A FORTY-YEAR LOVE

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of our marriage, I wanted to repeat what I had told her long time ago “I love you.”  Lê Anh Dũng After four years full of souvenirs at Tang Bat Ho High School, I was wandering to Nha Trang where I attended Vo Tanh High school, lived in a city full of warm weather, later got married with a school girl from Ninh Hoa to Nha Trang for continuous study. I proudly admitted that I was a resident of […]

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Bangladesh Must Release Writer & Photographer Shahidul Alam

 Writer, photographer and activist Shahidul Alam The arrest of award-winning writer, photographer and activist, Shahidul Alam, on 5 August 2018 shines a light on the dangerous escalation of the government’s crackdown on dissenting voices, said PEN International today as it called for his immediate and unconditional release. Salil Tripathi, Chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee stated: “The Bangladeshi authorities must release Shahidul Alam immediately, institute an inquiry into why the officials responsible for action destroyed property and threatened others, establish new norms […]

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Help Us Reform Scottish Civil Defamation Law

Dear PEN Colleagues, Help us reform Scottish defamation law by calling on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon this week to include it in the upcoming Programme for Government. In April of this year, PEN Gambia presented a petition led by African Centres, and signed by over 150 writers, to the Chairperson of the African Commission calling on African states to abolish criminal defamation and “insult laws”. We call on you now to help us reform civil defamation law in Scotland. Scottish defamation law is outdated […]

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Searching for the Lost Eden

Hoàng Linh 

In summer 1988, Mr. “easy-to-sob” Thao arrived in the Promised Land, the United States, at the age that was long past his “self-established” thirty. In those early days, when he went to church to attend a Sunday Mass, the tough, old, female gossip mongers often glanced at his wrinkled pants and sarcastically mocked,” Look at this filthy fellow, he appears to be educated! But at his age, his having neither a house, a degree, nor a job… makes him suitable only to […]

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