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Month: December 2021

Censorship is still in the script

Ralph Fiennes in Beat the Devil. Photo: Manuel Harlan In June 2015, a national newspaper in Britain started a campaign to have a play banned. This surprised me for two reasons. One: clearly no one had told the Daily Mirror…

Testament to the power of theatre as rebellion

Belarus Free Theatre’s Dogs of Europe in rehearsal. Photo: Mikalai Kuprych In a skyscraper in the heart of the City of London, a surprisingly airy rehearsal space hosts a group of Europe’s boldest theatre-makers. In the centre of the room,…

Call for investigation into historical police handling of Norwegian publisher’s attempted murder

A fatwa was issued against all those involved in the publication of The Satanic Verses. Photo: Adam Butler/PA Archive/PA Images Norwegian freedom of speech foundation Fritt Ord has called for a state commission to investigate police handling of the attempted…

Women journalists caught in middle of Afghanistan’s nightmare

Taliban members stop women protesting for women’s rights in Kabul. Photo Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images) As a woman and a journalist, I have been living my worst nightmare since 15 August 2021, the day the Afghan capital, Kabul, fell…

It’s unequivocal – the Chinese government is committing genocide. We must all act

Uyghurs during a demonstration in Parliament Square, London. Yui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images As Human Rights Day is marked around the world, the Uyghur Tribunal in London has just announced that “beyond reasonable doubt” the Chinese government is perpetrating genocide. Evidence…

The escalating costs of being single in America

Why is life in this country so hostile to single people? Think about your household’s monthly expenses. There are the big-ticket items — your rent or mortgage, your health care, maybe a student loan. Then there’s the smaller stuff: the…