» 11/16/2005, 00.00
Least democratic countries in Asia
Finland is the most democratic country in the world according to World Audit. Myanmar and Turkmenistan are dead last. China is 128th.
Regime using Buddhism for propaganda purposes, monks say
Many delegations stay away from World Buddhist Summit in Yangon to protest against regime. At least 400 Buddhist monks are jailed sentenced to 15-20 years.
Urban poverty is the 21st century's main evil
Migration is draining rural areas and filling cities to the brim. Poverty and crime are among the major problems that follow.
Pro-democracy dissident, Pham Hong Son, to be released shortly
A European diplomat said his liberation will take place soon as part of an amnesty decided by the Presidential Office. Imprisoned since 2003 for spying, his release has come about thanks to international pressure.
07/06/2008 UN - WORLD
World hunger, poor countries bear responsibility as well
The FAO summit reveals the tendency to view the market economy as the cause of world hunger, and the paradoxical proposal to return to already discredited subsistence economies. Meanwhile, there is silence over the "faults" of developing nations, where corruption and misgovernment are turning national wealth into the personal assets of the ruling regimes, to the detriment of the population.
Non violence as the road to peace, say Japanese bishops
In a statement to the press, Japan's bishops urge all Catholics to "start over from peace", "first premise for human dignity".
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