Press review from 1 to 7 March 2021
The Pope flies to Iraq, even during a period of great tension. The desire and the need to bring a message of love, peace and brotherhood goes beyond the boundaries of tension and the limits of the pandemic.
From Qaraqosh, in his meeting with the Christian community that has suffered the barbarity of Isis, Pope Francis recalls that "mothers console, comfort, give life. And I would like to say heartfelt thanks to all the mothers and women of this country, courageous women who continue to give life despite the abuses and wounds. May women be respected and protected! May they be given attention and opportunities!".
The Christian community in Qaraqosh was ousted from ISIS in 2014, and is only now gradually returning.
Pope Bergoglio addressing the faithful, with a tried voice, said: "With great sadness, we look around and see other signs, the signs of the destructive power of violence, hatred and war. How many things have been destroyed! And how much must be rebuilt! This meeting of ours shows that terrorism and death never have the last word. The last word belongs to God and even in the midst of the ravages of terrorism and war, we can see, with the eyes of faith, the triumph of life over death".
During his speech he added: "It is unworthy that, while we are all tested by the pandemic crisis, and especially here where conflicts have caused so much misery, someone is thinking avidly about their business.", Continuing"there will be no peace without sharing and acceptance, without a justice that ensures equity and promotion for all, starting with the weakest. There will be no peace without peoples extending their hand to other peoples. There will be no peace as long as the others are theirs and not us. There will be no peace as long as the alliances are against someone, because the alliances of one against the other only increase the divisions. Peace does not ask winners or losers, but brothers and sisters who, despite the misunderstandings and wounds of the past, walk from conflict to unity. Let us ask it in prayer for the whole Middle East, I am thinking in particular of nearby, tormented Syria".
With love and dedication, he added: "Today we pray, for those who have suffered such suffering, for those who are still missing and kidnapped, so that they will soon return to their homes. And we pray that freedom of conscience and religious freedom are respected and recognized everywhere: they are fundamental rights, because they make man free to contemplate the Heaven for which he was created.".
At the end of a four-day hearing on March 4, the Hong Kong court ordered the detention of the 47 democracy activists indicted for "subversion", under the national security law approved by Beijing.
Meanwhile, as reported by the International newspaper, the National People's Assembly has called for an electoral reform to be examined to strengthen Beijing's control over the Hong Kong legislative council.
IRAN- UNITED KINGDOM
Anglo-British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was finally released after serving a five-year prison sentence for espionage.
Good news, except that a few days later she was again accused by the Iranian government of "Propaganda against the system", for having participated in a protest in 2009 in London, in front of the Iranian embassy and for a ' interview with the BBC channel in Persian.
For this new accusation he will have to answer on March 14 before the Revolutionary Court of Tehran.
Foreign Minister of Boris Johnson's government, Dominic Raab, takes sides with the woman who has already served her sentence, between prison and house arrest. Raab called the treatment inflicted on the woman "cruel and intolerable" and ordered Iran to definitively restore her freedom so that she could return to the United Kingdom as her husband and children.
The woman has always declared herself innocent, while the London government also disputes the Iranian accusations: the affair is at the center of tensions, but also of underground diplomatic negotiations with Tehran.
After the stop of the 250 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Australia, an ironic campaign was born on the Australian social profiles to boycott one of the greatest Italian culinary symbols: pasta.
A peaceful revenge that sees journalist Naaman Zohu as the founder of the media campaign, who writes in a tweet in front of a plate of linguine: "Until Italy sends those 250 doses back to Australia, I will break them in half and dress them with a cream-based sauce that I will call carbonara".
Another journalist, Katie Silver, who works for the BBC, takes a cue and jokes: "I will cook my pasta by seasoning it with seafood and adding the Parmesan cheese on top". And again, there are those who announce that "put the zucchini in the sauce until the end of this embargo".
CORONAVIRUS IN THE WORLD
Globally, the country that has registered the most new infections in 24 hours is the United States. According to the WHO, there were 133.475 in one day. The USA is the most affected country in the world for total cases (almost 29 million) and victims (more than 525 thousand).
In second place among the countries that have registered the most new infections in 24 hours is Brazil. According to the WHO, there were 75.495 in one day. In Brazil, the cases since the beginning of the pandemic are over 11 million and 19 thousand (third country in the world) and deaths more than 265 thousand (second in the world).
The third country that has registered the highest number of infected in 24 hours, according to WHO data is Poland: 28.424. In Poland, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, the total cases of coronavirus infections are over 1 million and 794 thousand and deaths more than 45 thousand.
The fourth country that recorded the highest number of infected in 24 hours, according to WHO data of March 7, is Italy: 23.633. In Italy, since the beginning of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University updated to 8 March, there have been more than 3 million and 67 thousand cases and almost 100 thousand victims.
The fifth country that recorded the highest number of infected in 24 hours, according to WHO data of March 7, is France: 23.306. In France, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, the total cases of coronavirus patients are over 3 million and 964 thousand and deaths more than 88 thousand.
In sixth place for the increase of daily infections is India: 18.711 in 24 hours. India is the second country in the world for the number of total infections (after the USA) and the fourth for the number of deaths (after the USA, Brazil and Mexico). The cases in India since the beginning of the pandemic are more than 11 million and 229 thousand and the victims over 157 thousand.
Among the 10 countries with the greatest daily increase in cases, in seventh place is Turkey: 11.770 new infected, according to the latest WHO update of 7 March. In Turkey, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, since the beginning of the pandemic the total cases are over 2 million and 780 thousand and deaths more than 29 thousand.
The Czech Republic is eighth in the world on the WHO list. There were 9.167 new cases in 24 hours. In the Czech Republic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University updated to March 8, the total cases are over 1 million and 321 thousand and deaths more than 21 thousand.
In ninth place among the countries with the most cases recorded in 24 hours is Peru: 8.447. In Peru, the cases since the beginning of the pandemic are over 1 million and 364 thousand and the deaths almost 47 thousand.
"Are you in favor of a ban on full face coverage?”This was the question posed for the referendum on the ban on the full veil in Switzerland.
The "anti-burqa" ban was approved with 51,2% of voters' approval and the adhesion of 20 of the 26 cantons. The consultation on the ban on face concealment in public spaces was promoted by numerous representatives of the Democratic Union of the Center (UDC / Conservative Right) party.
The constitutional amendment text was promoted by the conservative right and fought by the government with the aim of prohibiting the concealment of the face in public spaces by numerous representatives of the Democratic Union of the center (UDC / conservative right) party. The text prohibits the covering of the face, both with the niqab and with the burqa of Muslim women, and with balaclavas and bandanas used in demonstrations.
The referendum request does not explicitly mention the burqa or the niqab, which leaves the eyes open, and triggers the controversy over the debate and the slogans presented: "Stop radical Islam" and "Stop extremism“, With figures of women covered in black niqabs posted on posters on the Swiss streets.
The announcement provides that no one can cover their face completely in public, both in shops and outdoors. There are exceptions for places of worship.
"It would be a useless, sexist and racist law“, Explained Ines El-Shikn, the spokesperson for the Muslim feminist movement“ Purple foulard ”. An unnecessary problem, considering the low percentage of women in Switzerland who wear the burqa.
The Council of Loyalist Communities (LCC), a Northern Irish unionist group, informed Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the decision to suspend the 1998 peace agreement following the protocol agreed by London to Brussels after Brexit. Designed to avoid the return of a physical border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, which is part of the European Union, the protocol introduces controls on goods arriving in the province from Great Britain.