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| GHANA – CHINA

The proposed mine is in a protected national forest some 90 km from the capital. China is financing the US$ 2 billion, project building roads and bridges in exchange for access to bauxite. Environmental groups warn that rare species and water supply for millions of people are at risk. Increasingly, activists are turning to the courts to stop polluting activities in Africa.

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Microsoft, Zoom, Facebook, Google and Twitter are vetting the implications of the new law for their users. The legislation requires them to work with investigations. For analysts, tech giants are taking their time, but in the past, they have worked with China. This might change if the Trump administration intervenes.

| 08/07/2020
| CHINA – HONG KONG
by Pietro Jiang

Bishop and priests banned from pastoral activities.  They refuse to join the "independent Church".  Their situation worsened after the launch of the new regulations on religious activities and after the provisional agreement between China and the Vatican.  The considerations of one believer.

 

| 08/07/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN

Under Beijing’s control the office is in charge of executing the legislation that bans criticism of the regime. Homeland security forces have settled in the city. The Office will be headed by Zheng Yanxiong, considered a "hawk" of the regime.

| 08/07/2020
| HONG KONG-CHINA

Following an initial boom at the beginning of the pandemic, many factories in the sector have closed their doors. With over 200 million masks produced per day, excess production has closed factories down. Left without a job, workers protest over unpaid arrears. About 350 euros per month to produce 3 thousand sanitary masks.

| 07/07/2020
| CHINA
by Wang Zhicheng

Yesterday the stock market rose to +5.71: a 25.29% jump from last March. The gains are the result of ease of access to liquidity. Warnings of bubonic plague in Inner Mongolia: A partial lockdown for the city of Bayan Nur. Due to the closure of many firms during the pandemic, at least 80 million jobs have been lost, not to mention the lives of over 300 million migrants, not figured in official statistics.

| 07/07/2020
| CHINA

The academician was charged with "soliciting prostitution ". He was suspended from teaching for an article against Xi's lifetime presidency. He was also critical of the regime’s pandemic management. The Communist Party is leveraging the fight against coronavirus to crack down on dissident intellectuals.

| 07/07/2020
| CHINA

National security law “threatens to undermine freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and academic freedom. Freedom of religion and belief is also under threat. According to many reports, freedom of religion and belief in mainland China has suffered the most violent attacks since the Cultural Revolution."

| 06/07/2020
| ASIA - HONG KONG

The authorities want to check their compatibility with the new legislation. Joshua Wong: Censorship just like in China. Tanya Chan: The population self-censors to avoid problems.

 

| 06/07/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Wang Zhicheng

For decades the country has imported plastics, paper, metals, textiles and other waste to be used as a substitute for raw materials, or to destroy or bury them. In 2016, it absorbed over half of all solid waste in the world. China remains one of the most polluted countries on earth: at least half a million people die there every year from breathing problems related to air pollution.

| 04/07/2020
| CHINA
by Paul Wang

The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong has no confidence in China and fears government interference in Church affairs will occur in Hong Kong. Card Tong holds a different position. For Hong Kong priest, Beijing will only allow freedom of worship, but religious freedom is broader.

 

| 03/07/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA

His destination is unknown. A few hours earlier he had testified by videoconference before the US Congress. City authorities: Slogans in favor of democracy or independence violate the law. The fears of democracy groups.

| 03/07/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Chinese warships and coastguard vessels are in the waters around the Paracel Islands, which are also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. For some analysts, Beijing wants to demonstrate its strength by showing they can land and seize islands in the area. Two US aircraft carriers are currently in the Philippine Sea. Australia is boosting its military budget to meet China’s challenge.

| 02/07/2020
| CHINA
by Paul Wang

At least 370 people arrested in Hong Kong yesterday; several of them are victims of the new law. The US House of Representatives unanimously votes for a law that provides for sanctions on people, companies and banks that undermine Hong Kong's freedom. The criticism of the EU, Australia, Great Britain, Japan. Concerns about the "universal" sovereignty expressed by law.

| 02/07/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Paul Wang

By 2 pm, hundreds of people had gathered in Causeway Bay and Times Square, eventually becoming thousands at the intersection with Hennessy Road. Some 4,000 police agents in riot gear with water cannons charge the crowd and arrest protesters.

| 01/07/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA
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by Wang Zhicheng
The blackmail of the Jinzhou authorities: you can reopen the churches - after the pandemic - if you ban entry to minors. Mgr. Jia Zhiguo, 83, has been a bishop since 1980 and is responsible for a community of over 150,000 faithful, with a hundred priests ...
| 10/07/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Marian Demir
Since yesterday, pro-Erdogan Turkish media are reporting that the Council of State has already "unanimously" decided to transform the Christian basilica into a mosque. But the legal reasons for the "right of the sword" are not "Islamic". Pro-Kurdish ...
| 10/07/2020
| TURKEY
 
National security law “threatens to undermine freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and academic freedom. Freedom of religion and belief is also under threat. According to many reports, freedom of religion and belief ...
| 06/07/2020
| ASIA - HONG KONG
 
The Financial Intelligence Authority (AIF), the agency of the Holy See and Vatican City State charged with fighting money laundering and terrorist financing, received 64 suspicious activity reports, took action in four cases, and froze one IOR accoun...
| 03/07/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Paul Wang
The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong has no confidence in China and fears government interference in Church affairs will occur in Hong Kong. Card Tong holds a different position. For Hong Kong priest, Beijing will only allow freedom of worship, but religious ...
| 03/07/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA
 
The State Council has completed the documentation process. The sentence, scheduled for this morning, postponed by two weeks. Rumors of "pressure" on the Ankara government. But Erdogan wants to hold the official ceremony on July 15th, on ...
| 02/07/2020
| TURKEY
 
The country has been ruled by the military for decades. A victory for Aung San Suu Kyi and her League for Democracy is expected, but not the triumph of 2015. The Lady has lost the approval of ethnic minorities and is criticized by the international community ...
| 02/07/2020
| MYANMAR
 
For Yehuda Garami, Zionism and Judaism are confused, but there is a big difference between the two. The conflict is political and “has nothing to do with religion”. For Jews, there is religious freedom and security in Iran; “we do not ...
| 23/06/2020
| IRAN – ISRAEL
BANGLADESH: Muslims bury Christians died from Covid-19
Pakistan: Christian philanthropist beaten by police 2
Pakistan: Christian philanthropist beaten by police 1
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