• Nadine Gordimer
    Nadine Gordimer: 1923-2014

    Reflecting on the life and work of Nadine Gordimer, most famously known for her humanistic portrayal of the effects of apartheid, we present a personal reading and video interview featuring the Nobel laureate.

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  • Li Jianhong and Duoduo
    Break the Besieged Fortress

    For Chinese activists government restrictions on their rights to move and travel are clear: once you’re in, you can’t get out, and once you’re out you can’t get in. Tienchi Martin-Liao highlights the cases of Li Jianhong and others who have tried to break through the “besieged fortress”.

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  • Where Turkey is Heading Under PM Erdogan
    Believe It or Not

    From ordering a TV station to stop broadcasting a speech by an opposition leader to the imprisonment of Gezi Park protesters, and from the bombing of Kurdish peasants to the targeting of journalists, each day “it seems that PM Erdoğan’s government creates new material for Ripley’s Believe it or Not.”

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  • Cartoon:TVExecution
    Cartoon: TVExecution

    Political cartoonist Sergei Tunin (Russia) takes a look at the action taken by three Russian television providers of pulling the plug on Dozhd (TV Rain), a TV station known for covering the country’s massive anti-government protests. The channel’s chief said the move amounts to censorship.

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  • Protestors throwing tires in the fire.
    Revolution in Kiev, Ukraine

    On January 22nd and 23rd, Ilya Varlamov, a Russian social activist blogger and photographer, went to report on the anti-government protests in Kiev. The following are excerpts from entries originally posted in his blog. We’ve included a slideshow of photographs Varlamov took for his reporting.

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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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  • Duru Theater Shutdown
    Attacks Against Theater

    In what is a reversal of a decades old policy, the Turkish Ministry of Culture refuses to give financial aid to private theaters that supported the Gezi Park protests and that stage plays that violate the public’s general morality. Turkey columnist and author Tarik Günersel explains the situation.

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