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Venezuelan bishops stand up to Maduro dictatorship as protests devolve into violence and executions

Venezuelan bishops stand up to Maduro dictatorship as protests devolve into violence and executions

ATROCITIES perpetrated by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his government may constitute crimes against humanity, a new report from Amnesty International said. “The international community cannot turn its back on the victims of this unprecedented crisis, whether they remain inside Venezuela or have left the country,” Amnesty International’s Erika Guevara-Rosas said. In late January at least 47 people in 12 ... Read More »

Massacre remembered, journalist Mark Bowling reflects on a shocking event in East Timor in 1999

Massacre remembered, journalist Mark Bowling reflects on a shocking event in East Timor in 1999

JUST as we have been remembering the horrors of Rwanda 25 years ago, another anniversary passed almost unnoticed this month – the 20th anniversary of a Church massacre on Australia’s doorstep, in East Timor. In April 1999, five months before East Timor’s vote for independence, dozens of people were killed inside a priest’s house and church courtyard in the idyllic ... Read More »

Cyclone-ravaged southern Africa ‘devastated’ as aid organisations count the cost

Cyclone-ravaged southern Africa ‘devastated’ as aid organisations count the cost

LOSS, interruption and destruction – millions of people were desolated after Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi late last month. Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar president Fr Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator said his thoughts and prayers were with the hundreds who had died and the millions affected. “The Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar join the rest of Africa and the ... Read More »

Devastation from Cyclone Idai ‘getting bigger by the hour’ as its full effect is felt across Mozambique

Devastation from Cyclone Idai ‘getting bigger by the hour’ as its full effect is felt across Mozambique

CYCLONE Idai has wrought “massive disaster” across southern Africa that could affect millions. The cyclone made landfall in Mozambique’s central port city of Beira on March 14, and cut the city off, trapping 500,000 people. Cyclone Idai wreaked havoc – official estimates say it could leave almost a million people in destitution and millions more in dire circumstances. The city’s ... Read More »

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