Pope Francis in the Holy Land

08/10/2011
Tehran: glimpses of freedom
R. Tous, pseudonym of an Iran writer, recounts the imperceptible collapse of the regime that began in 2009 with the Green Wave protests. Corruption, mistrust of people towards religion and government infighting threaten 33 years of Khomeini revolution.
08/10/2011
Jakarta, moderate Muslims against 300 Islamic extremist websites: block them
Nahdlatul Ulama leaders support the government struggle, which last year blocked jihadist and fundamentalist sites. They promote "false teachings" of Islam and incite attacks in the country. Criticism from activists: block is not the "best solution" to halt the extremist drift.
08/10/2011
Istanbul to have first Syrian church built in the city
The Syrian Christian community has achieved, after many years, permission to build its own place of worship from the Government and the President. In Istanbul there are about 17 thousand Syrians, who mostly fled coming from the south east of the country in the mid 80s.
08/10/2011
Europe blocks Uzbek cotton harvested with child labour
International groups denounce the continuing exploitation of children as young as 9, forced to pick cotton for months without going to school. The EU rejects an agreement on tax relief for Uzbek cotton. Tashkent, however appears unwilling to change.
08/10/2011
Rapes and exploitation: the daily drama of 10 thousand Chin refugees in Delhi
The Burmese ethnic minority, which fled from the military repression, is a victim of abuse and harassment, without access private health care and education. A report by the Chin Refugee Committee tells of 35 cases of violence. The Presidents’ demands: visas and more aid from the Indian government needed.
08/10/2011
Fears for fate of Chen Guangcheng, the blind activist against forced abortions
Some say that he might have died of torture and lack of medical care. A year after his release from prison, he is in forced isolation in his house with his wife and six year old daughter who can not go to school. Anyone who tries to contact him, is beaten and arrested. Shandong authorities have built a prison-house for him. Wrwf appeal and petition for news of Chen’s health.
08/10/2011
Orissa: Hindu extremists plant a flag on the rubble of a church under reconstruction
The place of worship was destroyed in 2008, during the pogrom against Christians that caused hundreds of dead. The local community had recovered materials to rebuild the building. The fundamentalists, with the connivance of police and government want to seize the land. Indian activist: government "sympathizes" with the extremist wing.


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