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  • 23/06/2017 - YEMEN – UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – UNITED STATES

    A report by AP reveals that extremists and al Qaida members were subjected to violence in the United Arab Emirates and Yemen, including sexual abuse and blindfolds for weeks. Senior US officers played a role in interrogations. The UAE rejects the charges and the United States downplays its role. Human rights groups report the disappearance of scores of people.




    23/06/2017 - QATAR - GULF - IRAN

    No to Iran, terrorists and al-Jazeera: Riyadh conditions on Doha to close the crisis


    On behalf of the Gulf Alliance, Kuwait presents Qatar requests to restore diplomatic and commercial relations. Doha wants as a precondition for dialogue to remove the embargo and sends his wishes to the new Saudi hereditary prince. A ship sets sail from Turkey.

     


    23/06/2017 - ASIA-EUROPE

    Asia-Europe: human rights crisis (and freedom of trade)

    by Luca Galantini

    The rare stand taken by the German ambassador Michael Clauss for the release of Msgr. Peter Shao Zhumin and Freedom of Commerce on the New Silk Road, under the shadow of the Chinese monopoly. The silence surrounding the fragmentation of the international legal system. Instead of democracies, there are autocratic regimes, violent nationalisms, oriental satrapies. And Trump sells arms to Saudi Arabia.


    22/06/2017 - IRAQ

    Mar Sako: reconstruction and coexistence plans in Mosul and Nineveh to offset Islamic State destruction


    The Chaldean Patriarch condemns the destruction of Mosul’s historic mosque and the devastation by the Islamic State’s "culture of death". He prayed in front of Fr Ragheed’s church for coexistence between Christians and Muslims. He called on Catholics in Europe and the West to visit the refugees, to teach them "to have more confidence in the future". He gave a first assessment of the return of displaced people.


    22/06/2017 - TAJIKISTAN

    Dushanbe: young Tajiks banned from pilgrimage to Makkah


    Officially, the reason is to encourage seniors to make the journey; in fact, the aim is to prevent youth radicalisation. The Islamic majority country tightens controls on the religious life of its people.


    22/06/2017 - PALESTINE - EGYPT

    Cairo gives one million liters of fuel to prevent the collapse of Gaza


    The Strip now has two hours of electricity per day. The power plant will return to work in the next few hours. Last week, Hamas leaders met with Egyptian officials.


    22/06/2017 - IRAQ

    Mosul's Al-Nouri Mosque destroyed. Isis and the United States exchange blame


    In that mosque in Baghdadi proclaimed the caliphate in 2014. Al-Abadi: It is an official declaration of defeat. " The mosque and the leaning minaret were among the oldest monuments in the city dating back to the 12th century. The old town of Mosul has been under siege. According to Isis it was destroyed by American operations.

     


    21/06/2017 - IRAQ – VATICAN

    For Bishop Ortega, Christian suffering in Iraq is a gift for us. Now it is time to rebuild


    Christians did not give up their faith, or even pretended to, but left everything behind. Now their life is precarious but there is no grudge in their hearts, as they pray for their persecutors and thankful for what happened because "it was an opportunity to rediscover what is most important, which is faith". On the Nineveh Plain, military victory is not enough. Christians have to return because they are "the presence of Christ."


    21/06/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Sindh High Court to vet forced conversion of underage Hindu girl


    Ravita Meghwar is 16 years old from a lower caste. Her parents have filed a complaint that she was abducted, forced to embrace Islam and married off to a man 20 years her senior. The case has sparked controversy and protests by Hindus. The province had rejected the law punishing forced conversions.


    21/06/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA

    The Saudi king nominates 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman hereditary prince



    The decision approved by 31 (out of 34) members of the Alliance Council marks a turning point in succession. The current number two Mohammed bin Nayef was dethroned, payment for a weak policy in the context of the crisis with Qatar. The young heir mastermind behind war in Yemen and a supporter of the frontal confrontation with Iran.

     


    21/06/2017 - BELGIUM

    Brussels: suspect attacker killed after an explosion. No victims but a lot of fear


    An explosion shook Brussels’ central station. A witness asserts that the attacker had yelled "Allah is great" before detonating his suitcase. The episode fuels climate of fear in the heart of Europe. Islamic terrorism’s strategy of tension.


     


    21/06/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Gaibandha, Muslims attempt to rape a Catholic tribal

    by Sumon Corraya

    The young woman is 20 years old and belongs to the parish of Mariampur. Family is being pressured to withdraw the complaint. Last year, the local Christian community was attacked by police and Muslims for expropriation of land. Parish priest: "We want justice and security."

     


    20/06/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Movies and plays in Colombo to show the plight of refugees

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Today is World Refugee Day. Sri Lanka hosts 604 refugees in Sri Lanka with another 576 applying for recognition. The government does not guarantee the right to housing, food, education, medical care and does not provide opportunities for legal employment.


    20/06/2017 - MIDDLE EAST – EUROPE

    Terrorism and migrants: Mideast leaders blackmailing Europe

    by Luca Galantini

    Attacks in European capitals are meant to destabilise the foreign policy of countries like Great Britain, Germany, and France. Even Italy’s "neutral" position does not guarantee immunity. Dealing with immigration must be part of a long-term coexistence strategy. Working on economic and political development in countries of origin is also necessary. In ‘Caritas in Veritate’, Benedict XVI had prophetic words.


    20/06/2017 - KAZAKHSTAN

    Astana cracks down on extremism in religions


    Muslims and Jehovah's Witnesses are convicted for "inciting religious hatred". Trials are often done in secret. A new theology programme is introduced in prisons to prevent the radicalisation of prisoners


    20/06/2017 - UN

    UN refugee record hit in 2016: 65.6 million


    Today is the World Refugee Day. Data released yesterday by UNHCR. About 40.3 million internally displaced persons; 22.5 Refugees; 2.8 million asylum seekers. Nearly 84% of the burden of hospitality is supported by poor countries, despite the focus on migrant crises in Europe.

     


    19/06/2017 - GREAT BRITAIN-ISLAM

    'Potential Terrorist Attack' in London: a vehicle rams faithful leaving a mosque. One dead and eight injured


    'Potential Terrorist Attack' in London: a vehicle rams faithful leaving a mosque. One dead and eight injured

     


    17/06/2017 - ISLAM – MIDDLE EAST

    Terrorism and migrants: A much needed discussion between Muslims and Christians (Part Three)

    by Samir Khalil Samir

    The wave of migrants seeking refuge in Europe seems endless. Among them, Muslims are the ones who find it harder to adapt to a lifestyle considered "decadent". Integration implies acceptance of Westerner values, the dignity of women in the first place. Christians do not have to "defend themselves from the Islamic invasion," but they ought to meet and bear witness to their faith in charity and love.


    17/06/2017 - IRAQ

    Christians and Muslims to rebuild Mosul university library after destructions by the Islamic State


    Professors, students, intellectuals and private donors, in Iraq and abroad, are contributing with books and donations. The initiative began three months ago, when the eastern sector of the city was freed. The university president bemoans the destruction, almost 100 per cent loss. The library held thousands of rare books inside. So far 6,000 books have been collected so far.


    16/06/2017 - ISLAM-MIDDLE EAST

    Terrorism and migrants: A much needed discussion between Muslims and Christians (Part 2)

    by Samir Khalil Samir

    Salafis, Wahhabites and Muslim Brotherhood respond to crisis in Islam with a return to the origins and a war against the "infedels." Their belief is similar to that of Al Qaeda and Daesh. War between Sunnis and Shiites. Saudi Arabia's proselytism and the spread of the fundamentalist mosques. Once a model to imitate, Europe has become an example of "decadence" to be fought against


    16/06/2017 - AFGHANISTAN

    Afghanistan: Isis attacks a mosque and conquers Bin Laden's refuge


    Tora Bora caves of symbolic value. Three attackers attacked a Shiite mosque. The Taliban condemn the attack on a place of worship. 


    16/06/2017 - INDIA

    Mumbai, school of the Islamic preacher who 'inspired' Dhaka massacre closed


    The institute is located in Mazgaon's central district and hosts 135 students. Zakir Naik is the founder of the Islamic Research Foundation, banned five years ago. He is one of the best-known exponents of the radical positions of Salaf Islam. 


    16/06/2017 - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

    Abu Dhabi, a mosque dedicated to "Mary, Mother of Jesus". Bishop Hinder: Sign of tolerance


    For the apostolic vicar, the Emirates decision is a "positive step ". It shows "openness and interest in Islamic-Christian dialogue". The mosque is within walking distance of Saint Joseph's Cathedral; A place of Christian worship and a Muslim has created a stylized "Holy Family". The Emirate example of tolerance in a region characterized by conflicts.   


    15/06/2017 - ISLAM-MIDDLE EAST

    Terrorism and migrants: A much needed discussion between Muslims and Christians (Part One)

    by Samir Khalil Samir

    There are good relations between Christians and Muslims in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan. The difficulties were born and nurtured by Saudi Arabia and its Wahhabite Islam, as well as with the Muslim Brotherhoods in Egypt. Sunnism of this ilk are similar to al Qaeda and Daesh. The contribution of Christians to Arab culture involves modernity, education, the role of women in society. Arabic culture unites Christians and Muslims in the East.


    15/06/2017 - QATAR - USA

    The United States sells weapons to Qatar for $ 12 billion


    The sale of at least 36 US-F-15 hunters is expected. Signature comes amid heightened tensions between Doha and Saudi Arabia and after sale of $ 400 billion in arms to Riyadh. Pentagon: an "agreed" sale  to "increase security cooperation”. 


    14/06/2017 - IRAQ

    For Iraqi priest, the first Christian refugees will return home in Karemlash, in the Nineveh Plain


    Fr Paul talks about the town’s reconstruction by local workers. The plan will first deal with houses with minor damages. If the aid continues, the work should continue "smoothly", but more money is needed to rebuild the most damaged houses. “We shall rise again when we return to Karemlash,” many residents say.

     


    14/06/2017 - QATAR - GULF - USA - EU

    Europe’s absence and America’s interests in crisis between Riyadh and Doha

    by Luca Galantini

    The stand-off between Saudi Arabia and Qatar is generating a wave of tension in the Middle East. And among Sunnis and Shiites for primacy in Islam. Riyadh’s aggressive policy supported by Trump for economic reasons. Brussels incapable of favoring the recognition of political, social and religious pluralism.


    14/06/2017 - NEPAL - QATAR

    Gulf crisis frightens 400,000 Nepalese workers in Qatar

    by Christopher Sharma

    Fears of being left  without food and salaries; of being involved in armed clashes. Some Nepalese could become exploited by terrorists.


    13/06/2017 - SINGAPORE

    First Islamist woman arrested, her dream was to become a “widow’s martyr


    The infant care assistant had been trying to marry a Jihadi and move to Syria since 2015. Her family was aware of her radicalisation but did not warn the authorities. Muslim leaders slam extremist propaganda. "One life lost to exclusivism and extremism is one life too many,” said Singapore’s mufti.


    13/06/2017 - ALGERIA – ISLAM

    Church demolition near Algiers to make room for a mosque highlights Islamism’s hypocrisy

    by Kamel Abderrahmani

    The building was in danger of collapse. It is yet another church demolition in Algeria. Islamists defend religious freedom in the West, but "destroy churches and synagogues wherever they have power".






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    VATICAN
    Pope: The Churches of the East are alive, despite persecution and terrorism



    Receiving the participants at the "Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches" Assembly, Francis recommends the formation of the clergy. "Let us not forget that in the East even today, Christians - no matter whether Catholics, Orthodox, or Protestants - spill their blood as a seal of their witness."


    CHINA-GERMANY
    The German ambassador asks China to release Msgr. Shao Zhumin



    In an official statement posted on the embassy site, Michael Clauss asks that the detained bishop of Wenzhou, be given full freedom of movement. Concerns also expressed over drafts of the new regulations on religious activities, which decree the end of the underground communities. It is the first time after a decade that a European ambassador has called for the release of a bishop.


     


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