People pray daily for an end to the coronavirus-COVID-19 that is gripping the world, turning human interaction into a virtual affair and upending lives everywhere during a struggle against a silent enemy about which little is known.
The Ecumenical Jury at the 70th Berlinale film festival awarded the prize for the best film in the International Competition to an Iranian film which "reflects upon the importance of moral conscience."
The World Council of Churches and The Lutheran World Federation, both with churches in the Holy Land, have criticized a proposal by U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for regional peace for the lack of consultation in their pitch.
The World Council of Churches and the World Evangelical Alliance along with Pope Francis called this week for restraint and de-escalation to prevent the conflict between the United States and Iran worsening.
Red and smoky skies at night and in the morning* looming in four Australian states indicate a catastrophe of biblical proportions as killer fires engulf them with towns and communities going down in flames, leaving tens of thousands of people stranded.
Christmas week is expected to be a time of peace, but this year it was not with attacks taking place in Nigeria, Somalia, Syria and the United States during the Christian celebrations and the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.
The coronavirus pandemic will hit the global economy in a much bigger way than previously expected, warned the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has warned in its annual economic report – Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2020. According to the gloomiest scenario presented by the bank, the impact of the “worst pandemic in a century” will be […]
74 journalism professors and journalists signed an open letter addressed to Fox News’ Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch on Thursday, criticizing the network they oversee for its coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. The letter stated, in part, “The Viewers of Fox News, including the president of the United States, have been regularly subjected to misinformation relayed by […]
Corona pandemic’s fright has now reached almost every corner of the country and the globe. While we are awaiting a prompt solution to the grave crisis, a legal as well as moral obligation falls on everyone to dwell inside homes; stay safe and let others stay safe. While necessary measures are being taken […]
We the members of Babasaheb Ambedkar National Association of Engineers express our deepest shock and anguish over the rejection of the anticipatory bail application of one of the founders and ex-president of our Association, Dr Anand Teltumbde. We were shocked right from the day his name was linked by the Police in what by now […]
Over 280 students, faculties and alumni of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) have signed statements in solidarity with their illustrious alumnus, Anand Teltumbde who apart from being corporate leader and teacher has done so much to the society. Teltumbde is expected to surrender himself by April 6 in accordance with the Supreme Court verdict. […]
(Adaptation of The Stranger by Albert Camus) Directed by Anil Kumar Chaudhary Performed at Veda Factory and Tefla’s Studio As strange as it may sound – is the philosophy of the world, condemned to death. If the purpose of literature is to comfort and disconcert, the actor is the promise of the world which, in […]
Setting a precedent, India’s 1.3-billion people are the world’s largest social-distancing lockdown population in the wake of the Corona virus. The decision to lockdown at this scale with 4-hours “notice”, without adequate preparation and planning is being questioned. But condemn it or praise it, we are in its midst and it is necessary to handle […]
“Constitutional morality is not a natural sentiment. It has to be cultivated. We must realise that our people have yet to learn it. Democracy in India is only a top-dressing on an Indian soil which is essentially undemocratic.” – Dr.B.R.Ambedkar The above quote by Babsaheb Ambedkar in the times of Corona Pandemic which […]
The BJP led Central Government on March 17 filed a 129-page preliminary counter affidavit in response to a batch of petitions filed in the Supreme Court (SC) challenging the constitutional validity of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019. The CAA fast-tracks Indian citizenship for Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Parsi, and Jain “illegal migrants” from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who came to […]
ABSTRACT The novel corona virus or COVID 19 has finally triggered the collapse of the industrial/capitalist economy. In the first part of this article we outline this collapse and the solution that has been proposed for the last decade and a half by a variety of green initiatives all over the world. However the COVID […]
Während der COVID-19-Krise nimmt sich die Kirche der spirituellen und sozialen Bedürfnisse der Menschen an, die von der Pandemie betroffen sind. COVID-19 hat die Welt im Griff, und was das bedeutet, wurde von der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) beschrieben. Am 31. März ab 12:00 Uhr mitteleuropäischer Zeit diskutierte eine Fernsehrunde mit erfahrenen Kirchenleitenden und medizinischen Sachverständigen über […]
Nach mehr als zehn Jahren an der Spitze des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen (ÖRK) sagt Pastor Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, dass dies „die Zeit sei, einander daran zu erinnern, dass wir an Gott als „den guten Hirten“ glauben, der uns versprochen hat, auch in schweren Zeiten und besonders während dieser globalen COVID-19-Krise an unserer Seite […]
Am Dienstag, 31. März ab 12:00 Uhr mitteleuropäischer Zeit diskutiert eine Fernsehrunde mit erfahrenen Kirchenleitenden und medizinischen Sachverständigen über die globale Herausforderung der COVID-19-Pandemie aus medizinischer, moralischer und spiritueller Perspektive.
In einem Schreiben an den Südsudanesischen Kirchenrat und die ÖRK-Mitgliedskirchen im Südsudan hat der Generalsekretär des Ökumenischen Rates der Kirchen (ÖRK), Pastor Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, die große Erleichterung des ÖRK zum Ausdruck gebracht und Gott dafür gedankt, dass am 22. Februar im Südsudan mit großer Verzögerung endlich eine neue Übergangsregierung der nationalen Einheit gebildet […]
Erzbischof Anastasios von Tirana, Durrës und ganz Albanien berichtet in diesem online-Interview, wie sich die Kirchen in Albanien und weltweit seiner Ansicht nach an die Gegebenheiten der COVID-19-Pandemie anpassen. Während wir für die Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler beten, die nach einem Medikament zur Behandlung der Krankheit suchen, können die Kirchen auch immer wieder betonen, wie wichtig […]
In einer historischen gemeinsamen pastoralen Erklärung, die am 26. März ausgegeben wurde, bekräftigten der Ökumenische Rat der Kirchen und regionale ökumenische Organisationen die Dringlichkeit, inmitten der COVID-19-Pandemie zusammenzustehen, um Leben zu schützen.
Der ÖRK gibt seinen Mitgliedskirchen die Möglichkeit, inmitten der COVID-19-Pandemie Unterstützung von persönlichen Ansprechpartnern zu erhalten. Der ÖRK hat ein aus acht erfahrenen Personen bestehendes Team zusammengestellt, das Kirchen beratend zur Seite steht und sie dabei unterstützt, ihre Rolle während der Coronavirus-Pandemie zu finden, sich als Glaubensgemeinschaften auf die Situation einzustellen zu können und sich […]
Pastor Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit ist seit mehr als 30 Jahren Pfarrer, Ökumeniker und Kirchenleitender und fest überzeugt, dass die Kirche die Welt verändern kann. Als Generalsekretär des ÖRK hat er in den vergangenen zehn Jahren erlebt und erfahren, welche Bedeutung Jesus Christus für Christinnen und Christen in aller Welt hat. Ende dieses Monats wird […]
In January, Donald Trump released his vision for Middle East peace, hailing his plan as the “deal of the century.” In reality, the plan is a “deal” for one side only, granting every demand extremist right-wing Israelis have ever made — bar expulsion. It was drafted by administration officials with long-standing support for Israeli settlements, […]
Palestine Update 350 Israel has already made Gaza unlivable. Now comes Coronavirus By Belén Fernández* Israel’s blockade of Gaza has turned the strip of land into the “world’s largest open-air prison.” And now the overcrowded enclave has its first confirmed cases of COVID-19. Back in 2012, the United Nations predicted that the Gaza Strip would […]
Linda Sarsour’s memoir, “We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders,” is, by turns, trenchant, painful and amusing, Sarsour’s memoir is packed with hard-learned lessons from the front lines of the social-justice struggle. It’s a book that speaks to our times, tackling issues of racial injustice, economic inequality, criminal justice reform, the surveilling of Muslim communities […]
P Palestinian citizens of Israel on Wednesday were beaten by Israeli police in Jaffa when police used coronavirus lockdown rules as cover to crack down on the area’s Arab population. Civilians took to the streets Wednesday afternoon to defend themselves after allegations that Israeli police had violently and disproportionately targeted Palestinians for breaking quarantine rules. […]
Tunisia is the Middle East’s greatest success story, according to the findings of the V-Dem Annual Democracy Report 2019. One of the world’s most regarded annual reports on democracy and good governance, the V-Dem Report is produced by the V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) Institute at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. While Tunisians can be proud […]
At least six countries have filed amicus briefs to the International Criminal Court asking permission to present legal arguments against the tribunal’s jurisdiction to adjudicate war crime suits against Israel. They includes Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Brazil. Channel 12 reported that Uganda was also on the list. Australia also filed an amicus […]
News media coverage of the “deal of the century” was deafening in its silence on international law and the Palestinian perspective. The most recent instance of international news compliance with the Israeli occupation was the coverage of Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest piece of political theatre, which posed as a “peace plan.” The coverage […]
The Israeli government continued to enforce severe and discriminatory restrictions on Palestinians’ human rights; restrict the movement of people and goods into and out of the Gaza Strip; and facilitate the unlawful transfer of Israeli citizens to settlements in the occupied West Bank. Israeli forces stationed on the Israeli side of the fences separating Gaza […]
Ever since United States President Donald Trump tasked his boy genius, Jared Kushner, with bringing peace to the Middle East, he has been a man on a mission – or perhaps more accurately, a man-boy on a mission impossible. Whenever he has not been busy reinventing the US government, overseeing its major trade agreements, supervising […]
The 11 February marked the 30th anniversary of the release from prison by South Africa’s apartheid regime of my grandfather, Nelson Mandela. Six years after his passing, my grandfather remains a symbol of our victory over apartheid, and an inspiration worldwide for the battle to overcome institutionalised racism. With racism and xenophobia rising globally, championed by […]
(1). Statement Condemning the Police Firing against Farmers in Kidapawan, Mindanao in the Philippines (2). GS Keynote Address In Search of a New Vision for Christian Mission in Asia_March 2016 (3). GS Letter to Suicide bomb attack against innocent people in Pakistan (29 March 2016) (4). Report of the CCA General-Secretary-18 July 2016(5). Statement on […]
Sudhir Adhikari, a prominent ecumenical leader in Bangladesh passed away this morning (21 September) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Born in Barisal, Bangladesh in a traditional Baptist Christian family, Sudhir Adhikari was a scientist by profession and worked with the government of Pakistan and Bangladesh for several years. As a devoted lay member of the Bangladesh Baptist […]