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Xi Jinping must face the G20 music

Xi Jinping must face the G20 music

by: Benedict Rogers - UCAN in World Issues,

As leaders of the 20 most significant economic and political powers in the world gather for the G20 summit in Osaka today, there is one who must face some particular questions from the others. That is China’s Xi Jinping.

Action needed to end organ harvesting in China

Action needed to end organ harvesting in China

by: Benedict Rogers - UCLA in World Issues,

If governments won’t prosecute, what else could they do? They could ban their citizens from travelling to China for organ transplants, something Israel, Taiwan and Spain have done. Doctors, medical institutions, pharmaceutical companies, law firms, financial services providers, airlines and others ought to review their dealings with what has been described as a criminal state.

Taiwan stands up to big brother China

Taiwan stands up to big brother China

by: Benedict Rogers - UCAN in World Issues,

Taiwan is clearly stepping up its efforts not only to defend its own freedoms but also to promote democracy and human rights, including religious freedom, around the world. For a small island nation already vulnerable to pressure and intimidation from China, this is a bold move. It deserves support and encouragement in this quest.

World ignores plight of Indian refugee boat lost at sea

World ignores plight of Indian refugee boat lost at sea

by: Luke Hunt, Kuala Lumpur - UCAN in World News,

Authorities now believe 183 passengers, including women, children and infants, were on board the boat, with people smugglers charging each adult US$5,000 and US$1,600 per child for a trip that would brave monsoons and storms in three oceans: the Indian, Southern and Pacific.

Humanity is dirtying its own nest

Humanity is dirtying its own nest

by: Fr Shay Cullen, Manila - UCAN in World Issues,

We humans, the species with large brains, so-called intelligence and abilities and power to change the face of the planet, are doing so with a huge negative impact. We are endangering ourselves, our children and grandchildren, and generations of children to come will be harmed by our wasteful and negligent ways.

The Pope vs the populists

The Pope vs the populists

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in World Issues,

While some urge the Church to ratchet up its culture war against Islam and the secular world in the wake of the Notre Dame fire and Sri Lankan bombings, Pope Francis has instead become something of a lone voice against right-wing political parties, fuelled by the global surge of anti-migrant populist nationalism.

Poverty: What It Is and What We’re Doing To End It

Poverty: What It Is and What We’re Doing To End It

by: Anna Kucírková - Business Connect in World Issues,

Poverty is an international concern. It affects every country in the world, even countries that are considered “developed” experience poverty. Many people have plans to reduce or end poverty. There are a lot of good people working on a lot of good plans. Perhaps one single plan will not fix all the problems but combined it can enact real change.

Catholic bishops urge 'solidarity vote' in support of European Union

Catholic bishops urge 'solidarity vote' in support of European Union

by: Jonathan Luxmoore - CNS in World Issues,

Catholic bishops from France, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg have said the European Union risks being undermined by growing national opposition and urged citizens to rally behind it in upcoming continent-wide elections. "The EU is threatened today by various economic, political, demographic and ideological crises -- but we are convinced it has tools to overcome them," the church leaders said.

When we hurt our planet, we hurt ourselves

When we hurt our planet, we hurt ourselves

by: Father Shay Cullen - UCAN in World Issues,

Many students have taken to the streets, waving banners, banging drums, singing, chanting, and calling for an end to the factors behind climate change, which is wrecking the planet. They are experiencing global warming on an unprecedented scale as huge amounts of CO2 and methane gases heat up the environment and cause the ice caps to melt at an alarming rate.

Google is everywhere, keeping watch on children. I hope the little beasts subvert it

Google is everywhere, keeping watch on children. I hope the little beasts subvert it

by: Melanie McDonagh - The Tablet in World Issues,

THERE is a hellish new development from Google: a so-called home monitoring system that will enable absent parents to supervise their children. The features it is developing under a European patent include “detecting child mischief”, followed by a verbal warning to the child from a smart speaker, and monitoring children via a network of devices and then warning parents via smartphone about what’s going on (it can identify bad language).