Making visible what’s missing is a challenge. Though the election, last March, of the Argentinean Pope Francis seems to have invigorated the standing of the Catholic Church in Europe, it’s fair to say that most people under 50 would argue that the Old Continent is increasingly atheist, or agnostic at best.
If God is on our side, why are we in such a mess? One of Bob Dylan’s best quotes runs as follows: “They said I was a prophet and I’d reply I wasn’t. They used to be convinced I was a prophet. Now I come out and say Jesus Christ is the answer and they’d say, ‘Bob Dylan’s no prophet.’
Raiders on the high seas between cinema and reality. Captain Jack Sparrow versus Afweyne, the Somali pirate king. Piracy in a film context is normally confined to two topics: Johnny Depp and the spectacularly successful Pirates of the Caribbean films – a series of almost phantasmagorical blockbusters based on a theme park ride of several minutes that are ridiculous but also, sometimes, ridiculously entertaining.
The planet’s resources must have become a particularly important subject, given the number of writers who have decided to build their essays and novels around them. What will life be like without oil? Without electricity? Without an economic recovery worthy of the name? and what if humankind discovered that immortality actually exists? Four stories with answers to all these questions.
THE ‘BURMESE BIN LADEN’ - For far too long now, political and media propaganda would have us consider fundamentalists as cruel, bearded Islamists. In Myanmar, where Buddhist monks have always opposed the dictatorship, a bonzo (Buddhist monk) named Wirathu, who even refers to himself as the ‘Burmese Bin Laden’, has been preaching for years.
It has become common knowledge, with the exception of a few obstinate oil magnates, that there’s a limit to the planet’s natural resources. If the consumption model of industrialized countries were to be adopted globally, the price of petrol or water would no longer be a priority. In all probability, the main concern would be a shortage of oxygen. The market trends of the last century had accustomed us to somewhat static markets, dominated by the sensational production capacity of the U.S. and other economies’ with relatively stable and solid production sectors. If you want to read it all, purchase the entire issue in pdf for just three euro