• Map of Islamic Caliphate c. 750 AD
    Sedition of the Caliphate

    Did the ‘Caliphate’ really exist as a political and religious regime for transferring authority through Islamic history? Author Hamdy el-Gazzar comments on Islamic historian Mohammad Abu Rahma’s new book about the fight for authority throughout the more than 600-year history of Caliphate rule.

    Read more...

  • Kathreen Khavari
    Kathreen

    Does Iranian or Middle Eastern heritage mean ‘terrorist’? Yaghoub Yadali examines prejudice and takes a close look at the short film “Brain of Terror,” in which the Iranian-American actress Kathreen Khavari plays 11 characters who are trying determine whether or not they’re terrorists.

    Read more...

  • Tarik Günersel - Turkey Exile Hangout
    Exile Hangout: Turkey

    Writers Tarik Günersel, Pinar Selek, Necati Abay, and Cüneyt Ayral talk via Google Hangout about risking imprisonment for writing against the regime, the pattern of repression against opposition writers, the government’s crackdown on free press, and the condition of writing in exile.

    Read more...

  • Alfonso Fanjul
    Free Enterprise Without Freedom

    “Amassing a profit from the humiliation of others is a feudal approach. Is that what post-revolutionary capitalism in Cuba will turn out to be?” Author Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo on exiled Cuban tycoon Alfonso Fanjul and other foreign entrepreneurs now open to investing in Cuba.

    Read more...

  • 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.”

    Read more...

  • Gun Violence Sign
    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.

    Read more...

  • 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?

    Read more...

  • 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.

    Read more...