01/24/2015INDIA - USA Obama in India: nuclear energy, terrorism and climate change (in the shadow of China and Pakistan) The President of the United States lands tomorrow in New Delhi, on his first official visit since the installation of Prime Minister Modi. The tenant of the White House will participate in the parade for India’s Republic Day, but the main issue is the possibility of new investments. An Indian law is likely to curb the "atomic aspirations" of Narendra Modi. New Delhi
(AsiaNews) - Barack Obama's arrival in India opens a question of 182 billion
dollars that is attracting the attention of almost all the great Asian states.
According to Bloomberg analysts'
estimates this is the amount...
01/23/2015VATICAN Mass media: learning a more authentic and human communication from the family In his message for the 49th World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis calls the family "the paradigm of communication." In it, as in the womb, you learn encounter, language, prayer, closeness, forgiveness. The media often treat the family as "an object" over which to wage ideological battles and not as a place in which to learn to communicate. We need to "relearn to tell, not just to produce and consume information".
01/23/2015SAUDI ARABIA King Abdullah, the timid Saudi reformer, is dead He is succeeded by his half-brother Salman. The Crown Prince is Moqren. Ambiguous relations with the United States, but also with China. Proponent of a peace plan for Israel and Palestine, but opposed to the Arab spring. His meeting with Benedict XVI. Supporter of the opponents of Bashar Assad and Iran's enemy. The Wahhabi kingdom must defend itself against al Qaeda and the Islamic State.
01/22/2015CHINA Shanxi: fight against "superstition" leads to hunting witches and feng shui masters
Shanxi's provincial authorities have launched a two-month-long campaign against superstitious activities, which includes the organisation of pro-science events. However, the practice of feng shui and witches and shamans are part of China's ancient tradition, and have become an important tourist attraction. Thus, some fear a negative grassroots backlash.
01/22/2015SRI LANKA Government reinstates former General Sarath Fonseka by Melani Manel Perera His military grades and civil rights are restored, including the ability to stand in elections, the general was ousted by former President Rajapaksa. After receiving the amnesty, the former army chief says: "The most cruel leader of this country has tried to uproot me from history. I am ready to work for Sri Lanka and for the people."
01/22/2015YEMEN President Hadi and Houthi militias reach agreement Shiite militias free besieged palace and the chief of staff. In return the constitution will be amended and greater representation given to Houthi in state institutions. The United States supports the agreement. The most serious problem in Yemen is the presence of al Qaeda.
01/22/2015KOREA - RUSSIA - CHINA Kim Jong-un chooses Russia for first state visit "Pyongyang accepts" invitation to visit the country for the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. List of invitees includes South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who has yet to confirm her presence. The North Korean dictator interrupts the family tradition and does not go to Beijing.
01/21/2015TIBET Chinese mining threatens Tibetans' environment and life Fresh protests against mining operations break out in Qinghai Province. Locals slam mountain deforestation and waterways pollution caused by complicity between mine owners and local and central government officials.
01/21/2015VATICAN Pope: Poverty is not caused by many children, but throw-away culture Acts of “brutality” in Niger against “children, against churches", "war can never be waged in the name of God". The trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. St. Joseph Vaz "a model for all Christians, called today to propose the saving truth of the Gospel in a multi-religious context". "Care for the poor is an essential element of our Christian life and witness; it involves the rejection of all forms of corruption, because corruption steals from the poor, it demands a culture of honesty."
01/21/2015CHINA China’s labor force collapses: four million less in a year The National Bureau of Statistics publishes data on 2014. The total population is growing, but not enough to cover the increase in retirees and to ensure the sustainability of the welfare state, the health system and pensions. Competitiveness of national exports also at risk, the real engine of economic expansion in past 30 years.
01/21/2015ISRAEL Tel Aviv, 12 stabbed in bus attack Four injured passengers are in critical condition. The police suspect terrorist attack of a "lone wolf". The assailant is a young 23 year old from Tulkarem (West Bank).
01/20/2015SRI LANKA - CHINA Moving away from China, Sri Lanka puts Chinese "mega-projects" on hold Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka's newly elected president, wants closer ties to India. The new government is convinced that Chinese-funded project will cost the country. It also plans to renegotiate its position vis-à-vis the International Monetary Fund.
01/20/2015ASIA A billion viewers, illegal betting, and global jihadism at the 2015 Asian Cup The tournament, held in Australia between 9 and 31 January, is now in the final knockout phase. So far, it has attracted a record number of viewers in Asia, where it is already the sporting event of the year. Match-fixing and illegal betting are being closely monitored. In Mosul, the Islamic state executed 13 teenagers for their love of the game.
01/20/2015CHINA China, growth at 7.4%, the lowest in 24 years by Wang Zhicheng For Premier Li Keqiang, the country is entering a new phase of "normality". The economy is gently slowing, after fears of a violent collapse. Fixed investment falls; the property market among the most affected.