Culture and Media

A View from Breakfast.

In February 2021, I went out to breakfast with a friend of mine whose husband died after a long illness. We refreshed the friendship after years of living, picking up the bittersweet pieces of life’s joys and tragedies with the…

Quartet: Remembering the China Man

PROSE POEM     #1.The Turtle Pond Mornings, as a child, I watch him go down the stairs The China man, clad in all white, who lives upstairs. Newspaper in hand, all ready for a day’s work, But, before anything…

JournalistsSpeakUpForAssange: The UK approved Julian’s extradition

Friday’s announcement that the UK government approved Julian’s extradition was perhaps an expected formality, but many of you no doubt felt as we did that the news was extremely disappointing – particularly as so many press freedom organisations, including us,…

PEC demands actions against Bangladesh scribe killers

Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), the global media safety and rights body, expresses concern over the police inaction to nab the killers of Dhaka-based television journalist Abdul Bari, who was found dead on the bank of Hatirjheel lake in Gulshan area…

Writers and artists from community-based arts and culture groups to hold an online fundraiser for affected communities of Mt. Bulusan eruption

Writers from Rhymes of PEG and new members of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines, Bicol Chapter, will be conducting an online fundraising event for the affected barangays of Sorsogon caused by the eruption of the Bulusan Volcano. The said…

A conversation about Leo Romeo Valentino’s my heartbreaking jibberjabber/ Part I

When I held the collection of poems, admiring the beautiful cover, what most caught my attention was the author’s name, ‘Leo Romeo Valentino.’ Who is so lucky to be called like that? It wasn’t just the sound of the vowels…

Chronicle: The habit does not make the monk

One of the most accurate sayings is that “the habit does not make the monk”. Nothing ensures that a person can be defined in this or that sense by the way he or she dresses. In fact, in recent decades,…

The DOCTORS FOR ASSANGE: Letter to Priti Patel MP, UK’s Home Secretary

The DOCTORS FOR ASSANGE, a group of doctors from around the world that formed in October 2019 to voice our serious concerns about the health of Julian Assange and to condemn the violations of his right to be free from…

Why Muslim countries are quick at condemning defamation – but often ignore rights violations against Muslim minorities

by Ahmet T. Kuru   The Indian government finds itself in a diplomatic crisis following offensive remarks by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson, Nupur Sharma, on national television about the Prophet Muhammad and his wife, Aisha. The BJP…

“La Mafilia” (The Mafia)

President Alberto Fernández presenting the new Frontier, a pickup truck model similar to the RAM, valued at 8 million pesos, at the Nissan car plant. (TVP image, screen capture) The pirouette of life: increasing consumerism even if thousands of people…

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