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    On Killing the Messenger

    Some of us choose to write things that may only offend family members, because we believe our blood ties will save us from their retribution. Others choose to take the risk of provoking religious extremists because they believe the risk is worth it.

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  • Philip Roth
    Dear Philip, We are Never Done

    Iranian novelist Yaghoub Yadali responds to Philip Roth’s recent announcement of his retirement with a deeply honest letter addressed to the celebrated author. While Yadali understands Roth’s reasons for calling it quits, he explains why “for an Iranian writer, retirement is meaningless.”

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  • Director Deepa Mehta (middle) at the premiere of Midnight’s Children at the Vancouver International Film Festival in September. Photo: iwona_kellie on Flickr
    Midnight’s Children

    Deepa Mehta’s film Midnight’s Children, based on Salman Rushdie’s novel of the same name, has reignited tensions with several Islamic fundamentalist groups.

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  • Mohammed Morsi
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    This week, president Morsi of Egypt calls for crackdown on free speech; Salman Rushdie on censorship and the Arab Spring; Egyptian-American commentator Mona Eltahawy arrested after spray-painting controversial anti-Jihad NYC poster; and more.

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  • Anti-'Satanic Verses' Demonstration – London
    On Libricide

    Writer Bina Shah recounts her experiences with blasphemy laws, from the fatwa placed on Salman Rushdie to the current persecution of Christians living in Pakistan, and her own wrestling with these policies as both a writer and Muslim.

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  • Jenin Protests_ Sawt Al-Mana
    Freedom of Speech Roundup

    This week, an anti-Islamist film ignited violent protests across the Arab world; Freedom Theater co-founder Zakaria Zubeidi to begin death fast until he is released from a Palestinian prison; Aseem Trivedi jailed for cartoon mocking Indian government.

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