Ru Freeman

Ru Freeman

Ru Freeman's creative and political writing has appeared internationally. She is the author of the novels A Disobedient Girl (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2009) and On Sal Mal Lane (Graywolf, 2013), a New York Times Editor's Choice. Both novels have been translated into several languages including Italian, French, Hebrew, and Chinese. She blogs for the Huffington Post on literature and politics, is a contributing editorial board member of the Asian American Literary Review, and has been a fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is the 2014 winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Award for Fiction by an American Woman.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 12:00pm
USAID: Helping the Poor or Setting Up Puppets?
In the wake of the 2004 tsunami, the state of Maine under the aegis of The Sahana Project, began a program of reconstruction in the hard-hit town of Kalametiya on the Southern coast of Sri Lanka. The project was funded by small donations - not unlike the ones that turned then Senator Barack Obama’s...
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Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 3:33pm
At Long Last: a Voice for Palestine
Mamilla cemetery , located just inside West Jerusalem, contains the remains of several prominent Islamic leaders, including those who fought alongside Saladin to retake Jerusalem from the Crusaders. It is visited also by the descendants of the less illustrious, like Mohammed al-Dejani, whose great-grandfather is buried there.
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Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 8:06am
The Ignorant Righteous v. The Lower Merion School District: The Rush to Judgment
There is a reason why I ceased to support the ACLU after a brief affair with the organization as a college student. Whenever a group operates within a narrow framework that denies the nuance and complexity of our ultimately human lives, it becomes irrelevant.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 8:44am
Taliban: 60 Miles from Islamabad
Yesterday's NYT editorial expresses, yet again, the concern within America's corridors of power regarding the threat of the Taliban's imminent advance upon Islamabad and its intention to take over a nation which isn't simply trying to acquire nuclear energy for peaceful endeavors (as Iran claims), but actually possesses nuclear weapons. The article repeats Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton's concern that Pakistan was "abdicating to the Taliban," and that the U.S.
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Monday, April 6, 2009 - 8:26am
Sri Lanka: Bring on the White People
"Democracy is a messy thing and all of these voices must be heard," said Amy Goodman, speaking as a journalist and for Democracy NOW, on the Bill Moyers show on Friday. She and Glenn Greenwald from Salon.com were being interviews as the first recipients of the Park Center for Independent Media Izzy Award, named for I. F. Stone, the iconoclastic investigative journalist who self-published his alternative news in the I.F. Stone's Weekly in the 1960s.
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Saturday, February 21, 2009 - 12:17pm
M.I.A. in the USA: An Oscar for a bin Laden Next?
A few hours ago, two aircraft flown by a terrorist group, LTTE, recognized as such by the US, were foiled in their attempt to attack the Sri Lankan capitol of Colombo. Thought both planes were shot down, two civilians were killed and forty-six others injured.
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Monday, January 12, 2009 - 11:38am
The First Mistake: Barack Obama’s Silence on Gaza
In seven days, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the forty fourth president of the United States. The UK Telegraph reports today that people have been willing to pay $2000 for one of the 240,000 tickets, most of them standing, to the inauguration. The streets of Washington DC are flush with cash, the Kuwaiti Ambassador's wife, Reema Al-Sabah, is throwing one of the flashiest parties in the Diplomatic Circle, every hotel room is booked, every couch taken, every ball-gown picked.
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 11:51am
Allowing the Destruction of Palestine, We Die Hungry Too
Today's New York Times highlights the plight of the Samouni family in Gaza who lost eleven of their members despite their calls to the Red Cross to help them evacuate from Gaza, and after the order from the Israeli military forces, who occupied their home, to relocate to another building. Masouda al-Samouni lost her husband, mother in law and her 10 month old son for whom she had been preparing food. "He died hungry," she said.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2008 - 3:57pm
The Morning After: Race or Gender? Neither.
Gloria Steinem, writing an op ed in the New YorkTimes yesterday, the day after droves of older people turned out to vote for the status quo in New Hampshire, hands her support over to Hillary Clinton. She claims this is because of her qualifications, or the "experience argument" that we've come to know and loathe, not her gender, and that she is not anti-Obama. Why then is her entire piece an argument for why we should vote for this white woman over that black man?
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Tuesday, July 11, 2006 - 3:12pm
A Guantanamo State of Mind
"Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up."- Pastor Martin Niemöller
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