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by Francis Khoo Thwe | MYANMAR

Several explosions in front of military bases. The Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (Aapp), branded as a "producer of fake news". Tomorrow campaign of the "blue shirts" and commemorations of those killed. The European Union has imposed some sanctions on 10 junta generals and on the two economic conglomerates linked to the army. Appeals to Total and Razel-Bec to break contracts with the junta.

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Across China, multiple celebrations mark the anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. Catholics and other believers can choose among a panoply of seminars, conferences, trips, visits, and exhibits. For Mgr Ma Yinglin, without the Communist Party there would be no New China, no socialism with Chinese characteristics, and no happy life for people today.

| 19/04/2021
| CHINA
by Nirmala Carvalho

She takes care of migrant workers left penniless by the lockdown, far from home. For her work, the Archdiocese of Bombay acknowledged her defence of life by giving her the Lily and Rose Award. The pandemic has led to “alarming levels of vulnerability, indignity and exclusion.”

| 19/04/2021
| INDIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

The foundation celebrated 33 years of activity with a seminar dedicated to leadership and the COVID-19 pandemic. Moral integrity and inclusion are some of the principles required to join. The NGO is now open to non-Catholics, including Hindu and other Christian students.

| 19/04/2021
| INDONESIA
by Francis Khoo Thwe

Ethnic armed groups are increasingly involved in operations against the junta. Yesterday demonstrations in dozens of cities. The resistance of the Myingan population. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, junta head, will go to Jakarta for an ASEAN rally. A Japanese journalist arrested.

| 19/04/2021
| MYANMAR
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The decision of the Ministry of Education risks implosion of literacy in the country and could result in a generational rift. After the fall of the Soviet empire there was a cultural impoverishment of the Central Asian republics. Latinization could lead to a rapprochement with Turkey and other neighbouring countries, but also create confusion.

| 19/04/2021
| KAZAKHSTAN

The Financial Times reports a first meeting between officials of the Islamic Republic and emissaries from the Wahhabi kingdom in the Iraqi capital on 9 April. Relations broke off in 2016 after the assault on the Saudi consulate in Iran. Issues on the agenda include nuclear power to the war in Yemen.

| 19/04/2021
| IRAN – S. ARABIA

They were sent to the border to enforce the anti-pandemic blockade. Since April, supplies have decreased in quality and quantity. Locals now fear being robbed and mistreated by starving troops. Kim loosens restrictions: increase in imports from China.

| 19/04/2021
| NORTH KOREA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Summer warming usually left moisture in the frozen ground; now droughts and forest fires are more likely. The Arctic Ocean could warm up more easily. Over the past 10 years, local temperatures have risen by 0.51 degree. In Russia, the greenhouse effect could be three times worse than in the rest of the world.

| 17/04/2021
| RUSSIA

As the country reports another record number of deaths, the prime minister speaks about the pilgrimage to the Ganges. Hindu groups call for a halt, following the death of one of their leaders who died from COVID-19 after taking part in it. The Uttarakhand government wants to still go forward, but shuts down swimming pools as an anti-virus measure.

| 17/04/2021
| INDIA

The extra jail time comes on top of what already handed out yesterday in another case. Along with eight other pro-democracy figures, the two activists were convicted of taking part in anti-government demonstrations in 2019. For China, Lai, Benny Tai, and Joshua Wong are enemies of China.

| 17/04/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Worshippers, mostly Israeli Arabs, are back at al-Aqsa mosque on the first Friday prayer of Ramadan after last year's pandemic-related restrictions and lockdowns. Prayers were peaceful with no tense moments with police. Meanwhile, Israel is planning to reopen to vaccinated foreign visitors on 23 May under strict conditions.

 

| 17/04/2021
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE
by Shafique Khokhar

The extremist Islamist party has violently attacked France over the Muhammad cartoons. Paris urges its citizens and businesses to leave Pakistan.

 

| 16/04/2021
| PAKISTAN

POSCO C&C wants to buy 30 per cent of a joint venture with a company linked to Myanmar’s military. South Korean Churches and the South Korean government are highly critical of the junta.

| 16/04/2021
| SOUTH KOREA – MYANMAR
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by Margaret Ng
The lawyer and pro-democracy activist tells the court why she took part in an unauthorised protest. Freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are the most precious rights the people of Hong Kong have. Defending the rule of law may even mean taking ...
| 16/04/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA
 
The accused were convicted of organising and taking part in a large anti-government protest on 18 August 2019. Media mogul Jimmy Lai and barrister Margaret Ng are given a one year sentence; Martin Lee, 11 months. Former lawmaker “Long Hair” ...
| 16/04/2021
| CHINA – HONG KONG
 
by P. Wendao
Pope Francis and the universal Church are called upon to stop the closure of Catholic orphanages for mentally and physically disabled children. It is time to review the Sino-Vatican Agreement. After hopes were raised, everything is now being betrayed ...
| 14/04/2021
| CHINA – VATICAN
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
The Hindu pilgrimage is taking place without social distancing and with few people wearing masks while schools and shops are closed. For Father Mathew, the government’s hypocrisy is evident.  
| 13/04/2021
| INDIA
 
Sisters and staff will be banned from visiting children and young people under the age of 18. The reasons: The dismantling of the structures of the unofficial Church and the prohibition of evangelization for minors under the age of 18.
| 13/04/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
The holy month begins tomorrow and will end on 12 May with the feast of Eid al-Fitr. This year the COVID-19 pandemic will impose restrictions again. Religious leaders support vaccination, which does not violate the fast. The Chaldean Patriarch extends ...
| 12/04/2021
| MIDDLE EAST – ISLAM
 
by Lu Haitao
In observance of the local government's pandemic health measures, the diocese of Shanghai cancelled all pilgrimages in May. Msgr. Taddeo Ma Daqin remains under house arrest in the seminary. In Sheshan, the “Valley of Happiness” park and ...
| 12/04/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Lee Cheuk-yan
One of Hong Kong's main political figures pleads guilty, but says he did no wrong. Political prisoners are pioneers of freedom. “I do not want to see Hong Kong rule[⒯] on the basis of such systemic violence.”
| 08/04/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA
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