Many patients are dying at home. The Tokyo area is among the most affects. Contagions increased sevenfold after the summer holidays. Vaccinations will only start in late February. Several prefectures lack staff to carry out the immunisation campaign. Fears are growing over the fate of the Tokyo Olympics.
Commentary (in Italian) on the Gospel of the 3rd Sunday for the Year B (Mark 1:14-20).
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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 Javad Zarif: The Trump presidency ended up "in the garbage of history". The enthusiasm of Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen. The hopes of China.
The measure includes travel restrictions and limitations on the ability to do business in China. Spokesman for Biden: A "cynical and unproductive" move. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is the most prominent sanctioned personality. The Chinese are responding to the restrictions imposed by the former president.
China is nostalgic for Trump, the "gravedigger of US hegemony". Chinese experts: The US containment policy will continue, reinvigorated by the relaunch of relations with allies. The centrality of Taiwan. Seoul could break the anti-China front. The focus on East Asia pushes the new president to "neutralize" the Middle Eastern chessboard.
In 2021, not enough people will be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. Over 15 billion doses will be needed to immunize the world. China and India plan to help poor countries, but only after their own citizens. Developing countries face logistical problems. The UN has its work cut out.
The outgoing secretary of state attacks the Chinese for the repression of Muslims in Xinjiang. His accusations confirmed by the UN, independent researches and various media. The Chinese respond with irony. Antony Blinken: Trump's "tough" policy towards China corrected.
In 2020, the number of rural workers who sought jobs in cities drops by 5 million. Inflation wipes out wage gains. The crisis in the export and construction sectors cuts job opportunities for domestic migrants.
US experts want to interview Wuhan medical staff and access all scientific data. 300 studies related to the virology institute suspected of being the epicentre of the pandemic have disappeared from the web. Independent group: Unjustified delays by WHO and China.
Half a million Japanese have lost their jobs in the past six months; 40% of workers have poorley paid "temproary" jobs and little access to welfare. Out of a sense of shame, many citizens in distress do not ask for help. With poverty, suicides increase.