Tags: torture, refugees
Some ... have had no education, while others have degrees and are accomplished writers, such as Hassan Bahri, a Syrian who was a political prisoner for more than eight years and now works as a translator. What they all have in common is a desire to move on from their past experiences.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Tags: Helen Prejean, death penalty, teaching resources, drama, theater
Monday, August 28, 2006
Tags: Eritrea, folktales, crafts
Sunday, August 27, 2006
In [Elif Shafak's] sixth and most recent novel, “The Bastard of Istanbul,” which is already a best seller in Turkey and will be published in the United States by Viking next year, one character declares: “My father is Barsam Tchakhmakhchian, my great-uncle is Dikran Stamboulian, his father is Varvant Istanboluian, my name is Armanoush Tchakhmakhchian, all my family tree has been Something Somethingian, and I am the grandchild of genocide survivors who lost all their relatives in the hands of Turkish butchers in 1915, but I myself have been brainwashed to deny the genocide because I was raised by some Turk named Mustapha!” These are strong words in a country whose official historians maintain that the Armenian genocide at the hands of Turks is itself a fiction... In September, she spoke at a conference at Bilgi University in Istanbul — the first Turkish conference ever to challenge the official line on the Ottoman Armenians — and though she went on to state her own position clearly and unequivocally in several newspapers, the censors left her alone. But early last month, Shafak learned that she was to be prosecuted for, among other things, allowing a character of partly Armenian heritage in “The Bastard of Istanbul” to utter the forbidden G-word. Her trial is scheduled for Sept. 21.Hey that's just in time for Banned Book Week! PEN urges you to take action.
Tags: Turkey, Armenia, genocide, censorship, banned books
Friday, August 25, 2006
bases her music on the traditional sounds of Eritrea's Kunama ethnic group, and her songs are a reflection of her nation's struggle for independence.Wow! Great stuff from the first a capella sample to the more syncopated grooves! I want this album!
Now for the soundtrack that isn't... One of our Esteemed Readers recalled a previous Eritrean Prisoner of Conscience case that we had taken action on last year and I went sleuthing around to find the details. The case concerns the Christian singer, Helen Berhane, who has been detained incommunicado since May 13, 2004. She is one of many members of banned evangelical churches who have been detained without charge or trial on account of their religious beliefs. This Guardian article also provides some detail on fellow muscians campaigning on her behalf and this article from Freemuse adds a bit more on the shutting down of two music stores.
By the way, I was please to discover Freemuse, an independent international organization advocating freedom of expression for musicians and composers worldwide. Check it out!
Technorati Tags: Eritrea, music, religious freedom, censorship
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Tags: Michela Wrong, Eritrea, photography
Tags: Naomi Hirahara, teachingresources
Tags: Naomi Hirahara, Los Angeles, history, art
The Exploratorium has a photo exhibit, Remembering Nagasaki while Art for a Change, has an exhibit of paintings and drawings by atomic bomb survivors. Here is another exhibit, Portraits of the 70 Hibakusha. Check of this picture of Chizuko Hirahara. Finally, we shouldn't foget the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.
Tags: Naomi Hirahara, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, atomic bomb,
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Tags: Estifanos Seyoum, Eritrea
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Tags: Naomi Hirahara, Japan, Hiroshima, atomic bomb
Monday, August 07, 2006
She also contributes to a group blog, Murderati, with a post each Wednesday. Language geeks take note that at the end of each post she explicates a Japanese word from one of her books, for example,
Tags: Naomi Hirahara, California, language
WEDNESDAY’S WORD: monku (SUMMER OF THE BIG BACHI, page 87)
To complain or a complaint. Once upon a time in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, there was a shoe store that sold T-shirts that read, "Monku, Monku, Monku." In this record-breaking heat in Southern California, monku is plentiful. But considering the unstable situation our world is in, a little heat is easy to bear.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
The art teacher in me was drawn to today's Los Angeles Times which tells us that a Pelican Bay inmate, Donny Johnson, who paints with dyes made from M&Ms, faces disciplinary action because he's been allowing his work to be sold to benefit a charity, Pelican Bay Prison Project, that supports children of prisoners. The New York Times has a profile of the artist, with a slideshow, also linked via this article. (A couple of images are also on view at CNN.) Very vibrant! So much for "melts in your mouth not in your hands!" Pelican Bay Prison Project's site also has some columns written by Donny.
Tags: prison, art, human rights
On a more serious note, Amnesty has a page set up in response to the recent Supreme Court decision in the case and the subsequent Congressional fallout:
Hamdan v. Rumsfeld 2006 Denounce Torture Initiative. Keep checking back to find out how you can take action to ensure fair trials for Guantanmo detainees.
Tags: Guantanamo, Amnesty International, fair trials, torture, humor
Tags: censorship, China, Amnesty International, technology