Censorship

The Pitfalls of Language Politics in Bangladesh

A High Court ruling seeks to eliminate any distortions of the Bangla language on television or radio channels.  The ruling is absurd and dangerous and can present real challenges to the freedom of press in Bangladesh.  Part of SASI's (South Asia Solidarity Initiative) monthly series that explores current social justices issues in South Asia.  

Enemy Alien

After the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government adopted a policy of singling out and deporting all deportable persons in the United States from Muslim and Arab countries. Caught up in this dragnet, Palestinian activist Farouk Abdel-Muhti was arrested and detained for two years before a court ordered his release.

Erasures and Resistance: What Peter King’s Hearing Said. And What It Didn’t.

Representative Peter King’s (R-NY) first hearing on the radicalization of American Muslim communities exemplified the right wing’s ongoing commitment to constructing the idea of a radical, threatening Islam.  The hearing also exposed what is, at best, liberal acquiescence, and, at worst, liberal partnership in that dangerous agenda.   Most profoundly, the hearing made clear the extent to which the war on terror has robbed public discourse of any meaningful vocabulary for contesting the universe in which Islam poses legitimate concern for the American public.

The Battle Over California's Textbook

Hindu groups' efforts to revise school textbooks in the name of second generation Indians' self esteem would erase the truth of the caste system, patriarchy and minority oppression.

The Trouble with Free Speech

"Free speech is neither an invention of the Western world nor is the Muslim world necessarily at odds with it. The key is to realize the weight that a "progressive" Muslim voice has in this discourse."

Freedom of Speechlessness

An art student is arrested for paintings considered anti-Hindu, raising concerns that the freedom of speech is being replaced by the communalization of censorship.

Taking it to the Streets

The Activist Theatre of Ngugi WaThiong'o and Safdar Hashmi

A Matter of Words

Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's Bhezti causes an uproar in the Sikh community, pitting free speech against religious tolerance. But are blasphemy laws the answer?

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