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The oil crisis and coronavirus pandemic have fuelled unemployment. The Ministry of Labour confirms the "nationalization" of some sectors. Work permits will not be renewed upon expiry. Over 25 million foreign workers live in the Gulf and make up the majority of the employment force.

| 25/01/2021
| OMAN

20 manoeuvres in January, in addition to naval ones. Attack jets and bombers also used.  Washington protests. Experts: message from Beijing to the Biden administration. Xi Jinping does not rule out the use of force for reunification.

| 25/01/2021
| CHINA - TAIWAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

A solemn Mass, with bishops, priests, faithful to bid farewell to the outgoing metropolitan of Minsk-Mogilevsk. To his successor, Msgr. Kazimierz Welikosielec, said: “Do not be afraid to forcefully announce the Word to those who hold power…. only the truth will set us free!”.

| 25/01/2021
| BELARUS - RUSSIA

Starting 6 January, food has been handed out to the poor three times a week, thanks to the Archdiocese of Seoul and a division of the SK Group, a large Korean company. Card Yeom hopes the soup kitchen will lead to a hostel and a job placement service helping people reintegrate society.

| 23/01/2021
| SOUTH KOREA

By midnight, all residents will be tested in 48 hours. Since the start of January, 160 cases of SARS-CoV2 have been reported in the area. Residents protest the sudden decision. Police confine journalists to a hotel. A year ago, China declared a health emergency in Wuhan.

 

| 23/01/2021
| HONG KONG

Commentary (in Italian) on the Gospel of the 3rd Sunday for the Year B (Mark 1:14-20).

| 23/01/2021
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The National Insurance Institute reports that 23 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line, almost 50 per cent in the case of Israel’s Arab population. The pandemic has particularly hit the middle classes and the self-employed. The poor were able to rely on government subsidies. Unemployment is a major concern.

| 23/01/2021
| ISRAEL
by Sumon Corraya

Bangladeshi authorities renew their commitment to de-radicalise extremist militants, young people recruited in universities and on the web. A life of hiding and fleeing, of armed militancy is not life. The state should punish but also rehabilitate those who err. Help from family is crucial.

 

| 22/01/2021
| BANGLADESH
by Wang Zhicheng

The village chief is responsible for the order to tie to trees people who are reluctant to stay home. In Hebei the number of cases is down, but places of worship remain closed. Some people blame them for being the source of contagion.

| 22/01/2021
| CHINA

Repression of the democratic movement in the former British colony condemned. Calls for targeted sanctions against the officials responsible for the crackdown. The Union had to use the negotiations to preserve the autonomy of the city state. Defending human rights also in Xinjiang and Tibet.

| 22/01/2021
| EUROPEAN UNION - CHINA
by Silvina Premat

The South American country is a popular destination for those who want to escape the war in Syria with their entire family. The work of the Catholic community and Christian-inspired NGOs. A response to the call of Pope Francis. Migrants thank the Argentine people for their humanity.

| 22/01/2021
| ARGENTINA - SYRIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Russian sociologist Sergej Erofeev wants to nominate him for the Nobel Peace prize. Demonstrations in favour of the blogger activist. Authorities try to block protests. Film on "Putin's Palace" in Gelendzhik has already been seen by over 53 million viewers.

| 22/01/2021
| RUSSIA
by Wang Zhicheng

The founder of the "New Citizens" movement and the human rights lawyer face sentences of more than 11 years. They are currently held in a Shandong prison, kept isolated, unable to receive mail, nor mee their defence lawyers. For Xu, Xi Jinping, by suppressing freedom of expression, is the cause of the spread of the coronavirus and the proponent of a "new model of totalitarianism".

| 21/01/2021
| CHINA
by Melani Manel Perera

They did not receive last month's salary nor three months of social security money. The employer says it has no money to pay them. Some of the workers are forced to dine with three cookies and a glass of milk. The authorities have been accused of doing nothing to deal with the situation.

| 21/01/2021
| SRI LANKA
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| 21/01/2021
| IRAQ
 
The wishes underline the desire to mend relations after the turbulent years of the Trump presidency. The Pope asks for "unfailing respect for the rights and dignity of every person, especially the poor, the vulnerable and those who have no voice ". Iranian ...
| 21/01/2021
| VATICAN - USA - ASIA
 
by Emanuele Scimia
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| 21/01/2021
| ASIA-USA
 
by Wang Zhicheng
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| 20/01/2021
| CHINA
 
by Vladimir Rozanskij
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| 09/01/2021
| ARMENIA – RUSSIA – TURKEY
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
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| 09/01/2021
| INDIA
 
by Wang Zhicheng
The decision was taken despite the fact that religious activities have had “zero infections”. Strict measures and continuous controls have led many priests to close their churches at Christmas. On social media, Catholics are accused of spreading ...
| 09/01/2021
| CHINA
 
China and other hostile powers see the incident as a sign of the decline of US democracy. Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists are not the equivalent of Trump supporters. Dictatorships come out strengthened. About 70 per cent of Americans slams the ...
| 08/01/2021
| ASIA – UNITED STATES
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