M.C. Armstrong

Murder at Camp Delta 
by Joseph Hickman
Simon & Schuster (2015), 256 pp


Marie Mainil

The majority of the prisoners remaining at Guantanamo Bay are from Yemen, a country with a rich history in alternative forms of justice-making. Restorative justice, a process similar to the reconciliation mechanisms used in Northern Ireland and South Africa, is appealing to many of Guantanamo's detainees. Could it be the key to closing the notorious prison? 

Chris Haddix

Yesterday, we received the news that a Greek court of appeals has decided to release the hunger striker Kostas Sakkas on a thirty-thousand euro bail. Temporarily, at least, the continuing criminal assault on Greek society has been denied another victim.

The Mantle

In the Fourteenth Century, the Roman Catholic theologian Nicholas Eymerich published Directorium Inquisitorum, a text that described many anti-religious and forbidden practices, like witchcraft, sorcery, and fortune telling.

Shaun Randol

Shaun Randol

Shahrnush Parsipur’s writing career began in 1974 with the publication of her first novel, The Dog and the Long Winter. She's been in trouble with Iranian authorities ever since. Today, with more than twenty novels, short story collections, and translations under her belt, Parsipur lives in California. While she has always written in Persian and her fiction has always been about Iran, Parsipur does not consider herself to be a writer in exile.

World Policy Journal

by Robert Valencia

Corrie Hulse

Picture, if you will, a young boy walking home from school. He sees in the distance a car driving toward him. As the car pulls up, a man steps out, places handcuffs on the boy and throws him into the back of the car. Unknown to the boy, their destination is Yodok Prison Camp. Arrested because his father is believed to have made a disparaging remark about Kim Jong il (though this is a charge he will never be informed of), the young boy’s life will never be the same.

Shaun Randol

Last month I had the pleasure of attending Session 3 of The Impossible Music Sessions (TIMS), an organization dedicated to featuring the voices and music of musicians oppressed by their governments. On this goose-bump inducing evening, TIMS featured jailed Cameroonian singer Lapiro de Mbanga.

Shaun Randol

By the time I got home, my jeans were soaked, my shoes had puddles at the toes, and shivers signaled the onset of a mid-September cold. It was so worth it. Brooklyn Book Festival 2010 may have been drenched, but that didn’t keep me from feasting on literary splendors from near and far, at a veritable buffet of authors, critics, publishers, journalists, comedians and more.