08/01/2015CHINA Li Ka-shing selling everything to invest even more in Europe Asia’s richest man has been selling billions in commercial assets since 2013 to buy massively in the West. Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – Li Ka-shing's reported plan to sell a major commercial complex in Shanghai's Pudong area for 20 billion yuan has again set Hong Kong media abuzz, with renewed rumours that...
08/01/2015CHINA – TIBET – IOC Awarding Beijing the Winter Games is an “honour” China does not deserve Chinese and Tibetan human rights groups and activists protest against the decision by the International Olympic Committee. The Chinese government “needs a slap in the face”. The IOC shows that the “Olympics are awarded for only for business.” A former dissident arrested in connection with the 2008 games hopes that others will not pay the price he paid in 2008.
07/31/2015THAILAND Law banning commercial surrogacy takes effect The Act to Protect Babies Born through Assisted Reproductive Technologies prohibits commercial surrogacy and the trade of sperm and eggs. The only people entitled to exploit assisted reproductive technology are thai childless, married, heterosexual couples.
07/31/2015CHINA Beijing to host 2022 Winter Olympics The IOC was faced with two starkly different choices: Beijing offers the experience and some venues from the 2008 Olympics, but lacks natural snow or winter conditions, while lesser-known Almaty boasts a mountain setting with plenty of natural snow.
07/31/2015EGYPT – SAUDI ARABIA Cairo and Riyadh to develop military and economic relations "The two sides stressed the need to exert all efforts to boost security and stability in the region, and to work together to protect Arab national security," including an Arab military force, the ‘Cairo Declaration’ states.
07/31/2015ISRAEL-PALESTINE Nablus: Palestinian child burnt alive after Israeli settlers set fire to home by Joshua Lapide The mother, the father and the eldest son, aged four, are injured, but safe. The settlers have left graffiti praising the "Vendetta" and the coming of the "Messiah". The Israeli army defines the gesture an act of "terrorism". In 2015 there were 120 attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the occupied territories and East Jerusalem. Many settlers share a vision of radical Judaism who wants to "purify" the Land of Israel also by killing.
07/30/2015SRI LANKA The civil war did not stop Dilakshini’s yearning to study by Melani Manel Perera The 18-year-old Tamil woman talks about the horrors and consequences of ethnic conflict, including the loss of family, work, and home. Jobless parents cannot pay for their children’s education. Dilakshini dreams of becoming “a great woman and work for this society."
07/30/2015TURKEY – SYRIA – IRAQ Erdogan’s ambiguous policy and the beginning of the Turkish (and Kurdish) tragedy by NAT da Polis Air strikes against IS in Syria and PKK targets in northern Iraq are a last ditch attempt to save Erdogan’s neo-Ottoman policies. A great game is being played out in the Middle East to redesign the borders between Turkey, Syria, and Iraq. The United States also seems to be using IS. The Incirlik air bases is part of the bargaining between Washington and Ankara.
07/29/2015VIETNAM Countless deaths in the ‘cancer villages’ around Ho Chi Minh City by Thanh Thuy The towns and villages around southern Vietnam’s largest city are full of landfills and dumps, where large companies unload materials full of mercury, iron and chemicals. The pollution causes damage to the ground and in people, provoking a cancer epidemic.
07/29/2015KAZAKHSTAN Nuclear fuel bank in Kazakh site under international control Located in eastern Kazakhstan, the IAEA LEU Bank will be under the control of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Its goal is to prevent nuclear proliferation by countries like Iran. The facility will be a physical reserve of up to 90 tonnes of LEU. Members requesting LEU will have to respect tight rules.