German dissident musician Wolf Biermann. Photo provided by the author.

In China Behind the Wall

Germany’s miserable divided past is China’s present reality. Forty years ago, singer-songwriter Wolf Biermann saw the truth of China’s situation under a dictatorship.

READ MORE
elhaqed_IMG_7706close

Morocco: Rapper El Haqed speaks of freedom and flaws

If the Moroccan authorities meant to silence the dissident Moroccan rapper El Haqed by locking him up in a prison cell on trumped up charges, it didn’t work.

READ MORE
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.

READ MORE
Click on image to enlarge.

Cartoon: Conspiracy of Silence

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

READ MORE
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.

READ MORE

SW Daily