• Banned Books Week
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    This week: 30th year of Banned Books Week celebrates right to read; Burmese journalists still denied visas to enter country; French newspaper cartoons of prophet Muhammad spark debate over Islamophobia; and the convenience of denouncing free speech.

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  • Jenin Protests_ Sawt Al-Mana
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    This week, an anti-Islamist film ignited violent protests across the Arab world; Freedom Theater co-founder Zakaria Zubeidi to begin death fast until he is released from a Palestinian prison; Aseem Trivedi jailed for cartoon mocking Indian government.

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  • Jordan Internet Blackout
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    This week: Jordanian online news sites protests new censorship laws with web blackout; social media’s role in sparking religious violence in India raises questions about justified cyber censorship; plus news and analysis from Ivory Coast, Egypt, South Korea, Turkey.

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  • Writers in the Garden 2010
    Writers in the Garden 2012

    Prior to the Jazz Poetry Concert on September 8th, City of Asylum/Pittsburgh is presenting Writers in the Garden, a celebration of local poets and the Northside community. This year’s poets include Christopher Medal-winners, Pushcart Prize-nominees and NEA Fellows.

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  • Myanmar goverment abolishes direct media censorship after 50 years.
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    This week: Myanmar government announces it is to end direct media censorship; writer Patrick Ness on censorship in the internet age; World Writers’ Conference issues statement condemning Arizona book ban. Also, news from India, Syria, Ethiopia, Pakistan and Russia.

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  • Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah
    Two Poems from Patricia Smith

    The poet, teacher and Cave Canem fellow Patricia Smith shares “What Garfield Park Kept Saying” and “An Open Letter to Joseph Peter Naras, Take 2″, two poems from her collection Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah. Smith is a guest poet at City of Asylum’s 2012 Jazz Poetry concert.

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