17 January 2018
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  • 17/01/2018 - VIETNAM

    A member of outlawed pro-democracy Việt Tân movement, he is also the co-founder of an association of former prisoners of conscience, and was part of a group of 14 young Catholics and Protestants arrested by the regime in 2011. Last January he was attacked and arrested on charges of violating the terms of his conviction.




    17/01/2018 - HONG KONG-CHINA

    Joshua Wong sentenced to three months in prison

    by Paul Wang

    The Occupy Central activist guilty, along with 14 others, of contempt of court for blocking clearance of a protest site. Wong may present himself in the parliamentary elections.  Beijing pushes for maximum sentence. " They can lock up our bodies but they can't lock up our minds".


    17/01/2018 - US-PALESTINE

    The US cuts funding to UN agency for Palestinian refugees


    65 million dollars frozen. Appeal of the commissioner general: "The most dramatic financial crisis in the history of UNWRA". UNRWA deals with refugees, particularly in Gaza. The United States is the largest donor. Tensions between Abbas and Trump after the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. 


    17/01/2018 - MALAYSIA - EU

    Kuala Lumpur, farmers protest against EU palm oil ban


    The EU intends to ban its use in biofuels by 2021 due to concerns about the environmental impact. Malaysia is the second largest producer in the world. Over 650,000 small farmers and more than 3.2 million Malaysians depend on the palm oil industry.


    17/01/2018 - RUSSIA

    Putin: Lenin's 'relics'. Communism and its Christian origins

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    In a recent film interview, the "most orthodox" of Russian president’s tries to link early Christianity, Valaam's monasticism, communism and Lenin, as unified components of the Russian soul. The Orthodox barter: Lenin's burial for the recognition of the relics of Tsar Nicholas.


    16/01/2018 - ISRAEL

    For Israel’s Catholic leaders, society’s welfare cannot come at the expense of expellable migrants


    The religious leaders call for "more humane solutions". Indifference towards the suffering of those who flee dictatorships and wars is not acceptable. God urges us to treat "resident aliens" among us as “native- born".


    16/01/2018 - BANGLADESH – MYANMAR

    Rohingya to be repatriated within two years

    by Sumon Corraya

    The agreement involves 156,000 refugees who fled in 2016 and 2017. Myanmar will take back 1,500 Rohingya per week. To do so, it is building a temporary camp for 30,000 people.


    16/01/2018 - CHINA

    Human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang held by police for two and a half years

    by Wang Zhicheng

    He is the only prisoner whose fate remains unknown. The prison in Tianjin won’t let his wife and lawyers see him. In the past, Wang defended Falun Gong members and farmers displaced from their land. Torture and phoney confessions are routine.


    16/01/2018 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh, Hindu prayers in Catholic schools: a nationalist leader arrested (Video)

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Upadhesh Rana is the head of the Vishwa Sanathan Sangh. The St. Mary Post Graduate College defended by more than 500 policemen. The St. Paul Convent School in the district of Ratlam attacked and vandalized by members of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena.


    16/01/2018 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Extended detention for Ahed Tamimi, the teenager who slapped a soldier


    It is the fourth time that her detention has been extended. She had become famous with a viral video in which she smacked a soldier. The lawyer: the rights of the child are being violated.


    16/01/2018 - PHILIPPINES

    Mount Mayon eruption: Alert level 3 and 15 thousand displaced


    There are five alert levels. In the event of an alert four, forced evacuations planned in view of a "possible dangerous eruption". The red zone extended to seven kilometers radius from the crater. 2,462 meters high, Mount Mayon is popular with climbers and tourists. Over the past 500 years, the volcano has erupted 50 times. In 1814, it killed 1,200 people and buried the city of Cagsawa.


    16/01/2018 - CHINA

    Record profits for Chinese state-owned companies. Too good to be true?


    The State Administration Commission reports a 23.4% increase in profits. The result of the government led reforms: reduction of overproduction and mixed ownership to improve the efficiency of state industries. But the question of the credibility of the statistics remains. The case of the city of Baotou.


    15/01/2018 - KOREA

    Olympics, new meeting between the two Koreas. Consensus grows among South Koreans


    Pyongyang's participation at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is being prepared. On the 20th there will be the meeting with the International Olympic Committee. Many logistical aspects to be analyzed. Since January 9, 64% of online comments on South Korean sites are positive. 


    15/01/2018 - LEBANON - SYRIA

    Caritas Lebanon: The refugee crisis is increasing, citizens increasingly poor


    UN: "More vulnerable than ever", more than half in conditions of "extreme poverty". The increasing "uncertainty" of aid. Fr. Paul Karam: At least 28% of Lebanese below the poverty line. We must "encourage" the peace process in Syria, the war will have "consequences for the next 50 years".


    15/01/2018 - IRAQ

    Baghdad, twin bombing leaves 26 dead and 90 wounded. Msgr. Warduni: destabilizing acts


    Central sector of the capital targeted. Day labourers gather in the areas waiting for call up. Interior sources: Death toll destined to increase. Auxiliary of Baghdad: Tensions fuelled by delay in budget approval and the next parliamentary elections, scheduled for May.


    15/01/2018 - SRI LANKA

    Colombo, reform the agricultural sector 'to save land and farmers'

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Chinthaka Rajapakse is the moderator of the Movement for Land and Agriculture Reform. A review of agricultural policies of the last three years. Among the advances, the ban on herbicides. Among the critical aspects, the requisition of land and the approval of laws for the exclusive benefit of global financial institutions.       


    13/01/2018 - TURKEY – UNITED STATES

    Ankara warns against travelling to the US due to the risk of attacks and arbitrary arrests


    The Turkish government issued an advisory to its citizens to take further precautionary measures. The move appears to be in retaliation for a similar statement by the US. Turkey’s the statement warns that Turks may be subjected to arbitrary detentions based on testimonies of unrespected sources. It also points to the danger of terrorism.


    13/01/2018 - PHILIPPINES

    Marawi bishop returns to the cathedral devastated by violence


    "It was heart-breaking," said Mgr Dela Peña who led a prayer around the altar of the church desecrated by terrorists. Reconciliation between Christians and Muslims is fundamental. The Catholic Church is helping people affected by the conflict with an assistance programme.


    13/01/2018 - VATICAN – CHILE

    Churches attacked on the eve of Pope Francis's trip to Chile and Peru


    Three churches in Santiago, Chile have been firebombed. In a fourth case, an explosive device was defused in time. This is the first time that a protest against Francis takes place over an apostolic trip. Pedophile priests and indigenous peoples in the Amazon are important problems. About 1.2 million people are expected in Santiago.  


    13/01/2018 - SAUDI ARABIA

    Women allowed in Jeddah motor show


    The women-only event is held for the first time in the Saudi kingdom. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s attempts to modernise the kingdom continue.


    13/01/2018 - PAKISTAN

    Justice and Peace on the rape and murder of little Zainab: urgent need of laws and policies for the protection of children


    The Catholic body denounces the indolence of policemen, political leaders and government representatives for not cooperating with the victim's family. Pakistan is ranked as the 11th country with highest rate of child abuse/ sexual assault with 2500 cases each year and 3rd most dangerous country in the world for women. , in 2017 there has been 1764 cases of child abuse across Pakistan and 12 cases of rape and murder of minor girls all aged between 5 to 8 years in Kasur.


    12/01/2018 - ISRAEL

    Tel Aviv, abused and tortured migrants need 'humanity'


    The testimonies of Sister Azezet and Fr. Rafic, close to refugees at risk of expulsion. Many of them suffered torture and sexual violence in the Sinai. Give them hope. The phenomenon of refugees creates misunderstandings and racism; the need to look at the person.


    12/01/2018 - CHINA

    China’s 'ice boy', the face of poverty


    An eight-year-old boy travels almost 5 km every morning to go to school in the cold Yunnan. He is just one of over 60 million "children left behind" by parents who have migrated to the city to find work. Wang's story has moved China.


    12/01/2018 - IRAN - EU - USA

    Europe against Trump, try to save the Iranian nuclear deal


    London, Paris and Berlin are working to preserve an pact essential for international security. The JCPO must be maintained, while imposing new "red lines" on the Islamic Republic. But the unpredictability of the US president weighs on efforts. White House decision on the extension of the terms expected today.


    11/01/2018 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    Expanded West Bank settlements drive the “last stake” in the heart of the two-state solution


    Israel approved 1,122 housing units and published tenders for an additional 651 today. In 2017, 420 Palestinian structures were demolished. Violence also continues with one Jewish settler from an illegal outpost killed.


    11/01/2018 - EAST TIMOR

    A new political and constitutional crisis threatens the country’s stability


    A minority government is challenged in parliament. Asia’s most Catholic nation could end up without a government for five months, thus raising fears about its economy and the ratification of an important treaty with Australia.


    11/01/2018 - CAMBODIA-CHINA

    New economic agreements with Beijing: Phnom Penh increasingly distant from the West


    The two countries are linked by a solid political, economic and military understanding. China provides loans for the construction of an airport and a motorway. Bilateral trade between the two countries will reach $ 6 billion by 2020. 


    11/01/2018 - CHINA – FRANCE

    Many promises, few facts from Emmanuel Macron's visit to China

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The French president’s silence on human rights is criticised. Other than a general statement to work together, nothing was said on the matter. The contract to buy 184 Airbus has not yet been signed. With China everything is postponed to the future. Xinhua appreciates Macron's humility. A European business and human rights strategy is urgently needed.


    11/01/2018 - INDIA

    The Dalits no longer tolerate hegemony of ruling castes

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    In Maharashtra the former untouchables block the city of Mumbai. Hindu radicals "try to repress them with violence because they do not believe in the equality of people". About 201 million Dalits live in India, out of a population of 1.2 billion.


    11/01/2018 - MYANMAR

    Rakhine, Burmese army: responsible for the massacre of 10 Rohingya


    It is the first time that military admit bad conduct. The incident occurred on September 2 in the village of Inn Din, at the height of the tension between Rohingya, military and local ethnic groups. The military blames Islamist militants for disturbances in the settlement.






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