• Where Turkey is Heading Under PM Erdogan
    Believe It or Not

    From ordering a TV station to stop broadcasting a speech by an opposition leader to the imprisonment of Gezi Park protesters, and from the bombing of Kurdish peasants to the targeting of journalists, each day “it seems that PM Erdoğan’s government creates new material for Ripley’s Believe it or Not.”

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    Ungovernable for Us: Part One

    ‘Violence unites us.’ In this week’s column Venezuelan writer Israel Centeno begins a three part series exploring the roots of violence in Latin America through its tumultuous history, important figures, and rich literature.

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  • Xu Zhiyong and Hu Jia Supporters
    Offshore Leaks Trigger Wave of Fear

    A new International Consortium of Investigative Journalists report lists over 21,000 people in China and Hong Kong – among them military and political leaders – with secret offshore holdings. Did China imprison activists and dissidents writers to divert attention from the corruption scandal?

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  • Cartoon: Putin's Sochi
    Cartoon: Putin’s Sochi

    Over $51 billion has been spent on the Sochi Olympics, making it the most expensive Olympics ever. But how has the money been used? Political cartoonist Marian Kamensky (Austria) comments on the Vladimir Putin’s involvement in the 2014 Winter Games.

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  • Egypt Flag Revolution
    The Evening of Friday, February 11, 2011

    In this week’s column, Egyptian writer Hamdy el-Gazzar offers a personal account of the evening of February 11, 2011, the day former president Hosni Mubarak stepped down from office, ushering what he and many in the streets of Cairo celebrated as a new promising chapter for Egypt.

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  • Tehran Skyline
    A Briton in Tehran

    Jack Straw, the ex-foreign secretary of Britain, recently visited Iran and what he found surprised him: a modernizing Tehran (despite heavy economic sanctions), an American-educated political administration, and a people ready to reach a lasting agreement with the West.

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  • Honduras Report
    Honduras: Journalism in the Shadow of Impunity

    Since the coup in Honduras of 2009, at least 32 Honduran journalists have been killed and many more continue to work in a climate of fear and self-censorship. A new PEN International report documents the intertwining roles that allow the violence to continue with near complete impunity.

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