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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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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 and as many nuns. The government wants to take over the orphanage for disabled children housed in the bishop's house. Benedict XVI sends a greeting.

| 10/07/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN

Premier Lee Hsien Loong has announced that he will leave office once the coronavirus emergency ends. Battle against the pandemic and the economic crisis are the main themes of the election campaign. The country is in recession. The prime minister's brother sides with the opposition.

| 10/07/2020
| SINGAPORE
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 deputy: "Hagia Sophia should serve the creed of those who built it."

| 10/07/2020
| TURKEY

The grandfather of current leader Kim Jong-un was a trusted Soviet ally. Historians have doubts about his role in the anti-Japanese resistance. He founded the first communist dynasty in history. After his death, the country entered a period of crisis.

| 09/07/2020
| NORTH KOREA
by P. Christopher D. Jeyakumar

The media exaggerate the Covid-19 emergency in Asia's largest slum. Coronavirus has been contained despite the inability to respect social distancing. The slum is "periphery of the city’s consciousness". The help of the Catholic Church.

| 09/07/2020
| INDIA

Today, 9 July, marks the tragic and glorious martyrdom of the Báb. The basis of Baha'i belief is unity in God, religions and humanity. Many believers are still persecuted and attacked in today’s Iran. Baha'is have been present at the meetings in Assisi, from Saint John Paul II to Benedict XVI.

| 09/07/2020
| ISRAEL – IRAN

They must swear allegiance to institutions and the Basic Law in writing. Democracy activists: They want to align state officials with government positions. Students will no longer be able to sing the anthem of the democracy movement.

| 09/07/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Shafique Khokhar

Minorities are increasingly discriminated. A Christian dies after he was shot for buying a house in a Muslim neighbourhood. The Archbishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi calls on the authorities to protect all citizens, without distinction of belief. Attempts to block the construction of a Hindu temple are unconstitutional.

| 08/07/2020
| PAKISTAN

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

Shaul David Judelman founded a peace group, Shorashim-Judur (Friends of roots), with Palestinian Khaled Abou Awad. The forces pushing for annexation will not succeed, but the underlying cause of division remain. Differences separate Gantz from Netanyahu whilst Fatah and Hamas remain apart. The US plan missed an opportunity to revive negotiations.

| 08/07/2020
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE
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
by Nirmala Carvalho

Bishop Emmanuel Kerketta of Jashpur had plans to expand a local mission, but everything is on hold because of Hindu opposition. A new parish priest is under quarantine because of COVID-19. The diocese has about 200,000 members, mostly farmers and farmworkers, “poor but very generous”.

| 07/07/2020
| INDIA
by Sumon Corraya

Famous for his soundtracks, folk songs and Christian hymns, the 65-year-old musician was a member of the country’s Anglican church. He battled a lymphoma for a long time. For Card Patrick D’Rozario, the singer and his music will always live in people's hearts.

| 07/07/2020
| BANGLADESH
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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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