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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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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

by ACLU

“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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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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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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  • Picture of Ahmel Echevarria Peré
    Ahmel Echevarría Peré

    Writer, photographer, and editor, Ahmel Echevarría Peré is the author of the novels Pastel Para Pitbulls, La Noria, and Búfalos Camino al Matadero. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. He is a regular contributor to independent Cuban affairs online magazines.

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  • Ahmel Echevarria Peré by Leopoldo Luis
    Ahmel Echevarría Peré (en español)

    Narrador, fotógrafo, y editor, Ahmel Echevarría Peré es autor de las novelas Pastel Para Pitbulls, La Noria, y Búfalos Camino al Matadero. Sus cuentos hand sido incluídos en varias antologías de literatura cubana. Como columnista colabora con revistas digitales independiente.

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    Lizabel Mónica

    Lizabel Mónica is a writer whose experimental concepts alternate with narrative texts of high precision and transparency, where a certain pervert urge of her characters is always the result of corporal repression in human behavior. She is a writer of fiction, editor and art critic.

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    Lizabel Mónica (en español)

    Lizabel Mónica es una autora cuya vocación experimental se alterna con relatos precisos y transparente donde emerge siempre la perversión como resultado de la represiones corporales del ser humano. Es narradora, poeta, crítica de arte y editora.

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  • Lien Carrazana Lau portrait
    Lien Carrazana Lau

    Writer, digital editor, painter, and graphic designer, Carranza Lau’s stories have been included in several anthologies and is the author of Faithless, a collection of short stories. She is staff member of the opinion, literary and news website Diario de Cuba.

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    Lien Carrazana Lau (en español)

    Narradora, editora digital, pintora, diseñadora gráfica, Carranza Lau es autora del libro de cuentos Faithless, y cuentos suyos han aparecido en varias antologías. Actualmente colabora en la redacción del portal web de noticias, literatura y opinión Diario de Cuba.

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  • Lia Villares (La Habana, 1984).
    Lia Villares

    Lia Villares’ writing is herself, her motley room full of incense and music, her diaries half-finished or half-begun, her incredible blogs all of them called “Hechizamiento Habanémico Hebdomanario.” She is one of the most important social activists of the Cuban blogosphere.

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  • Lia Villares (La Habana, 1984).
    Lia Villares (en español)

    La obra de Villares es ella misma, su abigarrada habitación llena de inciensos y música, sus diarios a medio terminar o a medio empezar, sus inverosímiles blogs llamados todos “Hechizamiento Habanémico Hebdomanario.”

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  • Michel Encinosa Fú (La Habana, 1974)
    Michel Encinosa Fú

    Encinosa Fú is one of the best writers of science fiction and fantasy epic genres in Cuba. But he is also a storyteller who explores realism to its very violent limits. Author of more than 11 books, his work has been included in more than 20 anthologies.

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  • Michel Encinosa Fú (La Habana, 1974)
    Michel Encinosa Fú (en español)

    Encinosa Fú es uno de los principales creadores del género de la ciencia ficción y la fantasía épica en Cuba. Pero es también un narrador que lleva el realismo a un límite de violencia. Autor de más de once libros, ha sido incluido en más de veinte antologías.

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