PEN America Blog
In spite of totalitarian suppression, the Internet opened a door for freedom of speech. The regime is always met by new waves of “hacktivism” and software for activists. IT journalist Linus Larsson clarifies the cyber-situation and defines terms such as Tor, NSA, and PGP.
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 wrote five poems from his cell for the Dissident Blog.
Dear Queen, maybe this is not your business but I have had a very troubled bowel since I was a child, which is exactly what Fidel Castro has suffered from all his life. Bad intestine, knotted and throbbed and bubbled.I AM CHINA by Xiaolu Guo. Copyright (c) 2014 by Xiaolu Guo. Excerpted by permission of Doubleday, a division of Random House.
My lifelong hero—ever since I was a boy—is Thomas Paine, the American Revolutionary and radical-democratic pamphleteer. I would love to be identified with his words, words such as “The sun never shined on a cause of greater worth” and “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”
PEN is proud to announce a new partnership with the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.