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  • 25 years after the Salman Rushdie fatwa, how is free expression faring?

    25 years after the Salman Rushdie <i>fatwa</i>, how is free expression faring?
    Twenty-five years ago, in 1989, four big things happened that still shape our world. The Berlin Wall came down, and with it the empire that Vladimir Putin would love to restore. The Tiananmen Square massacre launched China on a new trajectory, which has made it what it is today. A then little-known British scientist named Tim Berners-Lee invented what would become the World Wide Web. And Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini delivered his fatwa on Salman Rushdie.
  • Salman Rushdie to be awarded PEN/Pinter Prize

    Salman Rushdie to be awarded PEN/Pinter Prize
    The PEN/Pinter Prize, awarded annually to a writer who shows a "fierce intellectual determination ... to define the real truth of our lives and our societies," will go to Salman Rushdie, the organization announced Friday. Rushdie will be presented with...

    Iran marks 25th anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini's death, knocks U.S.

    Iran marks 25th anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini's death, knocks U.S.
    Iran's top cleric commemorated the 25th anniversary of the death of his predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, on Wednesday with a fiery anti-American speech that said the United States had failed in an effort to bring Iran "to its knees." "Despite...

    Review: 'The Zhivago Affair' by Peter Finn and Petra Couvée

    Review: 'The Zhivago Affair' by Peter Finn and Petra Couv&#233;e
    Literature thrives on repression. At certain times, and under certain regimes, it has been thought by many to be not worth just making sacrifices for, but actually worth dying for, and the more autocratic the government, the greater cachet it possesses in...

    39 killed as passenger plane crashes in Iran

    39 killed as passenger plane crashes in Iran
    An Iranian passenger plane on a domestic route crashed into a Tehran suburb shortly after takeoff early Sunday, killing 39 and leaving nine injured, according to official accounts. There were unconfirmed reports that three survivors were being treated...