Indian Nobel Laureate and author V.S. Naipaul speaks in New Delhi in 2005. The writer has pulled out from a literary event in Istanbul following protests over his critical views on Islam, organisers have been quoted as saying.… Read more »(AFP/Raveendran)
Author VS Naipaul has pulled out of an international writers’ conference in Istanbul over objections to comments he made in 2001 about Islam.
By Azra Raza
The row erupted after Naipaul was invited to give the opening speech at the European Writers’ Parliament (EWP), the brainchild of novelists Orhan Pamuk and José Saramago, which aims to bring together authors from across Europe to debate
VS Naipaul’s absence has cost this parliament credibility
The Guardian (blog)
The EWP was started on the initiative of José Saramago and Orhan Pamuk, as a way for writers to come together and discuss our shared problems and concerns.
British writer attacks Turkish record on free speech as he steps in to replace VS Naipaul at opening of literary event in Istanbul
British novelist Hari Kunzru has attacked Turkey’s record on free speech at the Istanbul literary event the European Writers’ Parliament, describing VS Naipaul’s absence from the event “regrettable”, and calling for the repeal of the notorious article 301 of the Turkish penal code.
What is it about Turks and winners of the Nobel prize for literature? Their own home-grown one, Orhan Pamuk, has more-or-less been hounded out of the country for alleged insults against the nation. And now V.S. Naipaul, the Trinidad-born 2001 winner of the prize, has been forced to cancel a speech he was to make in Turkey because of an uproar over alleged insults he made against Islam.
Turkish writers expressed outrage at Nobel laureate’s invitation to European Writers’ Parliament, after comments he made about Islam in 2001
The Nobel laureate VS Naipaul has pulled out of a major literary event opening in Istanbul tomorrow after Turkish writers threatened a boycott because of his presence.
Students and outside groups use clips from classroom to attack professors on politics, tempers and work ethic. What does this brave new world mean for academe? more
Melancholy man: On Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk.
By Richard Helm, Postmedia News November 20, 2010 Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk insists he’s not the sad soul his writings would have us assume,
In the first section of his Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals Kant remarks that “[n]othing in the world– indeed nothing even beyond the world –can possibly be conceived which could be called good without qualification except a good will” (393). What, then, is a good will according to Kant? Later Kant goes on to remark that,
Special issue of journal features articles suggesting current approaches won’t work — and urges more collaboration among presses and between presses and their home institutions. more
A special issue of The Journal of Electronic Publishing being released today features a series of calls for change in the way university presses are run — suggesting that the current business model is collapsing………….
…the open source jihad is America’s worst nightmare. Al Qaeda (AQAP Inspire).
Earlier this year, al Qaeda formally announced that it had adopted open source warfare (a new, extremely potent theory of 21st Century warfare that makes it possible for a large number of small autonomous groups to defeat much larger enemies) as its preferred method of conducting its insurgency against the west.
Free speech: VS Naipaul, Hari Kunzru and WikiLeaks
Los Angeles Times
The European Writers’ Parliament was conceived by two other Nobel laureates — Jose Saramago and Orhan Pamuk — and was held in Pamuk’s home city, Istanbul
To invite or not: Turkey’s dilemma with controversial figures
Turkey had a new-born debate last week over the invitation of controversial writer VS Naipaul, to the European Writers’ Parliament in İstanbul that was held
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