by Steve Suwannarat | THAILAND

Retired Thai teacher Niwat Roykaew is among this year's recipients of the Goldman Environmental Prize. In his country, he successfully battled a Chinese project that would have blasted rocky islets to allow commercial and tourist navigation on a 400-kilometre stretch of the mighty river.

by Vladimir Rozanskij

Rumors mount of a change in leadership in the Kremlin. Health problems for the Russian president, criticized for the course of the war in Ukraine by "hawks" and "doves." Fears over the effects of Western sanctions. Patrušev, however, would be in continuity with the Putin line.

 

| 26/05/2022
| RUSSIA

War in Ukraine and economic crisis have shrunk the state budget by billions. To cope with the situation, the government plans to list a number of state-owned and military-owned companies on the Egyptian Exchange by the end of the year. More will be sold in the future. The Egyptian pound was devalued by 17% while the debt-to-GDP ratio reached 85 per cent. Meanwhile, the cost of imported raw materials is rising.

| 25/05/2022
| EGYPT
by Shafique Khokhar

The girl, who was on her way to work as a domestic, was shoved into an autorickshaw by two men. It is feared that, like in similar cases, her kidnappers will present a certificate of conversion to Islam in order to register a marriage. For Human rights activist Lala Robin Daniel, “We will stage a sit-in in Faisalabad and stay with the victims’ families until the courts take concrete action against the culprits”.

| 25/05/2022
| PAKISTAN

On Monday, the fifth anniversary of the city’s siege, displaced residents staged a protest demanding the newly elected president solve the “mess” left by the Duterte administration. According to UNHCR, 120,000 people still live in shelters. Government infrastructure projects are of no use, critics say.

 

| 25/05/2022
| PHILIPPINES

During today’s general audience, Francis expressed his sorrow following the latest mass shooting in a Texas elementary school. The pontiff continued his catechesis on old age, urging seniors not to give in to disenchantment. “[I]f the elderly, who have seen it all [. . .], keep intact their passion for justice, then there is hope for love, and also for faith.”

| 25/05/2022
| VATICAN

According to the Hong Kong Democracy Council, more than three-quarters are under the age of 30, more than 15% are under the age of 18. At least 179 opponents are in custody; 1,159 are on trial. Yesterday, well-known jurist Benny Tai was sentenced. While awaiting trial, Card. Zen says "martyrdom is normal in our Church": yesterday he celebrated a Mass for Catholics in China.

| 25/05/2022
| HONG KONG - CHINA
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by Steve Suwannarat
Retired Thai teacher Niwat Roykaew is among this year's recipients of the Goldman Environmental Prize. In his country, he successfully battled a Chinese project that would have blasted rocky islets to allow commercial and tourist navigation on a ...
| 26/05/2022
| THAILAND
 
According to the Hong Kong Democracy Council, more than three-quarters are under the age of 30, more than 15% are under the age of 18. At least 179 opponents are in custody; 1,159 are on trial. Yesterday, well-known jurist Benny Tai was sentenced. While ...
| 25/05/2022
| HONG KONG - CHINA
 
by Giorgio Licini *
Canberra's U-turn with the defeat of conservative Scott Morrison and Labor's return to government is being watched closely outside the country as well. Newly appointed Foreign Minister Penny Wong - an ethnic Han Chinese originally from Malaysia ...
| 24/05/2022
| OCEANIA
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
The Indian Church's joy for the former 18th century dignitary that Pope Francis will canonise on 15 May. Killed because he preached the fraternity of the Gospel beyond caste barriers. Syro-Malankara native Baselios Cleemis: "Witness in society of ...
| 14/05/2022
| INDIA
 
The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem expresses “shock” over her death, calling for an urgent and thorough investigation. Latin Patriarch Pizzaballa sends a message and offers prayers to the family. Israelis and Palestinians blame each other. ...
| 12/05/2022
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE
 
The prelate was arrested ostensibly in connection with an investigation into the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which helped people involved in the 2019protests. Other trustees of the charity have also been detained. Released on bail at 11pm local time. The ...
| 11/05/2022
| HONG KONG – CHINA
 
The Cayetanos, the Binays and the Villars are but some of the rich clans that run the country. After yesterday's elections, a quarter of the Senate is controlled by only three families. Leni Robredo pledges firm opposition. Nobel Peace Prize laureate ...
| 10/05/2022
| PHILIPPINES
 
The 59-year-old suffered a heart attack induced by work-related stress. Ordained bishop in 2010, he had been approved by both the Holy See and Chinese authorities. Bishop Shao Zumin reappeared in a Beijing nursing home controlled 24/7 by police. ...
| 10/05/2022
| CHINA
“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”