• 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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    The Wild Card: Ren Hang

    The authorities classify him as a pornographer but Ren Hang is simply a photographer pushing for freedom in his field. His go-to themes of nudity and homosexuality are on the verge of giving his conservative society a nervous breakdown.

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    Blind Protest

    When Iranian television censored the broadcast of the Brazil 2014 World Cup draw in last month due to host Fernanda Lima’s dress, soccer-crazed Iranian youth took to social media to express their anger – not towards the government censors but against the actress.

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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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  • Whistleblower by Ben Jennings
    Cartoon: Whistleblower

    In today’s cartoon Ben Jennings (United Kingdom) comments on the harsh treatment whistleblowers receive at the hands of governments, particularly in the US and UK.

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    Three Kings Day in Revolutionary Cuba

    In Cuba, it’s not uncommon for children to say: “The Three Kings are Fidel, Camilo, and Che.” For writer and columnist Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Cuba is currently experiencing a “phase of forgetting” in its now decades long history of religious repression.

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