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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Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Cuban writer and Sampsonia Way columnist. Photo: David Lewetag, Elevation Loft

The PEN Ten with Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

The PEN Ten is PEN America’s biweekly interview series curated by Lauren Cerand. This week Lauren talks with Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, a photographer and writer from Havana, Cuba.

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The Freedom Chat: A Video Conversation with Sidharth Bhatia

Sidharth Bhatia, a Mumbai-based journalist who reports for the Times of India and The Dawn, discusses the effect of economic reforms on India’s media in the Freedom Chat.

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Tibet/China: Artists have to tread an incredibly fine line

“The censorship of music within both Tibet and China has been known to reach absurd heights.” In this article originally published by Free Muse on July 9, author Dechen Pemba highlights the dangers surrounding cultural expression as well as the beauty of the work created by musicians in Tibet.

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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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Is Erdoğan a legitimate president?
by Tarık Günersel / August 26, 2014
"In 600 years, probably none of the 36 Ottoman sultans were so arrogant and excessive" as Turkey's newly elected president. Tarik Günersel questions Erdoğan's legitimacy in light of corruption accusations. 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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Writers in the Garden: Jamar Thrasher
by Sampsonia Way / August 21, 2014
On July 17th, City of Asylum Pittsburgh presented Writers in the Garden, an annual celebration of local poets and the Northside community. Curated by Jim Daniels, this year’s featured writers were Craig Bernier, Leslie Ann McIlroy, Dave Newman, Wendy Paff, and Jamar Thrasher. Read more...

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