The event, organised by the Centre for Social Justice, brought together representatives of Pakistan’s civil society and various religious communities. For Church of Pakistan Bishop Azad Marshall, it is important to go beyond the conference itself and look at root causes.
Behind the proclamations of dialogue and development, the shadow of an opaque financial policy revealed by the "Pandora papers". A free zone for laundering dirty money and doing business even used by companies linked to the Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei. Economic interests outmatch regional, political and confessional issues.
Today's headlines: A 20-year-old Hong Kong student activist Tony Chung will have to serve three years and seven months in prison; China's birth rate plummeted in 2020, marriages also at a low; Pakistan grants transit to Indian aid to Afghanistan; Tokyo and Hanoi strengthen military cooperation to counter Beijing.
Peaceful protests broke out yesterday in the city of Shahr-e Kord in front of the governor's residence. Other rallies have taken place in Isfahan, central Iran. Many people are getting drinking water from tanker lorries, but there is no water to irrigate farmland. Meanwhile, the government has promised solutions "in the next months.
AsiaNews has gathered the testimonies of some of the 450 young people who participated in the meeting promoted by the Chaldean Church in Baghdad. The hope of overcoming wars, violence and the pandemic. The ideal of belonging to a community at the service of others, including Muslims, in a "spirit of charity".
In Lahore a Muslim woman has been reported to the police for asking the imam to inform worshippers of the death of a Christian living in the area. Ilyas Samuel, a human rights activist: "The Pakistani government should seriously consider the issue of the abuse of these rules".
An online petition has collected so far over 20,000 signatures. Critics slam extra-busy exam schedule as well as back-to-back papers in different subjects. The Education Ministry’s timetable might be driven by the government’s wish to capitalise on recent political success.
A collapsing country celebrates independence. In the last two months hundreds of thousands of citizens have crossed the threshold of extreme poverty. The cost of medicines skyrocket, like petrol and baby milk. Hector Hajjar: possible closures due to lack of funds, the depreciation of the lira weighs heavily. An AsiaNews' campaign in favour of Catholic schools.
The last survivor of the 1996 abduction and massacre of Trappist monks died at the age of 97. Humble and discreet, he lived the last years of his life in the monastery in Midelt, Morocco. In a video interview he said: “By staying in Tibhirine we didn't want to be martyrs, but signs of love and hope.”
Today there are only 22 institutes linked to the Greek, Armenian and Jewish communities.The estimate needs at over three million euros to be allocated in the 2022 state budget. The request made by an Armenian MP was rejected by the Parliament with a contrary vote of the government majority. Institutional crisis linked to the collapse of minorities.
Saad Rizvi was released from prison following agreements signed between the government and the Islamist party. The ban against the formation was also removed. Pastor Javed Maish: "TLP guilty of the death of several people".
Hocine Drouiche urges a revision of Muslim doctrine. The hadiths added at a later stage, which have become a source of hatred and fundamentalist propaganda, must be removed. To counter this drift, "humanity, objectivity, rectitude" and "courage" are needed.
Today's headlines: Burmese junta arrests former Democratic MP and hip-hop star. Japan launches record 431 billion euro stimulus. Military talks between China and India on border issue resume. Alibaba's stock market plunge. Moscow wants to send prisoners to work at the North Pole. Collapse of the Turkish lira: the opposition calls for early elections.
The economic crisis is threatening to sink the educational system of the Land of the Cedars and the secular network of over 300 institutes linked to the Church. Funds are needed for teachers' salaries and to support costs, from electricity to heating. Fr Youssef: the new phenomenon of school drop-outs emerges, we must urgently protect schools to support the mission.
According to statisticians, with the increase in population there should have been 20.2 million, but instead there are only 12.7 million. Among the causes are emigration due to discrimination and a high mortality rate due to poor living conditions. Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council: "In 1971 we did not fight to create an Islamic state".