08/03/2015IRAQ For Erbil archbishop, education will save Christians from the barbarity of the Islamic State A year after the invasion of the Nineveh plain, Mgr Bashar Warda spoke the situation of Christian refugees. The Kurdish region is "safe" haven but "we are waiting for the liberation" of our lands. Housing, health care, and education remain the priority. To ensure a Christian future in Iraq, education and literacy are the right response to Jihadi violence. Erbil (AsiaNews) - "Today we can say that Iraqi Kurdistan is safe and its government is of great help to us. Now we wait for the liberation of our lands but, more importantly, we expect them to be made safe before we can start reconstruction,” said Mgr Bashar...
08/03/2015ISRAEL – PALESTINE Israel outlines new measures against Jewish extremists, but some see only hypocrisy by Joshua Lapide Steps include administrative detention without charges. The man who stabbed a teenage girl at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride had been released a few weeks before. Those responsible for the death of a Palestinian child burnt alive are still on the run. For Abbas, Israel’s policy of protecting illegal settlements has led to violence. In ten years, 11,000 attacks against Palestinians have been recorded. Only 1.9 per cent of complaints end in conviction. Israel’s democracy is at risk.
08/03/2015CHINA Chinese economy shrinks again, Beijing uncertain of future The manufacturing index in July stood at the lowest level since 2013, the industrial downturn continues and Asian markets cede points. The government divided between injecting more liquidity into market, or biting the bullet and waiting for a natural settling. Investors doubtful.
08/03/2015MYANMAR 46 dead and 200 thousand displaced in Myanmar floods The government declares a state of emergency in four regions, some unreachable by rescue teams. Because of the lack of communications and infrastructure, the scale of the disaster could be worse. Pakistan, Vietnam and Nepal also affected.
08/02/2015VATICAN For pope, Jesus urges us to look for the "bread of life", which expresses His love During the Angelus, Francis commented the Gospel of John. The crowds that followed Jesus for material bread did not understand their own "spiritual blindness". Christ "is gift and the one who gives it.” In light of the encounter with Him, the sufferings of human life “will be illuminated." Remembering the Pardon of Assisi, the “Father forgives everyone,” he “always forgives everything”.
08/01/2015CHINA – TIBET – IOC Awarding Beijing the Winter Games is an “honour” China does not deserve Chinese and Tibetan human rights groups and activists protest against the decision by the International Olympic Committee. The Chinese government “needs a slap in the face”. The IOC shows that the “Olympics are awarded for only for business.” A former dissident arrested in connection with the 2008 games hopes that others will not pay the price he paid in 2008.
08/01/2015SRI LANKA Paanama residents betrayed by the government by Melani Manel Perera Despite a new policy adopted last February, villagers have not yet been able to return home. For this reason, they filed a petition with the Human Rights Commission.
08/01/2015IRAQ Baghdad Patriarch calls for prayer of peace one year after Nineveh’s fall by Louis Raphael I Sako* Overnight on 6-7 August 2014, Islamic State terrorists seized Christian the villages in the Nineveh Plain and forced out hundreds of thousands of people. A year later, Mar Sako addresses a prayer to the pope and the bishops of the world "to join with us in this sad anniversary."