The Facebook Revolution

The revolution exposed the deep suffering of Egypt’s people. In a sense, the revolution didn’t bring chaos to the country, but an explosion of the people’s rage towards the… More

What Happens To Your Mother Is Not Your Concern!

The cruelties and abuses taking place today in Syria defy all comprehension. Perhaps not even literature, or the language itself, is sufficient to be able to depict what is… More

The Princess and the Slave

In Afghanistan, where four-fifths of the population is illiterate, poetry has always had a strong position—especially among women. The Afghan writer and journalist Nushin Arbabzadah writes here a letter… More

Prison Memoirs

“The girls and the women here wanted to hear about my time in freedom outside the prison walls, but I could not wait to share my stories about my… More

Five Poems from Prison

In 2012, Alireza Roshan was incarcerated at Evin prison in Iran—known for housing political prisoners and dissidents—on charges of “incitement and collusion with intent to disrupt national security." He… More

Nights and Days

A poem written by free poet Lars Mikael Raattamaa in solidarity with Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak who has been jailed in Eritrea since 2001, without a trial or access… More

Welcome to Zone 9: Ethiopia

Kality is divided into eight zones. The prisoners found one more zone of their own imagination. They called the rest of the country beyond their compound “zone 9” implying… More

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