Published Date : 2022-09-14
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2022: A Watershed Year For Kazakhstan?

By: Vladimir Pachkov, SJ

The tragic events of January 2022 once again revealed how the republics that emerged from the collapse of the USSR are still a long way from stability. Kazakhstan is not an exception, just one more example. There are, however, big differences in the way the ruling elites react to protests, ranging from attempts to consolidate power through repression to introducing some reforms, even if these can sometimes be a fig leaf masking a tight grip on power. The fact that...

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The Economic Consequences of Putin’s War

By: Fernando de la Iglesia Viguiristi SJ

This article addresses the issues related to the sanctions that the United States, along with the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Japan and a few other countries have imposed on Russia in retaliation for its invasion of Ukraine. We will highlight how the decision taken by Vladimir Putin risks plunging Russia into isolationism and into a cycle of impoverishment that could cause it to revert to the miserable levels it was at 30 years ago with the end...

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Memory, Healing, Reconciliation: Pope Francis’ apostolic journey to Canada

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

The ITA plane with Pope Francis, his entourage and accredited journalists on board took off at 9:16 a.m. on Sunday, July 24, 2022, from Fiumicino Airport, heading for Edmonton Airport, where it landed around 11:20 a.m. Thus began Pope Francis’ trip to Canada, the second largest country in the world, about 10 million square kilometers in size but inhabited by only 38 million people. A mosaic country Canada is a composite mosaic of peoples, religions and cultures from different origins,...

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A Historian’s Craft: The experience of John W. O’Malley

By: Festo Mkenda, SJ

Past historical figures are not here to tell us why their questions mattered when they lived, much less to respond to new questions from our own time. Exploiting their absence, irresponsible  scholarship can easily dismiss the past as inane in its time and useless in our own. In his most recent book entitled The Education of a Historian: A Strange and Wonderful Story,[1] American Jesuit historian John W O ’Malley makes it clear that such a conclusion should  not be...

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Alonso de Barzana – The Francis Xavier of the West Indies

By: Wenceslao Soto Artuñedo, SJ

Father Alonso de Barzana was one of the first Jesuit missionaries in South America, most notably in Tucumán (Argentina). Echoes of his activities reached Fr. Jorge Bergoglio during his time there. Once he became Pope Francis, he encouraged the historical research that made it possible to declare Alonso “venerable'' in December 2017.[1] The Spanish period (1530-1569) Alonso was born in Belinchón (Cuenca, Spain) around 1530, the eldest son of a family of Jewish origin, consisting of his itinerant doctor father,...

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The Karaites of Crimea: Turks and Jews?

By: Vladimir Pachkov, SJ

A series of documentaries on the history of all Turkish peoples up to the present day – Zaman Yolcusu. Türklerin Izinde (“A Journey through Time in the Footsteps of the Turks”) – traces a wide geographical arc, starting in Mongolia and southern Siberia, passing through Central Asia and the Central Volga, and extending to Istanbul. But before reaching the final destination of this journey to the West, it comes to the Turkish population living in Eastern Europe, particularly in the...

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