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The third condition of freedom

Food or morals? This Brecht quote and dilemma underlies the discussion about the freedom of speech and other human...

Text: Ola Larsmo April 08 2015

What happened to “the Arab Spring”?

These days, “the Arab Spring” is an expression that has almost an emetic effect on many of those who were most heavily...

Text: Ola Larsmo September 10 2014

Welcome to the goldfish bowl

It has been obvious for some time now, perhaps 20 years or so, that the struggle for the freedom of speech is being...

Text: Ola Larsmo May 04 2014

Voices from Burma

It is easy to forget that Burma, or Myanmar as it is now called, is a huge country. It is smaller than Turkey but bigger...

Text: Ola Larsmo March 13 2014

PEN/Opp explores russia

The headlines in the Swedish newspapers are at the time of writing dominated by the news that Swedish Neo-Nazis have...

Text: Ola Larsmo December 19 2013

Mexico’s deadly war on information

Ioan Grillo, in his harrowing article about Mexico’s war on drugs in this issue of PEN/Opp, raises a disturbing question...

Text: Ola Larsmo March 09 2013

The evil paradox of the media society

No one can remain untouched by the current assaults against civilians in Syria. Most people, too, I believe, when...

Text: Ola Larsmo July 02 2012


How could we understand what is actually “taking place?”

Text: Ola Larsmo December 14 2011


“Prison literature is a dynamic genre of our time”

Text: Ola Larsmo September 23 2011