08/19/2014CHINA To stop corruption, the party must act within the limits of the constitution by Bao Tong Popular sovereignty, public opinion, and an independent judiciary as brakes on the absolute power of the Party are dreams "worth having", the great statesman writes. The charter is legitimate on paper but its spirit died in the Tiananmen Square bloodbath. Courtesy of Radio Free Asia. Beijing
(AsiaNews/RFA) - In my writings
on the fight against corruption
and the rule of law, I said that the [ruling] Chinese Communist Party should be
curbed by three things: by the sovereignty of the...
08/19/2014SRI LANKA Jaffna: rising suicide rate among civil war victims by Melani Manel Perera After the war, the loss of social cohesion, economic deprivation and the lack of government rehabilitation policies have prevented people from recovering from their trauma.
08/19/2014INDIA For ultranationalists, India is Hindu and its people cannot be secular by Nirmala Carvalho Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) officials issue new statements to that effect. The head of the paramilitary group says he wants "equality" for the people. For the leader of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), "it is ironic that the RSS should speak of equality, when it has always opposed the struggle for minority rights".
08/19/2014UKRAINE - RUSSIA Moscow-linked Ukrainian Orthodox Church calls for Crimea's return to Kyiv by Nina Achmatova A Church spokesman spoke out to this effect days after Onufry's enthronement as the new metropolitan. Meanwhile the Russian patriarch continues his silence on Russia's takeover of the Crimea, but is loud in his attacks against the '"aggressiveness" of the Uniate Church.
08/19/2014ISRAEL - PALESTINE Gaza war: Truce prolonged for another 24 hours Israel wants guarantees for the demilitarization of the Strip; Hamas wants an end to the blockade and the openings of border crossings. Sense of détente between the two sides. At least 100 thousand Palestinian left homeless by airraids. The death toll: 2016 Palestinians, mostly civilians; 67 Israelis, mostly soldiers.
08/19/2014TIBET - CHINA Lochung, two Tibetans die in Chinese police custody One of the victims committed suicide in protest against the denial of medical care to inmates. The second died from his injuries. The two men were arrested following a peaceful demonstration, which police fired upon to halt.
08/19/2014MYANMAR Kachin Bishops urge "sustainable" solution to conflict, "peace is possible" in Myanmar by Francis Khoo Thwe The bishops of Banmaw, Myitkyina and Lashio revived the project of a "true federalism" that respects "ethnic groups, cultures and resources." They denounce human trafficking and the drug problem that has affected young people. Glimmers of a national ceasefire talks between the government and ethnic militias.
08/19/2014KOREA - VATICAN - AYD The Pope, example of compassion and consolation for Korean society by Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi Not just Catholics, but all South Koreans are carefully analyzing the messages of Francis in his four-day visit to the peninsula. Closeness to those who suffer, reunification through the conversion of hearts, the power of the Cross of Christ are arousing debate on the front pages the day after the pontiff’s departure. The only public protest, small in size, was staged by Protestants who "now fear to losing importance and faithful".
08/18/2014VATICAN For pope, in Iraq "It is lawful" to halt an "unjust aggressor", but the decision belongs to the UN During the flight that brought him back to Rome, Francis spoke of his "respect" for the Chinese people, reiterating the importance of the Letter by Pope Benedict XVI. "If I felt I could not go on, I would resign," he said. As preparations for the encyclical on safeguarding creation continue, the pope plans future trips, including one to Albania, which has "important reasons".
08/18/2014VATICAN-CHINA Pope Francis and Xi Jinping’s "new line" and the Chinese young people in Korea by Bernardo Cervellera Pope Francis sends another telegram to China. Still no answer, but Xinhua today published an article on the trip. The pontiff’s "olive branch" in line with missionary work of Matteo Ricci, missionaries in China, of previous popes. No emphasis on diplomatic relations. Beijing’s hampering Chinese youth in attending Asian Youth Day. An overview of the "new line" for China, in the hope that the young people are not arrested or persecuted.
08/18/2014NEPAL Catholics celebrate Kathmandu cathedral by Christopher Sharma For two days, the community celebrated the liturgical festivity and the 19th anniversary of the Cathedral of the Assumption. On each of these days, hundreds of foreigner Catholics visited the church and attended Mass.