SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Gerard Russell

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September 15, 2016
We are accustomed to seeing Christians in the Middle East as always being victims of discrimination and violence. And so they are, and have been for centuries, suffering from laws (even now) which reject their claims to equal citizenship, and from sporadic but frequent and terrifying instances of persecution or mob violence. In recent years
March 31, 2016
The Last Supper by Klaus Wivel New Vessel Press, £11.99 Forsaken by Daniel Williams OR Books, £5 “Today we are still alive, but tomorrow is uncertain. Please pray for us.” Those are the words of a Syrian priest, written shortly before he was kidnapped by ISIS. They could also serve as a two-sentence summary of
March 17, 2016
Mother Teresa’s care home in Yemen’s southern city of Aden was opened in 1992, when its saintly founder was herself ailing. Sixty people, all elderly and many wheelchair-bound, were given shelter there by nuns from India and Africa. Some of those patients were witnesses to the ghastly massacre visited on their carers earlier this month
March 17, 2016
The four nuns served the vulnerable without regard to politics. But they were caught in the middle of Yemen’s disastrous civil war
December 22, 2015
The Middle East is more polarised along religious lines than ever before. Yet recent history shows the region can return to the enlightened tolerance it once enjoyed
December 22, 2015
Across the Middle East today, non-Muslim minorities are on the retreat. Let the numbers alone tell the story. Christians in Iraq comprised eight per cent in 1987 and are one per cent today. The mysterious Mandaeans, who once kept alive Babylonian traditions and a Gnostic faith in the Iraqi Marshes, have shrunk by more than
December 17, 2015
Across the Middle East today, non-Muslim minorities are on the retreat. Let the numbers alone tell the story. Christians in Iraq comprised eight per cent in 1987 and are one per cent today. The mysterious Mandaeans, who once kept alive Babylonian traditions and a Gnostic faith in the Iraqi Marshes, have shrunk by more than
August 28, 2014
The Middle East is increasingly a place to conceal one’s religion
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