23/05/2017 - SOUTH KOREA
Geun-hye Park arrived in a handcuffed court. This is the third former president to be overwhelmed by corruption scandals. The sentence is expected within six months. A separate trial for the Samsung leaders.
23/05/2017 - ASIA-G.BRITAIN
Manchester attack. Condolences of Xi Jinping, Modi and Card. Gracias
At least 22 dead and 50 injured. Suspicion of a lone bomber. Solidarity with British people expressed by th Chinese president and the Indian premier. The Archbishop of Mumbai: The Church in Asia is mourning for the loss of lives, our heart suffers with families and we pray to God to console them. May Our Lady of Fatima touch the hearts of those who have perpetrated the massacre.
22/05/2017 - NEPAL
Everest's Hillary Step collapses
British climber Tim Mosedale confirms the destruction, caused perhaps by the April 2015 quake. The outcrop was named after the first climber who reached the top of the world’s tallest mountain in 1953.
22/05/2017 - TAIWAN – CHINA
China gets Taiwan excluded from WHO
Taiwan’s Health Minister was excluded today from the World Health Assembly in Geneva, despite support from many states, because of its refusal to endorse the One-China principle. The World Health Organisation’s travel budget is greater than some public health emergencies.
22/05/2017 - KOREA
Seoul claims Kim missiles cannot reach Guam
The target is the Pacific island that serves as a US military base for operations in Asia. It is 3500 kilometers away from North Korea. South Korea also cautions about North Korean missile’s ability to re-enter the atmosphere. Kim Jong-un publishes photographs of Earth taken from the missile tested Sunday to prove possession of the technology needed for intercontinental missiles
22/05/2017 - IRAN-SAUDI ARABIA
Zarif: Trump 'pumping' Saudi Arabian money
Teheran's first reaction to the speech by the US President in Riyadh, in front of 35 heads of state. For Trump and King Salman Iran "supports, arms and trains terrorists, militias." Contracts signed between US and Saudi for about $ 400 billion in arms supplies and security.
20/05/2017 - JORDAN – MIDDLE EAST
Advance research centre in Amman stronger than Mideast wars and divisions
Sesame is the result of cooperation between the region’s governments and scientists, including Iran, Israel, and Egypt. The facility hosts a synchrotron that can help understand cancerous tissue, ancient scrolls, seeds, and plants. This might be the start of a new era in collaborative science. For an Iranian scientist, “Science is different from politics.”
20/05/2017 - IRAN
Hassan Rouhani wins a second term in Iran’s election
The president gets 57 per cent of the vote to defeat right-wing candidate Ebrahim Raisi. At 70 per cent, turnout was unexpectedly high.
20/05/2017 - VATICAN
Pope on Centesimus Annus calls for alternative ways to deal with economics, poverty, and unemployment
Pope Francis praised the Centesimus Annus Foundation for its work inspired by the Church's social doctrine. In economics and business, " things can change," the pope said. For him, poverty is “a human and not merely economic phenomenon.” Unemployment has "reached truly dramatic proportions in both developed and developing countries”.
20/05/2017 - PAKISTAN
Caritas warns of a humanitarian crisis in Sindh where drought has killed 1,340 childrenby Kamran Chaudhry
Local authorities admit the death toll before province’s high court with Tharparkar as the most affected district. Rain is the only source of water. The Church’s main charity set up a food security programme in 2014.
19/05/2017 - INDONESIA
Card Darmaatmaja: forgive to stop the spiral of revenge in Indonesiaby Mathias Hariyadi
In Indonesia hostility and intolerance towards religious minorities is growing. Still, for the prelate, "We all have to forgive radical and intolerant groups". Instead, “Love for God is manifested through the love for one’s neighbours”. Mideast East extremists find welcome Indonesia. For Prof. Syafi'I Maarif, such hospitality "makes no sense".
19/05/2017 - INDIA
For Indian Nun, prayers and closeness can change prisonersby Santosh Digal
Sister Inigo Joachim works as a volunteer for Prison Ministry India, a Catholic Association involved with prisoners across India for the past 30 years. The biggest problem is the solitude of prisoners. Abandoned by their families, they “need our presence, emotional support and a shoulder to cry". In turn, they "are our benefactors” since they “give meaning to our lives, vocation and mission."
19/05/2017 - TAIWAN – CHINA
World Health Organisation to exclude Taiwan (under Chinese pressure)
Taiwan students slam WHO for breaching its principles, organise an online petition to have Taiwan represented at the World Health Assembly in Geneva on 22-31 May. Beijing continues its battle to isolate Taipei from the international community after Tsai Ing-wen won Taiwan’s presidential election.
19/05/2017 - IRAN
Iran’s municipal elections, the road to politics for women
Women are about 6.2 per cent of all municipal candidates, most from ordinary walks of life. In Tehran, where women are 21 per cent of all candidates, conservatives and reformers are in a tough fight. The latter want to unseat the city’s incumbent conservative governor.
19/05/2017 - CHINA
Corruption and human rights abuses cast a shadow over OBOR, Xi Jinping’s mega projectby Chang Ping*
Corruption is not just the result of a money exchange; it also comes from a lack of transparency when agreements are implemented. One cannot expect a new Gospel from a government that promotes repression and abuse. An exiled Chinese scholar looks at the issue. Courtesy of ChinaChange.
19/05/2017 - SYRIA - UN
Syrian government and rebels open to a constitutional review mediated by the UN
A study group of bipartisan experts called to discuss "constitutional issues". The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria speaks of the first tangible result of the talks. But the two fronts dampen the enthusiasm. US air raid strikes pro-Syrian government forces near the Jordan border: eight dead.
19/05/2017 - CAMBODIA
Memorial Day. Cambodians remember the victims of the Khmer Rouge
19/05/2017 - NEPAL
Elections in Kathmandu: secular parties conquer extremismby Christopher Sharma
The Hindu pro-monarchy party won in only one local unit. The Nepalese, majority Hindu, chose peace and coexistence with other religions.
19/05/2017 - JAPAN
Government approves law for the abdication of Emperor Akihito
The law can only be used for this emperor. In all probability it will be approved by parliament by the end of June. Naruhito's new era is expected to begin with 2019. The imperial family has few members and few male children.
18/05/2017 - PHILIPPINES
Duterte says no to “foreign interference”, rejects 250 million euros in EU aid
The Philippines “reserves the right to respectfully decline grants with provisions that allows foreigners to interfere with our conduct and internal affairs,” government spokesman Abella said. The EU delegation was informed yesterday during a meeting where "human rights have been mentioned," Franz Jessen, EU ambassador said. The move by the Filipino government is aimed at blocking European criticism of its controversial policies. China is the Philippines’ new ally.
18/05/2017 - INDIA
Bishop of Chingleput: Catholic schools to offer discounts to Dalitsby Nirmala Carvalho
Archbishop Anthonisamy Neethinathan heads the Office on Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes. He issued a circular to all Catholic schools in his diocese, offering an example that "should be applied by all dioceses". Fee reductions apply to first generation and poor pupils.
18/05/2017 - HOLY LAND
Catholic ordinaries in the Holy Land say Israel-Palestine is an open and festering wound, reject injustice as 'normal'
The Justice and Peace Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land slam the "normalisation" of the Israeli-Palestinian situation. The conflict affects everyday life in Palestine and Israel. Palestinians endure discrimination and occupation. Ignoring the "abnormal" situation is to accept injustice and the absence of peace. The Universal Church has a natural duty to denounce injustice.
18/05/2017 - JAPAN
Princess Mako to lose royal title for Komuro's love
Both are 25 years old. She is the first of Emperor Akihito’s four grandchildren to marry. Her groom-to-be is a young lawyer who went to the International Christian University in Tokyo. The Japanese prime minister will chair a committee to decide the future former princess’s endowment. The Japanese public is keenly following the story.
18/05/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: peace built In dialogue, putting man at the center of the economy and isolating fundamentalists
Francis receives ambassadors from Mauritania, Nepal, Trinidad and Tobago, Sudan, Kazakhstan and Niger during the presentation of Credentials Letters. Crisis of fundamentalism also aggravated by "the abuse of religion to justify a thirst for power, the manipulation of God’s holy name to advance by any means possible one’s own plans to gain power."
18/05/2017 - IRAN-US
Strong powers, even the United States, against Rouhaniby Bernardo Cervellera
The outgoing president has relaxed relations with the international community, improving the economy, but unemployment is still high. His main challenger Ebrahim Raisi, a religious conservative, is backed by Khamenei and the pasdaran. Young people in the cities are for Rouhani. Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia, a support from outside to conservatives.
17/05/2017 - INDONESIA
Pro-Ahok rallies, signs of an Indonesian 'new nationalism'by Mathias Hariyadi
Spontaneous rallies occur in Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Surakarta, Semarang, Surabaya and other cities. Torchlight processions are an opportunity to show political support for justice and pluralism. Great sympathy comes from all parties, regardless of religion and ethnicity. The Church reiterates its commitment to a tolerant society.
17/05/2017 - UZBEKISTAN
Activists remember the Andijan massacre. For the first time in 12 years, police do not intervene
On 13 May 2005, at least 700 people died. The government described them as armed terrorists, persecuting witnesses in subsequent years. On the anniversary each year, police held back the participants. This year, the new President Shavkat Mirzyaev sends a signal of openness.
17/05/2017 - INDIA
Christ drives Odisha nun to save women from human traffickingby Santosh Digal
Sister Manjula Bars belongs to the Congregation of the Servants of Mary. Sundargargh District has become a regular place for human trafficking. Tribal women and girls lured with promises of jobs end up sold as brides or into the human flesh market. For the nun, "Our biggest challenge and task is to network with” government, Church and society.
17/05/2017 - KOREA
Moon Jae-in in favour of dialogue with Kim Jong-un
South Korea’s new president differs from Donald Trump, who wants tighter sanctions. Seoul does not want to pay for the US THAAD anti-missile radar system. Since the latter can monitor Chinese territory, China has imposed economic sanctions on South Korean companies.
17/05/2017 - CHINA - ASIA
'One belt one road': the problems in international relations of the New Silk Roadby Luca Galantini
The project’s pharaonic prospects reveal China’s desire to redefine the entire international geopolitical framework, to become the economic and political center of the Eurasian industry and trade sectors. Indian opposition; Russian fears; European skepticism. And the problems of the Uighurs, Central Asia, Iran and the South China Sea. China caught between national interests and the desire to distribute wealth.
17/05/2017 - PAKISTAN
Fines and jail for those who smoke, drink, or eat during Ramadan in Pakistan
The Senate’s Standing Committee on Religious Affairs passes the Ehtram-e-Ramazan (Amendment) Bill 2017. Hotel owners who break the law could get fines of up to US$ 240. Cinemas and TV stations could get fines up to US$ 4,800. For the daughter of the late Benazir Bhutto, the law is “ridiculous”.
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