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World Youth Day: Between faith and criticism

Madrid played host to the 26th World Youth Day (WYD) in a political, economic and social atmosphere overshadowed by the economic and employment crisis. Though the Catholic Church in Spain argues that WYD is an apostolic event, it cannot ignore the fact that certain voices, both inside and outside of the Church, are critical of the strategies used by the organization.

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August 30th, 2011 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

Zapatero: a pope’s best friend

An anti-pope protester. But Spain's Socialist government has been on the Church's side lately. Photo: Carlotta Tofani / Flickr.

Spain’s Socialist government has upset the Catholic Church a number of times. But as Benedict XVI visits Madrid, he should recognise how much it has also helped him in recent years.

August 19th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Iberoblog | Read More »

Sábato, Argentina’s contradictory literary giant

Sábato at first welcomed Argentina's military dictatorship but later opposed it.

Despite his shifting allegiances, the late Argentine writer had one constant throughout his life: exploring mankind’s efforts to understand a baffling world.

May 6th, 2011 | Posted in Books, Culture, Featured | Read More »

Awareness grows, but domestic abuse goes on

New laws aimed at combating domestic violence are having little impact on a long-running problem, though attitudes are starting to change and awareness is growing.

May 13th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

If language be the food of understanding, talk on

“Why are you interested in learning Arabic?” the teacher probed. It was a question intended to get us talking, to introduce ourselves and explain why we had chosen to give up two hours of our lives twice a week to sit in a drab high school classroom in Palma de Mallorca. For travel, said some […]

January 16th, 2010 | Posted in Culture | Read More »

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