Censorship

Michael J. Jordan

[Author note: To glimpse some of the future faces of Chinese media – my students – please click here.]

Chris Eberhardt (汪哲伟)

From: Chris Eberhardt

To: Thomas Friedman

Subject: Looking for an Arab Spring in China

Dear Thomas Friedman:

Shaun Randol

Ludvík Vaculík’s novel The Guinea Pigs is charming and unsettling at the same time. From the outset, Vaculík disarms the reader by treating the tale as if it were being read to us by a parent at bedtime. “Our family,” the protagonist tells us, “is originally from the country.

Shaun Randol

A few days ago I predicted that, if PEN World Voices Festival kept up its smart pace, at the closing night Wole Soyinka would be “pondering the discrepancies in the duality foundations of M-theory.” Turns out, I wasn’t that far off! For the Arthur Miller Freedom to Write Lecture, rather than pontificating on the magical realm of string theory, Soyinka delivered an address dripping in other forms of magic, sorcery, and necromancy.

Shaun Randol

PEN American Center is taking it up a couple of notches this year.

Chris Eberhardt (汪哲伟)

BEIJING I have been told that in China there are three kinds of people, men, women and female Ph.D.s. I would also say that in China there are three groups of people, the elites, old hundred names (the common Chinese), and government officials.

Ather Zia

 

The picture above is a few months old.

It is an allegory of the Kashmiri people (cannot call it a nation since the word bears no trace of coherence, at least at this moment in time). Haneefa lies injured and paralyzed from waist down. Bedridden, teeming with sores and worries. A single mother to a 13 year old Humaira, her only daughter. Humaira, as is obvious from the picture has matured beyond her years.

Anthony P. Johnson

Much of the Middle East, north Africa, and the American Midwest is beset by labor strife. In Suez, labor unions led the fight that eventually toppled the Mubarak regime. In Madison, Wisconsin, labor union protests have become a siren call for the American Left. A staging of Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock couldn't be more appropriate. Anthony P. Johnson reviews the timely play.

Chris Eberhardt (汪哲伟)

BEIJING - A conversation via Google gchat, I was in China, she was in the United States:

Michael J. Jordan

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Just days before Christmas, Hungary's new right-wing government, which now controls a near-invincible two-thirds of parliament, succumbed to temptation: It rubber-stamped a draconian-sounding new media law that looked as if it would slip a leash of censorship around the necks of both traditional and online media.

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