Latest From Roman Catholic Church [01.15.15]

Pope Francis in Philippines

#SayNoToCorruption

#JusticeForAll

President Benigno Aquino (R) hosted a welcome ceremony for the Pope at the presidential palace

President Benigno Aquino (R) hosted a welcome ceremony for the Pope at the presidential palace

“Pope Francis called for leaders “to reject every form of corruption.

He said that the Bible emphasized that there was a duty “to hear the voice of the poor” and “break the bonds of injustice and oppression which give rise to glaring, and indeed scandalous, social inequalities”.

“Reforming the social structures which perpetuate poverty and the exclusion of the poor first requires a conversion of mind and heart,” he said.”

 

Pope Francis in Sri Lanka

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“Huge crowds have watched Pope Francis celebrate Mass in Sri Lanka, at which he canonised the nation’s first saint.

The pontiff urged people to follow the example of 17th Century missionary Joseph Vaz at the service in Colombo. Pope said the missionary’s life showed the importance of transcending religious divisions, emphasising that genuine worship of God bore fruit not in violence or hatred, but in respect for the sacredness of all life.

Pope Francis met a group of Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim leaders, urging reconciliation.

His visit comes amid change in Sri Lanka, where Maithripala Sirisena took office as president on Friday.”

Pope Francis met leaders from many religious groups in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis met leaders from many religious groups in Sri Lanka

 

Empowerment of people

 

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Around South Asia & South East Asia [01.11.15]

Sri Lanka

Large Scale Engineering in Sri Lanka

#LargeScaleEngineering

Sri Lanka’s new prime minister has said he will cancel a $1.5 billion “port city” being built by China on the waterfront in Colombo, the capital.

Sri Lanka’s new prime minister has said he will cancel a $1.5 billion “port city” being built by China on the waterfront in Colombo, the capital.

“… was ready to  allow Sri Lankan territory to be used for Chinese military activity.

Chinese-funded infrastructure projects

China began construction of a $1.5 billion “port city” including malls, hotels and marinas, part of a constellation of Chinese investments that represent an estimated $4 billion in loans.

Last month, Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was sworn in as prime minister on Friday, said he would cancel the planned $1.5 billion port city, and Harsha de Silva, economic affairs spokesman for the opposition United National Party, said the new government planned to review all major infrastructure projects for “irregularities.”

As the West drew back, China, stepped in, both rich and easygoing on human rights.

Sri Lanka is a linchpin in one of Mr. Xi’s key foreign policy projects, a maritime trade route intended to connect China and Europe, known as the “Silk Road.” The plan, backed by a $40 billion fund, is viewed nervously by India as an encircling strategy that could undermine its own dominance in the region and conceivably culminate in the construction of Chinese military facilities.

“They all (African Nations), in one way or another, turn to China, because it was the only player ready to help them finance infrastructure and public spending,”

“the difference between credit (China) and real aid (West).”

This time, Washington should be prepared, perhaps with its own investment program.

“There has been an underestimation of the power of Chinese money, the simple and pure power, and how much of it they are willing to throw around the region,”

#TahsinVersion2 : Observations regarding Chinese Investments and “Large Scale Engineering” [ #LargeScaleEngineering ] Projects 

  • Chinese investments are qualitatively different : it’s the Chinese State and SOE (State Owned Enterprise)s that invest, (China being a country where “State Capitalism” is practiced) – which contributes to their dreams of imperial expansions.
  • China is more approachable to many countries as China doesn’t demand Western ideals of Free Speech and respect of Human Rights for investments.

Around South Asia & South East Asia [12.29.14]

Areas I would like to get myself involved in:

  • “Large Scale Engineering” in Sri Lanka
  • Education in Indonesia

 

Sri Lanka

 

Indonesia

“The country’s new president, Joko Widodo, generally known as Jokowi, hopes to change that with help from his new education secretary, Anies Baswedan, a former university president and creator of a programme that sends graduates to teach in remote areas.

Three ministries …. The education ministry oversees state primary, junior and secondary schools; the religious-affairs ministry has control of madrassas, or Islamic schools; and the president has now made the ministry for research and technology responsible for universities and polytechnics.

Whereas primary-enrolment rates in richer districts are close to 100%, in some poorer districts they remain below 60%. Nor are teachers evenly distributed.

Quality

cheating scandals

What matters is how well teachers perform in the classroom, and encouraging students to think critically.

teachers need better training.

vocational-training institutes

“Indonesia Smart Card” provides school fees and stipends to 24m poor students across Indonesia, guaranteeing them 12 years of free education.”