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Little Atoms weekly round-up (the ‘reviewing our security measures’ edition)

“Queen’s is, and will remain, a place where difficult issues can be discussed.” - Patrick Johnston, Vice Chancellor, Queen's University Belfast

This week has been all about freedom of speech after a UK university decided to cancel a conference on Charlie Hebdo amid security concerns. Little Atoms was first to break the story, and first with the news that the university would "review" its decision. Catch up on the whole debacle by reading our coverage and Jason Walsh’s commentary below; then find out about Australia’s obsession with Anzac Day, why Cuba can’t wait for change, the reason  you can't watch a new Scientology documentary on UK television, the story of St Georges Day in Asia; and listen to the first of our Wellcome Book Prize podcast specials.

The tragic irony of censoring Queen's University's Charlie Hebdo discussion

Jason Walsh on how censorship by the Vice Chancellor of Queen's has done far more damage to the university's reputation than an academic discussion on citizenship after Charlie Hebdo ever could.

Anzac Day: A myth to cleanse Australia's 'convict stain'

What drives Australians' obsession with Gallipoli?

Cuba: 'We can't wait for change'

As the Caribbean island enters a new era of negotiations with America, what lies in store for Castro's closed country?

Why you can't watch Scientology documentary Going Clear in the UK

Free speech fears as Sky pulls film from schedule

Celebrating St George’s Day in Asia

The early 20th century signaled the onset of St George’s Day celebrations in Southeast Asia

Podcast: Wellcome Prize special

Little Atoms is very pleased to be the podcast partner for the Wellcome Book prize and will be featuring a series of interviews with the shortlisted authors, the first of which went up this week where we spoke to Sarah Moss, Miriam Toews and Scott Stosser about their entries.

Plus: See Wellcome Book Prize shortlist authors in conversation: 26 April, Wellcome Collection, London. Click here for details


Caroline is the section editor of Art & Design at Little Atoms. She has written for The Guardian, Vice and Dazed & Confused.

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