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Fernando Meirelles, the Brazilian director who became famous with the film City of God in 2002, loves transforming literary works into cinema. His latest, The Two Popes, is an adaption made in collaboration with the author of the play The Pope, Anthony McCarten, who also wrote The Pope: Francis, Benedict and the Decision that Shook… Read the full article

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The Turkish offensive against the Kurds of Rojava The evening of Wednesday, October 9, 2019, saw the beginning of the Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (Yekîneyên Parastina Gel – YPG). The Turkish government in Ankara considers them to be the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which… Read the full article

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Ghosteen, the new album by UK-based, Australian musician Nick Cave, is the result of a reinterpretation of his mourning for the death of his son Arthur, who died on July 15, 2015, after falling from a cliff in Ovingdean Gap, near Brighton, in southern England. In 1992 the singer had already written a song dedicated… Read the full article

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The seriousness of the ecological crisis that the planet is experiencing stimulates the creativity of authors and screenwriters, and pushes our thinkers and philosophers to decisively address the issues it raises. There is nothing new about the prospect of a probable end of humanity at a more or less distant moment in time. It will… Read the full article

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The slogan chosen for the 58th Venice Art Biennale lends itself to a kind of self-service interpretation, which is the exact opposite of what art means: “May you live in interesting times.” Once more we are talking about art and its role in understanding and facing practically the reality of this world and human life… Read the full article

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The 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners for fiction and poetry – two of the most distinguished literary awards in the United States – both posed the same question: What is the role of trees in human experience? The poet Forrest Gander (awarded a Pulitzer for his elegiac collection Be With) illustrates what some have called “ecopoetry.”… Read the full article

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Chernobyl is a television mini-series co-produced by HBO and Sky about the very serious nuclear accident at the V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Plant, located 18 kilometers northeast of the city of Chernobyl and 16 kilometers from the border between Ukraine and Belarus. The man-made disaster, among the worst in history, rated a level 7 (out… Read the full article

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The Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Panamazon region has just ended. Here we offer some immediate reflections on the value of this synodal assembly – the fourth of the pontificate of Francis, after the two synods on the family and the synod on young people. Already, we can discern some fundamental… Read the full article

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