South West Asia

by Vladimir Rozanskij | GEORGIA

Street protests against the passing of the law on 'foreign agents'. Proceedings suspended for the time being. Opponents condemn the pro-Russian line of the incumbent Georgian Dream government. The measure moves the country away from EU membership. The burden of the Russian war on Ukraine. The crisis could worsen.

On 19-21 November, economists and entrepreneurs under 35 from around the world will meet online. More than 40 countries will be connected, with live streaming from Assisi. Some 2,000 people have registered with at least 12 link-ups to 115 countries, four hours a day plus a 24-hour marathon on the second day, and contributions from more than 20 countries.

| 27/10/2020

The meeting with the president of the German Bishops Conference, in all likelihood touched upon the assembly with "deliberative power" convoked by the Germans to address issues such as the separation of power in the Church, priestly life, women's access to ministry and to offices in the Church and sexual morality.

| 19/09/2019
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Armenians agree EU observer mission at disputed border with Azerbaijan. The irritation of the Kremlin, their historical partner. The Russians fear that Armenia is preparing a geopolitical turn. After Syria and Ukraine, risk of a third front of conflict between Putin and the Western front.

| 15/02/2023

Today's news: The death toll from the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria now exceeds 24,000; Air India signs a mega-order to buy up to 500 planes from Airbus and Boeing; food prices continue to rise steeply in Japan; many Armenians view Turkey’s earthquake as “divine punishment”; Asia is the continent with the most Internet restrictions in 2022.

| 11/02/2023

Today's headlines: Thai court sentences a man to 28 years in prison for lese majesty; at least 162 victims in Afghanistan of the exceptional cold wave; Tokyo announces Spring downgrade of Covid-19 to a common respiratory infection; India launches its first vaccine in the form of a nasal spray; Seoul and Pyongyang violate armistice by encroaching on hostile territory; warning Russia faces a medicine shortage by 2023. 

| 27/01/2023
by Vladimir Rozanskij

According to the Georgian Dream, the ruling party, the country's exports to Russia have grown much less than those to other states. Imports of Russian products, however, have grown. Armenia used as a transit channel for Georgian goods. Supplies from Turkey enter Russian territory via Georgia.

| 26/01/2023
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“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”