December 2017

Two Koreas must pull together
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

PAJU (UCAN): Peace on the Korean Peninsula calls for repentance and atonement between Pyongyang and Seoul a three-day symposium ending on December 3 in Paju City in South Korea on the role of Catholic people in fostering peace in the region has concluded.
 
But the symposium was closing just as the United States of America (US) and South Korea were launching military air exercises, heightening tensions between the two Koreas, as well as South Korea and China.
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Let there be peace
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

We have long become accustomed to images of security forces in our streets or on television screens bristling with armaments, shields and batons. Our compliant viewing is at least a tacit admission that we do feel security when shielded by our threats of violence.
 
This image dominates international agreements, even to the extent that peace negotiations are carried out under what is termed tight security.
 
Despite these precautions,...

Philippine killing fields still in business
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The killing fields of The Philippines are still very much open for business and on December 3 the military took possession of enough hectares to liquidate eight leaders of indigenous groups near Marbel in the island province of Mindanao.
 
UCAN reported that although a spokesperson for the military was quick to blow a bit of smoke across the issue by claiming that all those dead were members of the Communist New People’s Army, Father Ariel...

Ghosts and gods or Lenin and Marx
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Chen Xi, a senior member of the Chinese Communist Party has condemned cadres for believing in ghosts and gods rather than putting their faith in Karl Marx and Joseph Lenin.
 
Writing in the Communist Party official mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, on November 16, Chen accused some officials of becoming politically and morally degraded, and of looking to religion, superstition and western-style democracy to supplement a fading faith in socialism...

Socialist propaganda with artistic flair
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): An exhibition of political or propaganda posters premiered at the Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Hong Kong on November 28 gives a rare glimpse into life as it was and still is in the space of land cramped between the demilitarised zone separating it from the Republic of Korea and the Yalu River from the People’s Republic of China.
 
Curated by Kathi Zellweger, the exhibition of some 25 posters shows something of the ambition and dominance...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

 
Arrests at abortion clinic
WASHINGTON (SE): Father Stephen Imbarrato, from of Priests for Life, together with Julia Haag and Joan McKee, was arrested inside an abortion clinic in Washington DC in the United States of America on December 4, during what he calls the Red Rose Rescue.
 
Together with three women, he was distributing red roses to women waiting for an abortion as a way of engaging them in conversation. Police had allowed them to...

Star in rugby and in life
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

TOWNSVILLE (SE): To Australians it may be known as Cowboy Country in honour of its up and coming rugby league team, but its captain, Jonathan Thurston, is not just a star on the rugby paddock, but also in the life of the local communities.
 
As co-owner of Skytrans Airlines, Thurston, who is not just a rugby league genius, but also a candidate for Australian of the Year, has offered free flights during the wet season to Father Robert Greenup in order to celebrate Mass for a...

Conviction of a mass murderer
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

It is a spark of light from the darkness of human rights violations, horrific war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and ethnic cleansing that caused the suffering, torture, starvation and mass murder of thousands.
 
That spark is the conviction and sentence to life imprisonment by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands, on November 22 of Ratko Mladic, the former commander of the Bosnian Serb forces, better known as the Butcher...

Looking at money as a community resource
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): At the biggest and most successful micro credit organisation in The Philippines, CARD-MRI believes that economic progress does not happen in a vacuum, but only comes with community development.
 
While many migrant workers may believe they are helping the progress of their country by sending remittances back home, it is a fact of life that no country has ever made economic progress on the back of migrant remittances
 
This leaves but one...

Blaming the victims
(Saturday, 16 December 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The knee-jerk reaction of the president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, to the attack in the streets of New York on October 31 to put in place what he termed extreme vetting on all migrants coming into the country appears to be a choice to demonise an unseen enemy rather than face the reality of what has happened.
 
The US already has extreme vetting on migrants and although the suspect in recent attack, Sayfullo Saipov, had migrated to...