| KUWAIT

Kuwaitis will pick the 50 members of Majlis al-Umma. Some 376 candidates are running, including 27 women (absent in the last legislature). The assembly has wide powers, including passing and blocking laws, holding ministers to account, and presenting votes of no confidence against senior officials.


According to the World Bank, Vietnam’s GDP will grow 7.2 per cent this year, compared to 2.8 per cent for China, the lowest since 1990. While most ASEAN countries are also doing better, only Vietnam has the potential to replace China as the “factory of the world”.

 

| 28/09/2022
| VIETNAM – CHINA
by Fady Noun

At least 100 victims, including 10 children, have been confirmed in the shipwreck of the 'coffin ship' loaded with migrants on 23 September. Volunteer teams are still searching for the missing. There were about 150 people on board, only 20 survivors. The desperate stories of those who managed to save themselves. 

| 28/09/2022
| LEBANON - SYRIA

Francis at the general audience in St Peter's Square: "The saints teach us to address God with simplicity and familiarity, not by reciting words like a parrot. By being with Him we will recognise what really counts in our lives". Again a thought for the tormented people of Ukraine.

 

| 28/09/2022
| VATICAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

This is the analysis of economist Vladislav Inozemtsev. Those in power view citizens as farm animals. Thousands of families will be left without any income. Retail trade dies in large swathes of the country whihc is heading for -10% GDP growth. About 3-4 million people will disappear from the labour market.

 

 

| 28/09/2022
| RUSSIA

India’s National Investigation Agency carried out two operations in a few days against the group which is accused of "terrorism” and radicalisation in connection with violence in Muslim neighbourhoods of the capital in 2019 and 2020 sparked by protests against changes to the country’s citizenship legislation. Its leader Oma Abdul Salam is among those detained. The Popular Front of India counters that its protests are legitimate and that no evidence exists against them.

| 27/09/2022
| INDIA
by Guido Alberto Casanova

Despite recent protests, a 600-metre queue of mourners stood waiting to bid farewell to the former prime minister killed in July. Current Prime Minister Kishida delivered the eulogy. About 4,300 guests took part in the ceremony, including 700 from abroad. The funeral cost taxpayers US$ 11 million.

| 27/09/2022
| JAPAN
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by Fady Noun
At least 100 victims, including 10 children, have been confirmed in the shipwreck of the 'coffin ship' loaded with migrants on 23 September. Volunteer teams are still searching for the missing. There were about 150 people on board, only ...
| 28/09/2022
| LEBANON - SYRIA
 
The Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre - Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, who lived in Hong Kong for eight years - has released a testimony in defence of the 90-year-old bishop emeritus whose trial ...
| 23/09/2022
| VATICAN-HONG KONG
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
Adopted by the state’s lower house in December, the legislation allows anyone to file a complaint of forced conversion with the burden of proof of good faith on the convert. Conversions now must go through a long bureaucratic process provided no ...
| 19/09/2022
| INDIA
 
In Uttar Pradesh, a judge rejected a petition by a committee representing Muslims demanding exclusive use of the place of worship. Those who began the legal case greeted the outcome with songs and dances. Now some fear that the dispute could turn into ...
| 12/09/2022
| INDIA
 
by Giorgio Bernardelli
The Vatican delegation and Chinese authorities met in a city with no official bishop since 2005. Archbishop Celli was able to meet 92-year-old underground Bishop Melchior Shi Hongzhen. Meanwhile, a report to the National Assembly of Chinese Catholic ...
| 11/09/2022
| ECCLESIA IN ASIA
 
A report by ESCAP shows that employment has not followed GPD growth in the last 15 years. The number of working poor is also on the rise. In Asia, vulnerable workers are at risk of poverty due to high medical bills. The aging of the population is the ...
| 07/09/2022
| ASIA
 
Sotheara Chhim, 54, himself a survivor of the Maoist regime’s genocide, has been treating people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder for years. Other recipients of the Ramon Magsaysay Award include a Philippine doctor, a French environmentalist, ...
| 31/08/2022
| ASIA
 
by Shafique Khokhar
Tragic tales emerge from “God Save Us”, a village in Sindh province home to 45 Christian families. Local homes and livestock have been swept away even though it is located a kilometre from the Sindh River. In total, 70 per cent of Pakistan ...
| 30/08/2022
| PAKISTAN
“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”