World Media Watch
Keeping an eye on the news from around the World.
BY John Lilly
October 29-November 4, 2006 Issue | Posted 10/25/06 at 9:00 AM
Germans Flock to World Youth Day Website
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, Oct. 15 — Perhaps bolstered by the success of World Youth Day 2006 in Cologne, Germans have shown the most interest in World Youth Day Sydney in 2008, the Australian newspaper reported.
He said he was
pleasantly surprised that Germans topped the list of visitors to the official
website (www.wyd2008.org) with 2.2 million hits, followed by
“Ten days ago a
delegation of three came from the
THE SUNDAY TIMES, Oct. 15 — The North Korean regime’s obsession with racial purity has led to the killing of disabled infants and forced abortions for women suspected of conceiving their babies by Chinese fathers, reported the British newspaper.
The latest description
of Kim Jong-il’s policy of state eugenics came from a
North Korean doctor, Ri Kwang-chol,
who escaped last year and told a forum in Seoul that babies with deformities
were killed soon after birth. “There are no people with physical defects in
Ri’s account added to the evidence that the Kim
family dictatorship is founded on mystical notions of Korean racial superiority
rather than Marxism — a reality that explains its deepening estrangement from
“It’s vital to recognize that juche (the dogma of self-reliance) is not a theory but a cult, and that Kim is worshipped as the leader of a religion,” said a veteran Western diplomat who negotiated with the North Koreans on 19 visits. “These Koreans genuinely believe they are a master race and that the peninsula will be united under the rule of the Kim dynasty.”
Murderers Demanded Apology for Pope’s Comments
Oct. 12 — Relatives of an Orthodox priest who was kidnapped and found
beheaded three days later said that his captors had demanded his Church condemn
More than 500
people attended a memorial service Oct. 12 for Father Amer
Iskender in the northern city of
“He was a good man and we all shed tears for him,” said Eman Saaur, a 45-year-old schoolteacher who said she attended Father Iskender’s church regularly. “He was a man of peace.”
“It was a tragedy,” said Hazim Shaaiya, 60, who had come to the memorial service to pay respects. “Father Amer Iskender was a peaceful, kind, religious man.”
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