• Farida Afridi
    A Bright Light Goes Out in the Tribal Belt

    In this week’s Pakistan Unveiled author Bina Shah reflects on the death of Pakistani women’s rights activist Farida Afridi. The founder of SAWERA, a women-led human rights NGO in Pakistan’s tribal belt, is suspected to have been killed by Taliban militants.

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  • A protest calling for the release of Ethiopian political prisoners. Photo: flickr user Mira (on the wall). Creative Commons.
    Ethiopia: Home, Bitter Prison

    In this week’s Ethiopiques exiled journalist Mesfin Negash reflects on the ways that Ethiopia – once home, sweet, home – has become “a bitter prison for the majority of Ethiopians, both at home and abroad.”

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  • Footage from the execution video. Photo: youtube user AussieNews1
    Afghanistan’s Anna Karenina

    In this week’s column writer Bina Shah reflects on the public execution of Najiba, a 22 year-old Afghan woman who was killed for allegedly having an affair with a Taliban commander. Shah draws parallels between Najiba’s story and that of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.

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  • Yasmín Silvia Portales, founder of the Rainbow Project. Photo: Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
    KISS KISS, BANG GANG

    In this week’s Revolution Evening Post Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo talks about political kisses in Havana and focuses on the recent Gay Pride Day celebration there and the movement fighting for LGBT rights.

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  • Mahmoud Dowlatabdi's novel The Colonel was just published in the U.S. but does not yet exist in an authorized Persian-language version. Photo: H.P. Schaefer
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    In this week’s Freedom of Speech Roundup news and analysis from Syria, Mexico, Sudan, China, Lebanon and Turkey. Also a review of “The Colonel” by Iranian writer Mahmoud Dowlatabadi and a Q&A with journalist F. Brinley Bruton who is covering Syria.

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  • Ai Weiwei
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    In the Weekly Freedom of Speech Roundup Sampsonia Way presents some of the week’s top news on freedom of expression, journalists in danger, artists in exile, and banned literature. This week: Syria, China, Tunisia, Carlos Fuentes, Ai Wei Wei.

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