Tag Archives: Charlie Hebdo

Catherine Shakdam: Is There Room For Islam In Democracy, Freedom Of Speech, And Secularism?

From the article: “If Islam is portrayed as a mortal enemy to Western civilization and values it is because it poses a formidable obstacle to imperialistic hegemonic interests. Democracy, freedom of expression, and secularism are merely masks worn by the one-percenters (1%), the global elite that seeks to enslave all of humanity as it simultaneously destroys the planet in its greed for resources, wealth, and absolute power.

▶ Chomsky on ‘Sniper,’ Hebdo and Terrorism (and What We Can Do About It)

“The more we can blame some crime on some enemy, the greater the outrage,” Noam Chomsky said in Cambridge, Mass., in a recent discussion about terrorism with Kade Crockford, the director of the ACLU of Massachusetts’ Technology for Liberty Project. “The more we are responsible for it, and therefore, incidentally, can do something about it, […]

Steven Pinker: Why free speech is fundamental

 MORE THAN two centuries after freedom of speech was enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution, that right is very much in the news. Campus speech codes, disinvited commencement speakers, jailed performance artists, exiled leakers, a blogger condemned to a thousand lashes by one of our closest allies, and the massacre of French cartoonists […]

Chris Hedges: A Message From the Dispossessed

Hedges: If you spend time as I have in Gaza, Iraq, Yemen, Algeria, Egypt and Sudan, as well as the depressing, segregated housing projects known as banlieues that ring French cities such as Paris and Lyon, warehousing impoverished North African immigrants, you begin to understand the brothers Cherif Kouachi and Said Kouachi, who were killed Friday in a gun battle with French police. There is little employment in these pockets of squalor. Racism is overt. Despair is rampant…

Malik Nashad Sharpe: Paris, #BlackLivesMatter, the Cultural Violence, and the White Western State

I’m not French, but one doesn’t need to be in order to see how deeply racism runs throughout French, and Western, societies.