140 Characters Make You A Terrorist

Saudi Arabia remains one of few countries untouched by the wave of democratic uproar that swept through the Middle East. The reason? According to one Saudi journalist, who chooses… More

The PEN Ten with Nathan Deuel

When you've lived and worked in places where writing can get you killed, where the act of telling the truth can take down powers, it's hard to have anything… More

From Turki al-Hamad’s Al Karadib

The Common premieres a newly translated chapter of Saudi author Turki al-Hamad's remarkable novel Al Karadib, the third in the Atyaf al-Aziqah al-Mahjurah (Phantoms of the Deserted Alley) trilogy… More

Fears for Writer Hamza Kashgari After Extradition

Writer Hamza Kashgari, who has been extradited to Saudi Arabia to face blasphemy charges, fled to Malaysia on February 7, 2012, after he received death threats following statements he… More

PEN Hails Release of Saudi Reformers

PEN American Center hailed the release today of Ali Al-Domaini, a leading Saudi literary figure who was one of three prominent intellectuals imprisoned for criticizing the pace and reach… More

Writers Condemn Sentences Against Saudi Reformers

PEN, the international writers’ organization dedicated to defending writers and freedom of expression around the world, expressed deep disappointment at the announcement that an appeals court has upheld the… More