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  • Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah
    Two Poems from Patricia Smith

    The poet, teacher and Cave Canem fellow Patricia Smith shares “What Garfield Park Kept Saying” and “An Open Letter to Joseph Peter Naras, Take 2″, two poems from her collection Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah. Smith is a guest poet at City of Asylum’s 2012 Jazz Poetry concert.

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  • Lydia Cacho, author of Esclavas del poder. Photo: Artículo 19. Creative Commons Licensed.
    Open Season on Journalists

    Writer Horacio Castellanos Moya examines how journalists, not writers and intellectuals, are the new targets of the powerful elite. In Latin America, pursuing investigative journalism, like that of Lydia Cacho, can be a death sentence.

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  • Tsering Woeser
    Woeser, a Lighthouse for Tibetans

    Independent Chinese PEN Center Tienchi Martin-Liao profiles Tsering Woeser, an internationally renowned Tibetan poet and activist writer who reports on the situation in Tibet. Also commentary on the self-immolated monks whose stories Woeser shares in her blog.

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  • Students gather in Venezuela and raise their hands for peace. Photo: ervega. Creative Commons Licensed
    A Deaf and Dumb War, But Not Blind

    Venezuelan writer Israel Centeno draws troubling comparisons between the government-tolerated militias in Venezuela and Benito Mussolini’s shock troops. These armed militias are alleged to be responsible for the growing number of violent crimes.

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  • Khalid Khalifa
    In Praise of Love

    In this week’s From Egypt column, author Hamdy El-Gazzar writes an open letter to his friend Khalid Khalifa, a Syrian novelist who recently returned to war-torn Syria. Khalifa has issued calls to writers and the international community to “Rescue my people.”

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  • Meles Zenawi
    Dead Until Proven Alive

    In this week’s Ethiopiques column exiled journalist Mesfin Negash discusses the apparent disappearance of Ethiopian president Meles Zenawi, who hasn’t been seen in public for over 50 days. Rumors are Zenawi might be critically ill or even dead.

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