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The film world lost a key figure Saturday with the passing of the distinguished critic and filmmaker, whose work Truthdig was privileged to feature in the latter years of his career.

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A group of young Muslim women tries to destigmatize head coverings; The Economist is under attack for a cartoon some see as anti-Semitic; meanwhile, a Time magazine cover portrayal of Hillary Clinton has sparked a wave of online outrage. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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According to the managing editor of Time magazine, Pope Francis was chosen to grace the cover of its 2013 Person of the Year issue because he "changed the tone and the perception and the focus of one of the world's largest institutions in an extraordinary way." But perhaps his most significant contribution this year has been his condemnation of greed and materialism.

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A mistake on Time magazine's latest cover has opened a nationwide conversation about race and ethnicity; Rick Santorum belittles American public education, calling it an "anachronism"; is the U.S. finally done with Afghanistan? These discoveries and more after the jump.

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For “once again becoming a maker of history” two sleepy decades after political soothsayer Francis Fukuyama declared Western liberalism the end point in the evolution of human society, Time magazine named "The Protester" 2011’s Person of the Year. For “once again becoming a maker of history,” Time magazine named "The Protester" 2011’s Person of the Year.

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One of the most obvious and deeply unsettling failings of our human character is our inability to accept just how much sway the lizard portions of our brains have over our behavior and just how short we continue to fall when attempting to achieve synchronicity with our highest ideals.One of the most obvious and deeply unsettling failings of our human character is our inability to accept just how much sway the lizard portions of our brains have over our behavior.

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