03/07/2014LAOS - CAMBODIA In Laos, poorly designed Don Sahong dam threatens Mekong Environmentalists slam Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) based on "incomplete" research. The project endangers fish and more than 60 million people living in the lower basin of the river. Some of the endangered species are "unique". Damage is estimated at between US$ 1.4 and 3.9 billion a year. Vientiane
(AsiaNews) - The developer of the proposed Don Sahong Dam on the Mekong River
in Laos has based the project's Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) on "flawed
and incomplete research". It has also failed to consult communities that would
03/07/2014UKRAINE - RUSSIA Crimea: Church and pro-Ukraine Crimeans demonstrate for peace The Orthodox Metropolitan of Simferopol prays for Ukraine's territorial integrity. Crimean Muslims also demonstrate. Tensions persist between pro-Russia and pro-Ukraine Crimeans. As US and EU threaten Putin with financial sanctions if he does not accept negotiations with Ukraine, fears rise in the Baltic republics.
03/06/2014UKRAINE - RUSSIA Crimea's Parliament asks to Join Russia A referendum date has been set for 16 March in violation of Ukraine's constitution, which provides for a pan-Ukrainian referendum. Christian leaders are united to defend the territorial integrity of the country, including Metropolitan Onufry, who has ties with the Moscow Patriarchate.
03/05/2014EGYPT - ISLAM Samir Khalil Samir: Hamas ban also good for Palestinians by Samir Khalil Samir The Islamist movement accuses the Egyptian government of helping "the Israeli occupation". However, by choosing the path of violence, Hamas has created the current unsustainable situation in Gaza. Egypt shows that the diplomatic path is more fruitful. The court's decision is in line with the Arab Spring, against an ideological and religious dictatorship and for democracy.
03/05/2014INDIA India, dates set for general elections. 814 million voters estimated It will be the world’s largest vote in terms of registered voters. The elections will go ahead in nine stages, from April 7 to May 12 . By May 31 there will be the new Parliament and a new Prime Minister will be appointed. The main challenge is between Sonia Gandhi’s Congress and the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP ) .
03/04/2014EGYPT - PALESTINE Egyptian court bans Hamas activities in Egypt The court shuts down the movement's offices in the country. Hamas slams the Egyptian court's decision because it "harms the image of Egypt and its role towards the Palestinian cause". In recent months, Egyptian authorities destroyed most of the 1,200 tunnels with Gaza.
03/04/2014NEPAL - CHINA Kathmandu cuts fees to climb Everest at Beijing's expense by Christopher Sharma The Nepali government announces new fees for climbers who wish to reach the highest peak in the world. The decision redirects tourists from China, which has not reacted to the decision for now.
03/04/2014KOREA Seoul asks Pyongyang to hold family reunifications on “regular basis" The president of South reminds his Northern counterpart that "time passes everyone" and asks that war separated families be allowed to see each other on a regular basis before it's too late. The North has yet to respond, but launches short-range missiles during military exercises between the South and the United States.
03/01/2014MALAYSIA - PHILIPPINES Kuala Lumpur and Manila set up security hotline for South China Sea Malaysia and Philippines strengthen ties to counter militant assaults and Beijing’s hegemonic aims in the area. The Malaysian government key in peace talks between Manila and MILF. Goals of "timely exchange of information" and strengthening of trade relations.
02/28/2014PAPUA NEW GUINEA - INDONESIA Manus Island is the wrong (and unfair) answer to the migrant problem by Giorgio Licini* Australian immigration policies are becoming increasingly restrictive, and the people of Papua New Guinea and refugees turned away by Canberra are paying the price. The two governments should make an effort and find a solution real to the issue as soon as possible.