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Hello, Cruel World – A Defence of Reading

Hello, Cruel World – A Defence of Reading

By | February 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm

A new category of books was established – Not For You. I pretended to respect this designation, but in fact read them on the sly whenever I had a chance.

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Shedding Light on the Dark Side

Shedding Light on the Dark Side

By | January 31, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Ahead of our event with him next week, PEN Canada spoke with Siems about the book, his thoughts on the current administration’s approach to the torture, and what he made of the reaction to Zero Dark Thirty.

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Songbirds in a Bamboo Cage

Songbirds in a Bamboo Cage

By | January 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm

China stands at a crossroads of reform. In November, the fifth generation of leaders since the People’s Republic was founded was installed at the Eighteenth National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.

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Education Behind Bars

Education Behind Bars

By | January 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm

he prisoners have different motivations – some just want social contact, or to get a breath of fresh air from their normal routine – but many are sincere and want to improve their skills, get GEDs and that sort of stuff.

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Tibet’s Burning Questions

Tibet’s Burning Questions

By | December 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm

During the last three years, almost 100 Tibetans have committed suicide by self immolation to protest conditions under Chinese rule. The wider world has been slow to respond to these protests and reluctant to “re-examine how it [has] acquiesced to China’s Tibet policies.”

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CRA Caution to Canadian Mennonite May be Part of a Pattern

CRA Caution to Canadian Mennonite May be Part of a Pattern

By | November 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm

The last parliamentary budget included $8 million for the express purpose of CRA purging its rolls of charitable organizations it deemed unworthy of the status.

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Corruption and Reform in the People’s Republic

Corruption and Reform in the People’s Republic

By | November 7, 2012 at 10:44 am

Jiang Weiping, journalist, dissident and PEN Canada Honorary Member spoke to OpenCanada.org about some of the challenges China’s new leadership will face.

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The Salman of Doubt

The Salman of Doubt

By | September 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm

There is a giant fish hanging over my kitchen sink. It is a salmon, carved by Nova Scotia folk artist William Roach, and for more than 20 years it has carried a decoration on its left front fin: a button reading “I am Salman Rushdie”.

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Dispatches From the 78th Congress

Dispatches From the 78th Congress

By | September 19, 2012 at 2:15 pm

PEN International’s 78th Congress in Gyeongju, Korea brought together more than 300 delegates from 80 countries to share ideas, discuss campaigns and focus on emerging challenges to freedom of expression.

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The Low Road to Damascus

The Low Road to Damascus

By | September 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Why should Canadians care about imprisoned Syrian blogger and poet Tal Al-Mallouhi? For the same reason we should care very much about Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad’s brutal crackdown on all Syrian citizens: because our relations with the Al-Assad regime helped foster the culture of impunity that is fueling today’s carnage.

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