• 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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    The Stone-Throwing Analyst

    Political analyst or disruptive propagandist? A disturbing trend in newspaper editorials in Venezuela. “Analysts interpret. They don’t rebuke, punish, exclude, or explain; that is the job of a propagandist.”

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  • By El Sexto
    A Burden, For What? by Michel Encinosa Fú

    Encinosa Fú is one of the best writers of science fiction and fantasy epic genres in Cuba. But he is also a storyteller who explores realism to its very violent limits. Author of more than 11 books, his work has been included in more than 20 anthologies.

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  • Artwork by El Sexto
    Unfinished Business by Erick Mota

    Erick Mota is a kind of chronicler of our thousand and one post-Fidel fossil futures. Entertaining, funny, relying on pure action, from which emanates however a sad reflection on the present of Cuba. He is the author of three books of fiction.

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  • Painting by El Sexto
    Judith by Abel Fernández Larrea

    In his writing, Fernández Larrea seeks to banish any local color of his sceneries and language, in a displacement that ultimately imitates the most common literary translation. Author of a novel, short stories and essays, he is also an editor at the University of Havana publishing house.

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  • Yan Lianke
    Yan Lianke: A Master of Sarcasm

    Independent Chinese PEN Center president Tienchi Martin-Liao profiles celebrated writer Yan Lianke. Longlisted for this year’s Man Booker International Prize, Yan is known to provoke and expose the CCP, despite official bans and censorship.

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