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    Video: Censorship on China’s Sina Weibo

    In this interview Jason Q. Ng discusses the place that the social media site Sina Weibo has in Chinese culture, the origins of the Great Firewall and its censorship office, and why certain terms have been blocked on Weibo. Ng is author of Blocked on Weibo.

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    Cartoon: Red Carpet Treatment

    “Geneva II Peace Conference in shambles before it even begins.” Political cartoonist Brandan Reynolds (South Africa) on the recent week-long Syria Peace Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland.

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    An Artist’s Duty: An Interview with Ai Weiwei

    Still denied his passport after nearly three years, Ai Weiwei exists in a strange purgatory. In this interview, the dissident Chinese artist speaks truth to power, as China’s exploitative processes of development demand great responsibility from the nation’s intellectual and artistic currents.

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    Departure

    “Despite all sense of belonging and nationality, nobody can make you stay in a place that is dangerous and unfavorable to you.” Exiled writer Israel Centeno on the power of leaving and the pain of leaving Venezuela.

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    In the Future People Will Laugh at Many Things

    Satellite dishes, bootleg VHS tapes, uncensored films, police searches, laughter, and fear. Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iran has imposed and removed bans on just about everything – soon such actions, says the new minister of Islamic Culture and Guidance says, will make everyone laugh.

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    Three Kings Day in Revolutionary Cuba

    In Cuba, it’s not uncommon for children to say: “The Three Kings are Fidel, Camilo, and Che.” For writer and columnist Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Cuba is currently experiencing a “phase of forgetting” in its now decades long history of religious repression.

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