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Myanmar: Not in Secret, Not in Whispers

Myanmar: Not in Secret, Not in Whispers

By | October 15, 2014 at 11:24 am

Karen Connelly reflects on the changing climate of freedom of expression in Myanmar and how people and the challenges that lay ahead for its new PEN centre.

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A Nomadic Conversation with Mahmoud Darwish

A Nomadic Conversation with Mahmoud Darwish

By | September 23, 2014 at 12:01 pm

In celebration of International Translation Day on September 30th, PEN Canada shares the following conversation between South African activist and writer Breyten Breytenbach and Souad Sharabani. Voice Over: A Nomadic Conversation with Mahmoud Darwish, published by Archipelago Books, combines 12 of the late Palestinian poet Darwish’s works with Breytenbach’s additions. Darwish was a native speaker of Arabic, […]

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A Season In Hell

A Season In Hell

By | September 23, 2014 at 10:29 am

In April 2006 Ramin Jahanbegloo, a Canadian-Iranian scholar and philosopher, was arrested in Tehran and spent the next four months in Evin Prison, answering questions about his alleged role in a “soft overthrow” of the government.

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China’s Tempest in a Teapot

China’s Tempest in a Teapot

By | September 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Political science professor Jeremy Paltiel considers the challenges of democracy to rising China and borrows some words of advice the sage Confucius offered more than 2500 years ago.

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Reading into the Age of Maturity

Reading into the Age of Maturity

By | September 2, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Editors, publishers, and teachers working in the realm of young adult literature weigh in on the “age-appropriateness” of books they read as teens.

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Resetting Iran’s Agenda?

Resetting Iran’s Agenda?

By | August 26, 2014 at 1:41 pm

In this podcast, Souad Sharabani speaks with foreign correspondent Patrick Cockburn to gain insight into the motivations behind Iran’s foreign policy and what they could signal about the country’s relationship the United States and other Arab nations in the Middle East .

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CRA Audits of Charities – What’s the big deal?

CRA Audits of Charities – What’s the big deal?

By | August 12, 2014 at 5:21 pm

PEN Canada’s Executive Director Tasleem Thawar considers the discussions the CRA audit has spurred and the questions that still need to be answered.

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Charities, Politics, and PEN

Charities, Politics, and PEN

By | July 23, 2014 at 3:56 pm

In this excerpt, Hank Bulmash looks at recent examples of charities that have undergone audits and how the government has used the Canada Revenue Agency to wage a “war against charities.”

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Wishful Thinking About the Middle East

Wishful Thinking About the Middle East

By | July 18, 2014 at 9:38 am

In 2006, the Toronto District School Board restricted access to Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak following complaints that the book dealt with issues that were too complex. Auhtor Deborah Ellis looks back on the debate and what it means for today’s conversations.

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Where did ISIS come from?

Where did ISIS come from?

By | July 14, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Souad Sharabani and foreign correspondent Eric Margolis discuss the rise of ISIS and its relationship with other other political groups in the country.

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