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Who’s Afraid of Shirin Ebadi?

Under cover of the international furor over its nuclear activities and its support for Hezbollah, Iran is trying to silence its most prominent human-rights activist, and, by extension, all… More

Tariq Ramadan Wins One

While denying that Ramadan was excluded on ideological grounds, Jones said, “Professor Ramadan, tomorrow, could endorse or espouse terrorism.” >> Read the story More

PEN Fights Good Fight for Int’l Writer

When prominent Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan was denied a U.S. visa because of statements he'd made against the U.S. government, the PEN American Center joined the crusade supporting the… More

Freedom to Write

To respect the humanity and religious beliefs of minorities is not to suggest that we should limit freedom of thought on their behalf. More

Shriek it, chant it: ‘Howl’ turns 50

On stage in the New School auditorium, moderator and literary biographer Robert Polito described Howl to hundreds in the audience as a "grim but funny effort" that, like much… More

Uncle Sam Doesn’t Want You

Why have prominent foreign scholars had their visas to speak or teach in this country denied or revoked? Many, including the academic institutions who invited them, are baffled. More