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The Freedom Chat Transcripts: Brazilian Journalist Felipe Altenfelder Silva

In this Freedom Chat, midía NINJA member Felipe Altenfelder Silva talks about how media activism can create counter narratives that respond to Brazil’s diverse population and movements for social change.

El Sexto

Yoani Sánchez interviews El Sexto, (Imprisoned) King of Spray

Political activist El Sexto was detained six days ago by the Cuban authorities under the pretense of a common crime. In a candid and recent interview with blogger Yoani Sanchez, El Sexto discusses his artistic work and actions to engender free expression in Cuba.


The Freedom Chat Transcripts: Bahraini Journalist Nazeeha Saeed

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.

Rachida Madani and Marilyn Hacker

Armed with Words: Moroccan Poet Rachida Madani

Rachida Madani sees herself as “a poet armed with words to bear witness and revolt against injustice, social inequality, women’s conditions in a patriarchal society, men’s superiority complex, despotism, and a lack of freedom of expression.” In this edition of The Writer’s Block, Rachida spoke about language, womanhood, and reinventing Scheherazade.

Umberto Crenca

Unjuried and Uncensored: An Interview with AS220’s Bert Crenca

AS220′s Bert Crenca leads a thriving and always buzzing artist-run organization in Providence, Rhode Island. In this interview, the artistic-director and founder talks about the maturation of AS220 since 1985, the many offerings of the non-profit, and creative placemaking.



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    The Global Shift Festival Comes to Pittsburgh

    The fourth annual Global Shift Festival is coming to Point Park University, September 18 – 21. The festival will consist of four days of films, panels, workshops, selected shorts, and special events, all curated around the theme of “The Future Starts Now.”


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    Young Iranian Poet Seeks Refuge

    Iranian poet and novelist Payam Feili was forced into exile in Turkey last month amidst mounting threats against himself and his family, the poet told PEN International and PEN American Center this week. Feili described how [...]