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 Irish government rejects UN abortion demands

Irish government rejects UN abortion demands

by: John Jalsevac in World Issues,

Following intense criticism of the passive response of the Irish Minister for Justice to last Thursday’s call for Ireland to legalize abortion at a major UN hearing, the government has now said that it will reject those recommendations attacking Ireland’s pro-life laws.

UN officials call for more action to ‘stem the tide’ of racism and intolerance

UN officials call for more action to ‘stem the tide’ of racism and intolerance

by: UN News in World Issues,

 Ten years after a global conference in Durban, South Africa, sought to uproot all forms of racism, much progress has been made, yet intolerance has actually increased in many parts of the world, top United Nations officials warned today.

“The resurgence and persistence of such inhumane attitudes and detrimental practices indicate that we have not done enough to stem the tide,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

England riots: The world is watching

England riots: The world is watching

by: Gavin Hewitt - BBC in World Issues,

 Certainly Europe has been watching. Its papers and TV channels have devoted enormous coverage to the riots.  "Disunited Kingdom", said the headline in the French paper LiberationLe Monde's front page was "England in flames".

Liberation, a left-leaning paper, made a wider point: "The riots in London are a serious alarm call for the UK but also for all mixed and unequal Western societies".

 

UK riots: What turns people into looters?

UK riots: What turns people into looters?

by: By Tom de Castella & Caroline McClatchey BBC News Magazine in World Issues,

 Rioters have set fire to cars and buses. Llooting makes "powerless people suddenly feel powerful" and that is "very intoxicating". "The world has been turned upside down. The youngsters are used to adults in authority telling them they cannot do this or this will happen. Then they do it and nothing happens."

 

$3 TRILLION of shares wiped in a WEEK for the world economy.

$3 TRILLION of shares wiped in a WEEK for the world economy.

by: Daily Mail Reporter in World Issues,

 Nobody has lost anything; until they sell the mines are still mining, the oil wells are still drilling and pumping oil, the banks have not lost until Greece declares bankruptcy. This is still only on paper and is scare mongering that is why dealers in stocks will make millions. - Steve Jones

 
Brazilian Amazon activist and wife ambushed and killed

Brazilian Amazon activist and wife ambushed and killed

by: BBC May 25 in World Issues,

A prominent Brazilian conservationist and his wife have been killed in the Amazon region, police have said. News of the killings came hours before Brazil's Chamber of Deputies passed a law that eases deforestation rules. Environmentalists say the new law will undermine conservation efforts.

Can forgiveness ever be easy?

Can forgiveness ever be easy?

by: Alex Hudson BBC in World Issues,

On Good Friday, the Bible says Jesus Christ said "forgive them Father for they know not what they do" as he was on the cross. We occasionally hear inspirational stories of victims and relatives who forgive abusers, murderers and even war criminals. But just how easy is it to forgive?

Catholic church: Big Society is failing

Catholic church: Big Society is failing

by: Jonathan Wynne-Jones - The Telegraph in World Issues,

Archbishop Nichols said there was a worrying tendency for the poorer sections of society to be worst affected by cuts and accused the banks of failing to contribute their share to helping the victims of the economic crisis.

More Catholics in China than in Italy

More Catholics in China than in Italy

by: Alberto Rossa - Macau Bulletin in World Issues,

Wherever you look today, religion matters. Faith motivates. Understanding faith, its adherents, its trends, its structures, can be as important as understanding a nation’s GDP, its business, its resources. “Globalization is accelerating all these trends. We adjust or we are swept away,”

The heart of the West’s dilemma

The heart of the West’s dilemma

by: The Tablet in World Issues,

Pope Benedict XVI’s words last weekend need to be heeded. He said: “I am becoming progressively more concerned about the wellbeing and safety of civilians.” He went on to plead for a ceasefire and a negotiated solution to the conflict.

Religion, respect and revolution

Religion, respect and revolution

by: Tony Blair - THE TABLET | 12 March 2011 in World Issues,

Understanding the role and nature of religion, culturally, socially and historically, in the Middle East is vital if the West is to play any meaningful part in helping to stabilise the region, with interfaith dialogue demonstrating a deep respect for Islam, argues the former Prime Minister.

The burden placed on parents

The burden placed on parents

by: Sophie Raworth - BBC in World Issues,

Modern parents are under pressure with long working hours, childcare dilemmas and family break-ups. But what is the impact on children and what can be done about it?