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Art of Resistance: Charlie Hebdo's Antonio Fischetti and Judea Pearl on the War on Journalists

Devra Maza | Posted 08.01.2015 | World
Devra Maza

It's the prize no one should have to win. When The Daniel Pearl Award was presented to the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, everyone who rose ...

Je Suis Godzilla! Really?

Barry David Kluger | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Barry David Kluger

We need to think when we use words or symbols and keep them in perspective. Causes are good. Very good but let's not use symbols of past events and think they can apply to every situation. They just don't.

'Hands Off My Church' Petition Plays On French Fears Over Islam

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion

PARIS (RNS) More than 40,000 French have signed a rousing “Hands off my church” petition in recent days denouncing a Muslim leader&r...

The Writings of Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

In 2012, Raif Badawi, a blogger in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) who is now 31, was arrested in his native land and charged with offenses ranging from parental disobedience to cyber-crime and apostasy from Islam.

Fighting Back Together

Simone Rodan-Benzaquen | Posted 07.07.2015 | World
Simone Rodan-Benzaquen

To my Jewish friends, I want to say that I understand and share their fear and pain of seeing their country, France, stained again by anti-Semitism. Who would have believed that 70 years after World War II Jews would still be murdered in our country because they are Jewish?

"Racism As a Mental Illness": A Mainstream Media Production

Sumaia Masoom | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
Sumaia Masoom

Even after audible calls for a race war and an attempt at genocide, the FBI still refuses to call the terrorist what he is, and instead falls back on its favorite time-tested explanation: mental illness.

When Crying "Fire" Becomes a Slur

Francis Levy | Posted 06.30.2015 | Media
Francis Levy

In Israel the ultra Orthodox have attempted to inflict their values on a population that doesn't always cotton to their values. In an age of increasing terrorism, there will be a tendency to constrict both the exercise of beliefs as well as the right to express opposition and outrage at those self-same beliefs. The Supreme Court will have its work cut for it.

Je Suis...Nasser!

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 06.25.2015 | Media
Faisal J. Abbas

What some clerics need to understand is that the real problem isn't the fact that someone has poked fun at extremist teachings, but that these extremist teachings exist and that those horrendous acts are occurring in the name of Islam.

After Charleston, The Time Has Come For Republicans to Denounce Hate Peddlers or Be Stained By Them

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Too many prominent Republicans have long danced with the devil. The time has come for them to choose between those who would tear our country apart, and those who seek to make our country a better, more just place.

Today's Newsrooms = Robo-Journalism, Games, Apps, Gender Equality

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.03.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The "see-Ma, no-hands" automated reporting movement has been used by AP, Bloomberg and Thomson-Reuters in crunching numbers -- business figures and sports scores -- as well as turning out formulaic stories.

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...