The Child Soldier: From the Congo to Chicago

by Nick Patricca with Katherine Kaufka Walts The forced use of a child in armed conflicts profoundly injures the person coerced and gravely insults the idea of the dignity of a human being—an essential value of our civilization and of our self-understanding. UNICEF estimates that more than 300,000 boys and girls under the age ofContinue reading “The Child Soldier: From the Congo to Chicago”

The Silencing of Writers: Saudi Arabia

By Nick Patricca On the Rue Saint-Jean in the Place d’ Youville just inside the Gate to the Old City of Quebec, a young woman stands in silence with three young children at her side. A large photo of a man stands next to them. BADAWI is printed on the left side at the bottomContinue reading “The Silencing of Writers: Saudi Arabia”

PEN protests the rise of anti-LGBTQ legislation

by Nick Patricca At the 81st PEN World Congress this October in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, the delegates of the General Assembly of PEN International, the largest world-wide organization of professional writers, passed Resolution #20 protesting the anti-LGBTQI legislation enacted recently in 75 nation-states. The 250 delegates from 80 PEN Centers from 70 countries andContinue reading “PEN protests the rise of anti-LGBTQ legislation”