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  • Medanos de Coro
    The Wasteland

    “All displacement is natural until the ulterior motives of a government make it unnatural.” In this week’s Night Watch column, Venezuelan writer Israel Centeno reflects on the relationships between time, memory, and life in exile.

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  • Feature: Book Smugglers in the United States
    Book Smugglers in the United States

    An account of the Librotraficante caravan, a book smuggling mission carrying banned literature into Arizona. Led by writer Tony Diaz, the caravan is a response to Tucson Unified School District’s decision to eliminate its Mexican-American Studies program.

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  • Photo: Steve Rhodes
    Is it Worth the Risk?

    “Why do writers risk imprisonment or death for an idea?” In this week’s Ethiopiques journalist Mesfin Negash reflects on the risks faced by journalists, activists, and human rights defenders.

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  • Aung San Suu Kyi and Dagon Tayar
    Dagon Tayar, Living Record of History

    In this week’s Tea House column, writer Khet Mar profiles Dagon Tayar, a 94-year-old Burmese peace activist, writer and editor. Dagon Tayar has been part of Burma’s fight for first independence and then democracy.

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  • Despertar- Raudel Collazo and Ricardo Figueredo
    Despertar: No Censor, No Cry

    Commentary on the case of censored film Despertar, a documentary about the cultural apartheid against Rastafarian rapper Raudel Collazo. His song “Decadencia” is a generational howl against the institutionalized intolerance of the Cuba.

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  • China's presence at the London Book Fair 2012
    Earn Money, But Keep Your Hands Clean!

    “The London Book Fair is not only a cultural event, but also an enormous commercial chance for Britain,” writes Tienchi Martin-Liao, president of Independent Chinese PEN, of China’s massive presence at this year’s installment of the literary festival.

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  • Willi Munzenberg and Double Lives by Stephen Koch
    The Innocents’ Club

    Israel Centeno reviews Double Lives by Stephen Koch, which looks back at Willi Müzenberg and the Innocents’ Clubs of the early 20th century. Such groups of naïve left intellectual sympathizers of “good despots”, Centeno argues, still abound today.

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