Key Quotes - World Issues

Key Quotes - World Issues

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Last update: Saturday 24th August
 
China has become the world’s biggest investor in renewable energy sources, said a senior environmental official on Dec 3 during a forum in Nanning, the capital of the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. The nation invested more than 300 billion yuan ($47.3 billion; 35.1 billion euros) in renewable energy sources last year, outranking every other country, said Wang Yuqing, deputy director of the Committee of Population, Resources and Environment of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee. Wang estimated that more than 3 trillion yuan would be poured into industries related to environmental protection from 2011 to 2015.
World IssuesChina Daily European Weekly, December 9-15, 2011
 
In a 396-9 vote on November 1, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution reaffirming ‘In God We Trust’ as the official motto of the US. The resolution, proposed by Republican Randy Forbes (Virginia), not only affirms the motto but also encourages its display in public and government buildings.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now - December 2011
 
The Chief of the Defence Staff has denied sending the Duke of Cambridge to the Falkland Islands was designed to provoke Argentina. Prince William, a Flight Lieutenant with the RAF, will deploy to the remote outcrop for six weeks next year to fly search-and-rescue helicopter missions. Argentine official Sebastian Brugo Marco said the country could not ignore the ‘political’ implications of his move, which comes shortly before the 30th anniversary of Argentina’s defeat in the Falklands, to which it lays claim.
World IssuesThe Sentinel - November 14 2011
 
Two animal protection organizations paid about 83,000 yuan ($13,000, 9,400 euros) to a dog trader in Southwest China’s Sichuan province to rescue nearly 800 dogs that were due to be delivered to restaurants in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. The deal was clinched in the city of Zigong, Sichuan province, on Oct 14 after two-days of negotiations. Qiao Wei, 26, who works for an animal welfare organization in Chengdu, said the money was paid for humanitarian reasons and not used to buy the dogs. The dog trader, Tang Daguo, would not have been paid a cent had it not been for his economic plight, Qiao said.
World IssuesChina Daily European Weekly - October 21-27 2011
 
Libya has an “historic opportunity” to build a state where human rights and freedoms are protected. William Hague said as the UN voted to lift a no-fly zone. The Foreign Secretary described the resolution as “another significant milestone towards a peaceful democratic future for Libya”. He said “Ending the no-fly zone and the civilian protection provisions demonstrates that Libya has entered a new era”.
World IssuesThe Sentinel - 28th October 2011
 
Brazil’s religious orders have pledged to tackle human trafficking in the lead-up to the 2014 Fifa World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, both to be hosted by Brazil. A conference organised by Brazil’s Conference of Religious network, A Cry For Life, agreed a programme ‘to address the scourge of human trafficking and sexual slavery’.
World IssuesSalvationist August 27 2011
 
‘Bishops sue Alabama over “unbiblical” immigration laws’ was the headline in The Times, after four bishops claimed that new anti-immigration laws will make it ‘a crime to follow God’s command to be good Samaritans’. The legislation, which comes into force in September, will make it illegal to provide shelter or transport to immigrants who enter Alabama illegally. It will also be illegal for priests to preach to them or conduct their baptisms. ‘The law prohibits almost everything which would assist an undocumented immigrant,’ said the Most Rev Thomas J. Rodi, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Mobile. ‘It attacks what it means to be a Christian.’
World IssuesThe War Cry August 27 2011
 
In July, legal academics from the University of New South Wales reported that shari’a law has become a shadow legal system with in Australia, endorsing polygamous and underage marriages.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now September 2011
 
According to church leaders in Athens in July, minority Christian churches in Greece are closing down their charity work and struggling to pay clergy salaries in the economic crisis. The Orthodox Church of Greece, which covers 97% of the population and has state recognition, is also cutting back its social and charitable work. Greek Orthodox clergy must accept a 50% reduction in their state-paid salaries.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now September 2011
 
Archbishop Maroun Lahham of Tunis has asked that a policeman be posted in all 11 Tunisian Catholic churches after a man was arrested on charges of trying to set fire to Catholic buildings…Archbishop Lahham said the arrest of the suspect would help ‘calm people and encourage the arrival of Western tourists’ [and would] ‘reinforce the excellent relations with the Vatican’.
World IssuesSalvationist 30 July 2011
 
Afghanistan in June topped a list of the world’s most dangerous countries for women.
Experts polled for the list (by Thomas Rueters Foundation) noted physical dangers from ongoing conflicts and NATO airstrikes, as well as health threats, cultural or religious factors, trafficking and sexual violence. Afghanistan was followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo, where rape is being used on a massive scale as a weapon of war.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now August 2011
 
Since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, up to 573 Christians have been killed in religiously and politically motivated attacks, and 66 churches attacked or bombed, as well as three Christian centres and a church-run orphanage. Christians have increasingly been the target of threats, bombings, killing kidnapping and rape since the first Gulf War in 1990-1, when they inadvertently became associated with the Western adversaries.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now July 2011
 
US President Barack Obama has failed to designate a single ‘country of particular concern’ (CPC) for religious freedom violations since he took office in January 2009. The term is grounded in the US International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, which was intended to commit US foreign policy to the promotion of religious freedom. It requires that each year the president designate as a ‘country of particular concern’ any in which the government has ‘engaged in or tolerated systematic, ongoing and egregious violations of religious freedom’. Since Obama has not designated any CPCs or taken action against those already identified by previous presidents, he may be in breach of federal law.
World IssuesEvangelicals Now July 2011
 
In 2011 there are nine nations that presently hold stocks of nuclear weapons which are calculated to total in the region of 22,680.
World IssuesThe Covenant Nations Volume 2, Number 2 2011
 
The Malaysian government has agreed to release 35,000 Bibles that have been held at customs since 2009 due to a dispute over the use of the word “Allah” as a translation for God. Its offer, in March, was made conditional on each Bible bearing the words “For Christianity” on the cover.
World IssuesReform May 2011
 
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