• Turkish artists writers musicians and lawyers in solidarity against oppression
    Law and Art in Turmoil

    ‘Today there is hardly a democratic government in Turkey. I have taken to calling it “Erdocracy” as it carries the heavy hand of PM Erdoğan.’ Writer Tarik Günersel issues a sharp critique of Prime Minister Erdoğan’s government, as censorship of the arts expands and institutional corruption worsens.

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    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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    Malmierca or Death: We Will Overcome!

    Rodrigo Malmierca, Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, declared last month that, on the island, there would never be elections involving parties other than the Cuban Communist Party. If the legal route to a multiparty system is closed, what should Castro’s opponents do now?

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    Turkey’s Imprisoned Writers

    Nearly 800 writers, poets, journalists, translators, and editors are currently in prison around the world. Approximately one tenth of them are in Turkey, where an Anti-Terror Law has been broadly applied to target writers. Here PEN Turkey president explains and names the writers under threat.

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  • Tsunami a Visual Poem
    Let’s Liberate the American People!

    In this column, which makes use of cinematic jump cuts, Tarık Günersel writes about the dangers of a solid relationship between Erdogan’s government and the United States. From Erdogan’s “Islamofascist” views to the USA’s historic meddling in Turkey, Günersel’s critique is delivered with sharp wit.

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  • PEN International Congress 2013
    Which 9/11?

    Tarik Günersel discusses the significance of Chilean writer Antonio Skármeta’s appearance at this year’s PEN International Congress, held in Iceland September 9-12, which coincided with the 40th anniversary of the military coup in Chile, September 11, 1973.

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  • Photo by Walfrido López Rodríguez
    Ai Weiwei’s Havana

    Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo’s thoughts on the unofficial screening of the documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry at an independent cinema in Havana, Cuba, and of Walfrido López Rodríguez’s photography project inspired by Ai’s “Study of Perspective” series.

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