On the edge of the most prosperous part of Europe, the Republic of Moldova is nonetheless one of the poorest countries of the Old Continent. Crushed between Romania and Ukraine, the country is experiencing a severe and ongoing political, economic and social crisis.
- The CFA franc is linked to a history of extreme colonial violence and should by now be part of the past, and therefore of numismatics, and lie in a memorabilia museum like the one on the apartheid era of comic actor and fervent activist Pieter-Dirk Uys.
- Torrential rains have caused massive floods in Iran, causing huge devastation. But is it the only flood that the Iranian government has to be worried about?
- By Nicola MissagliaBorn in 1959 in Fasa, Iran, the ayatollah and philosopher Mohsen Kadivar is a aggressive supporter of the need for democratic and liberal reform in Iran. Educated in theology, mysticism, philosophy, fiqh (law) and tafsir (interpretation of the Koran) in Qom, he also studied under the great reformist ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, who died in 2009.