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Month: May 2021

Roman Protasevich is a dissident and an activist, but above all a journalist

There has rightly been international condemnation of the arrest of Roman Protasevich after his Ryanair flight from Greece to Lithuania was diverted to Belarusian capital Minsk. It is of particular concern that the state hijacking of Flight FR4978 was carried…

“I’m not a fan of Alexei Sayle but he has a right to hold his views”

Writer and comedian Alexei Sayle reads from his book The Dog Catcher. VALENTIN HELEN VALENTINE/PA Archive/PA Images I think that it is fair to suggest that Alexei Sayle isn’t one of my biggest fans. We agree on little politically and…

Urgent letter to Croatian Minister of Justice: Do not extradite whistleblower Jonathan Taylor

Mr. Ivan Malenica Minister of Justice Ulica grada Vukovara 49 Maksimirska 63 10 000 Zagreb Republic of Croatia   Tuesday 18 May 2021   Dear Minister, Jonathan Taylor is a whistleblower; he is a witness to a crime who has…

Novelist Akwaeke Emezi talks writing a nonbinary novel

Constance Grady and Akwaeke Emezi | Left, Kainaz Amaira. Right, Kathleen Bomani. The author of The Death of Vivek Oji spoke with the Vox Book Club for our April live event. The Vox Book Club is linking to Bookshop.org to…

How Gold Diggers finds the horror in petty high school betrayal

Penguin Press In the Vox Book Club’s May pick, sin is petty and low-stakes. That’s what makes the book work. The Vox Book Club is linking to Bookshop.org to support local and independent booksellers. Sanjena Sathian’s Gold Diggers, the Vox…

Stop holding Jews collectively responsible for the actions of Israel

Photo: twitter.com/gunnerpunner Here’s an experiment. When you read about the systematic persecution of the Uyghurs in China, what’s your reaction? Do you think it’s acceptable to tweet that the Chinese, as a people, are Nazis? And when you read about…