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The significance, on a theological level, of Pope Francis’ trip to Iraq in March 2021 emerges clearly only when placed in the larger theological, historical and chronological context. First of all, bear in mind that the pope comes from the continent with the lowest percentage of Muslims, although Jorge Bergoglio’s homeland, Argentina, is the Latin… Read the full article

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In 1994, the Holy See signed an agreement with the State of Israel, establishing diplomatic relations. Ever since, a debate has been raging about the position of the Catholic Church regarding a state that defines itself as Jewish and sees itself in continuity with ancient Israel in the biblical scriptures, which the Church also regards… Read the full article

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In his book on Central Asia’s golden age, Lost Enlightenment, Stephen Frederick Starr recounts an event that occurred during the civil war in Tajikistan in the 1990s.[1] One day, in Dushanbe, the country’s capital, Starr was crossing one of the city’s central streets when he saw some government soldiers with a brand new flag. He… Read the full article

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Shot in a dry and restrained style, the film 3 Faces by Jafar Panahi depicts the reality of traditional life in Iran. While being critical of certain situations, it looks at them with irony, fondness and hope. The actor/director and both actresses called on to give life to the title’s “faces” interpret their roles by blending art and life with ease. Reality sometimes takes on the appearance of falsehood, but behind each lie there is a truth needing to be discovered. A narrow and tortuous road is the symbol of the restricted path traveled by the Iranian cinema industry, a history of different obstacles encountered in various periods by the artists who have been its protagonists.

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For many observers the Obama Administration’s Middle East policy was overly cautious, especially at a time of high turmoil and human tragedy in the region. In Libya, President Obama was derided for “leading from behind.” In Syria, his failure, after drawing a red line, to bomb Syrian poison gas arsenals was dismissed by hawkish critics… Read the full article

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The narration of conflicts is entrusted to geopolitical analysis and to news reports: our days are crowded with words and images, causing a sort of numbness to tragedy by endless repetition. But there is a lens capable of showing us facts and interpretations, an upside-down view of things that crosses the boundary between life and… Read the full article