Saint Charbel Makhlouf by Ermes Dovico

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“I survived Beirut; my faith helps me to forgive”
INTERVIEW / MELVINE KHOURY

“I survived Beirut; my faith helps me to forgive”

“I am still struggling between my faith, my religious convictions of loving and forgiving, and the reality I live every day. With Christ I will overcome any doubts I may have. With Christ I will rise again.” A year after the still unexplained explosion at the port of Beirut, which left more than 200 dead and 7000 injured, one of the survivors tells the Daily Compass about the difficult path of rebirth: “I don't remember anything, I am still undergoing operations today because of the consequences of the explosion, but I will not leave my country”, says Melvine M. Khoury. “We are still waiting for the truth about the presence of that quantity of ammonium nitrate, which could not have gone unnoticed”.


Immigrationists should brush up on the Refugee Convention
THE 1951-2021 ANNIVERSARY

Immigrationists should brush up on the Refugee Convention

World 03_08_2021 Anna Bono

On July 28, 1951 a special UN Conference approved the Geneva Refugee Convention. It clearly defines the rights and obligations of refugees and host states. Today, these terms are confused and also apply to economic migrants.


Africa looks to the Chinese model. Not a good example
BLACK CONTINENT

Africa looks to the Chinese model. Not a good example

World 23_07_2021 Anna Bono

Africa wants China as a partner because it expects nothing in terms of transparency and human rights. Now the African Union is pointing to China as a model for development. This is not a good example: China is still a poor (as well as repressed) country. On the other hand, the major Chinese investments in Africa risk being lost in collapsing states.


“Parents have the right to education.” Hungary defends itself from EU
INTERVIEW / ZSOLT

“Parents have the right to education.” Hungary defends itself from EU

“The question can be formulated as this: who has the right to decide what kind of sex education their children should receive? We believe this is the right, first and foremost, of the child’s parents.” Nemeth Zsolt, President of the Foreign Affairs Commission in the Hungarian Parliament, explains to the Daily Compass the meaning of the law which Ursula von der Leyen has labelled as “anti-LGBT” discrimination. A perfect storm is concentrating on Budapest in the European Commission made of legal, and since yesterday, economic pressures. Yet, Hungary not only vindicates member states rights to autonomy, it insists on the freedom of education.


Church scapegoated for tragedies in Canada’s “assimilation schools”
CHURCHES BURNED

Church scapegoated for tragedies in Canada’s “assimilation schools”

About twenty churches, mostly Catholic, have been subject to arson or vandalised in Canada soon after the discovery of mass children's graves. The causal link is the role played by boarding schools set up by the Canadian government in the 19th century to assimilate indigenous tribes. Yet Indian schoolchildren often died of disease and hunger in the absence of government aid. Today, Prime Minister Trudeau is attacking the Church in an attempt to make the state forget its own sins.


Brussels wants the heads of Christian governments
HUNGARY, POLAND AND SLOVENIA

Brussels wants the heads of Christian governments

Christian nations are under fire. Guillotine fantasies are sprouting everywhere in Brussels. Is the Slovenian Prime Minister proposing to restore the EU's original values and preserve national autonomy? Is this why, accusations of authoritarianism are immediately levelled against him? Orban's Hungary and conservative Poland are under harsh attack, the former especially over its anti-pedophilia legislation.


ISIS rears its head again in Syria and Iraq
TERRORISM

ISIS rears its head again in Syria and Iraq

In the first quarter of 2021 there were 566 ISIS attacks in Iraq alone, and in Syria things are no better. While NATO and Western countries pay lip service to fighting Islamic terrorists, in reality they are in retreat from all the battles fronts. And the US is only fighting pro-Iranian militias.


In Africa jihadist groups grow and supplant governments
TERRORISM

In Africa jihadist groups grow and supplant governments

World 01_07_2021 Anna Bono

The death of Boko Haram's leader, following a violent clash with ISWAP Islamists, is a sign of the internal competition for jihadism taking place on African soil. ISIS-affiliated groups are attempting to impose their control over vast swaths of Africa by filling vacuums left by governments. To counter  jihadists, what is needed above all is a new social contract between politicians and citizens.


Merkel's deputy entrusts Islamic education to Erdogan
SCANDAL IN GERMANY

Merkel's deputy entrusts Islamic education to Erdogan

Armin Laschet, Angela Merkel's possible successor, has decided to entrust the Turkish-German association Ditib with authoring school textbooks as well as the management of Islamic religious education in schools. Ditib is a veritable Turkish government association. Will new generations of German Muslims place their trust in Erdogan?


CIA report on UFO’s: is it a social experiment?
Socialism and aliens

CIA report on UFO’s: is it a social experiment?

The CIA has stated it’s publishing its investigations on UFOs. What is happening recalls the US broadcaster CBS strange "joke" when it panicked the American population by staging ‘The War of the Worlds’ by HG Wells, honorary vice-president of the Portman Clinic, arm of the Tavistock Institute that conducted research on the "change of paradigm" which studied the drastic and complete change of thought following a psychological shock. It raises suspicions about the motives for the disclosure of the secret material.


Cardinal Zen, Tienanmen doesn’t go away
HONG KONG - CHINA

Cardinal Zen, Tienanmen doesn’t go away

World 08_06_2021 Joseph Zen

The sacrifice of the young people who died 32 years ago for freedom and democracy in China is evermore relevant today. As long as the regime does not recognise that crime, it means it believes it is right to kill defenceless people in the name of an alleged “general interest”. But, we won’t lose hope. This is the homily Cardinal Zen gave in Hong Kong last June 4, during the memorial mass to remember the victims of Tienanmen Square.


Disarming Hamas in Gaza: just wishful thinking
MIDDLE EAST

Disarming Hamas in Gaza: just wishful thinking

In the wake of the recent Gaza ceasefire, Israel is aiming to reach an international agreement to disarm Hamas militias. However, the only realistic way to achieve this would involve an all-out Israeli military strike in Gaza, one that would totally annihilate Palestinian forces and then cede the territory to the Palestinian Authority and Egypt.