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Being artists in China - among repression and compromise with the regime

The famous architect Ai Weiwei is detained following the crackdown which has been unleashed since the beginning of unrest in the Mideast.The New York Times devotes him a special feature while addressing a vitriolic editorial to singer Bob Dylan, who accepted to play before the Chinese authorities.

If a novel's Jew scares the Arab world - article by Valentina Colombo

Last year the Yemeni writer Ali al-Muqri published his new novel with one of the most important publishers in the Arab world, the Lebanese Dar al-Saqi, but it seems that with his last novel he did something wrong: he put a handsome Jew center stage.

Parastou Forouhar's butterflies in Turin - art against the Iranian regime

The art gallery "Verso Arte contemporanea" features the exhibition He kills me, he kills me not by Parastou Forouhar. Her artpieces deal with freedom of thought, the fight for women's rights, and the dictatorship. The artist's parents were two political opponents savagely murdered by the regime.

Herta Müller Nobel Prize for literature - she recounted the dictatorship in Romania

The honor was given for her commitment to report the scourge of oppression and totalitarianism. The writer had fled to Germany during Ceaușescu's regime. Her best-known work is The Land of Green Plums.


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