July 2016

Don’t snub the Communists
(Saturday, 9 July 2016 )

MANILA (UCAN): Pilgrims for Peace, a faith-based group working to bring peace into troubled Mindanao, is urging people to actively participate in the peace process between the government and armed wing of the Communist Party, the New Peoples’ Army.

With disastrous consequences for the people and the economy of the lush province of Mindanao, the two have been at loggerheads for almost 50 years resulting in the death...

Recognition to unrecognised caregivers
(Saturday, 9 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): The sight of a person in their sunset years accompanied by a foreign domestic worker on Hong Kong streets is not an uncommon one.

They appear in supermarkets doing the shopping, in queues at clinics, relaxing in parks and taking walks.

In some cases, even though the person may not be particularly old, the domestic worker is seen pushing or guiding a wheelchair, in...

Fears Brexit reflects much wider malady
(Saturday, 9 July 2016 )

OXFORD (SE): While Church leaders in the United Kingdom (UK) expressed concern over the possible fallout from the 52 to 48 per cent vote to quit the European Union, bishops on the continent pointed out that the decision runs directly in the face of the call of the modern world for unity.

The president of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, told KAI that while his conference respects...

The downside of corruption purges
(Saturday, 9 July 2016 )

BEIJING (AsiaNews): They drown themselves in rivers; drink poison; jump from bridges or the upper floors of their offices.

A rising number of worried bureaucrats from the Chinese Communist Party are choosing to take their own lives rather than face a corruption investigation.

This has proved to be an unwanted by-product of the anti-corruption campaign launched by the current...

Philippines welcomes a president of surprises
(Saturday, 9 July 2016 )

MANILA (SE): Hidden from the public eye and away from the scrutiny of the media, the newly-elected Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the 16th president of the Republic of The Philippines on June 30.

Riding to victory in the May 9 poll, Duterte came home on a populist vote promising a new type of presidency which he says will achieve radical change in the areas that the general population has been fed up with for decades....