Iran is very interested in Latin America, the area just a few miles from the 'Great Satan', the United States of America. Iran receives support from terrorist organisations and pro-Iranian groups to expand its ideological influence in Latin America. While Hezbollah is involved in fund-raising, propaganda and smuggling operations.
The release of six nuns a week after being kidnapped turns the spotlight on a country held hostage by armed gangs and reduced to starvation. In 2023 alone there were almost 2,500 kidnappings and 5,000 murders.
Uganda must dispose of 5.6 million doses of expired anti-Covid vaccines. The situation is similar in other African countries. Among the factors responsible are the shortage of health personnel, but also the lack of fear of a virus that has claimed fewer victims in Africa than expected.
Demonstrations of force, investigations against Taiwanese interests in China, propaganda: this is how Beijing wants to influence Taiwan's presidential vote.
Not only are the wars of 2023, Ukraine and the Middle East in the lead, unlikely to be resolved in the course of the year, but the conflicts appear to be escalating. The outcome depends on the elections in Taiwan, the EU and the US.
There are no more limits or any rules to the engagement in Gaza. The siege on the Catholic parish of the Holy Family where Israeli snipers without reason, also killed two volunteers, is proof. The battle also rages in the West Bank. Appeal for peace by Patriarch Pizzaballa.
Government Minister Darmanin aims to disband the Christian association deemed subversive, while jihadists shed blood on French soil and a self-styled anti-fascist and truly violent movement is invited to the National Assembly.
The criminal act of an immigrant, who stabbed three children, triggered violent protests even the police struggled to contain. But, it is just the tip of the iceberg of the growing social tension caused by the disintegration of Irish society.
Milei is a paradoxical outsider in the Argentine political scene: his idea of anarcho-libertarian capitalism was condemned by Rerum Novarum. He rejects social justice by disqualifying his compatriot Pope Francis. But unlike a Church today embalmed in the progressive political scheme, he has spoken out clearly against abortion.