The Weekly Digest: Burma, Greece, Toi Derricotte

by Sampsonia Way    /  October 23, 2011  / No comments

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Abhaya - Burma's Fearlessness

Abhaya - Burma's Fearlessness, by James MacKay, with a foreword by Aung San Suu Kyi.

Abhaya: Burma’s Fearlessness
For his book Abhaya, James Mackay photographed former prisoners with the name of a current political prisoner written on their palm. Learn more about Mackay and watch a short documentary about the making of Abhaya, made by Democratic Voice of Burma’s Than Win Htut.

Video: Toi Derricotte Reads at Cave Canem 2011
Toi Derricotte has been described as “one of the most beautiful and necessary voices in American poetry today.” In this video, Derricotte reads a few of her poems at Cave Canem 2011, an annual reading co-hosted by City of Asylum Pittsburgh.

Slide Show: Reporters at the Front Lines of Greek Protests
While covering anti-austerity protests and strikes in Athens and other Greek cities, journalists have been attacked by police and, in some cases, the protesters themselves.

Chronic Street Poster

The Chronic Street Poster #3

The Chronic: A Time Machine Newspaper
The South African periodical Chimurenga released a new issue designed to be a time machine, backdated to the week of May 18-24, 2008 during which several waves of xenophobic violence and protests spread across the country.

Metro: Egypt’s Banned Graphic Novel to be Published in U.S.
“Today, let bones be smashed like the dreams of our youth” says Shihab, the protagonist of Magdy El Shafee’s graphic novel Metro. An English translation of the banned Egyptian graphic novel will be available in 2012.

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