• No Enemies, No Hatred, Liu Xiaobo
    10 Banned Writers You Must Read

    In recognition of Banned Books Week, Sampsonia Way presents a selection of exclusive interviews, excerpts, and profiles of the banned writers who have appeared in our pages – from imprisoned Chinese activists to American poets.

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  • Vuelvan Caras!
    The Coup

    Fiction and reality blur on a crumbling internet. “S was lost in his fury. He realized that his old friends, with whom he had shared revolutionary ambitions and hopes in these online communities, had passed into exile, outside the realm of Java, Twitter, and Facebook.”

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  • Giza Sunset
    Writing…

    Egyptian writer and columnist Hamdy El-Gazzar talks about writing a novel, specifically his novel Secret Pleasures, as a way to discus what is “happening and happened in Egypt since the Kefaya movement appeared in 2004.”

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  • Zainab al-Khawaja
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    The week’s top news on freedom of expression, journalists in danger, artists in exile, and banned literature. Featured this week: imprisoned Bahraini activist Zainab al-Khawaja releases audio message, and German-Iraqi Abbas Khider wins Literature in Exile Prize.

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  • Claria Catfish
    Among Fish and Cats

    As the growing non-native population of catfish causes “ecological holocaust” in Cuba’s waters, the government advises Cubans to “Eat up!” But many Cubans find catfish unpalatable, with some choosing to buy the cheap fish to feed their pets instead.

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  • Censured Picasso
    Erdocracy Censures Picasso!

    As the pro-government ATV Channel in Turkey censures a cubist painting by Picasso, Tarık Günersel thanks the group of American actors and other intellectuals for criticizing the new oppressive regime in Turkey, which he calls “Erdocracy,” a version of Islamofascism.

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