Modern Family - Iran

“Modern Family”: Iranian, Islamic

“Now, what happens when writers and directors copy a show from a country that is called ‘the great Satan?’” Yaghoub Yadali highlights blatant similarities that exist between an Iranian series and a popular American one and uses this case study as a window into deep-seated issues in Iranian television.

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Ritsos Diaries of Exile

Three Poems from Yannis Ritsos’ Diaries of Exile

Presenting three poems from Diaries of Exile by Greek poet Yannis Ritsos, whose works were burned and banned several times between 1936 and 1970. Now, the latest version of his work is short-listed for the 2014 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.

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Ai Weiwei's piece 'He Xie' at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin.

Ai Weiwei’s Art and the Chinese Tragi-Comedy

“However, the government’s pressure and suppression seems to be one of the most important sources of ideas and emotional inspiration for him.” Tienchi Martin-Liao on Ai Weiwei’s most recent exhibition in Berlin and how Chinese politics and history directly feed into his art.

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Free Press

How Ending Net Neutrality Will Harm Writers and Readers

“We found that net neutrality dramatically impacts the ability of authors of all kinds to conduct research and to reach readers.” PEN American Center’s Deji Olukotun highlights the great loss of free expression if net neutrality were to go the way of the dodo.

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Death as a Measure of All Cubans

“At least let me pull those 37 names out of the macabre anonymity to which Castroism has condemned them in Cuba.” Orlando Pardo Lazo recounts a dark time in Cuba, referred to as the Tugboat Massacre of 1994.

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The Conspiracy
The Conspiracy by Israel Centeno
by Israel Centeno / July 20, 2014
Described as "a rare voice from Venezuela" and "one of the great undiscovered literary experiences", Israel Centeno's newly translated book The Conspiracy is a perfect summer read. Enjoy an excerpt from this novel today. Read more...
Modern Family - Iran
“Modern Family”: Iranian, Islamic
by Yaghoub Yadali / July 25, 2014
"Now, what happens when writers and directors copy a show from a country that is called 'the great Satan?'" Yaghoub Yadali highlights blatant similarities that exist between an Iranian series and a popular American one and uses this case study as a window into deep-seated issues in Iranian televisio Read more... Read more...
Nazeeha
The Freedom Chat Transcripts: Bahraini Journalist Nazeeha Saeed
by Annie Piotrowski / July 8, 2014
Nazeeha Saeed, who was imprisoned and tortured during the pro-democracy protests in 2011, discusses the state of journalism in Bahrain and her struggle for justice in this edition of The Freedom Chat. Read more...
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
The Writer’s Block: A Video Q&A With Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
by Sampsonia Way / July 17, 2014
In this interview with Cave Canem faculty member Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, she reveals a personal affinity for archival research in libraries and she describes how the Floridian swamp as well as other elements from childhood feed into her work. Read more...

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    “Modern Family”: Iranian, Islamic

    “Now, what happens when writers and directors copy a show from a country that is called ‘the great Satan?’” Yaghoub Yadali highlights blatant similarities that exist between an Iranian series and a popular American one and uses this case study as a window into deep-seated issues in Iranian television.

    Read more...

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    Cartoon: Red Card

    With news of an American spy from the Federal Intelligence Service arrested in Germany, relations between the two countries may deteriorate further in light of this potentially invasive move.

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  • The Conspiracy
    The Conspiracy by Israel Centeno

    Described as “a rare voice from Venezuela” and “one of the great undiscovered literary experiences”, Israel Centeno’s newly translated book The Conspiracy is a perfect summer read. Enjoy an excerpt from this novel today.

    Read more...

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    “The history of past and present religions is full of crimes.” In his column today, Tarik Günersel presents a poem regarding faith based killing and he addresses the deteriorating situation in Turkey under the Prime Minister Erdoğan.

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