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Marcia Liss | Posted 03.02.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Weekend Roundup: A Sigh of Relief in Europe

Nathan Gardels | Posted 02.27.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

Though nothing is finally settled, Europe this week breathed a sigh of relief. Greece's Syriza-led government backed down in its confrontation with its EU partners over austerity policies and, after bloody skirmishes in the early days of a new cease-fire agreement, the combatants in Ukraine backed off. Not everyone was happy in Greece, though. Manolis Glezos, a 92-year-old WWII Greek resistance hero and prominent member of Syriza, writes that "I apologize to the Greek people for collaborating in this illusion" that the new government would break free of the crushing bailout constraints. Greek journalist Thanos Dimadis argues that standing up to Germany on Greek terms was itself a victory despite compromises. Writing from Kyiv, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko hopes that "Minsk 2.0" will bring peace, but worries that there is no enforcement mechanism.

Challenge Religious-Based Violence With Education, Unity and True Faith

Raymond Lesniak | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion
Raymond Lesniak

The powerful force of human desire for revenge, control and power needs to be met by a greater force -- religious leaders from all denominations uniting to speak out on behalf of an individual's right to practice his or her religion without fear or intimidation.

What Harry Potter Taught Me About Antisemitism

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Just like some ultra-right wing Orthodox settlers in Israel can impede progress there, so hateful clerics can shape the culture of Arab communities in Europe. The problem is not lack of jobs or social mobility. It is the hijacking of a religion, and we cannot stop it unless we name it.

In the Crosshairs of Terrorism: Will France's Jews Stay or Leave?

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 02.24.2015 | World
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Hate is learned and ISIS is but one of its only teachers. That woman's anti-Semitism will not be erased by government decrees. Such hatred can only be deconstructed by Muslims themselves. It is hard to blame any European Jew for not waiting around to find out how this all plays out.

Anti-Semitism and Islamist Fundamentalism in France

Simone Rodan-Benzaquen | Posted 02.24.2015 | World
Simone Rodan-Benzaquen

If we want our children to make the distinction between right and wrong, if we want them to understand and protect themselves from fundamentalist ideology, we need to condemn elected officials who play with fire.

Press Freedom Must Not Be Compromised in Fight Against Extremism

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Courtney C. Radsch

There is a valid concern that the countering violent extremism initiative could provide justification for governments to broaden surveillance online and use it to curb human rights and civil liberties.

Weekend Roundup: From Kalashnikovs to God and Computers -- And Back Again

Nathan Gardels | Posted 02.20.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

Near the end of the Cold War 30 years ago, Régis Debray, the French philosopher and pal of Che Guevara, predicted that the Third World was "bidding its farewell to arms" as the geopolitical conflicts associated with the famous Russian-made Kalashnikov rifle were fading into history. He thought the quest for God, particularly in relation to Islam, would fill the ideological void, and computers would provide a way out of underdevelopment. Debray was both more right and wrong than he knew. As he did not foresee, YouTube and Twitter would become effective propaganda tools for crusading Islamist jihadis and Kalashnikovs would come back in a big way not only as a weapon of choice for theCharlie Hebdo murderers in Paris and the Islamic State in Syria -- but for the separatists in Ukraine as well. History reminds us often enough that what we bid farewell to can return with a vengeance. In a moving tribute to the Christian men beheaded by ISIS in Libya this week, WorldPost Middle East Correspondent Sophia Jones shines a light on their lives through a visit with the families of their Coptic community in Al Aour, Egypt. See her interviews on CNNand MSNBC. (continued)

Not Defending Our Ideals of Freedom Today Would Be a Crime

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 02.20.2015 | World
Inna Shevchenko

I call upon all defenders of freedom to join the ideological battle; now is the time to set pluralism against dogma; drawings, books and peaceful protests against guns; secularism against religious dominance.

Why I Published Cartoons of Muhammad and Don't Regret It

Flemming Rose | Posted 02.19.2015 | World
Flemming Rose

I've been accused of being responsible for the loss of innocent lives and labeled a Nazi who is having Muslims for breakfast.

On Charlie: Courage in the Face of Fear

Frank Fredericks | Posted 02.19.2015 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

So the question is, is it working? Is terrorism having an impact on us? To my disappointment, I think it may be, and for a simple reason: in fear is power.

Cartoons Terrorize Parisian Family: Teaching Colonialism

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

We'd begin with contemporary Paris, the Charlie Hebdo cartoons and bloodshed. We'd then quickly turn to Caché. If I were teaching again, this is how I'd start my literature and film class about colonialism.

Are We Beginning a War of Good vs Evil?

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Joseph W. Gauld

I believe the battle is coming down to civilization vs ancient authoritarianism, which ultimately makes it a war between what we in the civilized world consider good vs what we consider evil. That is a war worth fighting--and winning decisively.

Drawing Blood

Christopher Lamb | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Christopher Lamb

A cartoon in response to the murders at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper depicts a masked gunman standing over a dead cartoonist. "He drew first," the gunman says.

Charlie Hebdo Has a Right to Offend You and It Is Not a Double Standard

Dan Arel | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Dan Arel

I am sure some readers found the images of Mohammed offensive, but so what? Offense is taken, not given, readers who are attacking the magazine now are failing to understand any sort of context to which the cartoons represent.

In India, Editor Arrested Over Charlie Hebdo Cartoons Goes Into Hiding

Committee to Protect Journalists | Posted 02.17.2015 | Media
Committee to Protect Journalists

The 46-year-old editor was arrested on charges of deliberately outraging religious sentiment under section 295A of India's penal code, after police in Mumbai received multiple complaints about her paper, according to news reports. After being released on bail after her court appearance, Dalvi fled her home and shut down her office.

Charlie Hebdo and the First Amendment

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

After the murderous attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, one might wonder whether a newspaper that published the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in the United States would be protected by the First Amendment. The government might make two primary arguments in support of a law prohibiting the publication of the cartoons.

Meet Peter Saul, The Art World's Resident Octogenarian Rebel

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.17.2015 | Arts

No Title, 1966, Work on paper, 54 x 41 inches Peter Saul may be 80 years old, but inside he feels like a 14-year-old boy. Since the 1950s...

Has Science Made Us Better People?

The Daily Beast | Jake Whitney | Posted 02.17.2015 | World

The Charlie Hebdo massacre occurred on the same day I received my copy of The Moral Arc, Michael Shermer’s new book about how science and reason hav...

Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie Hebdo

Michael Brenner | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Michael Brenner

The Copenhagen killings are reviving the Charlie Hebdo experience. The dramatic video, the bloodied office, the manhunt, the hostages, the outrage, the marches, the ubiquitous Je Suis Charlie placards. And then the politicians' pledges, the analysis, the endless commentaries.

Is Atheism Evil?

Kelly James Clark | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

If religion is not the only or not the primary motivation, then we need to understand what the primary motivation is and work together--Muslim, Christian and atheist alike--to relieve the deep and distressing injustices that incite these young men to violence. Or we can continue simply blaming them and mocking their religion.

Cartoons: Art and Entertainment or Lethal Weapons?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.15.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Saturday's smaller replay in Copenhagen of Paris' Charlie Hebdo massacre that left three dead (including the suspected shooter) and several injured begs the question: are cartoons art and entertainment or lethal weapons?

Texas 'Draw the Prophet' Contest is Shameless Muslim-Baiting

artnet | artnet News | Posted 02.13.2015 | Arts

This article originally appeared on artnet News. by Sarah Cascone The poster advertising Draw the Prophet. Photo: American Freedom Defense I...

Weekend Roundup: Merkel in the Middle as Post-Cold War Europe Falters

Nathan Gardels | Posted 02.13.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

The whole idea of European integration was to anchor Germany in Europe to avoid another world war and to spread prosperity across the continent with a single market and common currency. Russia agreed to German unification after the Cold War in exchange for the West not absorbing Europe's eastern frontier into its sphere of influence. Now democratically elected governments in Athens and Kiev -- and the responses in Berlin and Moscow -- are challenging both post-Cold War arrangements. Angela Merkel, as chancellor of Europe's unrivaled power, has become, for better and worse, the crisis manager in the middle. (continued)

A French Leader Speaks for His Nation's Jews and His Nation

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 02.13.2015 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

Why the reluctance of many democratic societies, in Europe and beyond, to recognize that anti-Semitism is the canary in the coal mine alerting them to the existential threat they face? Why does Prime Minister Valls seem more like an exception than like the rule?