• Photo from the protests in Ferguson, Mo., where at least a dozen journalists have been arrested. via Flickr user: velo_city
    Journalism is Under Attack, and Not Just in Ferguson

    “It is not a great time to be a journalist in America.” In this article originally published on August 21 at the ACLU, author Nao Yachot examines the ways in which the events in Ferguson indicate an ongoing trend of government attacks on First Amendment rights.

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  • Black Hand depicts the government's oppression of women in sports. Photo via Facebook.
    Underground Graffiti

    “This art demonstrates the creativity of the young artist(s), risking it all to share the sentiments of their generation in Iran’s closed and heavily controlled environment.” Yaghoub Yadali examines the work of Black Hand, a dissident street artist using graffiti to make a political stance.

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  • The Tibetan singer Gembey
    Tibet/China: Artists have to tread an incredibly fine line

    “The censorship of music within both Tibet and China has been known to reach absurd heights.” In this article originally published by Free Muse on July 9, author Dechen Pemba highlights the dangers surrounding cultural expression as well as the beauty of the work created by musicians in Tibet.

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    Young Iranian Poet Seeks Refuge

    Iranian poet and novelist Payam Feili was forced into exile in Turkey last month amidst mounting threats against himself and his family, the poet told PEN International and PEN American Center this week. Feili described how [...]

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