• RIP Nelson Mandela
    Cartoon: RIP Nelson Mandela

    Today’s cartoon is by Marian Kamensky (Austria). Sampsonia Way’s Cartoons section features cartoonists from around the world whose work offers unique political and social commentary, as well as sharp wit.

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  • Imprisoned_Turkish_Writers
    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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  • Fernando Pessoa Collage
    Saudade, Hiraeth, and Hüzün

    Writer Israel Centeno’s ‘search to ascribe a tangible meaning to the oblique feeling that goes above and beyond simple nostalgia’ has led him to a close reading of Fernando Pessoa’s works and the stories of Venezuelan writer Enza García Arreaza.

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  • Egyptian Protest
    I Don’t Feel Any Revolutionary Frustration!

    Writer Hamdy El-Gazzar reminds the “frustrated revolutionary” that Egyptians have achieved a lot to be proud of since the start of the revolution on January 25, 2011. “Remembering is good medicine for frustration, but what’s better is keeping what we own and paying attention to it.”

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  • Carpet of Baskerville
    What We Talk About When We Talk About Iran

    In a recent Gallup poll Americans rated Iran as their “biggest enemy.” Why is it like this? “Why do Americans believe all news that tries to paint Iran as an ‘enemy’ and a ‘terrorist’ only interested in building nuclear bombs?” Iranian writer Yaghoub Yadali attempts to dispel the widely held myths.

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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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  • Write Against Impunity
    Write Against Impunity

    The book Write Against Impunity is a literary protest. A protest against the culture of impunity that prevails across Latin America. Published by PEN International, this bilingual publication includes the contributions of major Latin American writers and journalists.

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  • Hiraeth and Black Sand
    Black Sand and Hiraeth

    Continuing with his discussion on exile, writer Israel Centeno offers an examination of the word “hiraeth” – “that unattainable yearning felt for a person, figure, or even nation that probably never existed” – and a reading of Black Sand, a novel by Venezuelan author Juan Carlos Méndez Guedéz.

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