The Statistic

23rd September, 2021
Percentage of Afghan households who have enough to eat every day: Five per cent
Source: WFP

 

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23rd September, 2021
STORMED: Namibia's parliament by about 300 people on Tuesday, as the National Assembly was due to vote on a $US1 billion compensation offer from Germany to atone for its 1904-1908 genocide against the Herero and Nama people.
EMPTIED: The town of Thantlang in Chin State, Myanmar, usually home to about 10,000 people, after buildings were set ablaze by artillery amid fighting between militia forces opposed to military rule and the army.
OFFERED: A group of artists from Nigeria's Benin City to donate artworks to the British Museum in London as a way to encourage it to return the priceless Benin Bronzes that were looted from the city's royal court by British troops in 1897.

 

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Essays

In an article first published on The Conversation, LARA HERRERO and EUGENE MADZOKERE, of Griffith University in Australia, explore how the COVID-19 pandemic might evolve...

US Catholic commentator THOMAS REESE says that when it comes to the Pope getting a third vaccination,  the Vatican is "caught between a rock and a hard place"...

ELLIS HEASLEY, of UK-based religious freedom advocacy organisation CSW, calls for ongoing prayer and action in support of those, like Dr Gulshan Abbas, who have been arbitrarily detained in the Xinjiang region of China...

They Said It

"I just think it's time for some of our dearest friends around the world to 'prenez un grip' about all this, 'donnez-moi un break', because this is fundamentally a great step forward for global security."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, translating the English phrases 'get a grip' and 'give me a break' literally into French, in comments relating to the new defence partnership between UK, US and Australia which will give Canberra access to nuclear powered submarine technology; the pact has been sharply criticised by France, which had a previous defence contract with Australia for the purchase of conventional submarines, and China (as quoted on Reuters).

 

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This Week on the Web

22nd September, 2021
Facebook wants to make ‘Instagram for kids’, says LUCY KIDWELL - co-chair of the Interfaith Work Group at Fairplay's Children's Screen Time Action Network in an article warning that "Christian parents should keep their kids far, far away from it". Read her article on America Magazine...

 

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The Word Explained

20th September, 2021
Canon (church official): A priest with particular duties in a cathedral.

 

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