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Rescued Nigerian Girls Should Help Us Understand Criticism of 'Charlie Hebdo' Cartoons

Joshua Adams | Posted 05.26.2015 | Black Voices
Joshua Adams

If satire is meant to shame society into bettering itself, can satire be shamed by society into bettering itself? What is it to be gained by making depictions of rape victims fair game?

Pre-Summer Reading: The Languages of Reaction, of the French, of Film, of Fatal Denial, of Healthy Debate

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

If you wish to know what unites, at the deepest level, the fans of jihadism, new-wave Le Pen-ism, and Vladimir Putin's Eurasia project, then read, without delay, Raphaël Glucksmann's Génération gueule de bois.

Top Charlie Hebdo Cartoonist Resigns

Reuters | Brian Love | Posted 05.19.2015 | Media

(Adds more quotes and background) By Brian Love PARIS, May 19 (Reuters) - One of the few cartoonists to survive an Isla...

'Youth Is A Lost Utopia'

The European | Posted 05.18.2015 | World

France’s literary enfant terrible, Frédéric Beigbeder, blames J.D. Salinger for his fear of old age. As therapy, he wrote a bold novel about...

Defying the Islamic Totalitarians

Peter Schwartz | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

The essence of freedom is the freedom to think for oneself. And that is intolerable to the jihadist. From the fatwa issued against author Salman Rushdie by Iran's ayatollahs, to the recent Charlie Hebdo slaughter in Paris, the jihadist allows no dissent from religious dogma.

Free Speech Is a Stupid Reason to Draw the Prophet Muhammad

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

When you continually and overtly belittle people for being who they are, eventually some of the people in these groups will respond violently. Is the answer to their violence really to be more offensive?

Conversations in Istanbul in the Wake of Charlie Hebdo

Meghan Nuttall Sayres | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
Meghan Nuttall Sayres

The temperature was a bracing 23 degrees F with high winds, but business was as usual in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. Seated in an alley outside the Varol Çay Ocagi, a tea kitchen, I talked with Sefa Ulusan, one of the men who serve çay to the merchants and their customers on the north end of the maze of shops.

Adapting Wolf Hall: Mike Poulton Talks at the Morgan Library/ Contretemps at the PEN Gala

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.09.2015 | Books
Regina Weinreich

But this was an unusually interesting night at the Morgan, the eve of the PEN gala, and many in the room were slated to attend the writers' annual dinner that would honor Charlie Hebdo's Gerard Biard and Jean-Baptiste Thoret accepting the Freedom of Expression Courage Award on behalf of the magazine.

Agents of Provocation

Amaar Ahmad | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Amaar Ahmad

We should not be afraid to admit that there may be imperfections in man-made precepts. That freedom of speech becomes flawed if achieved at the expense of world peace. May the agents of provocation realize this.

There Will Be More Silence in the Face of Tyranny if We Continue to Look the Other Way

Charles M. Sennott | Posted 05.08.2015 | Media
Charles M. Sennott

This dark vision for the future will be our own fault if we allow the attack on journalism around the world to go unchecked for another decade, if we continue to look the other way and ignore how killing the messenger erodes democracy and threatens a free, open society.

Reading Charlie Hebdo in Context

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

Whether one enjoys Charlie Hebdo's cartoons or finds them offensive, George Orwell's words seem to capture the heart of the matter: "If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."

Garland, Texas vs. Pam Geller

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

I grew up in Garland, Texas on Princeton Street where my parents lived until a few years ago. One of my first memories is the icy January day my parents and their friends gingerly brought my new baby brother and our very woozy mother home from the hospital to our little house.

Vatican Newspaper: Muhammad Cartoons Pour 'Gasoline On The Fire'

Religion News Service | Rosie Scammell | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper blasted a series of cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad as “blasphemous” but also con...

Charlie Hebdo Editor Gérard Biard Rejects Comparisons Between Paris And Texas Attacks

The New York Times | RICK GLADSTONE | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion

The top editor at Charlie Hebdo, the satirical Paris newspaper that was attacked four months ago by militant gunmen over its cartoons of the Prophet M...

Despite Protest And Security Risk, Charlie Hebdo Receives Prestigious PEN Award

Reuters | Ellen Wulfhorst and Sebastien Malo | Posted 05.06.2015 | Media

NEW YORK, May 5 (Reuters) - The French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, targeted in a deadly attack earlier this year by Islamist gunmen, was honored o...

Hebdo's Dubious PEN-Pals: Privileged Conservative Pundits

Jim Sleeper | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

History offers D.H. Lawrence's warning that influential people shouldn't stimulate others' "personal, superficial, temporary desires" but "tell us of our own deeper desires." The powers that conservatives champion have been doing the former, with increasing velocity.

Charlie Hebdo Deserves the PEN Award. Censorship Is Complicity.

Homero Aridjis | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Homero Aridjis

As the object of repeated death threats during my PEN presidency, I can testify from personal experience that in times of violence, solidarity among writers is paramount.

Enough With the Mohammed Cartoons

Christopher Lamb | Posted 05.04.2015 | Media
Christopher Lamb

The American Freedom Defense Initiative organized an event on Sunday night in Garland, Texas, inviting caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. The event's organizers received more than 350 submissions. It is also unclear what the event's organizers hoped to accomplish.

Deja News on Race, Gays, Hebdo... And the 'Error' of Mass Incarceration

Mark Green | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Mark Green

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Lamarche and Christie agree on Marriage Equality and Charlie Hebdo but, like the country, divide on why it's the fire this time in Baltimore. Will we have recurring police-triggered violence -- from Harlem in 1930s to Ferguson and Baltimore today -- or can government reduce both police violence and urban pathologies?

Even Jews Can Ignore Jewish Suffering?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.05.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Why didn't they demand inclusive language or refuse to sign? What did they have to lose? I don't belong to PEN -- but if I did, I'd be ashamed to sign a letter that ignored the plight of French Jews.

In Praise of Blasphemy

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 04.30.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

American friends, especially PEN Club writers, please read, right now, Caroline Fourest's new book, Eloge du blasphème (In Praise of Blasphemy, Grasset 2015), if you wish to understand.

Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 04.28.2015 | World
Parvez Ahmed

ISIS uses social media and the internet to attract disenfranchised youth searching for meaning. Their assertion that they are giving believers a chance to earn Jannah is tantalizing to some. Mere condemnation of the ISIS ideology is not enough.

Salman Rushdie Chastises Authors Protesting The Charlie Hebdo Tribute

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 04.27.2015 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Salman Rushdie on Monday defended the PEN American Center's plans to honor the magazine Charlie Hebdo, saying the decision of six wr...

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.