Voices Without Borders

Every week the Norwegian news magazine Ny Tid ("New Time") prints an exclusive column from our writers in some of the world's most free speech-challenged countries. Our columnists are: Parvin Ardalan (Iran), Nawal El Saadawi (Egypt), Irshad Manji (Canada), Elena Milashina (Russland), Katiuska Natera (Venezuela), Martha Roque (Cuba), Blessing Musariri (Zimbabwe), Tsering Woeser (Tibet), Orzala Ashraf Nemat (Afghanistan) and Natalia Novozhilova (Russland). At this site we publish some of the columns in English and/or in the original language.

Voices without borders is a project in memory of Anna Politkovskaja (1958-2006), Ny Tid columnist from February 10 to October 7 2006.

После нападения на меня и мою подругу Эллу Асоян, сотрудницу американской правозащитной организации Freedom House прошло уже больше месяца.


Поздно вечером 4 апреля мы возвращались из «Новой газеты» домой. На автобусной остановке купили бутылку воды, в этот момент к нам подошел совершенно пьяный парень, увидел, что у меня деньги в кармане рюкзака.

Read more (20.06.2012 12:43)

The way forward

By Nawal El Saadawi, Cairo, Egypt

This is how I and thousands have lived and fought against the tyrannic regime the latest day. World exclusive text in Arabic from the author and doctor Nawal El Saadawi (79), Cairo, Egypt: الثورة المصرية تضع قيما وعقدا اجتماعيا جديدا

Read more (06.02.2011 17:05)

The lies of Mubarak's regime!

By Nawal El Saadawi, Cairo, Egypt

The Mubarak media propagate lies to hide their crimes: Over 400 young Egyptians killed the last days. We need the world media to tell the truth about the regime now!

Read more (06.02.2011 12:33)

Burma: The film which scares the regime

By Nyein San, journalist and writer living in Rangoon, Burma. She is writing exclusively for Ny Tid.

This weekend, Burma VJ might win an Oscar. But don't tell the regime in Rangoon. They rather give the audience TV soaps, which are making the Burmese fans of anything from South Korea.

Read more (06.03.2010 23:09)

Azerbaijan: We are oil hostages

By Malahat Nasibova, journalist and human rights activist from Azerbaijan. In 2009 she was awarded the Rafto prize for her courageous and unwavering struggle. She writes exclusively for Ny Tid.

In Azerbaijan a corrupt regime is thriving. Western countries could have been a driving force for democracy in the region. Instead, they focus on their own oil interests.

Read more (04.02.2010 15:50)

Tibet: Obama's lacking struggle

By Tsering Woeser

Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama didn´t pronounce the word «human rights» correctly in Beijing. But I´m not disappointed. That´s exactly what I expected.

Read more (10.12.2009 15:30)

Egypt: Our veiled debate

By Nawal El-Saadawi

It′s better to cover men′s eyes than women′s bodies. Today′s conception of honour is based on a lie. Read the column in Arabic below: عنى الشرف هذه الأيام يتحول الى معتقدات خاطئة
لماذا لا تغطى اعين الرجال بدلا من تغطية جسم النساء

Read more (29.10.2009 11:00)

USA: What Fort Hood Taught Me

By Irshad Manji

The Fort Hood-shooting in Texas made me re-think the usual conventions. Namely: A Norwegian social scientist understands me far more than the Muslim guys whom the government officials usually meet.

Read more (27.11.2009 16:13)

Russia: The killings continue

By Elena Milashina

Another human rights activist and friend of my own newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, has been killed in Russia. It's worse than during the Soviet era. Read the column in Russian: России были убиты шесть журналистов, праозащитников и оппозиционных политиков. К сожалению, это не только жуткая статистика.

Read more (24.11.2009 15:29)

Cuba: How Castro fooled us

By Martha Roque

Read the column in Spanish below: "Capitalismo a medias. La sociedad cubana vive sustentada en la explotación del hombre por el Estado."

Read more (17.12.2009 15:55)

Afghanistan: From bad to worse

By Orzala Ashraf Nemat

We who voted in the Afghan elections, have been betrayed. It´s time for a new strategy: To isolate Taliban from the politics.

Read more (29.10.2009 10:08)

Iran: Women fight for equality

By Parvin Ardalan

Iranian women were not only the first victims of the Islamic revolution, they were also the first ones to take up the fight.

Read more (09.10.2009 11:28)

Zimbabwe: The Father of Re-invention

By Blessing Musariri

The political and economical crisis has turned Zimbabwe into a nation of innovators.

Read more (09.10.2009 11:09)

Tibet: Needs the World's Support

By Tsering Woeser

While the attention of the international community is drawn to the uprising in the Xinjiang region, the oppression in Tibet continues. The political pressure on the Chinese government must be upheld.

Read more (12.08.2009 15:40)

Homosexuality and the Yogi

By Seema Guha

Homosexuality can be treated by yoga and meditation techniques, Indian guru claims. Religious leaders put the brakes on new legislation that suggests gay sex should be legal.

Read more (02.10.2009 13:48)

Egypt: Nakedness of Women

By Nawal El-Saadawi

There is a striking similarity between the hijab and make up.

Read more (02.10.2009 09:34)

Habitantes en Cuba

By Martha Roque

Durante la década de los años 60, en el siglo pasado, se produjo un boom de nacimientos en Cuba, fue el momento pico de confianza en la recién nacida Revolución.

Read more (04.06.2009 12:05)

The Daily Killing

By Natalia Novozhilova

On 19 January 2009 lawyer Stansilav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova were murdered in Moscow city center. In the Russian media this incident received little attention.

Read more (06.03.2009 13:10)

Choosing freedom or having the freedom to choose

By Katiuska Natera

Do we live in a free and democratic society?

Read more (06.03.2009 12:30)

Putin's methods

By Anna Politkovskaya

In our country the fight against terrorism is called a «special operation». Most often these «operations» take place in Khasavyourt, a city in Chechnya´s neighboring Republic of Dagestan.

Read more (11.08.2006 08:00)

Cast aside illusions and prepare to fight

By Tsering Woeser

The eighth round of Sino−Tibetan talks was, obviously, a major turning−point.

Read more (27.09.2008 16:36)

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