10/06/2015SRI LANKA Eliminating poverty by distributing lands for agriculture. President Sirisena’s plan by Melani Manel Perera The unused land owned by the state and private citizens will be converted to agricultural production. Sri Lanka imports more than 80% of the food needs for chilli, soy, green and black beans. In 2014 it spent about 38 million euro. Sirisena to return about 600 acres of land confiscated by the military in the north to their owners. Colombo (AsiaNews) - President Maithripala Sirisena has launched the National Programme for local food production, in an aim to eradicate poverty in Sri Lanka. "This is the best time - he said - to develop the country, since no country in the world or international organization has resentment against Sri Lanka. Every...
10/06/2015RUSSIA-TURKEY-SYRIA Turkey and NATO against Russian raids. But the US "are not serious in the fight against the Islamic State" by Paul Dakiki Twice Russian military planes trespassed into Turkish airspace. NATO accuses Moscow of "irresponsible behavior". The UN is concerned about the " a lot of different countries and different coalitions " fighting in Syrian skies. A war for hegemony and influence in the Middle East. Iraq prefers the Russians to the US-led coalition: they are more "serious" in fighting Daesh. Even Italy goes to war.
10/06/2015ASIA - UNITED STATES Pacific free trade treaty signed, covering 40% of the world economy After five years of negotiations, the United States reaches deal with 11 other nations in the region on treaty which provides for the removal of trade barriers - including tariff - and adaptation of commercial standards. Obama: "We cannot allow the rules of the world economy to be set by China." Beijing welcomes "with caution" the news but does not join group.
10/05/2015VATICAN Synod: Facing the challenges of today’s world against family as Christians The reports before proceedings. Card. Erdo: indissolubility and mercy for marriage, mission and witness of Christian spouses, support and truth for couples "with problems", respect for and responsibility towards life". "Need for proper and merciful pastoral care for divorced and civilly remarried which, however, without any room for doubts regarding truth of the indissolubility of marriage as taught by Jesus Christ himself. The mercy of God offers forgiveness to the sinner, but it demands conversion".
10/05/2015CHINA - UNITED STATES Xi Jinping’s “harvest” in the US: Understanding of Chinese people's anger by Wei Jingsheng The author of the "Democracy Wall" comments on the Chinese President’s week in America. The arrogance of the Chinese delegation collides with US pragmatism, it can resolve issues related to cyber-terrorism and the economy on its own. The South China Sea "a false problem: Beijing could not withstand a frontal attack by the United States and ASEAN nations." The real result is a growing understanding of the extent of the discontent at home: "Without human rights and rule of law, the party will collapse."
10/04/2015VATICAN Pope: Parents and educators, instruments "of the love with which Jesus embraces the little ones" At the Angelus, Pope Francis asks for prayers for the Synod on the family and asks people to welcome children "starving, abandoned, exploited, forced into the war, refused." Not a "fortress society", but a "society-family, to welcome, with proper rules, but welcome, always welcome, with love." Pray for the Synod. The beatification of Cistercian monk Pio Heredia and seventeen companions, martyrs of the Spanish Civil War. Thoughts for victims of Guatemala landslide and the flood in southern France.
10/04/2015VATICAN Pope: In “extremely difficult social and marital context”, Church called to carry out mission in fidelity, truth and charity. The opening Mass of the Synod on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world," Pope Francis speaks of the paradoxes of global society: "power" accompanied by loneliness and helplessness." Today's man "ridicules" the family and love, but thirsts for it. The Church bears witness to indissoluble love, but must not forget to care and sustain "the man who falls or who errs." "A Church with closed doors betrays itself and its mission, and instead of being a bridge it becomes a barrier."
10/03/2015VATICAN Pope: Every family is always a light in the darkness of the world, may synod set out once more from Nazareth The great prayer vigil before the Synod of Bishops on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world", Francis prays that the Synod Fathers hear the Holy Spirit: "Without the Holy Spirit God is far off, Christ remains in the past, the Church becomes a mere organization, authority becomes domination, mission becomes propaganda, worship becomes mystique, Christian life the morality of slaves".
10/03/2015VATICAN Pope to the Food Bank: counter food waste by distributing it to the poor In an audience with Italy’s Food Bank Foundation, which is marking 25 years of operations, Pope Francis recalls the need to respond to the "scandal" of hunger and the "sin" of injustice of wealth and waste beside destitution. Look the poor "in the eye, shake hands with them, see in them the flesh of Christ." The memory of the "founders", the entrepreneur Danilo Fossati and Don Luigi Giussani.
10/03/2015ASIA Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong in the top ten of the world economy World Economic Forum on competitiveness ranking published. Top three unchanged since last year: Switzerland, Singapore and the United States. Japan sixth, followed by Hong Kong. The world economy is slowing down compared to the previous decade, only exception- addition to China - India, which gains 16 positions.
10/02/2015TURKMENISTAN Government cuts subsidies for its largely impoverished citizens by Alexander Kim Since 1993 in Turkmenistan has provided its citizens with free access to water, electricity and natural gas. In 2007, the new president introduced limitations. Overall subsidies represent 22% of GDP. The global economic crisis is reducing the government's finances. The country consumes 36.7% of the natural gas it produces. “The time has come to move to market relations. Now we must all learn to pay,” a government official said.
10/02/2015UNITED NATIONS – ASIA Top world leaders focus on economics and war at UN General Assembly A content analysis shows what G20 heads of government and state said. At 38 times Syria tops citations. The world economy and war were the main topics, cited together 100. China’s Xi Jinping named no country other than China and did not mention terrorism and related topics. North Korea’s nuclear threat mentioned only by South Korea.
10/02/2015INDONESIA – CHINA – JAPAN Jakarta chooses Beijing for the country’s first high-speed train by Mathias Hariyadi After weeks of sometimes hard negotiations, Indonesia picks China to build its US$ 5.5 billion high-speed train. China’s offer without requiring funding from Indonesia was the tipping point. The rail link should be up and running in three years. The decision boosts Sino-Indonesian economic relations.