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    Helicópteros Históricos (Spanish Text)

    Literature written in exile contains unexpected bridges between what authors experience in their isolation. Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo examines the curious similarities between two banned books and the exiled writers who “created a fictional sparring of words with the Commander-in-Chief who drove them from their homeland.”

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  • Banned Books Week
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    This week: 30th year of Banned Books Week celebrates right to read; Burmese journalists still denied visas to enter country; French newspaper cartoons of prophet Muhammad spark debate over Islamophobia; and the convenience of denouncing free speech.

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  • Mexico: Enrique Peña Nieto
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    In this week’s Freedom of Speech Roundup, an interview with Russian feminist collective Pussy Riot, and pieces on the passing of Gore Vidal and Alexander Cockburn. Also, news and analysis on Mexico, Burma, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Belarus, China, Iraq, and USA.

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    Categorical Denial

    In this week’s “Blind Chess” column Tienchi Martin-Liao discusses the Chinese Post Office’s role in censorship policy of banning books from the mail and how Hong Kong is becoming a source for black market books.

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  • Unbridled Hatreds: Read in the Face of Ancient Hatreds
    Banned Books from Bahrain

    In March, the Press and Publications Directorate banned the following books from the Bahrain International Book Fair. Because of our commitment to freedom of expression, Sampsonia Way recommends these books to all those who speak Arabic.

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