• Kiran Desai
    Interview: Author Kiran Desai on Freedom of Expression in India

    Booker-prize winner, Kiran Desai, talks with PEN International’s Sarah Clarke about threats to freedom of expression in India and the role of PEN. The interview was took place at PEN’s 79th Congress in Iceland in September 2013, where Desai spoke on behalf of the newly launched PEN Delhi Centre.

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  • Malmierca
    Malmierca or Death: We Will Overcome!

    Rodrigo Malmierca, Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, declared last month that, on the island, there would never be elections involving parties other than the Cuban Communist Party. If the legal route to a multiparty system is closed, what should Castro’s opponents do now?

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  • 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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