• ESCAPE FROM KABUL

    Afghan refugees and the impossible welcoming rhetoric

    We all have felt moved by the harrowing scenes at Kabul international airport where thousands of people have tried in vain to leave their country now in the hands of the Taliban. In the world of politics, once again, welcoming refugees and calling for impossible airlifts for millions of people is being urged.

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    • KABUL

    Taliban now masters of Afghanistan, a victory for Pakistan

    What sort of future awaits Afghanistan after the hasty retreat of Western forces and landslide victory of Taliban militias? The Kabul airport will remain open until Western civilians and a minority of Afghans have been evacuated. The Taliban promise tolerance and non-interference in the territories of their neighbours (China and Russia), but this may be just propaganda. Through its secret services, Pakistan has had the biggest victory by aiding and organising the Taliban offensive and by infiltrating government troops. It will now aim to exert its control over the forthcoming Afghan Islamic government.

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    • ARTESUNATE

    WHO takes notice of African anti-Covid drug

    The WHO has decided to include artesunate, a derivative of artemisinin, in the group of three medicines whose efficacy in treating Covid-19 patients it intends to test. It has long been in use in Madagascar and Cameroon, but is only now being considered by the WHO.

    • A LOST COUNTRY

    The tragedy of Afghan interpreters, who risk being abandoned

    Thousands of Afghans have helped the Italian contingent in their country, either as interpreters or employees on our bases. The same applies for other allied contingents. As  things stand now, if they were to remain in Afghanistan after NATO's withdrawal, they would risk being killed by the Taliban. General Battisti's appeal is straightforward: do something and do it in a hurry. Too much red tape slows down evacuation.

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    • COVID

    Green pass: a matter of idolatry not vaccination

    As restrictions escalate, so does the number of ordinary people who understand that what is at stake is not the freedom to go to the pub or the restaurant, nor even vaccination freedom: it is the freedom to exist as human beings worthy of the name, without kowtowing to Leviathan. It is a question of deciding who we want to worship, God or the dragon. Revelation comes to our aid.

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    • 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”.

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    • THE 1951-2021 ANNIVERSARY

    Immigrationists should brush up on the Refugee Convention

    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.

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    • BLACK CONTINENT

    Africa looks to the Chinese model. Not a good example

    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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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