The Confucius statue that appeared, then disappeared, in Tiananmen Square. Photo via Flickr user: Remko Tanis

Who is Afraid of Confucius?

Confucius is innocent, but the “Confucius” brand has been humiliated and degenerated; all glamor is gone. Gone, too, is the Chinese government’s trustworthiness.

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Cartoon: Tunisia Spring

Cartoonist Hassan Bleibel celebrates Tunisia’s first elections under its new constitution.

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The Freedom Chat: An Interview with Naser Selmani

In the thirteenth installment of the Freedom Chat, Karen Hillgrove spoke to Naser Selmani, president of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia.

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¿A Qué Huelen Los Héroes Del Proletariado?

Ágata, la terrible abuela de Agar, aquel niño maldito de El Juego de la viola, de cuentos del cubano Guillermo Rosales (1946-1993), decía que los comunistas andaban “todos con el culo remendado” y “con olor a taller de bicicletas”.

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What Do Proletarian Heroes Smell Like?

In Cuba, the obsession with aromatic oils sits between the concepts of communist kitsch and capitalist complacency.

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The Gypsy Goddess. Cover design by Studio Helen. Credit: Atlantic Books.
The Gypsy Goddess by Meena Kandasamy
by Meena Kandasamy / September 8, 2014
An excerpt from The Gypsy Goddess by Meena Kandasamym, an experimental novelization of an uprising and massacre of agricultural workers in India, and a meditation on the impossibility of writing a novel. Read more...
The Confucius statue that appeared, then disappeared, in Tiananmen Square. Photo via Flickr user: Remko Tanis
Who is Afraid of Confucius?
by Tienchi Martin-Liao / October 29, 2014
Confucius is innocent, but the “Confucius” brand has been humiliated and degenerated; all glamor is gone. Gone, too, is the Chinese government’s trustworthiness. Read more...
Cartoon by Rayma Suprani that led to her termination at El Universal. Screenshot via Twitter.
[Update] Rayma: The Cartoonist of a Faceless President
by Mariana Centeno / September 29, 2014
On September 17th Venezuelan cartoonist Rayma Suprani was fired from her position at El Universal due to a critical cartoon. This 2012 interview with Suprani explores Venezuela's relationship with cartoonists. Read more...
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The Freedom Chat: An Interview with Naser Selmani
by Sampsonia Way / October 28, 2014
In the thirteenth installment of the Freedom Chat, Karen Hillgrove spoke to Naser Selmani, president of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia. Read more...

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