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Problems creep out past official front in China

March 20, 2008
BEIJING — Last month, Olympic organizers were showing off a new basketball arena and denied that any residents were forcibly evicted to build the many sites for the Summer Games. But the Olympic Media Village sits where Li Yukui and his neighbors had to leave their homes.

Olympic officials promised to clean Beijing’s severe air pollution, but an Ethiopian runner said last week that he won’t run the marathon because breathing the air could harm his health.

And the neighborhood volunteers touted for learning English to give directions to visitors instead spend their time monitoring residents and even confronted one pregnant woman about whether she was violating China’s one-child policy.

Five months before the Olympics, China is discovering the difficult line between promotion of its many successes and concealment of deep problems that dog the communist nation.

China’s crackdown on pro-independence protests in Tibet is just one front of this struggle. The world’s most populous nation wants to present a united image of harmony and prosperity. But the ruling Communist Party, which bristles at outside criticism, sometimes contains dissidents and ignores human rights complaints.

Riot police take a rest on a street in Tongren, in China's Qinghai ...
Riot police take a rest on a street in Tongren, in China’s Qinghai province, March 17, 2008.(Kyodo/Reuters)

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Holy Women Go To The Mat: Force Convent To Close Shop

December 27, 2007
Corabella Akut – AHN News Writer

Bari, Italy (AHN) – A convent in Italy is finally closing down due to infighting between its last three remaining nuns.

Reports say that the head of the convent, the Mother Superior was brought to a hospital with scratches to her face after the fight between the sisters of the Santa Clara convent in Bari.

With the violent infighting, the local archbishop intervened and asked the Vatican for permission to close the convent.

However, Sister Liliana, the only remaining nun at the convent says she has no intention of leaving the monastery which has served as her home for the past 44 years.

Regarded as the most austere order of the Roman Catholic Church, devoted to a life of prayer, penance and quiet contemplation, the Clarissa nuns, Sisters Annamaria and Gianbattista claimed they were driven to distraction by the habits of their Mother Superior.

During the summer, they became so fed up that, they turned on Sister Liliana, scratching her face and throwing her to the ground.

After the incident, the two nuns have moved to a nearby convent leaving Sister Liliana barricaded inside.

With the incident, Archbishop Giovanni Battista Pichierri wrote to the Vatican asking for permission to close the convent down.

However, Sister Liliana is not about to take things sitting down saying that not once in her 44 years in the nunnery had she left the convent.

She added has written to the Pope telling him she will only leave when God decides it is time to go.