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Defending Tom Flanagan

Defending Tom Flanagan

By | March 22, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Taken together, the hysterical pillorying of Tom Flanagan and the Supreme Court decision on William Whatcott do not bode well for a healthy climate of free speech in this country.

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Exiled, Guilty, and Hopeful

Exiled, Guilty, and Hopeful

By | March 21, 2013 at 11:18 am

I suffer ‘exile’s guilt’. The term probably doesn’t exist yet but I’m sure you know what I mean.

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Turkey’s Enigmatic Alliances

Turkey’s Enigmatic Alliances

By | March 12, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Following a visit to Turkey earlier this year, Kurdish Iraqi journalist Ayub Nuri considers Ankara’s support for Syrian rebel forces and its own record of silencing domestic dissent.

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International Women’s Day 2013

International Women’s Day 2013

By | March 8, 2013 at 9:26 am

Societies that have poor records of human rights seldom work hard to uphold women’s rights, a problem that can put female journalists and activists at a greater risk of violence…

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Bear – A Defence of Reading

Bear – A Defence of Reading

By | February 21, 2013 at 9:00 am

I am an enemy to the concept of “inappropriate” as here described, because it is a veiled form of an uglier – less “appropriate” – term, namely censorship

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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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