by Fady Noun | LEBANON

The Dutch-born missionary died in 1985 “in hatred of the faith”. In spite of dangers and war, he pursued his mission like the Tibhirine monks (Algeria). Healing divisions was his greatest challenge. His work sparked a vendetta by pro-Syrian, leftist and Shia parties.

by Alessandra De Poli

India has banned asbestos mining but buys it mainly from Russia. Experts are calling for a ban on trade in the dangerous mineral, which is widely used for roofs in the slums where the poorest people live. Environmental lawyer Gopal Krishna explains to AsiaNews how the Indian government has based its inaction on research financed by producers that minimise the risks.

| 28/01/2022
| INDIAN MANDALA
by Marta Ottaviani

After 12 years, the Joint Economic Committee met in the Hellenic capital: a memorandum on strategic sectors was signed, while trade  already tripling since 2005. But the historic divisions between the Turks and the Greeks over Cyprus and the deposits in the Mediterranean remain, as does the issue of migrants.

| 28/01/2022
| TURKEY - GREECE
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Transparency International ranks Dushanbe 150th out of 180 countries in the fight against corruption. A problem that affects all the former Soviet republics of Central Asia and the Caucasus. The Tajik authorities are trying to hide the phenomenon.

| 28/01/2022
| TAJIKISTAN

After signing contracts worth more than a billion dollars with the International Olympic Committee, sponsors are under pressure over China’s human rights violations, caught between a loss of international standing and access to the Chinese market. In general, they prefer not to irritate Beijing.

 

| 28/01/2022
| CHINA

Iranian-Canadian journalist and activist Maziar Bahari authored the book. Jailed for reporting on the 2009 protests following the election of Ahmadinejad, Bahari undertook the Anne Frank project by teaming up with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Another major figure is Abdol-Hossein Sardari, the Iranian consul in Paris who helped Jews.

| 27/01/2022
| IRAN - ISRAEL

K. V. Rabiya, a Muslim woman, is one of this year’s recipients of the Padma Shri, an honour conferred on Republic Day. Despite polio and many other health issues, she set up an adult literacy association working in various villages. For her, “education serves its purpose only if you impart the same to others and empower them.”

| 27/01/2022
| INDIA
by Arundathie Abeysinghe

For Sri Lanka, imports are increasingly expensive. China and India have granted lines of credit, but analysts note that they are short-term solutions. Due to the inability to buy fuel, the government announced daily power cuts.

| 27/01/2022
| SRI LANKA

This is yet another attempt by the army to suppress civil resistance by limiting the use of individual private networks. Clashes continue, but China has called for a halt to border operations during the Olympics. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has condemned the latest bombings, but only because he wants Myanmar to participate in the upcoming Asean summits.

| 27/01/2022
| MYANMAR
by Guido Alberto Casanova

As the campaign to replace Moon Jae-in on 9 March gets in full swing, TV broadcasters told they cannot restrict debates to representatives of the two main parties. Meanwhile, Yoon Seok-youl, of the conservative People Power Party, is leading in the polls over the ruling Democratic Party’s Lee Yae-myung.

| 27/01/2022
| SOUTH KOREA
by Dario Salvi

The education system is one of the pillars of society, the pandemic has highlighted its limitations. A multi-factorial crisis, aggravated by a corrupt political system. Rethinking the state budget and adjusting salaries, supporting families. Catholic institutions excel in education. An interview with Professor Gisèle Michel Ayoub for the AsiaNews campaign.

| 27/01/2022
| LEBANON
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The measure covers five provinces. Almost all of the children adopted out to staff of the closed facilities, civil servants and policemen. Obligation of adoption in all probability imposedby the authorities: the State contributes between 120 and 250 euro per month per child. Fears about the physical and psychological wellbeing of the adopted out.

| 27/01/2022
| UZBEKISTAN

Today's headlines: The Olympic Committee to meet with former Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai; The Philippines' economy beats expectations; India cracks down on illegal immigration; Qatar to supply gas for Europe in case of Russian invasion of Ukraine; Jehovah's Witness sented to labour camps in Russia; The purge of Nazarbayev supporters continues in Kazakhstan.

| 27/01/2022
| ASIA TODAY
Editor's choices
 
by Dario Salvi
The education system is one of the pillars of society, the pandemic has highlighted its limitations. A multi-factorial crisis, aggravated by a corrupt political system. Rethinking the state budget and adjusting salaries, supporting families. Catholic ...
| 27/01/2022
| LEBANON
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
On the eve of Republic Day, which also coincides with the promulgation of the Indian constitution, the archbishop emeritus of Guwahati speaks out. In his view, the country is slipping into the hands of the “earning” elite to the detriment ...
| 25/01/2022
| INDIA
 
Leading in the polls Ferdinand Marcos Jr is holding to a more ambiguous position. Other candidates call for the 2016 ruling against Chinese claims to be upheld. The four want closer cooperation with the United States and its allies as well as greater ...
| 24/01/2022
| PHILIPPINES - CHINA
 
by Marta Ottaviani
The first round of talks took place in Moscow, and a second will probably be held in Turkey. Peace would help Armenia break the economic isolation that made it the poorest former Soviet republic in the Caucasus. Erdogan needs a success to counter the ...
| 21/01/2022
| ARMENIA – TURKEY
 
In Open Doors’ World Watch List 2022, Afghanistan bumps North Korea for the top spot as the most hostile place for Christians in the world, even though the situation in the East Asian country has worsened. On average, 16 Christians are killed and ...
| 19/01/2022
| INDIA
 
A prayer hall was discovered during excavation at the mosque destroyed during the battle between the Islamic State and Iraqi forces. The discovery includes a prayer hall, columns and four rooms for ablutions. The findings date back to before the 12th ...
| 19/01/2022
| IRAQ
 
by Shafique Khokhar
Zafar Bhatti has been in prison since 2012. Despite his claims of innocence, a judge who reviewed the Christian man’s sentence decided to change it to a death sentence. His desperate family is calling for prayers.  He “was framed” ...
| 18/01/2022
| PAKISTAN
 
by Mathias Hariyadi
President Widodo made the decision in 2019, but the project was halted due to the pandemic. The city will rise in East Kalimantan, in the centre of the country. Jakarta will remain as economic and financial hub.
| 18/01/2022
| INDONESIA
“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”