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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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  • Egyptian Revolution
    Revolution Egypt

    Egyptian writer Hamdy El-Gazzar introduces From Egypt, a new Sampsonia Way column with which the author will attempt to draw a cultural map of Egypt and the Arab world by profiling the artistic, literary, and political issues that affect the region.

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  • Talk2DVB screenshot
    The Beginning of Talk2DVB

    “Just before the 2010 election in Burma I proposed the idea to make a segment on our TV program where our audience could talk about their problems directly.” Video journalist Than Win Htut recounts the rocky start of TV program Talk2DVB.

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  • UNESCO World Press Freedom Day
    Celebrating Press Freedom in Unfreedom

    Today the world will gather to mark the annual World Press Freedom Day in Tunisia where the Arab Spring was ignited. I am sure the government of Ethiopia will also “celebrate” the WPFD by organizing some kind of communist-style public drama.

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