• Protest in Thailand
    Thai Freedom: We Can’t Breathe

    “Half of every story in Thailand is Royal… How can we write anything, even a historic novel, when we’re only allowed to touch the subject by praising them in a way that seems too unbelievable to be true?” Thai writer Marisa Akara calls attention to the stifling effects of the vice-like lèse-majesté law.

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  • Egyptian Women Against Mubarak
    The Dance

    Hamdy el-Gazzar on the “Sisi” presidential election, Egyptian women, and the beautiful art of dancing that serves as a regular backdrop to life events.

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    Cartoon: Putin and Pussy Riot

    Today’s cartoon comes to us from Marian Kamensky (Austria). Russia’s Supreme Court has ordered a review of the case against two jailed members of the Pussy Riot punk band saying that a lower court did not fully prove their guilt.

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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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  • Bina China
    Five Days in China

    Bina Shah writes about her recent trip to China and about the perils and uncertainties of having your work translated in a restrictive environment.

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