by Vladimir Rozanskij

For the patriarch of anti-Soviet dissent, the Orthodox Church is built on Bolshevik principles. Under Kirill there is an army of voiceless priests. Orthodoxy used for political reasons. What is needed instead is "sobornost", the real communion of man with God.

 

| 26/11/2021
| RUSSIA

Today's headlines: Fukushima on alert for partial melting of protectivebarrier; new South African variant causes stock market to plummet; Pyongyang bans leather clothes, imitation of Kim deemed "disrespectful"; in Istanbul, police attack women demonstrating against violence. 

 

| 26/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY

China Harbour Engineering will build the Eastern Container Terminal in the Port of Colombo. Indians will still build the Western Container Terminal. The Sri Lankan president says he has to balance relations between Beijing and New Delhi. In the background loom fears over Beijing's “debt trap".

| 25/11/2021
| SRI LANKA – CHINA

Following attack on Parliament, the Chinatown of the capital Honiara was targeted. Australian peacekeeping force sent. Demands for ouster of Prime Minister Sogavare: in 2109 he broke off diplomatic relations with Taiwan and recognized China. The rioters come for the most part from the island of Malaita, which has close ties with Taipei.

| 25/11/2021
| SALOMON-CHINA
by Mathias Hariyadi

The country’s constitutional court calls for amendments to the omnibus law adopted during the pandemic to promote investments by cutting read tape. Trade unions joined in protest against the law. Some 2.92 million people enter the workforce every year in Indonesia.

| 25/11/2021
| INDONESIA

Having been convicted, the journalist needs a permit from the Court of Appeals to leave the Philippines. The State Attorney General's Office, has filed an appeal against and defined her as "a flight risk" for the country. Only twice has a Nobel Prize winner been prevented from attending the ceremony: in 2010 to Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo and in 1935 to anti-Nazi journalist Carl von Ossietzky.

 

| 25/11/2021
| PHILIPPINES

The senior official was elected today during the general assembly in Istanbul. In the past he was Asia representative of the organization, after a long career in the institutions of the Emirates. Activists and NGOs accuse him of having endorsed violence and abuse in prisons. In the past he had called for a modern reform of Interpol. 

 

| 25/11/2021
| TURKEY - UAE
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Independent news sites and major social networks blocked following recent hike in online criticism of the regime. Videos showing the night-time queues for bread blocked. Internet access only for political leaders and members of the presidential family.

| 25/11/2021
| TURKMENISTAN

Today's news: Hong Kong is removing hundreds of texts "unwelcome" to Beijing from library shelves; Taiwan approves additional defense spending in anti-Chinese mode; India's fertility rate drops, below replacement level; Vietnam remains prime destination for trafficking in African wildlife products. 

| 25/11/2021
| ASIA TODAY
by Alessandra De Poli

Originally from Maharashtra, he is finishing his second doctorate at the prestigious British university. At least 300 million Indians still belong to disadvantaged castes today. And the government could do much more, he tells AsiaNews.

| 24/11/2021
| INDIA

According to a commission of inquiry created 10 years ago, more than 2,000 cases of missing persons remain unsolved. A recent briefing by Amnesty International documents the effects of abductions on the families of the disappeared. The government has not yet reacted to the charges, but has repeatedly claimed that the missing joined militant groups in Afghanistan.

 

| 24/11/2021
| PAKISTAN
by Peter Tran

The nuns started with three or four children and now help some 800 children who are without parents or far from home. Now they run six boardings houses, which have become a reference point for the area. Sister Y B remembers that “In the beginning, we didn't even have milk to offer these children.” Now they grow food and raise funds.

| 24/11/2021
| VIETNAM
by Wei Jingsheng

Cracks have appeared in the CCP before and after its sixth plenary session. Internal opposition prevents President Xi from imposing his version of the third “historic resolution”. The case of tennis player Peng Shuai was artfully built to hit Zhang Gaoli. The Chinese do not accept Xi's dictatorial model. The “father of democracy" in China, now exiled in the United States, offers his thoughts.

| 24/11/2021
| CHINA

The bottom under the Turkish currency continues to fall with a further 15 per cent decline. Since the start of the year, the lira has lost 42 per cent of its value. President Erdogan insists on interest rate cuts and exports to "win the war of economic independence”, but at home, a rising cost of living is weighing heavily, sparking protests in Istanbul, Ankara, and other cities.

 

| 24/11/2021
| TURKEY
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