» 01/24/2009, 00.00
ASIA - UNITED STATES
Abortion funding back with Obama
The new president has revoked the ban imposed by Bush for eight years. Obama has also promoted financing of UN population control policies. Pro-life movements are sending critical messages to the president.
Washington (AsiaNews/Agencies) - U.S. president Barack Obama has reauthorized funding for organizations that perform or promote abortion abroad, removing the veto put in place by his predecessor, George W. Bush. The decision of the new president, just three days after the beginning of his inauguration, was announced shortly after the conclusion of a pro-life march at the capital, attended by hundreds of thousands of people. The evening before the march, Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali provided over a prayer service for the defense of life.
Speaking at the march, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx remembered the "millions of unborn children whose blood has been shed in the abortion mills of America."
Obama is a supporter of the idea that the unborn have no rights, and that abortion can be performed up until the ninth month of pregnancy. The new president has also said that he will restore American funding to the United Nations population fund. Bush had blocked the funding because some of the programs of the UN organism were linked to abortion, and to forced sterilization in China.
In the past, Obama had promised total liberalization of abortion in order to "safeguard the health and freedom of women." His cabinet includes staunch abortion supporters, including White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
The website Lifenews.com has launched a campaign among its visitors in order to send messages of criticism on this decision by President Obama, through the link http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact.
07/11/2008 ASIA - UNITED STATES
Axis of evil countries "open" to Obama. Al Qaeda calls upon him to convert to Islam
Ahmadinejad congratulates the U.S. president-elect and asks for "fundamental and fair" changes on foreign policy. North Korea says it is ready "for dialogue," and calls upon Obama to relegate the errors of previous governments to the past. No official comment from Myanmar.
08/11/2008 UNITED STATES - ASIA
Obama: pro-abortion president who will harm America's blacks
The joy over the first black head of state must not overshadow the fact that Obama supports extremely permissive abortion laws, and is against the rights of the unborn. Abortion is diminishing black American communities. The design of Planned Parenthood has always been that of using black leaders to promote the self-destruction of their own people. Mark Tardiff, an American, is a member of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, and was a missionary in Japan.
07/08/2008 MYANMAR - UNITED STATES
Myanmar, Laura Bush visits Nargis refugees and calls for sanctions against military junta
Tomorrow, the country recalls the massacre in August of 1988, when the military junta slaughtered 3,000 people asking for democracy and human rights. The U.S. first lady asks various countries, including China, to support the United States in sanctions against the ruling dictatorship.
06/11/2008 IRAN – UNITED STATES
Barack Obama, the Iranian government’s new threat
Tehran blames the Democratic Party for starting sanctions against Iran. Some critics see Obama’s victory as evidence of the failure of Bush’s foreign policy. Others suggest the Iranian regime will be weakened since it no longer has the American enemy to beat on.
15/04/2008 VATICAN - USA
Pope: trip underway that brings him to the United States and before the UN
Benedict XVI arrives in Washington this evening, where he will be welcomed by president Bush. The visit, which will continue until the 20th, includes among its most highly anticipated appointments the speech that the pope will give to the assembly of the UN on April 18, and the prayer that he will pronounce at Ground Zero on the 20th.
HONG KONG – CHINA – VATICAN
On “Hong Kong sectors” supposedly "against Francis"
John Mok Chit Wai
A scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who collaborates with AsiaNews, responds to accusations against the agency and people in Hong Kong with respect to criticism of the Vatican’s diplomatic approach towards China. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right and a universal value, whether in China, Russia or the Middle East. Between "Right" and "Left", China defines itself as left, yet it practices state capitalism and unfettered capitalism just as "right-wing governments" do. Gaudium et Spes calls on the faithful to engage in politics against the "arbitrary domination by [. . .] a political party,” like in China.
The "enemies" of Pope Francis
The charge made against AsiaNews that we are against the Pope and in favor of Putin, is an opportunity to outline what motivates our commitment to evangelization. And also to ask for greater professionalism from those who write about the Pope. The Pope does not need public defenders. Facilitating dialogue between "conservatives" and "progressives" to realize the Council and concern ourselves with the world so that it encounters Jesus Christ. Christ’s “enemies” were also his "friends."
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