The money now used for war and revolution can be used to create more jobs and provide everyone with good wages.

 

| 03/08/2020
| PHILIPPINES

According to OECD data, except for China (+11.5), other countries have experienced heavy losses: South Korea (-3.3), the US (-9.5), Germany (-10.1), France (-13.8), Spain (-18.5), Italy (-12.4). In OECD countries, unemployment is expected to reach 10 per cent by the end of 2020. Job recovery is not expected until the end of 2021. Pope Francis makes an appeal.

| 03/08/2020
| ASIA

Hamad Alkaabi, the country's representative to the IAEA, says that this is an “Historic milestone for the nation with a vision set to deliver a new form of clean energy”. Nuclear fission has begun in one of four reactors. Oil-rich UAE wants Barakah to meet a quarter of its energy needs. Qatar calls the plant a "flagrant threat to regional peace and environment”.

| 03/08/2020
| UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

"With the convergent commitment of all political and economic leaders, the labour market can be relaunched: without work, families and society cannot move forward. Let us pray for this, because it is and will be a post-pandemic problem”.

| 02/08/2020
| VATICAN

Parliamentary elections postponed for one year because of the coronavirus emergency.  Democratic Front: An excuse to avoid a crushing defeat.  Jurists question the legitimacy of the postponement.  The crackdown continues: the police accuse six activists of violating the national security law. They include Nathan Law.

 

 

| 01/08/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Ngoc Lan

The myth of the country with zero victims collapses after months of targeted pandemic management. The epicenter of the disease is the tourist and commercial heart in the center of the country with 93 infections. The sick are aged between 27 and 87. Identified, and isolated, over 6,000 people who have had contact with the infected.

| 01/08/2020
| VIETNAM

The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to the Holy See invites condolences to be expressed on August 3 and 4 from 10am to 3pm. In the Taipei Guest House, a memorial will be open from August 1 to 14. Lee Teng-hui's body will be cremated and the ashes buried in Wuzhi military cemetery, among those who have made significant contributions to the nation.

| 01/08/2020
| TAIWAN - VATICAN
by Pierre Balanian

Last night 53-year-old taxi driver, Vatchè Ohanian, committed suicide. His business decimated by Covid-19. In July there were a dozen suicides. The economic crisis has worsened since demonstrations against government corruption last October. Unemployment, inflation (a US dollar is now worth 8 thousand Lebanese pounds), an embargo - on Syria and Iran - which also affects Lebanon. And it is the people who are paying the toll.

| 01/08/2020
| LEBANON
by Biju Veticad

Mukaluvilayil Sameul Sunil dreams of building 1,000 of them in the coming years. House prices in the country have tripled. The academy, rewarded by the government for its initiatives, also helps the disabled, students and orphans. It also runs programs of food support and distribution of drinking water to poor families.

| 01/08/2020
| INDIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The 47-year-old Conventual Franciscan belongs to the first cohort of students who entered the major seminary after it reopened in 1993. His appointment is a sign of the spiritual and social renaissance of the small Catholic community of the Russian Federation.

| 31/07/2020
| RUSSIA – VATICAN
by Melani Manel Perera

Fr Reid Shelton Fernando released a statement and an ‘election prayer’ to underscore the great responsibility Christians have, as voters, to pick people who possess the qualities that will keep the people united and the country free.

 

| 31/07/2020
| SRI LANKA

The Philippines leads in the Asia-Pacific region. Yesterday a record 3,954 new cases were reported. For the Bishop of Kidapawan, the president’s “pride, prejudice and power prevailed over better judgment and people’s welfare”. Duterte calls on the poor to disinfect protective masks with petrol.

| 31/07/2020
| PHILIPPINES
by Sumon Corraya

Some 31 districts are affected. Food and drinking water are in short supply. Many residents have had to leave their flooded homes for makeshift shelters. Many have not received the 10 kilos of rice promised by the government. The Catholic Church is active in handing out supplies. Flood victims take on debt to eat.

 

| 31/07/2020
| BANGLADESH
by Nirmala Carvalho

Following an outcry against the proposal, the State’s Education Department issued a statement on Thursday, saying that “the decision to drop certain chapters has been put on hold. A review will be done, following which the deleted chapters will be uploaded to the website”.

| 31/07/2020
| INDIA
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by Bernardo Cervellera
A private US company, Recorded Future, detected the espionage operation against the mail servers of the Vatican Secretariat of State, the Diocese of Hong Kong, and the Holy See’s Study Mission in Hong Kong, which acts as a quasi-nunciature. PIME’s ...
| 29/07/2020
| VATICAN – CHINA
 
A few months before the expiration of the Provisional Agreement on appointing new bishops, lay people, priests and bishops wonder about the effects it has had on the life of Christian communities in China. The Vatican is hoping to renew the agreement; ...
| 16/07/2020
| CHINA – VATICAN
 
by Wang Zhicheng
The blackmail of the Jinzhou authorities: you can reopen the churches - after the pandemic - if you ban entry to minors. Mgr. Jia Zhiguo, 83, has been a bishop since 1980 and is responsible for a community of over 150,000 faithful, with a hundred priests ...
| 10/07/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Marian Demir
Since yesterday, pro-Erdogan Turkish media are reporting that the Council of State has already "unanimously" decided to transform the Christian basilica into a mosque. But the legal reasons for the "right of the sword" are not "Islamic". Pro-Kurdish ...
| 10/07/2020
| TURKEY
 
National security law “threatens to undermine freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and academic freedom. Freedom of religion and belief is also under threat. According to many reports, freedom of religion and belief ...
| 06/07/2020
| ASIA - HONG KONG
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