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Jul 18, 2016
The Shaolin monastery in the Henan province of China is probably the largest school of Kung Fu in the country, if not in the world. It has also become a major attraction with hordes of tourists, most of them Chinese, disgorged by buses. The monastery runs many shows each day inside a theatre which is full for every performance. They look more like a circus show than genuine Kung Fu exercises by monks.

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Featured Essays
Jul 8, 2016
A small Jewish community in Kaifeng, Henan province, believes its ancestors where Persian Jews who came for trade by the Silk Road, about a thousand years ago during the Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127). Kaifeng, where the Jews built a synagogue in 1163, was then the capital of the dynasty. It was a cosmopolitan city on a branch of the Silk Road. The existence of Jews in China was unknown to Europeans... More...
Featured Essays
May 3, 2016
According to the Old Testament, the only non-historical source, Queen Esther saved the Jews of Persia from genocide, by revealing to King Xerxes the plot hatched by his vizir, Haman. A tomb in Hamadan, Iran is believed to be Esther’s tomb. Every year, Jews celebrate this salvation throughout the world with a joyous festival.

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Magnum News
Feb 5, 2016
IranWire and Journalism Is Not A Crime are thrilled to announce the launch of Abbas and the Revolution, a website celebrating the work of legendary Magnum photographer Abbas.

The site,, produced by Maziar Bahari, Iranian journalist, filmmaker and director of IranWire and Journalism is Not a Crime, will go live on February 4, 2016, ahead of the 37th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution.

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Magnum News
Jan 15, 2016
The career of the acclaimed Iranian photojournalist Abbas has taken him from the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City to perhaps the greatest boxing match of all time -- Muhammad Ali versus George Foreman. But it is his documentation of religion and its influence on culture, that's perhaps the most personally relevant to Abbas. An avowed nonbeliever, Abbas says he cannot comprehend religious fervor,... More...