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Posts Tagged ‘Nicholas Kristof’

Bahrain Blogger Dies in Police Custody

Bahraini blogger Zakariya Rashid Hassan al-Ashiri died in police custody last weekend after being arrested by security forces on April 2nd for “disseminating false news” and “inciting hatred.”

Committee To Protect Journalists’ Middle East and North Africa program coordinator Mohamed Abdel Dayem called for an investigation: “The circumstances of Zakariya al-Ashiri’s death raise numerous questions about his treatment … The government’s claim that he died from a pre-existing condition–which is disputed by the family–does nothing to answer any of those questions.”

In addition, Bahraini prosector Ali al-Buainain is preparing to level criminal charges against three former editors at the  independent daily newspaper Al-Wasat. Last month Nicholas Kristof wrote about violence in the country in Twitter dispatches. As press freedom dwindles, follow Twitter reports at the #Bahrain hashtag.

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Nicholas Kristof Records Bahrain Violence in Twitter Dispatches

Pulitzer Prize winning author and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof (pictured) has released a series of chilling Twitter dispatches about a violent crackdown on protesters in Bahrain–a scene unfolding right now.

His most recent tweet recorded a chaotic scene: “Police attacking protesters here at hospital in #Bahrain. Tear gas inside. Panic.” He continued: “Panicked crowds running thru hospital after police attack. Drs rushing to ER. Tear gas grenades outside, wafting in.”

The Internet was effectively shuttered during the height of the protests in Egypt, so Twitter has helped journalists describe the Bahrain crackdown in rapid-fire, up-to-the-minute prose. More Twitter dispatches follow below, some contain violent imagery.

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Read Like a NY Times Columnist

16293_kristof_nicholas_d.gifEver wish you could peek into the bookshelf of a New York Times columnist? This week The Daily Beast fulfilled your desires with special feature looking at Nicholas Kristof‘s favorite books (pictured, via Sara Barrett).

The columnist is currently promoting his own book, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” so the list is especially timely. His list includes everything from a Lee Child thriller to a Chinese memoir to a book about world poverty.

Here are the columnist’s thoughts about “Commencement” by J. Courtney Sullivan: “A terrific debut novel following a group of young friends at Smith College in the years before and after graduation. It’s a literary page-turner that was just published a few months ago, and it’s a beautiful exploration of friendship and feminism.”

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn Win Literary Peace Prize

peaceprize.jpgMarried journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have won the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement.

In addition, the literary organization announced the finalists for this year’s $10,000 Dayton Literary Peace Prizes in fiction and nonfiction. The fiction list included “Beijing Coma” by Ma Jian, “Writing in the Dark” by David Grossman, “Say You’re One of Them” by Uwem Akpan, and “Dust from our Eyes: an Unblinkered Look at Africa” by Joan Baxter. See the complete list of finalists here.

Here’s more from the prize release: “Since becoming the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the Tiananmen Square protests for the New York Times, Kristof and WuDunn have collaborated on such influential, milestone books as ‘China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power and Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia.’ In 2006, Kristof received a second Pulitzer Prize for his New York Times op-ed columns on Darfur.”