08/03/2015RUSSIA Moscow's decision to destroy embargoed food causes controversy by Nina Achmatova The Kremlin recently approved a decision to seize and destroy goods, including food under embargo. The latter was imposed last year in response to Western sanctions. Civil society groups and religious leaders suggest they be given to charities. Moscow (AsiaNews) – The controversial decision by the Russian government, approved by the Kremlin, to destroy banned Western food products has met with strong criticism.
08/03/2015CHINA Chinese economy shrinks again, Beijing uncertain of future The manufacturing index in July stood at the lowest level since 2013, the industrial downturn continues and Asian markets cede points. The government divided between injecting more liquidity into market, or biting the bullet and waiting for a natural settling. Investors doubtful.
08/02/2015VATICAN For pope, Jesus urges us to look for the "bread of life", which expresses His love During the Angelus, Francis commented the Gospel of John. The crowds that followed Jesus for material bread did not understand their own "spiritual blindness". Christ "is gift and the one who gives it.” In light of the encounter with Him, the sufferings of human life “will be illuminated." Remembering the Pardon of Assisi, the “Father forgives everyone,” he “always forgives everything”.
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.