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    In Memoriam: An Interview with the Late Amiri Baraka

    On January 9, 2014Amiri Baraka, poet, playwright and activist, passed away at the age of 79. A leading figure of the Black Arts movement, today we remember Baraka by sharing an interview Sampsonia Way published in 2011, after he came to read with Cave Canem at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh.

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    New Voyager! Yes, We Can

    Does a new viral YouTube video signal big changes in Iran? Entitled “New Voyager,” the music video, which has strong similarities with the Obama campaign’s “Yes We Can” video, is largely based on president Hassan Rouhani speeches, shows women singing, and portrays Iran’s diverse society.

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    Cartoon: Fairy Tales

    “The Geneva agreement.” Today’s cartoon is by Shlomo Cohen (Israel). 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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    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    This week, literary greats on censorship; Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez arrested; portraits of Burmese activist; anti-cybercrime law sparks protests in Philippines; UN passes journalist safety resolution; and news from Cambodia, Malaysia.

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  • Video: A Conversation with Amiri Baraka

    Sala Udin sits down with poet and activist Amiri Baraka to discuss politics, the future of black art, and the consequences of making political art in America. Their lively conversation is sprinkled with personal memories, sharp political commentary and humor.

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