Andrei Makarevich

Russia and Ukraine: Musicians caught between conflict, bitter rhetoric and outright bans

The Russian and Ukrainian music scenes have always been intertwined. Young Ukrainian artists would come to Moscow looking for fame and fortune, while Russian celebrities would go to Ukraine on tour. But as nationalist rhetoric gets more heated, cultural exchange is suffering.

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Cartoon: Conspiracy of Silence

Kenyan cartoonist Victor Ndula on the silence surrounding the victims of post-election violence.

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Ilham Tohti

China: Life sentence for Uyghur PEN member Ilham Tohti

The draconian sentence passed on Ilham Tohti, an academic and member of China’s Uyghur minority is a travesty of justice, PEN International said today, as it reiterated its call for his immediate and unconditional release.

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The World Must Carry The Voice Of Maryam

Time and time again, the Bahrain regime has demonstrated its intolerance for any dissent. Activists like Maryam, her sister and her father know the grave risks they face, yet they continue to fight for freedom.

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Kaing Tong Ngy

The Freedom Chat Transcripts: Cambodian Advocacy Officer Kaing Tong Ngy

More from our Freedom Chat conversation with Kaing Tong Ngy, a communication and advocacy officer for the Cambodian Center for Independent Media.

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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 portrait
    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 portrait
    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 portrait
    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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