Hamdy El-Gazzar

Farewell

Thank you for two amazing years, Hamdy el-Gazzar, who is signing off from Sampsonia Way. Without fail, his column provided insight into politics in Egypt, pressing social issues, and contemporary Egyptian literature.

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Modern Family - Iran

“Modern Family”: Iranian, Islamic

“Now, what happens when writers and directors copy a show from a country that is called ‘the great Satan?’” Yaghoub Yadali highlights blatant similarities that exist between an Iranian series and a popular American one and uses this case study as a window into deep-seated issues in Iranian television.

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Ritsos Diaries of Exile

Three Poems from Yannis Ritsos’ Diaries of Exile

Presenting three poems from Diaries of Exile by Greek poet Yannis Ritsos, whose works were burned and banned several times between 1936 and 1970. Now, the latest version of his work is short-listed for the 2014 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.

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Cartoon: Red Card

Cartoon: Red Card

With news of an American spy from the Federal Intelligence Service arrested in Germany, relations between the two countries may deteriorate further in light of this potentially invasive move.

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Ai Weiwei's piece 'He Xie' at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin.

Ai Weiwei’s Art and the Chinese Tragi-Comedy

“However, the government’s pressure and suppression seems to be one of the most important sources of ideas and emotional inspiration for him.” Tienchi Martin-Liao on Ai Weiwei’s most recent exhibition in Berlin and how Chinese politics and history directly feed into his art.

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  • Hamdy El-Gazzar
    Farewell

    Thank you for two amazing years, Hamdy el-Gazzar, who is signing off from Sampsonia Way. Without fail, his column provided insight into politics in Egypt, pressing social issues, and contemporary Egyptian literature.

    Read more...

  • Modern Family - Iran
    “Modern Family”: Iranian, Islamic

    “Now, what happens when writers and directors copy a show from a country that is called ‘the great Satan?’” Yaghoub Yadali highlights blatant similarities that exist between an Iranian series and a popular American one and uses this case study as a window into deep-seated issues in Iranian television.

    Read more...

  • The Conspiracy
    The Conspiracy by Israel Centeno

    Described as “a rare voice from Venezuela” and “one of the great undiscovered literary experiences”, Israel Centeno’s newly translated book The Conspiracy is a perfect summer read. Enjoy an excerpt from this novel today.

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  • Etching of a scene from the Spanish Inquisition
    Faith is Dangerous

    “The history of past and present religions is full of crimes.” In his column today, Tarik Günersel presents a poem regarding faith based killing and he addresses the deteriorating situation in Turkey under the Prime Minister Erdoğan.

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