04/21/2015UN-EU UN: 800 dead in the worst Mediterranean migrant tragedy The ship that sank came from Egypt and made a stop in Tripoli (Libya) to load new passengers. The refugees were from Mali, Gambia, Senegal, Somalia, Eritrea, Bangladesh and Syria. A boat sinks near the coast of Rhodes, with 80 survivors. The EU seeks solution to stop human trafficking. In 2014 more than 170 thousand people reached Italy. Rome (AsiaNews) - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has confirmed today that the shipwreck that took place two days ago off the coast of Libya has cost the lives of 800 migrants and constitutes the "worst tragedy" to date in the...
04/20/2015LIBYA- ISLAM Ethiopian Christians shot, beheaded and filmed by Islamic State by Paul Dakiki The video features two different versions: 12 decapitated on the seashore; 16 killed by firing squad. Threats to Christians if they do not convert to Islam. UN envoy to Libya: Close to an agreement for a new government.
04/18/2015YEMEN-SAUDI ARABIA Saudi policy: UN aid for Yemen, but no ceasefire by Paul Dakiki Ban Ki-moon has asked for emergency aid and a truce to help the exhausted population, without food, water, medicine, fuel. Riyadh provides $ 274 million in aid, but continues to bomb the cities of Yemen.
04/17/2015INDONESIA - SAUDI ARABIA Saudi Arabia another Indonesian beheaded. "Shock and grief" in Jakarta by Mathias Hariyadi It is the second case in less than a week. Karni binti Medi Tarsim had been sentenced to death for killing the four year old son of her employer. Indonesian authorities once again notified after the fact. Activists and human rights groups appeal to President Jokowi, for the protection of migrant workers.
04/16/2015SAUDI ARABIA – YEMEN Saudi war in Yemen masks widening domestic tensions by Afshin Shahi Saudi Arabia is using the conflict in Yemen to control domestic problems, especially social inequalities and religious sectarianism. However, whilst the royal family flaunts its wealth, some 20 per cent of the population lives in poverty. Many disgruntled young Saudis end up becoming "foreign fighters" for the Islamic state (IS). Some 15 per cent of the Saudi population is Shia, under the heavy thumb of the Sunni-dominated state. Afshin Shahi, director of the Centre for the Study of Political Islam and lecturer in International Relations and Middle East Politics at University of Bradford, provides the following lucid analysis.
04/16/2015TAJIKISTAN Former jihadist escapes from the Islamic state: We had to kill everyone, without pity A young Tajik has managed to return home and tell how he was recruited by the militants of the Islamic State. The terrorists wanted to force him and his companions to kill children, women, Jews, Shiites. The government in Dushanbe has banned the pilgrimage to Mecca for citizens under the age of 35 years. The trips contribute to the spread of radical ideas among young people.
04/15/2015YEMEN UN applies an arms embargo on Houthis, amid skepticism by Paul Dakiki The UN resolution voted by 14 to 15. Russia abstains. In addition to the arms embargo on the Houthi, sanctions will be imposed on rebel leaders. So far there have been 736 deaths, half of them civilian. The UN denounces attacks on hospitals and schools. Iran proposes a dialogue between all the components of Yemeni society, but it falls on deaf ears. An al Qaeda leader.
04/15/2015INDONESIA Indonesia’s advancing Sharia: Ban on alcohol sales nationwide by Mathias Hariyadi Shops, malls and stalls cannot sell alcoholic beverages. For the Minister of Trade the measure is to protect young people, the biggest consumers of alcohol. The hole in the state coffers (over 460 million) covered by a tax increase on alcohol served in bars and restaurants. Moderate and Islamist parties united in the fight against alcohol.