04/17/2015VATICAN Pope: Humiliation for its own sake is masochism, but when it is suffered and endured in the name of the Gospel it makes us like Jesus "In this moment in which so many of our brothers and sisters are being martyred for the sake of Jesus’ Name, they are in this state, they have, in this moment, the joy of having suffered dishonour, and even death, for the Name of Jesus". When we nurse resentments it is inevitable that there will be outbursts. It "happens to me too" admits Francis: " When something is not pleasing, the first feeling is not of God, it is wicked, always". Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Humiliation for its own sake is masochism, but when it is suffered and endured in the name of the Gospel it makes us like Jesus, as it is now, for many of our brothers and sisters are being martyred for the sake of Jesus’ Name, they are in...
04/17/2015SRI LANKA Colombo Port City causing "unimaginable" environmental harm by Sajeewa Chamikara Expert tells AsiaNews about the consequences of the Chinese-funded project, which violates Environmental Impact Assessment rules. Sand and granite mining are destroying the local coral reef and marine life, as well as the livelihood of 30,000 fishermen. Beachfront erosion will likely cause damages to coastal houses and hotels as well.
04/17/2015MYANMAR Myanmar military clash with Kokang rebels, 16 soldiers killed and over a hundred wounded by Francis Khoo Thwe The fighting took place in north-eastern Myanmar, along the border with China. The military told displaced people to return home. But people are afraid of retaliation and more violence. So far, it is unclear how many people have died or are wounded. Aid workers have been denied access to the area where fighting is taking place.
04/17/2015SINGAPORE Singapore’s exports jump by more 18 per cent in March Last month, the city-state saw its exports increase despite expectations that it would fall due to lower Chinese demand. The drop in oil prices is the main reason. An analyst is unsure whether it will last.
04/17/2015CHINA Beijing, journalist Gao Yu sentenced to seven years for defending human rights The woman is very famous in the country and in the international community, for her sharp criticism of the political system and Chinese leaders. Convicted of "divulging state secrets", she will appeal. Her brother: "After a year of detention I hardly recognize her. Today she is 71, how can she manage seven years in jail? ". 44 journalists in Chinese prisons.
04/17/2015PHILIPPINES - VIETNAM - CHINA South China Sea: satellite images confirm Beijing’s" imperialist" policies China continues to build an airstrip on a contended atoll. Evidence of dredging to enhance port facilities. On site construction of new strips of land in other atolls. Beijing defends them as legitimate operations, in the context of territorial sovereignty. US State Department: these actions do not bring "peace and stability" in the region.
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.
04/16/2015INDIA Agra, four statutes of Our Lady vandalized The vandalism occurred today in the church of St. Mary. A dog chain was tied around the statutes neck. The pastor files a complaint. Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "A vulgar and shameful act".
04/16/2015CHINA As the economy takes a dive, the government is caught between new stimulus measures and a social crisis First quarter figures for 2015 show that the world’s second largest economy is in decline, confirming previous forecasts. The steep drop in China’s trade surplus as well as its exports and imports are symptomatic of a sick economy propped up by massive capital injections by the country’s central bank. Now the government wants to move towards a more self-sustaining economy but this could trigger social unrest.