• 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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  • Protestors throwing tires in the fire.
    Revolution in Kiev, Ukraine

    On January 22nd and 23rd, Ilya Varlamov, a Russian social activist blogger and photographer, went to report on the anti-government protests in Kiev. The following are excerpts from entries originally posted in his blog. We’ve included a slideshow of photographs Varlamov took for his reporting.

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  • Lia Villares - Generation Zero
    Video: Writers of Generation Zero

    In this video, filmed in Cuba by Silvia Corbelle Batista and edited in Pittsburgh by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, five of the writers from Generation Zero: An Anthology of New Cuban Fiction discuss the stylistic characteristics and mission of Generation Zero.

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  • 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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  • Stefan Zweig
    The World of Yesterday

    “In one way or another, we’ve all been expelled from previous states and no one leaves their space without being condemned to diaspora.” Venezuelan author Israel Centeno on exile, refuge, and life on the outside.

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