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Promoting democracy while suppressing ideas

This spring, the U.S. State Department sent a message to the Association of American Publishers announcing new procedures for expediting business visas for U.S. companies' foreign employees, customers and… More

Free Speech Groups Sue Over Visa Denial

The government is increasingly using secret evidence allowed under new antiterrorism laws to prevent certain critics from entering the United States, according to a group of civil rights and… More

Liam Rector, 57, a Poet and Educator, Dies

Liam Rector, a well-regarded poet and educator whose work appeared in many distinguished publications, shot himself on Wednesday morning at his home in Greenwich Village. He was 57. More

Bush can do more for refugees

Dakar, Senegal—There is George W. Bush and there's Larry Siems. Siems is among those Americans, like Senator Ted Kennedy, who want their president to take moral responsibility for creating… More

Writing in the Dark

“To our joy or to our misery, the contingencies of reality have a great influence on what we write,” says Natalia Ginzburg in her book “It’s Hard to Talk… More

Vidal Salon

The PEN World Voices festival in New York featured Paul Auster and Guillermo Arriaga, Vikram Chandra and Kiran Desai, Valentino Achak Deng and Dave Eggers, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Caryl Phillips… More

PEN Honors Cuban Dissident

An independent journalist, Normando Hernández González, was awarded the 2007 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award on Monday night. He could not travel to receive the award at the… More

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