09/16/2014IRAQ - MIDDLE EAST Patriarch of Baghdad: "UN mandate", not "innocent victims", needed in Iraqi crisis Mar Sako says the Paris agreement is "positive”, but warns that any action should be under the auspices of the United Nations. The head of the Chaldean Church emphasizes that "bombs are not a solution" and hopes in collaboration of Arab nations who "know" the region. He calls for support for the new Iraqi government, even if "a true reconciliation will take time". Brussels (AsiaNews) - The agreement reached in Paris "is a good thing,"
even though "any intervention" on the ground "should be coordinated by the United Nations, not by one country alone".
Moreover, "bombs are not...
09/16/2014PALESTINE Schools reopen in Gaza, but children have "lost their humanity" For Fr Manawel Musallam, who runs a Catholic school in the Gaza Strip, it is impossible for Palestinian children to go back to normal. Israeli bombing destroyed 24 schools and damaged 190 others. Out of 1.8 million people, nearly 45 per cent under 14.
09/16/2014EGYPT Muslim Brotherhood leader gets life as secular pro-democracy activist gets out on bail Abdul Fattah, a pro-democracy activist and blogger who led the Arab spring against former Egyptian President Mubarak, had been sentenced to 15 years for violating anti-protest law. On top of their legal problems, the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, are expelled from Qatar, which had protected so far. Turkey might be their next home.
09/16/2014IRAQ - MIDDLE EAST Iranian absence at Paris Conference "regrettable" France begins reconnaissance flights in Iraq; US air raids spread to the south-west of Baghdad. Silence on raids in Syria to counter militants of the Islamic State. Russia will contribute with a deep analysis of the situation.
09/16/2014VIETNAM Evangelization in the family and communion with the Church: aims of Mỹ Tho Diocese by Trung Tin Msgr. Peter Nguyễn Văn Khảm invites people to "build a solid faith" to counter a "materialistic society". The diocese covers a wide agricultural area, with young people fleeing to the cities in search of work. Prelate says they need "targeted programs" of "aid" and moments of prayer in the family to strengthen the faith.
09/16/2014CAMBODIA - CHINA Protest over Sino-Cambodian dam: Phnom Penh arrests 11 activists They blocked a group of officials, including Chinese engineers, from visiting the site in for the proposed mega-dam. The police deny the arrest and speak of "invitation" for interrogation. Over the weekend monks and farmers held a hunger strike in front of the Chinese Embassy, dispersed by the authorities.
09/15/2014HONG KONG - CHINA One Hongkonger in two against Beijing's anti-democratic proposal For 48 per cent of survey participants, pro-democracy lawmakers should vote against mainland China's election law. Thousands of people march in silence and mourning to lift the Occupy Central movement. Professors support student strike and criticise the mainland's openness.
09/15/2014IRAQ-VATICAN "Adopt a Christian from Mosul": Archbishops’ thanks as first aid arrives by Amel Nona Msgr. Amel Nona, the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, who is also a refugee himself, thanks all the donors to the AsiaNews campaign. The situation is increasingly difficult given the huge number of refugees and the arrival of winter and snow, making outdoor shelters and tents impossible. The crisis, an occasion that activates the faith of Christians.