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  • Cover: The Arena's Shout
    The Arena’s Outcry (Arabic Text)

    This week Hamdy el-Gazzar introduces us to The Arena’s Shout, a new book that studies the lexicon of the Egyptian Revolution. The book examines 650 different slogans that were chanted by protestors gathered at Tahrir Square and other public places across Egypt.

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  • Cartoon: Press and Terrorism
    Cartoon: Press and Terrorism

    In today’s cartoon, political cartoonist Vladimir Kazanevsky (Ukraine) takes a look at Ukraine’s controversial Law 3879, a law that, according to Reporters Without Borders, “drastically restricts freedom of information and other fundamental freedoms guaranteed by Ukraine’s constitution.”

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    The Wild Card: Ren Hang

    The authorities classify him as a pornographer but Ren Hang is simply a photographer pushing for freedom in his field. His go-to themes of nudity and homosexuality are on the verge of giving his conservative society a nervous breakdown.

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  • Fernanda Lima
    Blind Protest

    When Iranian television censored the broadcast of the Brazil 2014 World Cup draw in last month due to host Fernanda Lima’s dress, soccer-crazed Iranian youth took to social media to express their anger – not towards the government censors but against the actress.

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    Tunisian Poetry: Ali Znaidi

    Sampsonia Way is pleased to share five previously unpublished poems by Tunisian poet Ali Znaidi, including “More More More,” “The Sweet Water of Dream,” “Rebirth”, “The Beauty of Tunisian Women,” and “O, Wind!”

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  • Ai Weiwei portrait
    An Artist’s Duty: An Interview with Ai Weiwei

    Still denied his passport after nearly three years, Ai Weiwei exists in a strange purgatory. In this interview, the dissident Chinese artist speaks truth to power, as China’s exploitative processes of development demand great responsibility from the nation’s intellectual and artistic currents.

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  • Whistleblower by Ben Jennings
    Cartoon: Whistleblower

    In today’s cartoon Ben Jennings (United Kingdom) comments on the harsh treatment whistleblowers receive at the hands of governments, particularly in the US and UK.

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    Oh, Lord, Won’t You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz?

    Earlier this month Cuba loosened its policy on car sales for the first time in over five decades. But, according to Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo: “in a country where the highest salaries barely reach $40 a month, having enough money to afford the cost of a new automobile is something of a surreal dream.”

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