Posts tagged "Freedom of Speech"
Omar Hazek: Letter from Prison

Omar Hazek: Letter from Prison

Our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) have recently published the translation of a letter from prison written by Egyptian poet Omar Hazek in which he explains why he is dedicating his new novel to his nephew, Ahmad. The original letter, which ran in Arabic in Al Masry Al Youm, was titled, “I apologize to you...
Monday Interview: Shukri al-Mabkhout (Tunisia)

Monday Interview: Shukri al-Mabkhout (Tunisia)

Our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) continue their series of profiles and interviews on International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)-shortlisted novelists and their books. Here, Abdeddayem Sallami talks to Tunisian novelist Shukri al-Mabkhout. Longlisted for the 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF), Shukri al-Mabkhout’s novel Ettalyani (The Italian) released by Dar Tanweer in the...
Monday Interview: Sami Michael (Israel)

Monday Interview: Sami Michael (Israel)

Sami Michael was born in 1926 in Iraq. He emigrated to Israel in 1949. Although he is a famous and worldwide acknowledged Israeli writer, Medarabnews was more interested in his opinions and views as a life-witness of the history of the Middle East. He is also the president of ACRI, the “Association for Civil Rights in...
Poetry Please: Ashraf Fayadh, "Frida Kahlo's Mustache"

Poetry Please: Ashraf Fayadh, “Frida Kahlo’s Mustache”

Frida Kahlo’s Mustache Ashraf Fayadh I will ignore the smell of mud, and the need to reprimand the rain, and the burn that has long since settled in my chest. I am looking for fitting consolation for my situation, which doesn’t allow me to interpret your lips however I wish Or to brush away the drops...
Poetry Please: Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, "A Letter in My Purse"

Poetry Please: Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, “A Letter in My Purse”

This is a post by our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, the activist who was shot dead at a rally in Tahrir Square in Cairo on Saturday, 24 January, was also a poet.   A Letter in My Purse Shaimaa El-Sabbagh trans. Maged Zaher I am not sure Truly, she was nothing more than...
One Year in Prison Without Charges: Poet Ashraf Fayadh (Palestine/Saudi Arabia)

One Year in Prison Without Charges: Poet Ashraf Fayadh (Palestine/Saudi Arabia)

Once again, our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) are drawing attention to the plight of yet another writer held by the authorities in Saudi Arabia. Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh was arrested by Saudi authorities on January 1, 2014 — charged with “insulting the Godly self and having long hair” — and has yet to face...
Readers and Writers Battling Censorship in Kuwait Have a Hard Road Ahead

Readers and Writers Battling Censorship in Kuwait Have a Hard Road Ahead

Our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) recently looked at censorship in Kuwait, where rumours of „sex books“ in libraries have stirred some heated discussions. But, according to Kuwaiti Minister of Education and Higher Education Bader Al-Essa, these rumours are greatly exaggerated. The Kuwait-based Arab Times wrote — in an article titled ‘Presence Of Sex Books In...
Novelist and Poet Omar Hazek: An Open Letter After a Year in Prison

Novelist and Poet Omar Hazek: An Open Letter After a Year in Prison

Egyptian novelist and poet Omar Hazek was jailed on December 2, 2013, charged with violating Egypt’s anti-protest law, a “crime” for which he is serving two years in prison. Yet he maintains more hope than most. We had already posted PEN International’s appeal on his behalf in April 2014. This open letter initially ran in Al-Masry al-Youm. Hazek’s...