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According to Open Culture, Orwell's Animal Farm was almost never published. The manuscript barely survived the Nazi bombing of London during World War II, and then initially T.S. Eliot (an important editor at Faber & Faber) and other publishers rejected the book. It eventually came to see the light of day but, reportedly, Animal Farm still can’t be legally read in China, Burma and North Korea, or across large parts of the Islamic world.
However, the Internet Archive offers free access to audio versions of Animal Farm and Orwell’s other major classic, 1984.
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- 2018 was the 13th successive year that freedom declined around the world, according to Freedom House. Political rights and civil liberties were curbed in 68 countries in 2018, with the worst repression coming in Nicaragua, Tanzania, and Venezuela.
Many of the problems the world faces today pre-date the latest conflicts and related refugee crises. Five years ago already...
1. Google asked the global public for ideas to address the following societal issues:
A taste of things to come?
Whenever you are faced with a choice between liberty and security, choose liberty - Benjamin Franklin
Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, through the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase - William Congreve