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Giovanni Gasparro, the Catholic Church, and Antisemitism (Part 2)

Giovanni Gasparro has for the past decade been the favorite painter of Catholic clerics in Italy, who have commissioned him to produce works for a half-dozen churches and the restored Basilica of San Giovanni Artigiano in L’Aquila. Ben Cohen at algemeiner.com describes his success with Church patrons: Gasparro has exhibited his work in Italy and…

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Giovanni Gasparro, the Catholic Church, and Antisemitism (Part 1)

Giovanni Gasparro is a 36-year-old figurative painter who lives in Bari, Italy. He specializes in Christian devotional themes. He has painted a lot of saints, in tutte le salse. Unsurprisingly, he has received commissions from local churches and dioceses around Italy. Gasparro is also a nauseating antisemite, whose latest effort shows a Christian child, little…

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Iranian Defectors, Or, Goodbye To All That 

  There have been several high-profile defectors from Iran recently. There is a female chess umpire, Shohreh Bayat (above), who was videotaped doing her job at an international tournament. At one point, she removed her hijab – and then put it back on – but she was caught on camera without the hijab; there was…

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An Iranian Woman’s Anguish

Every so often we get a glimpse into the wretched lives of most Iranians – not that of the well-fed plump mullahs, not the sinisterly smiling Ayatollah Khamenei with his $250 billion business empire, not the IRGC commander threatening to set the whole Middle East aflame – but ordinary Iranians

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