Category: France

Paul Street: An Absence of Outrage

Why this unsettling contrast, reflecting remarkable public indifference of most of the US white populace to the regular heinous police murder of Black Americans?

Michael Lesher: Je Suis Hypocrite

The same inconsistency mars the imagery of an anti-journalist “war of jihad,” so promptly invoked to describe the murder of ten French satirists, but seldom heard from American liberals when Israel killed a larger number of Palestinian journalists in its latest assault on Gaza

Diana Johnstone: France Under the Influence

The Ambiguity of Charlie Hebdo

Yasmin Ahmed: Hypocrisy of Free Speech

If we are against discrimination we should be against all types of discrimination

Ramzy Baroud: Lessons that Hollande Failed to Learn from W. Bush’s Plunders

As Bush’s notorious legacy has proven, while war-induced fear and vain patriotism may keep a leader in office long enough, the terrible consequences of unchecked violence shall be felt for many years to come

Norman Finkelstein: Norman Finkelstein: Charlie Hebdo is sadism, not satire

“But when somebody is down and out, desperate, destitute, when you mock them, when you mock a homeless person, that is not satire”

Tithi Bhattacharya: Rewinding the Battle of Algiers in the Shadow of the Attack on Charlie Hebdo

The only way forward is to fight against the realities of Islamophobia by fighting for the realization of a new Arab Spring

Lauren McCauley: France Arrests 54 People for Offensive Speech

Observers warn that government reaction in wake of Charlie Hebdo killings reminiscent of post-9/11 fear campaign

Vijay Prashad: Policy shaped by power in world burdened by grief

The French Assembly decided to use the attack on Charlie Hebdo to expand its military operations against “jihadism and radical Islamism”

Ali Abunimah: France cracks down on free speech in order to defend it

In grim and supreme irony, French police have fanned out to suppress free speech in order to defend it. “France ordered prosecutors around the country to crack down on hate speech, anti-Semitism and glorifying terrorism, announcing Wednesday that 54 people had been arrested for those offenses” since last week, the Associated Press reports. The news Read more…

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