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OSIP MANDELSTAM: I DETEST THE LIGHT

Mandelstam

Osip Mandelstam

(1891-1938)

I detest the light…

 

I detest the light

Of tedious stars.

Hello, my old delirium,

The tower’s crenellated pinnacle!

 

Stone, turn to lace

Become a spider’s web,

With your thin needle, wound

The empty breast of the sky.

 

My own turn will come,

I feel the stretching of my wings.

But where will the arrow

Of living thought fly?

 

Perhaps having used up my path,

And my time, I will come back:

– There I could not love,

– Here I fear to love . . .

 

1912

Osip Mandelstam poetry

Transl. J.A. Woolf

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FESTIVAL VAN HET VRIJE WOORD – INTERNATIONALE DAG VAN DE PERSVRIJHEID 2016

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Een vrouwentepel op Facebook, het levenloze lichaam van een kind op een strand, rondvliegende ledematen in een cartoon als reactie op een aanslag of een speech van een man die het einde van het Westen propageert. Iedereen is voor het vrije woord, toch? Als het vrije woord ons pijn doet zijn we al snel wat minder enthousiast. Omdat je iets mag zeggen, moeten we het dan ook doen? Bestaat er een ‘Red Line’? Kunnen we nog wel zeggen wat we willen? Wie bepaalt wat smakeloos of scherp is? Welke invloed hebben bedrijven als Facebook en Twitter op het vrije woord? En beschermt de overheid het vrije woord of is zij juist een bedreiging op het recht op meningsuiting?

De Balie – Amsterdam
Podium / di 3 mei 2016 / 19:30
Festival van het Vrije Woord
ikv – Internationale Dag van de Persvrijheid

Op 3 mei, op de Internationale Dag van de Persvrijheid, gaan we in debat over de ‘Red Line’ van het vrije woord tijdens het Festival van het Vrije Woord. Deze avond spreken we met journalisten uit landen waar persvrijheid niet vanzelfsprekend is, maar discussiëren we ook over de waarden van het vrije woord in Nederland.

balie_logoHet programma
De Israëlische schrijver Nir Baram is te gast en gaat met Midden-Oosten correspondent Olaf Koens in gesprek over het vrije woord. Free Press Unlimited lanceert de Persvrijheidsmonitor met Fidan Ekiz. Pierre Terdjman vertelt over het fotoproject Dysturb en gaat in op de vraag: wat kun je wel en wat kun je niet laten zien? Is er een ‘Red Line’ voor beeld en zo ja, waar ligt deze? De Chinese journalist Yuan Chang en Nederlandse documentairemaker Ruben Terlou (Langs de oevers van de Yangtze) spreken elkaar over internetvrijheid en (online) journalistiek in China: hoe moeilijk is het om een blogger te zijn in China? Gaat toegang tot Facebook iets veranderen voor de Chinezen?

Naar aanleiding van het boek Blad voor de Mond interviewt Azië-correspondent Michiel Maas journalisten uit Pakistan en Zuid-Soedan, die in Nederland zijn via het Shelter City-programma. Maurits Martijn (De Correspondent), Arjan el Fassed (Open State Foundation) en Daphne van der Kroft (Bits of Freedom) zoomen in op online censuur: hoeveel invloed hebben bedrijven zoals Facebook en Twitter op het vrije woord? Cabaretier André Manuel sluit de avond af met zijn visie op het vrije woord. Journalist en schrijver Leon Verdonschot neemt de presentatie voor het programma in de grote zaal op zich. Deze avond wordt georganiseerd door het Persvrijheidscomité.

Festival van het Vrije Woord
ikv – Internationale Dag van de Persvrijheid
De Balie – Amsterdam
di 3 mei 2016 19:30 – 23:30 Grote Zaal & Salon

Het Persvrijheidscomité bestaat uit de Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten (NVJ), NDP Nieuwsmedia, RNW Media, Free Press Unlimited, het Genootschap van Hoofdredacteuren, De Balie, PEN, World Press Photo, het Persmuseum en BKB | Het Campagnebureau.

Festival van het Vrije Woord 2015
In 2015 vond het Festival van het Vrije Woord plaats op zaterdag 2 mei in De Balie. De Persvrijheidslezing werd dat jaar uitgesproken door de Deense cartoonist Kurt Westergaard. Daarnaast waren onder andere ook de Egyptische journalist Abdullah Elshamy, journalisten Rena Netjes en Judith Spiegel, columnist Zihni Özdil, burgemeester Eberhard van der Laan en cabaretier Hans Teeuwen te gast. In de media werd de avond breed uitgemeten. Onder andere Nieuwsuur, NRC, Parool, Trouw, The Post Online, de Groene Amsterdammer, Elsevier en RTL Nieuws besteedden aandacht aan het festival.

Programma 2016 :

balie_boeve01Grote Zaal
Free Press Unlimited onthult de Persvrijheidsmonitor samen met documentairemaker Fidan Ekiz. Ekiz interviewde journalisten die werken onder censuur voor de nieuwe documentaireserie ‘De Pen en het Zwaard’. (NL)
• De Israëlische schrijver Nir Baram gaat in gesprek over het vrije woord met Olaf Koens, Midden-Oosten correspondent en nu gestationeerd in Tel Aviv. Wat zijn hun ervaringen in Israël en in Nederland? (Engels)
• Fotojournalist Pierre Terdjman komt praten over Dysturb: op publieke plekken in steden hangt hij levensgrote foto’s op, om (foto)journalistiek toegankelijk te maken voor een groot publiek. Maar wat kun je wel en niet laten zien? Waar ligt deRed Line’ voor beeld? (Engels)
• Chinese journalist Yuan Chang en documentairemaker Ruben Terlou (‘Langs de oevers van de Yangtze’) gaan in gesprek over internetvrijheid en online journalistiek in China. Hoe moeilijk is het om een blogger te zijn in China? En wat gebeurt er wanneer Facebook voor iedereen in China toegankelijk wordt? (Engels)
• Cabaretier André Manuel sluit het programma in de Grote Zaal af met een show over het vrije woord. Wat kan nog gezegd worden? (NL)
Presentatie door journalist en schrijver Leon Verdonschot.

Salon
• Stichting Röportaj neemt een Turkse en Nederlandse fotograaf mee om in debat te gaan over fotografie en persvrijheid in Turkije. Hoeveel foto’s zoals die van Aylan gaan we nog zien? En hoe wordt beeld in Turkije gecensureerd? (wordt nog aangekondigd)
• Naar aanleiding van het boek ‘Blad voor de Mond’ interviewt Azië-correspondent Michiel Maas journalisten uit Pakistan en Zuid-Soedan, die nu deelnemen aan het Shelter City-programma in Nederland. Waar ligt voor hen de ‘Red Line’ van het vrije woord? (Engels)
Dominique Weesie (GeenStijl, PowNed) en Anton Dautzenberg bespreken de ‘Red Line’ van het vrije woord in Nederland – wat gebeurt er wanneer je iets zegt/schrijft/publiceert dat buiten de normale kaders valt? (NL)
Maurits Martijn (De Correspondent), Arjan el Fassed (Open State Foundation) en Daphne van der Kroft (Bits of Freedom) zoomen in op online censuur: hoeveel invloed hebben bedrijven zoals Facebook en Twitter op het vrije woord? En wat is de rol van de overheid hierin? (NL)

Festival van het Vrije Woord
ikv Internationale Dag van de Persvrijheid
De Balie – Amsterdam
di 3 mei 2016 19:30 – 23:30 Grote Zaal & Salon

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Fotograaf: Jan Boeve / De Balie

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ASHRAF FAYADH: FRIDA KAHLO’S MOUSTACHE

14.01.2016 – Worldwide Reading of selected poems and other texts in support of Ashraf Fayadh.
The international literature festival Berlin (ilb) calls on all individuals, institutions, schools and media outlets that care about justice and freedom to participate in a worldwide reading of selected poems and other texts in support of Ashraf Fayadh, on 14 January 2016.

Ashraf Fayadh, a 35 year-old Palestinian poet and art curator, who lives in Saudi Arabia, has been sentenced to death by a Saudi court on 17 November 2015 for the “crime” of apostasy. He was denied access to a lawyer throughout his detention and trial.

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Frida Kahlo’s Moustache

I will ignore the smell of clay, the reproach of rain, and the choke that has long settled in my chest
and I will search for an appropriate condolence of my situation that doesn’t permit me
to explain your lips in the manner I’d hoped for
or to shake dew drops off your reddish petals
or to lessen the intensity of the obsession that overwhelms me whenever I realize
you’re not next to me now and won’t be…I’m forced to justify my position
to the silence that night punishes me with
Pretend that the earth is silent, just as we see it from afar,
and that all what happened between us was no more
than a poor prank that shouldn’t have gone this far

What’s your idea about the days I usually spend without you?
about my words that used to rapidly evaporate
about my heavy pain
and the knots that had sedimented inside my thorax like dried up algae
I forgot to tell you…that in the practical sense of the word
I’ve grown used to your absence
and that my wishes have lost their way to your desires
and my memory has begun to corrode
And that I still chase light, not because I want to see…the dark always frightens
even when we’re used to it

Is my apology for everything that happened while I was trying
to make up excuses for you enough?
Is it enough for the times jealousy raged in some place inside me
or when disappointment ruined yet another of my dark days
And for my repetition that justice will always suffer the disturbances of menstruation
and that love is a backward impotent man at the end of his days

I will be forced to trick my memory
and pretend that I have no problem sleeping
and rip all the remaining questions
the questions that now search for persuasive answers
after all punctuation has been dropped
for purely personal reasons

Let the mirror explain to you how beautiful you are
Remove my pile of dust, my words
Breathe deeply, remember how much I loved you and how
the whole thing turned into a brief electrocution
that almost caused a great fire in an empty warehouse

The sun is extremely polite when it comes to covering her mouth while yawning
The sun doesn’t know how to impose its total control over the earth
the same fate the sun has with darkness, the sun
has no choice but to resist the dark, even if Pluto
has lost its qualifications to remain among the vertiginous planets
The moon has a different take on imposing its will over the sea
And the sea can swallow whatever creatures it desires and lay claim to more land
on account of global warming, the punctured ozone, a woman’s right
to wear a bikini, and the temptation of birds with the riches of fish

I will no longer be pain pills for your monthly period
and won’t enjoy your exceptional conversation while you prepare for a long nap
or when you want to offload your anger
or while you spend some lovely time in a bar packed with lovers of Jazz
I won’t be able to sleep enough or explain Nietzsche’s moustache
or persuade you that Imad’s work is a unique experiment in art
I will busy myself with normalizing relations between earth and water
in order to obstruct fire on its way to becoming an ambassador of good will
Only then will the air cease to appear presentable
as it dries out your underwear on your laundry line

I walk in the street of the inexpressible and question the indifferent rain drops
I try to remove the rust that’s stuck in my throat
How many times should I refer to the wind’s guidebook to decipher your moods?
How many words have I silenced to spare you the smell of disappointment that my American cigarette blows?
I won’t be the piggybank you break whenever you run out of funds
and I won’t include as poetic chore an amorous description of your eyes
because your eyes, in the final analysis, are more fatal than those
that ruined Jareer’s mind, or more poetic than Sayyab’s palm tree groves
Your eyes are precisely the way angels prostrated to Adam,
and I exclude Satan, naturally, for rhetorical reasons

The world this morning resembles my stomach with its ulcers, resembles
the ache that spends its weekends in my head, resembles
the heaps of broken glass that fill my memory
The world is no longer alright since I’ve stopped worrying about glass
or the reply letter to my letter or Mrs. Clinton’s failure to lead the Democratic Party
Don’t look for me, I will be there
with every sip of coffee
and when you relax at a spa, or want to laugh or cry, or if you desire
to toss yourself into someone’s arms, or when you can’t
resist your insomnia or your mobile phone
that didn’t ring during your sleep
or when in the unconsciousness of writing, or when you want to talk

Ashraf Fayadh

Ashraf Fayadh: Frida Kahlo’s Moustache
Translated from the Arabic by Fady Joudah

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CALL FROM THE INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL BERLIN FOR THE RELEASE OF POET ASHRAF FAYAD

FAYADH1414.01.2016 – Worldwide Reading of selected poems and other texts in support of Ashraf Fayadh.
The international literature festival Berlin (ilb) calls on all individuals, institutions, schools and media outlets that care about justice and freedom to participate in a worldwide reading of selected poems and other texts in support of Ashraf Fayadh, on 14 January 2016.

Ashraf Fayadh, a 35 year-old Palestinian poet and art curator, who lives in Saudi Arabia, has been sentenced to death by a Saudi court on 17 November 2015 for the “crime” of apostasy. He was denied access to a lawyer throughout his detention and trial.

Fayadh has been a key figure in taking Saudi contemporary art to a global audience. Chris Dercon, the director of Tate Modern, and a friend of the poet, described him as “someone who is outspoken and daring.”

Besides renouncing Islam, Fayadh also stands accused of blaspheming and promoting atheism through his collection of poetry, Instructions Within, published in 2008. Fayadh has asserted that the poems are “just about me being [a] Palestinian refugee … about cultural and philosophical issues. But the religious extremists explained it as destructive ideas against God.”

The charges, coupled with the lack of due legal process, show that it is not Fayadh who is guilty but rather Saudi Arabia that is once again guilty of disregarding human rights and the rule of law. In various surveys the kingdom continually ranks as one of the least free countries in the world. According to Human Rights Watch, Saudi Arabia’s ever more repressive laws now criminalize free expression and give the authorities excessive police powers that are not subject to judicial oversight.

FAYADH13Ashraf Fayadh’s case is not the story of one man, but a symbol for all the victims of a deeply repressive regime that is supported by Western governments who claim to value freedom and democracy above all. Right now Saudi Arabia sits on the UN Human Rights Council, a body whose members are supposedly those who uphold the highest standards of civil liberties. Saudi Arabia is there since 2013 thanks to secret vote-trading deals conducted with the UK, as revealed by Wikileaks. Other Western countries keep weapons and legitimacy streaming towards Saudi Arabia in order to keep oil flowing towards themselves. Caught in the current are ordinary people like Ashraf Fayadh, whose rights go unheeded in the kingdom and abroad.

Amidst all the recent outrage expressed by Western leaders against IS, in the rhetoric of war and threats of retribution, there has not been a word about Saudi Arabia’s role in helping to promulgate the virulent form of Islam practiced by IS. There is no doubt about the overlaps in their ideology: both certainly endorse lashing or beheading (on the latter front Saudi Arabia actually outdid IS in the last year) anyone who does not share their views.

With this worldwide reading, we demand that the UK and US governments intervene on behalf of Ashraf Fayadh as a first step towards pressuring Saudi Arabia to raise its human rights standards.

We further demand that the United Nations suspend Saudi Arabia from the Human Rights Council until its abysmal record on upholding civil liberties improves.

We also call on Western governments, especially in the UK and the US, to acknowledge the problems inherent in maintaining cozy, unquestioning relations with a country renowned for systematic human rights abuses.

# Website International Literature Festival Berlin 2016

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ASHRAF FAYADH, POET AND ARTIST, SENTENCED TO DEATH IN SAUDI ARABIA FOR HIS ART

FAYADH11Ashraf Fayadh, a 35-year-old poet and artist, is sentenced to be executed by Saudi Arabian authorities for his art.  On 17 November, the General Court in Abha, southwest Saudi Arabia, found Ashraf guilty of ‘apostasy’ – renouncing Islam – for his poetry and sentenced him to death.

Arrested for poetry and pictures on his phone: Ashraf was initially arrested on 6 August 2013 following a complaint registered against him by another Saudi citizen, who said that the poet was promoting atheism and spreading blasphemous ideas among young people. Ashraf was released the following day, but then rearrested on 1 January 2014, when he was charged with apostasy – he had supposedly questioned religion and spread atheist thought with his poetry. He was at the same time charged with violating the country’s Anti-Cyber Crime Law for allegedly taking and storing photos of women on his phone.

On 30 April 2014, Ashraf was sentenced to four years in prison and 800 lashes for the charges relating to images of women on his phone. The General Court accepted Ashraf’s apology for the charges of apostasy and found the punishment to be satisfactory. However, the court of appeal recommended that Ashraf should still be sentenced for apostasy, and his case was sent back to the General Court, which in turn sentenced him to death for apostasy. Throughout this whole process, Ashraf was denied access to a lawyer – a clear violation of international human rights law, as well as Saudi Arabia’s national laws.

FAYADH15A death sentence for ‘apostasy’: Apostasy (Riddah, in Arabic) is the renouncing of Islam. Saudi Arabia follows Sharia (Islamic) law, and ‘apostasy’ can be punishable by death. Yet ‘apostasy’ is not a crime – it is a violation of someone’s right to belief or choose our own religion. It should never incur punishment. In addition to that, the death penalty, according to international law, may only be used for the ‘most serious crimes’ (recently interpreted by UN experts to refer to ‘intentional killing’). Apostasy is not a crime at all, let alone a serious one.

The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment – it violates our right to life and our right to be free from torture. At Amnesty, we believe the death penalty should never be used.

Quite simply, we’re calling for Ashraf to be freed. He has committed no crime, and as such should not be imprisoned, let alone face execution.

We’re asking the Saudi Arabian authorities to drop Ashraf’s conviction and all charges against him. We’re also asking for them to stop executing anyone for ‘apostasy’.

# Source: Amnesty International website (sign petition!)

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JO GLANVILLE: THE CHARLIE HEBDO PRINCIPLE

Jo Glanville: The Charlie Hebdo principle (PEN director Jo Glanville responds to the withdrawal of six writers from PEN American Center’s annual gala over their decision to honour Charlie Hedbo)

hebdocharlie11The distaste of eminent writers such as Peter Carey at PEN American Center’s decision to honour Charlie Hebdo at its gala next month, highlights once again the fundamental inconsistency that underpins attitudes towards free speech. Within days of the ‘Je Suis Charlie’ outpouring of solidarity, French police were arresting citizens for glorifying terrorism, while David Cameron’s government was busy pushing a counter terrorism bill through Parliament that would severely curtail universities’ liberty as a forum for freedom of expression. We may be used to the double standards of politicians, but what about writers?

Becoming a member of PEN (one of the oldest human rights organisations in the world, and the largest international community of writers) means pledging ‘to oppose any form of suppression of freedom of expression in the country and community to which [writers] belong, as well as throughout the world wherever this is possible’. That’s a sentiment one would hope any writer might be happy to support and PEN depends, on a regular basis, on its members speaking out and standing up for fellow writers at risk. That’s the source of its influence and moral authority.

One of the writers, Francine Prose, a former PEN President, who decided to withdraw from the gala in protest, was reported as saying that giving an award signified ‘admiration and respect’ for the winner’s work. ‘I couldn’t imagine being in the audience when they have a standing ovation for Charlie Hebdo.’ But Charlie Hebdo is in fact being recognised for its courage: the courage to publish in the face of threats and intimidation, and the courage to continue publishing after the shocking murders in January.

We are more used to seeing that courage at a greater distance – in Mexico, Russia, Bangladesh or Egypt – and feel safe celebrating writers and journalists who may be prosecuted for outraging public morals in their own culture.

On our own doorstep, when faced with a satirical publication that provokes and offends, there is an underlying view implicit in the protest of Peter Carey and fellow writers that this kind of speech is not worth defending. Carey questioned whether it even was a freedom of expression issue; the writer Deborah Eisenberg voiced concerns (as have many others) about Charlie Hebdo’s ‘denigrating portrayals of Muslims’. Yet one of the most important, if uncomfortable, responsibilities for any free speech advocate is to defend the right to express speech which may be shocking, disturbing or offensive. Without that broad defence, the limits of everyone’s speech, as well as writers and publishers, are at risk of being restricted to suit the political agenda or prevailing morality, at a cost to artistic licence as well as individual freedom.

charliehebdo112Most of the great free speech battles in history have been fought over issues that were not deemed deserving of defence. The subjects of the famous obscenity prosecutions of the 70s in the UK (the Oz trial or Linda Lovelace’s memoir) were seen as publications of no merit. But what was at stake, as in the case of Charlie Hebdo, was the principle: the freedom to publish and the freedom to write. A freedom on which all writers depend. Victory in court (in the face of moral outrage) led to greater freedom for publishers and writers. In one of his last interviews, the writer and barrister John Mortimer, who famously defended both the Oz and the Lovelace trials, spoke of the retreat from ‘the abiding principle … that you lived in a country where you could read anything you like’. The growth of the idea that we should at all costs avoid causing offence (and that this may be even more important than defending the right to free speech) continues to undermine that principled protection for freedom of expression.

Salman Rushdie, a notable supporter of English PEN and the PEN American Center, who has excoriated the withdrawal of Carey and others from the gala, was similarly criticised 26 years ago for causing gratuitous offence (by fellow writers) after the fatwa. Roald Dahl even called him a dangerous opportunist. There may be ‘good faith differences of opinion within our community’ as PEN American Center generously acknowledged on Sunday but it’s in the interests of all writers to stand up for the principle. ‎

Jo Glanville is director of English PEN
(This piece first appeared in The Bookseller (28 April 2015). Source: website English PEN)

# More information on website English PEN

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DRAW THE LINE HERE: CARTOONISTS RESPOND TO THE CHARLIE HEBDO KILLINGS

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Draw the Line Here: Cartoonists respond to the Charlie Hebdo killings. Cartoons for the families of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, and in support of free speech.

English PEN is delighted to announce the publication of Draw The Line Here, a collection of cartoons drawn in response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris in January 2015.

The book is a collaboration between the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation (PCO), Crowdshed, and English PEN. It features cartoons drawn by British artists in the days immediately after the attacks. The work of 66 cartoonists is featured, including Steve Bell, Dave Brown, Martin Rowson, Peter Brooke and Ralph Steadman.

hebdocharlie11Proceeds from the book will be split equally between the fund for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo murders, and English PEN’s Writers at Risk programme.

Production of the book was made possible by a crowd-funding campaign launched in February. Over 200 people pledged their support to the project, and will be receiving their copies of the book in the coming days.

Draw The Line Here includes a foreword by Libby Purves, patron of the PCO, who writes:
Some cartoons here are gentle, others savage; some merely encapsulate the bafflement and sadness of a world where mockery is met not with the proper response, a shrug, but with murder. Again and again the theme is of the fragility of the sceptical, laughing pencil: its simplicity and its splendour, the opposite of the vainglorious, meaningless squalor of the gun and the bomb.

Jo Glanville, director of English PEN, said:
We are extremely grateful to the PCO and to Crowdshed for choosing English PEN as a beneficiary of this project, and of course to all the cartoonists who have contributed to the book. By exercising their own right to freedom of expression, these artists are helping to defend the free speech of others.

The publication of this book could not be more timely. Sunday 3 May is World Press Freedom Day, the perfect time to stand in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo.

Draw The Line Here may be purchased online at: www.englishpen.org/campaigns/draw-the-line-here

Supporters to the Crowdfunding campaign will receive their copies in the coming days

Books cost UK £15.00 each. UK delivery is £2.00 and international delivery is £4.00.

# More information on website English PEN

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EGYPTIAN POET SHAIMAA EL-SABBAGH KILLED DURING PEACEFUL PROTEST IN CAIRO

shaima_sabbagh12On 24th January 2015 Shaimaa el-Sabbagh, a poet and a member of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, was marching to commemorate the hundreds of demonstrators that were killed during the Arab Spring uprising of 2011.
Shaimaa el-Sabbagh was shot in the back by riot police officers, while heading to Tahrir Square in Cairo to lay flowers there.
The Alliance Party said in a statement, that their only intention was to place flowers for of the fourth anniversary of the Jan. 25 revolution. Other demonstrators were also injured in the same demonstration.
Egyptian Government officials denied that the police had fired any shots.
At Sunday the funeral of the 31-year-old mother and poet, held in Alexandria, was attended by nearly 10,000 people.

shaima_sabbagh11I am the girl banned from love in the squares …
I stood in the middle of the street
and gathered in my hand the stars of the sky individually
And the sweat of the street vendors.
The voice of beggars
And the people who love God
as they damn this moment where the creatures of God approved
To crucifying Jesus naked in the crowded square
on the clock arms as it declared one at noon
I am the girl banned from saying no,
will never miss the dawn

Shaimaa al-Sabbagh
(From the poem: I’m the girl banned from attending the Christian religion classes, and Sunday mass. Translation by Maged Zaher)

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# Poems (in English) of Shaimaa el-Sabbagh on website: TIN HOUSE

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DRAW THE LINE HERE

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Support the project: ‘Draw The Line Here’
Come together in support of Charlie Hebdo and freedom of expression

The tragic events in Paris last week have shaken many of us to the core, but rising from the ashes is a growing global movement in support of freedom of expression and religious tolerance.

To celebrate this and raise much needed funds for the families and victims of the Charlie Hebdo atrocities, the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation has collaborated with English PEN and CrowdShed to create ‘Draw The Line Here’ (Tracer La Ligne Ici), a specially curated collection of cartoons produced in the days immediately following the Paris attacks.

drawthelinehereOnce production and publishing costs for Draw The Line Here have been covered, half of the proceeds from this crowdfund campaign will go to English PEN, a registered charity working to promote freedom of expression, and the other half will be donated to the fund for the families of the victims.

Be part of the movement for peace and tolerance

This symbol of the pen being mightier than the gun has inspired us all. Draw The Line Here has been set up to let us all contribute to the creation and publication of a book that celebrates the timeless art so brilliantly presented by Charlie Hebdo, and memorialise those who paid with their lives for what they believed in.

By supporting and funding this project you’ll be supporting and funding English PEN in their vital work to defend and promote freedom of expression around the world and lend much needed aid to the victims’ families.

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NEXUS LEZING GARRY KASPAROV

kasparov_lifeimitaiteschessOnze open democratische samenleving wordt bedreigd door nieuwe en oude gevaren. De dictatuur van Vladimir Poetin treedt de integriteit van Europa met voeten, terwijl terrorisme uit binnen- en buitenland ons voor grote problemen stelt. Het tijdperk van globalisering heeft geleid tot botsingen die de baten tenietdoen. Na de val van de Berlijnse muur dachten we dat het niet langer nodig was de individuele vrijheid te verdedigen of een agressieve buitenlandpolitiek te voeren. Recente ontwikkelingen hebben ons die illusie ontnomen. We moeten onze positie herzien in de wetenschap dat onze wereld nog altijd doordesemd is van kwade machten, die alleen maar zullen groeien wanneer we ons er niet tegen verzetten. Want samenlevingen die hun burgers niet kunnen beschermen, zullen niet lang open blijven.

Programma
14.00 uur Ontvangst met koffie en thee
14.30 uur Welkom Rob Riemen
14.40 uur Nexus-lezing door Garry Kasparov
15.30 uur Q&A
16.30 uur Receptie

Garry Kasparov (Rusland, 1963) werd op 22-jarige leeftijd de jongste schaakkampioen ooit en domineerde ruim twintig jaar de wereldranglijst. Met zijn aanhoudende strijd met Anatoli Karpov om de wereldtitel en zijn beroemde tweekamp met IBM supercomputer Deep Blue hield hij de wereld jarenlang in de ban van het schaakbord. Ook na de beëindiging van zijn schaakloopbaan bleef hij actief met The Kasparov Chess Foundation. Bovenal werd Kasparov razendsnel bekend als voorvechter van democratie en mensenrechten met zijn openlijke verzet tegen het beleid van Vladimir Poetin. Hij is president van het Verenigd Burgerfront, dat hij in 2005 oprichtte, en is medeoprichter van het Andere Rusland, een samenwerkingsverband dat oproept tot vrije en eerlijke verkiezingen. Zijn boek Waarom het leven op schaken lijkt (2007), over hoe schaken en besluitvorming parallellen vertonen, is in meer dan twintig talen vertaald.

NEXUS lezing Garry Kasparov:
Timeless Values in a Shifting World
21 maart 2015, 14:00 – 17:00
Aula Tilburg University
# Meer informatie op website nexus instituut

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PERSMUSEUM EERT CHARLIE HEBDO MET EEN TENTOONSTELLING

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Het Persmuseum eert het Franse satirische tijdschrift Charlie Hebdo vanaf vandaag met een expositie rond illustraties en illustratoren die werken op het scherpst van de snede van de persvrijheid.

In het Persmuseum in Amsterdam-Oost zullen vanaf zondag 11 januari exemplaren worden geëxposeerd van het weekblad dat deze week getroffen werd door een terreuraanslag waarbij tien medewerkers, een bewaker en een politieagent om het leven kwamen. Ook zijn andere spotprenten te zien die gemaakt zijn naar aanleiding van de aanslag.

Persmuseum directeur Niels Beugeling: “We hebben met man en macht gewerkt om deze expositie rond te krijgen. Die is een ode aan het getroffen blad en de tekenaars, maar vooral ook aan het onverwoestbare recht op vrijheid van meningsuiting.”

persmuseumcharlie04Niels Beugeling: “De aanslag in Parijs is een absolute ramp. Niet alleen voor het blad en de medewerkers, maar voor de satire en de vrijheid van de pers wereldwijd. Het blad, zonder foto’s maar met bijzondere tekeningen en reportages, dat zich zonder  voorbehoud tegen alles en iedereen keert, is in één klap beroofd van een aantal van zijn beste tekenaars en meest toegewijde medewerkers: Cabu, Wolinski, Charb, Honoré en Tignous. Iedereen is met stomheid geslagen, maar die stomheid zal, Charlie Hebdo indachtig, niet lang aanhouden.”

Het Persmuseum is de nationale bewaarplaats voor het journalistieke erfgoed. Het museum beheert een omvangrijke collectie kranten en tijdschriften vanaf 1600, een verzameling affiches en overige reclame-uitingen met betrekking tot de pers, een unieke collectie (originele) politieke tekeningen en persgrafiek, tal van archieven en foto’s rond journalisten en de persbedrijfstak, en een uitgebreide bibliotheek.

Het Persmuseum staat in Nederland pal voor het belang van het recht op informatie en van de persvrijheid. Het ziet het als zijn missie om, met zijn collectie als uitgangspunt, voor een breed publiek uitingen en uitingsvormen van de media en journalistiek te verzamelen, te bewaren en het belang ervan in alle facetten over het voetlicht te brengen.

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Bij de aanslag van deze week kwamen onder cartoonisten Georges Wolinski, Jean Cabut, Philippe Honoré, Bernhard Verlhac en Stéphane Charbonnier om het leven.

Veteraan en mede-oprichter van het blad Georges Wolinksi (80), werkte al voor Hara-Kiri in de jaren ’60 en sinds 1970 voor Charlie Hebdo, maar ook voor het dagblad Libération, en voor Paris-Match en L’Écho des savanes.

Het eerste werk van Cabu (pseudoniem van Jean Cabut), verscheen in 1954 in een regionaal dagblad. De 76-jarige tekenaar en mede-oprichter van het blad, tekende in 2006 de profeet Mohammed voor de cover van Charlie Hebdo, als antwoord op de cartoonrellen in Denemarken.

Charb (pseudoniem van Stéphane Charbonnier, 47) was hoofdredacteur van het magazine. Hij was zowel tekenaar als journalist en had een vaste rubriek in het magazine: ‘Charb n’aime pas les gens’ (Charb houdt niet van de mensen).

Tignous (pseudoniem van Bernard Verlhac, 57) tekende zowel voor Charlie Hebdo, de Marianne en de Fluide Glacial. Hij ondertekende zijn werk altijd met Oom Bernard.

Philippe Honoré, 74, werkte net als Tignous sinds 1992 voor Charlie Hebdo. Zijn werk wordt gekenmerkt door een bijzondere grafische stijl die doet denken aan lino- of houtsneden.

Persmuseum
Zeeburgerkade 10,
1019 HA Amsterdam
020 6928810
info@persmuseum.nl
# Website persmuseum www.persmuseum.nl

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