| MIDDLE EAST

A survey conducted by Arab Barometer between late 2021 and early 2022 in nine Arab countries and the Palestinian Territories shows that a majority of respondents believe that democracy does not guarantee stability and development. More and more people are frustrated by their living conditions. Lebanon is the worse-off country.


​Myanmar resistance forces report data. Burmese military apologises to Thailand after incursion into airspace. Meanwhile, the number of refugees rises and arrests of Burmese migrants crossing the border through traffickers continue.

| 06/07/2022
| MYANMAR - THAILAND

 

AsiaNews source: "Difficult" to establish the "matrix" of the attack, but it represents a sign of "intolerance"; important to catch those responsible. The cemetery vandalised on the feast of Saint Peter and Paul, Assyrian tombs over a thousand years old damaged. Bones of the dead and sacred objects thrown outside, the local community express grief and despair. 

| 06/07/2022
| TURKEY
by Vladimir Rozanskij

They are among the many conscripted from Russia's remotest provinces to fight against Kiev. At home they are seen as gods, incapable of doing bad deeds. Enlistment is their only employment opportunity. Orthodox in Buryatia see "mystical signs" of Russian victory against all enemies.

| 06/07/2022
| RUSSIA
by Melani Manel Perera

For the archbishop of Colombo, the president's family “considers their political power more important than the wellbeing of the people”. Even the Buddhist Maha Sangha calls for an all-party government to lead the country out of the crisis.

| 06/07/2022
| SRI LANKA

For the first time, a government official has openly attacked the pro-Iranian party over its three unarmed drone operation towards Karish, a gas field disputed with Israel. Meanwhile, the US continues to mediate talks to trace maritime borders between the two countries.

 

| 05/07/2022
| LEBANON – ISRAEL
by Arundathie Abeysinghe

The decision by the Rajapaksa administration to opt for organic farming without proper planning is one of the causes of Sri Lanka’s current economic crisis. India is providing a US$ 40 million loan to develop a port in northern Sri Lanka by the end of the year.

| 05/07/2022
| SRI LANKA
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by Dario Salvi
Card. Zenari on experiencing in Syria what John Paul II called "the imagination of charity": The Church and Christians are multiplying their solidarity initiatives, but the emigration that risks emptying the community is weighing heavily. ...
| 05/07/2022
| GATEWAY TO THE EAST
 
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| 04/07/2022
| PHILIPPINES
 
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| 24/06/2022
| VATICAN
 
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| 24/06/2022
| MYANMAR
 
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| 15/06/2022
| ASIA
 
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| 13/06/2022
| LAOS
 
by Alessandra De Poli
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| 09/06/2022
| MYANMAR
 
by Vladimir Rozanskij
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| 08/06/2022
| RUSSIA
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