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December, 2017
Volume 43, Number 4
  
16 July 2015
J.D. Conor Mauro




A Bedouin boy holds a lamb in the village of Umm al Hiran, in the Negev region of Israel. (photo: Getty Images/Uriel Sinai)

Negev Bedouin await forced evictions (Al Monitor) The residents of unrecognized Negev villages have for years suffered discrimination and neglect by the Israeli government, which is now threatening them with mass forced evictions and relocation. Although Israel’s Prawer Plan was shelved in December 2013, on 5 May Israel’s high court ruled that the government could evict the residents of Umm al Hiran and build a Jewish settlement in its place…

Painting by numbers in Ukraine (Caritas) “We’re not doing enough,” says Erik Heinonen, a program manager for Catholic Relief Services in Ukraine. “The humanitarian catastrophe has not really been talked about or covered: 1.3 million people have left their homes behind and everything they had.” Caritas mobile teams have been helping conflict victims since the beginning of the crisis…

Melkite priest in Syria feared kidnapped (Fides) Since last Sunday Melkite Greek Catholic Rev. Antoine Boutros has been incommunicado, along with Al Said Abdun, who was driving him between cities…

Kurdish fighters besiege ISIS gunmen in Syria’s Hassake (Daily Star Lebanon) An activist group and the main Kurdish militia in Syria say Kurdish fighters have besieged members of ISIS in the northeastern city of Hassake. Kurdish official Mustafa Bali says they have cut all the roads linking Hassake with nearby ISIS strongholds in the province…

Anglican bishop: Christian refugees have not given up hope (Christian Post) Although Iraqi refugees who fled their homes to escape ISIS are now homeless and living in tents, containers and other makeshift housing arrangements in the Kurdish north, Anglican Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali said Wednesday that the morale of displaced refugees is much higher than the media is portraying. Along with an ecumenical delegation of bishops, he recently visited with refugees in northern Iraq as a guest of the Chaldean Catholic Church…

St. Sharbel’s memory, the future of Lebanon and the Maronite Church (AsiaNews) The Maronite Church has decided to commemorate officially the 50th anniversary of the beatification of St. Sharbel by Pope Paul VI by holding a novena of prayers and various events between 18 and 25 July. Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter recently described the saint’s beatification as a prophetic deed intended to focus the world’s attention on the importance of the churches of the East, perhaps in anticipation of the dramatic hours they would later experience…

Egyptian navy vessel targeted by militants off Sinai’s coast (New York Times) An Egyptian navy vessel was targeted on Thursday by militants affiliated with ISIS group, who said they destroyed it with a rocket while it was anchored off the Sinai peninsula’s Mediterranean coast. An Egyptian military spokesman said the vessel caught fire on the shore and that there were no fatalities among its crew members. He did not say how much damage the vessel suffered and gave no details on the type of ship or the size of its crew…

Greek lawmakers pass austerity bill despite dissent (Yahoo! News) Greek lawmakers voted overwhelmingly early Thursday to approve a harsh austerity bill demanded by bailout creditors. The bill, which imposes sweeping tax hikes and spending cuts, fueled anger in the governing Syriza party and led to a revolt against Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who has insisted the deal forged after a marathon weekend eurozone summit was the best he could do to prevent Greece from catastrophically crashing out of the euro, Europe’s joint currency. The vote came after an anti-austerity demonstration by about 12,000 protesters outside parliament degenerated into violence as the debate was getting underway Wednesday night…



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