The Statistic

22nd February, 2019
Rise in number of anti-Semitic attacks in France, 2017-2018: Up 74 per cent (from 311 to 541)
Source: BBC

 

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Moments

22nd February, 2019
TO CLOSE:
Venezuela's border with Brazil on the orders of President Nicolas Maduro as a fight with opposition leaders over allowing humanitarian aid into the country escalates. Maduro denies there is a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
SENTENCED: In Melbourne's Supreme Court, to a minimum of 46 years in prison, James Gargasoulas, for the killing of six people and injuring of 27 others when he drove his car through pedestrians in the city's CBD in early 2017.
REDISCOVERED: The world's largest bee on a remote Indonesian island, 38 years after it was last seen.
TOUCHED DOWN: Japan's Hayabusa-2 probe on the asteroid Ryugu.

 

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Essays

In an article first published on Religion News Service, US Catholic commentator and Jesuit priest THOMAS REESE reflects on the opening of a four day meeting of Catholic prelates to look at the issue of clergy sex abuse...

Writing from London, MAL FLETCHER looks at the case of Islamic State bride Shamima Begum...

I n an article first published on the Conversation, KATIE GADDINI, a sociology researcher at the University of Cambridge in the UK, looks at what her research shows...

They Said It

“The foundations of our food systems are being undermined...It is deeply concerning that in so many production systems in so many countries, biodiversity for food and agriculture and the ecosystem services it provides are reported to be in decline.”
- Graziano da Silva, the director general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, in an introduction to an FAO study which found the world's capacity to produce food is being undermined by a failure to protect biodiversity (as quoted on The Guardian).

 

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This Week on the Web

22nd February, 2019
ADAM TAYLOR, executive director of US movement Sojourners, writes about a recent visit to Alabama where he visited the new Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Read his reflection on his visits here...

 

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The Word Explained

18th February, 2019
Dispensationalism: Theological perspective which sees history as a series of eras where God reveals Himself and holds people responsible for adhering to that revelation.

 

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