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Charlie Hebdo Honor Sparks Controversy

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 04.27.2015 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose and at least four other writers have withdrawn from next month's PEN American Center gala, citing o...

To Combat the 'New Anti-Semitism,' Europe's Jews and Muslims Must Work Together

Harrison Akins | Posted 04.22.2015 | World
Harrison Akins

Jews and Muslims should not be working against each other, but with each other to promote their common interests and rights as religious minorities in Europe, particularly with the rise of right-wing parties across the continent.

Student Held In France On Suspicion Of Planning Church Attack

Reuters | Posted 04.22.2015 | World

PARIS, April 22 (Reuters) - French police are holding a heavily armed man they suspected of planning an imminent armed attack on one or two churches...

Defending the Right to Offend

Ayaan Hirsi Ali | Posted 04.21.2015 | World
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I am a free speech absolutist. Perhaps the biggest tragedy in the West today is the fact that freedom of speech is no longer a right that we can take for granted. It is now a privilege available only to those with armed security.

Garry Trudeau Sides With Power Against Real Dissenters

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 04.16.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

When you're challenging the gods, and those who claim to speak for the gods, you are always punching up.

Chomsky: 'I Don't Look at Twitter Because It Doesn't Tell Me Anything'

Seung-yoon Lee | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Seung-yoon Lee

"Right now, if I want to find out what's going on in Ukraine or Syria or Washington, I read the New York Times, other national newspapers, I look at the Associated Press wires, I read the British press, and so on. I use Google all the time, I'm happy it's there. But just as when I read the New York Times or the Washington Post, or the Wall Street Journal knowing that they have ways of selecting and shaping the material that reaches you, you have to compensate for it."

Gabriel Arana

Charlie Hebdo 'Wandered Into The Realm Of Hate Speech,' Says Doonesbury Cartoonist Garry Trudeau

HuffingtonPost.com | Gabriel Arana | Posted 04.10.2015 | Media

Famed Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau slammed his counterparts at Charlie Hebdo -- the French satirical newspaper that was attacked by terrorists ...

Turkish Journalists May Face Jail Time For Featuring Charlie Hebdo Cover In Columns

AP | Posted 04.09.2015 | Media

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's Cumhuriyet newspaper says two of its journalists have been charged with "openly insulting the people's religious valu...

Weekend Roundup: Yemen Ignites New Mideast War Within Islam

Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.03.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

If reading the next sentence about the bewildering tangle of so many bloody crossed swords in the Middle East makes your head hurt, just be thankful you live somewhere else where decapitation is not a regular occurrence. The intensifying Saudi-led Sunni coalition assault on Iranian-linked Shiite tribes in Yemen this week -- at the very moment when Shiite militia allied with the U.S.-backed Iraqi government were ousting Saudi Wahhabist-inspired Islamic State jihadis from Tikrit -- signaled the onset of a generalized sectarian religious war across the region. And if the current bright spot of the interim agreement with Western powers that curbs Iran's capacity to weaponize its uranium enrichment program should unravel over the coming months, the entire conflict threatens to go nuclear. Graham Fuller, former vice-chair of the CIA's National Intelligence Council and a former station chief in several Mideast countries, deciphers the perplexing labyrinth of the Yemeni conflict, where "the enemy of my enemy is also my enemy." (continued)

Lena Dunham's Dog Quiz Is Shameful

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.02.2015 | Media
Lev Raphael

Is this really 2015 humor? Is this New Yorker humor? Is this even funny?

Weekend Roundup: Death of the First Global Statesman

Nathan Gardels | Posted 03.27.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week, Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, died at 91. Though the last remaining of the great figures of post-WWII decolonization, Lee was also the first global statesman. As he himself put it, "when we were pushed out of Malaysia we had no hinterland. So we had to do or die, and the globalization of the world helped us. So we made the world our hinterland." By thinking global, but acting local, Lee was able to vault his small city-state from the Third World to the First World. The WorldPost remembers Lee through his own words from interviews I have done with him over the years. Writing from Singapore, Pranay Gupte focuses on Lee's unique accomplishment of "clean governance." Writing from Beijing, philosopher Daniel A. Bell emphasizes Singapore's meritocratic government as the core of its success with lessons for China. (continued)

Charlie Hebdo To Receive PEN Award

AP | Posted 03.25.2015 | Media

NEW YORK (AP) — Charlie Hebdo, the Parisian satirical magazine that was a target of a deadly shooting in January, will be honored at this spring's P...

Freedom of Expression and Its Double Standard

Aseal Tineh | Posted 03.24.2015 | College
Aseal Tineh

Almost a month ago, the French Club at the University of Chicago invited Charlie Hebdo journalist Zineb El Rhazoui to discuss "freedom of expression in our contemporary society." The event on freedom of expression, however, quickly turned to a kickboxing match with a single kickboxer and Islam as her punching bag.

Read An Excerpt Of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Latest Book

The Huffington Post | Farah Mohamed | Posted 03.24.2015 | World

In her latest book, Somali-born author and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, known for her controversial views on Islam, argues that the religion is not a pea...

Excerpt: Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now

Ayaan Hirsi Ali | Posted 03.24.2015 | World
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

In these pages, it is my intention to make many people -- not only Muslims but also Western apologists for Islam -- uncomfortable. I am not going to do this by drawing cartoons. Rather, I intend to challenge centuries of religious orthodoxy with ideas and arguments that I am certain will be denounced as heretical. My argument is for nothing less than a Muslim Reformation.

Weekend Roundup: The Politics of Polarization Always Ends Badly

Nathan Gardels | Posted 03.21.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

Whether in Russia, Venezuela or Israel, the ugly politics of polarization may work in winning elections -- but it always ends badly. Netanyahu's scaremongering against Arab voters and dashing of a two-state solution (his bad faith post-election backtrack notwithstanding) dispels two long-held illusions at once: that Israeli democracy would be inclusive or that Palestinians would have their own state. If there is no room for Palestinians anywhere, then what? In an exclusive interview with the Huffington Post, (full interview to be released Saturday), U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the Israeli election, Iran and other issues. Writing from Amman, prominent Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab draws the logical conclusion from Israel's election results that Palestinians must now pursue their own unilateral path and that the world community should no longer feel bound to defend Israel in international institutions. (continued)

Side by Side

Marcia Liss | Posted 03.18.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Kosher Supermarket In Paris Opens Its Doors Two Months After Attacks

Reuters | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion

(Reuters) - The Paris kosher supermarket where four hostages were killed in January by an Islamist gunman reopened on Sunday morning to "show that lif...

Weekend Roundup: How Japan's Past Shadows Asia's Future

Nathan Gardels | Posted 03.13.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

TOKYO -- Looking out onto Tokyo's towering neon cityscape, it is difficult to imagine the utter devastation of Japan's capital 70 years ago this week in one of the world's greatest overlooked atrocities -- the unsparing American firebombing that incinerated more people than either of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima or Nagasaki. In this respect, Japan is a long way from its past. But a visit to Tokyo this week by German Chancellor Angela Merkel -- during which she noted how her country had accepted culpability for its WWII fascist aggression in a way that Japan has not -- also highlights how the past still shadows the present -- and the future -- in Asia. (In Europe also the past has returned from another angle as Greece is demanding reparations from Germany). (continued)

Already Yesterday's News? 'The Struggle For Justice is Right Now'

Alana Baum | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Alana Baum

The power of speaking out on behalf of others and against prejudice cannot be overstated or forgotten. It's a lesson already known in our schools. Standing up for the bullied is essential to fighting hate. It must be repeated again and again.

Weekend Roundup: Preparing to Be Disrupted

Nathan Gardels | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week, The WorldPost conference on "The Future of Work" took place at Lancaster House in London. Discussion around the theme "prepare to be disrupted" ranged from how the emergent sharing economy, along with 3D desktop manufacturing, would take work back into the home to worries that automation could eliminate as much as 47 percent of current jobs in the United States.

Rising Anti-Semitism Challenges Sweden's Proud And Tolerant Self-Image

Religion News Service | Petra Socolovsky | Posted 03.04.2015 | Religion

When a militant extremist stormed into a kosher supermarket in Paris shortly after cartoonists were massacred at the Charlie Hebdo publication, Swedis...

Another Kind of Muslim Brotherhood

Kenan Trebincevic | Posted 03.03.2015 | New York
Kenan Trebincevic

As a 34-year-old Muslim man with an older brother I look up to, I hated how much we had in common with 34-year-old Said Kouachi and his brother Cherif, the terrorists who murdered 12 at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

War and...

Marcia Liss | Posted 03.03.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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No Lie!

Marcia Liss | Posted 03.02.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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