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Women's Ice Hockey Team Drops Gloves (And More) To Help Find New Sponsors

Let her play again
Let her play again
Guillermo Tagliaferri

The Catalan Igualada Hockey Club has long been one of the best ice hockey clubs in Spain, both the men’s and women’s teams. But due to a recent lack of sponsorship and a cut in subsidies caused by the ongoing Spanish economic crisis, the company decided it could only keep the men’s squad.

The women’s players, as aggressive off the ice as on, quickly charged into action, launching a campaign to save the team that includes, among other things, a video of images of all of the players standing nude with black war paint striped across their cheeks.

An Argentine player on the team, Solange Albares Centrángolo, 27, spoke to Clarin: “When we were dropped by the club, we felt like we had nothing, that we were helpless and had no time to react. So we decided to fight for what we believe in and, at the same time, give hope and strength to others in sports who are going through the same thing.”

The idea of the video came from one of the players, Jordi Besa. “She pointed out that posing naked was similar to what we were going through — they left us with nothing,” said Centrángolo. “Putting on the war paint expresses the strength of our fight.”

The aim of the video is to get the team reinstated to Spain’s top ice hockey league, and has indeed helped find potential new sponsors. “We’re so grateful, but we still have a long way to go as this is only 30% of our budget for the season.”

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Minerals And Violence: A Papal Condemnation Of African Exploitation, Circa 2023

Before heading to South Sudan to continue his highly anticipated trip to Africa, the pontiff was in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he delivered a powerful speech, in a country where 40 million Catholics live.

Minerals And Violence: A Papal Condemnation Of African Exploitation, Circa 2023
Pierre Haski

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PARIS — You may know the famous Joseph Stalin quote: “The Pope? How many divisions has he got?” Pope Francis still has no military divisions to his name, but he uses his voice, and he does so wisely — sometimes speaking up when no one else would dare.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (the former Belgian Congo, a region plundered and martyred, before and after its independence in 1960), Francis has chosen to speak loudly. Congo is a country with 110 million inhabitants, immensely rich in minerals, but populated by poor people and victims of brutal wars.

That land is essential to the planetary ecosystem, and yet for too long, the world has not seen it for its true value.

The words of this 86-year-old pope, who now moves around in a wheelchair, deserve our attention. He undoubtedly said what a billion Africans are thinking: "Hands off the Democratic Republic of the Congo! Hands off Africa! Stop choking Africa: It is not a mine to be stripped or a terrain to be plundered!"

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