Other news of the day: Russian Foreign Minister arrives in Myanmar. Iran expelled nearly 6,000 Afghan refugees. They dissolved the Parliament of Kuwait. In Odessa they want to replace the statue of Tsarina Catherine II with that of a gay porn actor.
In the recently flood-hit eastern Indian state of Assam, Hindu radicals blame Muslims for having declared the flood jihada “flood jihad” and, therefore, of being guilty of environmental disasters. The police arrested some men who allegedly damaged the banks of the river. Meanwhile, in social networks the radicals dedicated themselves to formulating false accusations. The floods of May and June left a balance of at least 192 dead.
MYANMAR – RUSSIA
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov landed in Myanmar today to hold talks with the Burmese coup generals. Lavrov said that he was coming to the capital, Naypyidaw, “for a working visit.” He will later travel to Cambodia to attend a meeting of ASEAN Foreign Ministers, from which the members of the Military Junta have been excluded.
In Korea, the population is also beginning to decline. According to the latest figures available, in 2021, the drop was 91,000 individuals compared to the previous year. The number of deaths has begun to exceed the number of births, and due to the pandemic, very few foreigners move to South Korea permanently. At 0.81, South Korea’s birth rate is the lowest of any OECD member country.
While the Taliban continue to demand the recognition of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan by the international community, nearly 6,000 Afghans fled to Iran last week. At least 5,600 were repatriated, which violates the norms of international law who expect refugees to be taken in. In addition, sixty-six Afghan families have been expelled from Pakistan in recent weeks.
In an attempt to resolve the impasse between the government and the legislature over tax reform, Kuwait dissolved parliament and declared early elections within two months. The country has repeatedly demonstrated its inability to reach an agreement, culminating in a change of government or the dissolution of the legislature, thus hampering investments and reforms.
The authorities of the city of Odessa will have to decide on the removal of the statue of Russian Tsarina Catherine II, on the recommendation of President Zelensky. The Ukrainian leader received a petition from more than 25,000 citizens requesting the withdrawal of the work. Most of the signatories asked that it be replaced by the figure of Billy Herrington, an American gay porn actor.
A representative of the Moscow Patriarchate, hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov) participated in an important ritual of the Christians of India. He was invited by the Catholicos of the Malankara Church, Basilius Mar Tomas Matteus III, on the occasion of the consecration of new bishops, an event that is celebrated every 12 years in this Church, with the participation of the entire Synod of Bishops.