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Fished out

Some fish stocks are coming back, but we’re still too fond of seafood. Aseries of alarming figures reveal how we humans are...

Losing ground

It’s not the sexiest environmental issue, but we also risk running out of soil. The numbers speak for themselves. Since the 1950s,...

Our love affair with cars may be ending. The debate about when the planet will reach ‘peak oil’ – or maximum oil...

Dolphins vs. drones

New soldiers for a new war. Apparently the special corps of ‘Combat Dolphins’ were first set up in both the US and...

Champions – From football to the Jihad

The death of a German soccer player and the links between sports and Islamic extremism. When 26-year-old Burak Karan was killed in...

Food & culture – How you pray says what you eat

Faith and food have gone hand in hand since the dawn of history. Many religious dietary laws guide believers worldwide in the...

East Books

There are many ways to approach religions we know little about: the first is to plunge into someone else’s life, the second is to...

Film – Filming faith and non-faith

Making visible what’s missing is a challenge. Though the election, last March, of the Argentinean Pope Francis seems to have invigorated the...

Music – The minstrel of faith

If God is on our side, why are we in such a mess? One of Bob Dylan’s best quotes runs as follows:...

Art – When art and faith collide

Iconoclasm is in the eye of the beholder. Who would have ever thought that cave art dating back more than 8,000 years...

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