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Open letter from Archibishop Desmond Tutu to Aung San Suu Kyi

My dear Aung San Suu Kyi I am now elderly, decrepit and formally retired, but breaking my vow to remain silent on public affairs out of profound sadness about the plight of the Muslim minority in your country, the Rohingya.…

Solidarity rather than ‘Lord of the flies’ is the default reaction

Paranoia-mongers and arms manufacturers surely love the post-apocalyptic films and TV series about people and towns fighting one another with deadly weapons in order to gain or defend their resources. Whether the scene is set in the present or a…

Jeremy Corbyn wishes Eid Mubarak to the Muslims

The Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, honors Prophet Abraham’s sacrifice of his son Ishmael, as an act of submission to God’s command and marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. This year…

The Stockholm syndrome affecting a good part of humanity

Working for little reward to have others enrich themselves, even in situations of slavery, and to do so convinced that this is normal and it makes us worthy, is a clear indicator of suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. Stockholm Syndrome is…

We prayed together as Muslims and Jews in Sarajevo

We prayed together as Muslims and Jews and discovered we pray to the same God. There were 120 of us from all over the world at the Muslim Jewish Conference (MJC) in Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, from August 6 to…

A Giant Dolphin to Defend Portugal’s Coast from Offshore Drilling

Approximately 1,000 people from 40 countries came together last Saturday to write out a message on the beach of Odeceixe using their own bodies. The message was a clear NO to all attempts at offshore oil drilling on one of…

Face 2 Face with Maru Jorge

On this show we speak with Maru Jorge with Silo’s Message. Maru is organizing public ceremonies in Union Square on August 15  at 7 PM in front of Gandhi’s Statue. https://www.facebook.com/events/109196426392932

Deconstructing and Recycling Violence

In one of my previous articles, called “How Long Did it Take to Take this Photo?”, I referred to a monograph written by Silvia Swinden titled “The Space of Representation”. Continued study of the document has produced more insight and…

The Spiritual Shadows of Shahidul Alam

By Shahidul Alam Bait Ur Rouf, the Bangladeshi mosque of Dhaka where this photography was done, is a work of art. The sculptural quality, the use of light, the tranquility of the space, the intelligent use of geometry and the…

“Psychedelic Chile: Youth, Counterculture, and Politics on the Road to Socialism and Dictatorship” by Patrick Barr-Melej

As in other aspects of socio-political culture, Chile’s experience of the late 1960s and early 1970s diverged significantly from other countries in Latin America. On the one hand, hippismo (the hippies) and similar countercultural movements that captured the imagination of…

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