In Kuwait, two writers were given suspended two-month prison sentences in January after one was convicted of blasphemy and the other of indecency, and their books were ordered to be removed from the market.
Lebanon Redeems a Tradition of Freedom
Court Exhonerates Khalife of All Charges
Few books are as keenly awaited as Edward Said’s latest work, which began stirring up fierce debate weeks before it was published. “Out of Place,” a memoir of youth, first came to the international spotlight with the appearance of an article that attempted to discredit the Palestinian-American writer and literature professor.
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The Season of Tayeb Salih – Crossing the Boundaries, By Lynne Rogers
Lebanese Immigrants in Australia: Growing Up in a Culture of Taxi Driving
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Ban Lifted on ‘Controversial’ Lebanese Play
'Fallujah': Journalism as Theatre
Director Errol Morris’ chilling documentary “Standard Operating Procedure” opened to mixed reviews, ruffling some feathers along the way. Though not the first film about Abu Ghraib, it is the first to fixate on the notorious photographs that exposed the prison’s torture regimen.
With visions of tracking down Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, 22-year-old Tomas Young of Kansas City, Missouri, enlisted in the army on September 13, 2001. The attacks had kindled in him, as in many, a fierce patriotism and newfound sense of purpose. But he never made it to Afghanistan. After completing basic training at Fort Hood, Texas, Young was shipped to Iraq, where he was shot through the spinal cord a mere five days into his tour. He is now paralyzed from the waist down.
George Packer is a novelist and journalist with a savvy political eye. Through his column in The New Yorker, various essays, and his most recent book, “The Assassin’s Gate: America in Iraq,” the writer has unleashed his own brand of fierce criticism of the war and its tragic consequences. His most recent protest comes in the form of an off Broadway production called “Betrayed,” which marks Packer’s first foray into playwriting.