23 August 2017
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    The mission’s goal is not to build democracy but to kill terrorists. The Afghan government and NATO praise the decision. The Taliban promise to continue the jihad until the last US soldier is out. Until them they will turn the country into a US graveyard. Source tells AsiaNews that the Taliban will not stop. Analyst says Trump is a manikin of the military.

    23/08/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Three Catholic women get death threats over flats in Dhaka

    by Sumon Corraya

    They had exchanged their land with a Muslim developer for flats. Now they are forced to rent and have had their lives threatened.

    23/08/2017 - SIRIA - KAZAKHSTAN - RUSSIA

    Astana talks to resume in September. Dozens of civilians killed by US bombs at Raqqa

    The goal of the meetings is to prepare the ground for peace between the Syrian government and the emerging opposition front in Syria. And to achieve a ceasefire throughout the country. The Russian army announces the "complete liberation" of Aleppo from "terrorists". In the last 24 hours, US jets have killed 42 civilians in the Islamic State stronghold.

    22/08/2017 - VATICAN – ASIA

    The pope and World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2018

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The early release of the 2018 message has been seen as a “move” to influence Italian politics at a time when the country is debating jus soli. However, the issue of migrants and migrations is a "sign of the times", something that now affects the whole planet. Filipino migrants can be found everywhere. Nepali, Indonesian and Sri Lankan migrants are treated as slaves. Religious Freedom for Filipinos and Indians living in Islamic countries is an issue. From China to Europe, "national security" has become a kind of myth that allows political authorities to forget their own citizens, not just migrants.

    22/08/2017 - SRI LANKA

    A hydropower project leaves thousands of people without water in Sri Lanka

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The Uma Oya complex was approved by the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Construction has dried up the land, and damaged homes. According to unofficial estimates, about 600 tonnes of harvest crops has been lost, and at least 42 villages afflicted by drought.

    22/08/2017 - CHINA – GREAT BRITAIN

    Cambridge University Press makes an about-face and says no to Chinese censorship

    by Paul Wang

    The decision to obey China and remove some 300 sensitive articles sparked international criticism and an online petition to boycott the publishing house. " It is disturbing,” says one scholar, “that China is attempting to export its censorship." For Joseph Cheng, the latter "shows a lack of respect for academic freedom worldwide, and ultimately the huge feeling of insecurity that prevails in the Chinese leadership.”

    22/08/2017 - PAKISTAN

    Sister Ruth Pfau’s example in Pakistani textbooks

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The German-born nun spent her life helping Pakistan’s lepers. Her state funeral was held on Saturday in Karachi. Students should learn about her to stay away from terrorism.

    22/08/2017 - LEBANON - SYRIA

    Daesh's expulsion from Jurud Mountains marks the beginning of the end of the Syria war

    by Pierre Balanian

    The Lebanese army - on the other side of the border, the Syrian army and Hezbollah - have destroyed the Islamic State bases by cutting off communication and supply routes in Syria. The Lebanese army as a liberator of the population. Hezbollah respect for prisoners, jihadists almost by chance.

    22/08/2017 - IRAQ

    Iraqi offensive against Isis at Tal Afar, fears for the fate of thousands of civilians

    Government soldiers have already taken control of some villages in the area. The city rises along the road connecting Mosul to the Syrian border and is strategically important for the passage of men and goods. Inside there would be up to 50,000 people trapped. Pentagon chief on surprise visit to Iraq, meetings with the premier and Kurdish president scheduled.

    21/08/2017 - INDIA

    Caritas brings aid to flood victims in Assam and Bihar

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The Catholic charity set aside about US$ 780,000. In Bihar, they handed out aid worth around US$ 312,000. Caritas "has done a unique job, helping people of every faith.” Lucknow bishop offers his condolences after a train crash kills 23 in Uttar Pradesh.

    21/08/2017 - CHINA – GREAT BRITAIN

    Global Times slams “arrogant” Westerners: if you don’t like China’s way, “stop engaging with us”

    by Paul Wang

    China has the right to censor Cambridge University Press to uphold its laws on security grounds against what is “harmful to Chinese society.” Two rival visions of the world are facing off. China has interests in the internet market. Censorship is counterproductive for China’s academic community.

    21/08/2017 - KOREA – UNITED STATES

    US-South Korean military drills get underway, N Korea describes them as “pouring gasoline on fire”

    Ulchi Freedom Guardian involves 17,500 US and almost 50,000 South Korean soldiers. For North Korea, they are a rehearsal for "invasion".

    21/08/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees

    Message for 2018 World Migrant and Refugee Day, which will be celebrated next January 14th, released. Exhortations and suggestions for a reception that facilitates "personal encounter". No to expulsion and aptitude. A law that guarantees citizenship in accordance with international rules. The care of minors. Ensure religious freedom for migrants. Aid to developing countries supporting the greatest number of refugees. Push the UN to approve the two global pacts on refugees and migrants.

    21/08/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Card. Tagle Against Duterte's War on Drugs: 'Stop the Waste of Human Life'

    by Santosh Digal

    In less than four days, the police killed 32 alleged drug dealers at Bulacan and another 49 in Manila. Card. Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, invites the government to dialogue: "The drug problem should not be reduced to a political or criminal problem. It is a humanitarian issue that affects us all. " "Remember the words that God said to Cain, who had killed his brother Abel: Your brother's blood cries out to me from the soil (Genesis 4:10)."

    21/08/2017 - SYRIA

    Missile on Damascus trade fair kills six people, 12 injured

    The rocket exploded near the main entrance. The trade fair stands near the rebellious stronghold of Goutha, on the eastern outskirts of the capital. The event is being held for the first time in six years. According to the director general, it is a confirmation of "stability" and a sign of the "beginning of reconstruction".

    19/08/2017 - CHINA - GREAT BRITAIN

    Cambridge University Press bows to Beijing and erases over 300 'sensitive' articles

    by Paul Wang

    Most articles concern Tiananmen, the Cultural Revolution, Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and so on. The publisher agreed on the back of threats to take down the entire site. An additional demand for the cancellation of more than 1000 e-books. The Chinese Communist Party also controls international cultural production beyond its geographical boundaries. In 2012 Chinese loan to college, linked to Wen Jiabao.

    18/08/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    More killings take place in anti-drug operations in Manila. Fr Gariguez notes Duterte encourages executions

    The killings are the “epitome of the aggressive campaign of the present government against illegal drugs,” Fr Gariguez said. The “President is determined to push for his violent and barbaric method in waging the war on drugs. He cannot be swayed, even by the moral admonitions of the Church which he admittedly despises.”

    18/08/2017 - INDONESIA

    Jakarta, Widodo defends multiculturalism on Independence Day

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Indonesia’s president and vice president wear traditional clothes in parliament. With this gesture, Widodo and Kalla put aside the political disagreements that marked their relationship because of the court case involving Jakarta’s former Christian governor, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama. The country’s “new nationalism" has found momentum in recent official ceremonies.

    18/08/2017 - HONG KONG

    Stiffer sentences for Joshua Wong and two other pro-democracy activists

    Last year the court sentenced Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow to community service, but the decision was deemed too lenient for the Hong Kong government. A prison sentence of more than three months bars people from taking part in elections for five years. For human rights activists, the court decision was politically motivated in order to silence the three and deter further protests.

    18/08/2017 - VATICAN – SPAIN – ASIA

    Pope prays for Barcelona victims. Asian nations express their condolences

    Papal telegram is sent to the archbishop of Barcelona. Victims come from 20 countries, including some in Asia: China, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Putin and Xi Jinping call for greater unity and coordination to fight terrorism. Arab countries express their closeness.

    17/08/2017 - VIETNAM

    Church against the pollution of Montagnard water resources in Kon Tum

    by Nguyen Hung

    Unfettered industrial development and the lack of government enforcement of environmental protection threaten the existence of local tribal communities. "Many children have contracted scabies. Adults are pale," said the local diocese’s charity and social committee. Local authorities confirm that "about 80 per cent of the poor are affected by illnesses due to contaminated water." Local clergymen and nuns are very aware of the importance of environmental protection for the health of local communities. Water contamination is a growing problem in the region.

    17/08/2017 - CHINA – SOUTH ASIA

    As China inks deals with Nepal and Pakistan confrontation with India continues

    For the past three months, Indian and Chinese troops have faced off near Bhutan. China’s deputy prime minister signs a humanitarian aid package and an agreement for oil and gas exploration with Nepal. Beijing is set to build a US$ 4 billion refinery and petrochemical complex near Karachi.

    17/08/2017 - KOREA - USA

    Moon: There will be no new war on the Korean peninsula

    100 days since the beginning of his mandate, the South Korean President reiterated his approach to North Korea: openness to dialogue and sanctions. Any military option (of the US) will need Seoul's consent. Pyongyang has to stop the production of nuclear weapons. Relations with Japan.

    16/08/2017 - KOREA – UNITED STATES

    Rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington toned down

    Kim Jong-un holds off on his threats against Guam. Tillerson says the US is open to talks with North Korea. South Korea, China and Russia continue to urge calm and demand no military action.

    16/08/2017 - VIETNAM - TAIWAN

    Vietnamese Church brings Formosa victims' protests to Taiwan

    "Going abroad to be heard." Bishop Paul Nguyên Thai Hopof the diocese of Vinh, visitsTaipei with the Victim Support Committee. Protests fueled by compensation criteria set by Vietnamese government and Formosa. The province of Nghệ An is excluded from the list of the four provinces affected under remuneration scheme.

    16/08/2017 - INDIA

    Indian Associations: On 25 August we remember the Christian victims of Kandhamal

    by Purushottam Nayak

    The National Solidarity Forum includes over 70 organizations and was born following the 2008 pogroms against Christians. "Kandhamal Day" not to forget the victims and give them justice. "Your solidarity will inspire those still struggling." The Forum's demands.

    14/08/2017 - HOLY LAND

    Theophilos III slams Israeli court over illegally obtained Greek Orthodox properties

    In 2004, the previous patriarch sold Church property in the Old City to an organisation of Jewish settlers. The current patriarch opposed the authorised sale, starting a legal battle. On 1 August, the Israeli court confirmed the sale agreement. Theophilos III will appeal to the Supreme Court against the “politically motivated” ruling, which will “have the most negative effect on the Christian presence in the Holy Land”.

    14/08/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA

    Nobel Laureates write to the Saudi king asking him to halt the execution of 14 Shia activists

    The accused were arrested in 2012 during the Arab Spring. Activists and civil society groups warn that the execution is imminent. Pleaders ask Salman to show a merciful face and correct a great injustice. The ultraconservative kingdom has one of the world's highest rates of execution.

    14/08/2017 - NEPAL

    Kathmandu, hundreds of dead and thousands displaced by bad weather

    by Christopher Sharma

    The government was not prepared for the monsoon rains. Appeal to humanitarian organizations. Caritas Nepal bringing emergency aid.

    14/08/2017 - INDIA

    Odisha, online clinic project in support of rural areas

    by C.T. Nilesh

    For years, the project responds to the needs of unemployment and health care in remote areas. 127 centers already opened. An electronic consultation costs a third of the normal ones.

    Editor's choices

    Card. Parolin in Moscow: Ostpolitik conquers distrust

    Vladimir Rozanskij

    The theme is a meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, not in Moscow, but in some holy place of the Christian East, or in Bari. An international conference on the future of Ukraine and Crimea. Commitment to Christians and Peace in the Middle East. 

    For Eastern Catholic patriarchs, the genocide of Christians is an affront to all humanity

    Fady Noun

    Afflicted by wars, emigration and insecurity, Christian communities have now become "a small flock" amid the indifference of the international community. Patriarchs appeal to Pope Francis and the international community. Catholics and Orthodox share the same problems. The end of Christians in the East would be "a shameful stigma for the whole 21st century".


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