VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis will be making several significant changes in the Vatican in the next few weeks and months to bring in fresh faces with new ideas and promote others as part of his push for reform.The pope disclosed his decisions in a rare sit-down interview with Reuters at his residence, during which he also spoke of migration, China, freedom of the press, sexual abuse and the role of women in the Church.During the two-hour interview last Sunday night (Jun 17), Francis said he had decided that the Office of Papal Charities, otherwise known as the pope's almoner, will henceforth be headed by a cardinal, the highest position in the Church after the pope himself.The current head of that office will be promoted and his successors will have the same rank. This will institutionalise a higher profile for the department that oversees help for the poor."It think there are two long arms of the pope - that of being custodian of the faith, and there the work is done by the Congregation … [Read more...] about Pope to make Vatican changes in push for reform, transparency
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China’s global political expansion is on the march. Mao Zedong’s Ministry of Foreign Liaison initiated the 1996-2001 Maoist insurgency in Nepal that set the stage for that country’s communist takeover. Now, Nepalese communists are uniting to form the Himalayan nation’s largest left-wing party – and Nepal is becoming a Chinese-backed control center for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) as part of China’s aim to limit India’s strategic space. In Pakistan, China has successfully targeted the power-wielding military. Chinese successes include the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Gwadar deep-sea port in Balochistan province, and a People’s Liberation Army base in close proximity to Skardu in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Another PLA base is planned for Jiwani in the Gulf of Oman, and there is speculation over one more military base to be set up in the troubled Federally Administered Tribal Areas … [Read more...] about China’s political warfare – how vulnerable is India?
SYDNEY: A high-level Australian union official was suspended Tuesday amid claims he was involved in a fake "Black Lives Matter" Facebook page that raked in thousands of dollars in donations. Broadcaster CNN reported that the fake page had almost 700,000 followers – more than twice as many as the official Black Lives Matter page – before it was suspended. It allegedly ran fundraising campaigns earning more than US$100,000 (RM387,000), purportedly for Black Lives Matters causes in the United States. CNN claimed that some of the money was transferred to Australian bank accounts, raising new questions about the integrity of Facebook's platform and the content hosted there. A senior Australia's National Union of Workers figure – who is white – was linked to the fake page and other black rights websites by the broadcaster. The union, which represents workers across various industries, said two people had been suspended. "The NUW has launched an investigation into … [Read more...] about Australian linked to fake ‘Black Lives Matter’ Facebook page
Welcome to The Myanmar Times ongoing analysis of Myanmar's highly-anticipated election. We've set up an Election Parties page – a handy "cheat-sheet" of sorts – to help you keep track of major parties, as well as an Election Voices page, where you can find conversations with candidates and electoral experts, and comments from you, our readers. We've also been covering the results as they develop live over on our Election Live Blog – check it out! To get involved in the conversation, send us a message at Facebook.com/TheMyanmarTimes, Tweet us @TheMyanmarTimes using the hashtag #MyanmarElection or send us an email at [email protected], Subject: "People's Pundit" and have your voice heard! Final Pyithu and Amyotha Hlttaw results, as of the final UEC results announcement November 22 For more information, including full party tallies, check out our election live blog, and to see results for the Pyithu and Amyotha Hluttaws … [Read more...] about Election 2015
By Jennifer Wells Business Columnist Tues., March 20, 2018 Facebook: it’s over. Too bold a prediction? The rapid-fire assault on the social networking giant has usefully pulled back the curtain on a company that pledged not to be a company. At least not in the conventional sense. Remember? Mark Zuckerberg, whose personal fortune, which had been estimated at $70 billion (U.S.), plunged by $5 billion during this week’s share meltdown, addressed the investor community at the time of Facebook’s initial public offering. Following in the trendy footsteps of Google (“Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one,” et cetera) Zuckerberg penned a lofty founder’s letter informing investors that his intent was to “accomplish a social mission.” His letter didn’t have the “don’t be evil” sound bite quality of Google, but it did state a clear intent to “give everyone a voice … [Read more...] about A growing list of reasons to unfriend Facebook