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The Freedom Chat: A Video Conversation with Alfredo Corchado Jimenez

In the tenth installment of The Freedom Chat, we talk to award-winning journalist Alfredo Corchado Jimenez, who is renowned for his coverage of corruption and drug cartels in the U.S. and Mexico.

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Helicopters of History: 1980s Literary Flights with Fidel Castro

Literature written in exile contains unexpected bridges between what authors experience in their isolation. Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo examines the curious similarities between two banned books and the exiled writers who “created a fictional sparring of words with the Commander-in-Chief who drove them from their homeland.”

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Writers in the Gardens: Craig Bernier

On July 17th, City of Asylum Pittsburgh presented Writers in the Garden, an annual celebration of local poets and the Northside community. Watch Craig Bernier read his poem.

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Black Hand depicts the government's oppression of women in sports. Photo via Facebook.

Underground Graffiti

“This art demonstrates the creativity of the young artist(s), risking it all to share the sentiments of their generation in Iran’s closed and heavily controlled environment.” Yaghoub Yadali examines the work of Black Hand, a dissident street artist using graffiti to make a political stance.

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Lost in a Jungle of Injustice

Tienchi Martin-Liao profiles dissident lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who was released from prison on August 7, 2014.

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Hassan Blasim, The Corpse Exhibition and Other Stories of Iraq
“An Army Newspaper” by Hassan Blasim
by Sampsonia Way / August 8, 2014
This excerpt comes from Iraqi writer Hassan Blasim’s short story “An Army Newspaper”, which traces a general’s discovery of a mysterious collection from the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980′s to the present conflict. Read more...
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Helicopters of History: 1980s Literary Flights with Fidel Castro
by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo / August 29, 2014
Literature written in exile contains unexpected bridges between what authors experience in their isolation. Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo examines the curious similarities between two banned books and the exiled writers who "created a fictional sparring of words with the Commander-in-Chief who drove them Read more... Read more...
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The Freedom Chat Transcripts: Indian Journalist Sidharth Bhatia
by Olivia Rose Mancing / August 26, 2014
In this edition of the Freedom Chat Transcripts, Indian journalist Sidharth Bhatia talks more about censorship, free speech, and corporate pressure in India's media. Read more...
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The Freedom Chat: A Video Conversation with Alfredo Corchado Jimenez
by Sampsonia Way / September 2, 2014
In the tenth installment of The Freedom Chat, we talk to award-winning journalist Alfredo Corchado Jimenez, who is renowned for his coverage of corruption and drug cartels in the U.S. and Mexico. Read more...

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  • Photo via Flickr user Boston Public Library
    Helicópteros Históricos (Spanish Text)

    Literature written in exile contains unexpected bridges between what authors experience in their isolation. Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo examines the curious similarities between two banned books and the exiled writers who “created a fictional sparring of words with the Commander-in-Chief who drove them from their homeland.”

    Read more...

  • Photo from the protests in Ferguson, Mo., where at least a dozen journalists have been arrested. via Flickr user: velo_city
    Journalism is Under Attack, and Not Just in Ferguson

    “It is not a great time to be a journalist in America.” In this article originally published on August 21 at the ACLU, author Nao Yachot examines the ways in which the events in Ferguson indicate an ongoing trend of government attacks on First Amendment rights.

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