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Charlie Hebdo, Islam and Religious Freedom: Study Finds Independent Courts, Civility Best Protect Liberties, Lessen Conflict

David Briggs | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

What the new research suggests is that promoting freedom is less about any belief system or form of government than a commitment for nations to follow through on their constitutional promises to uphold religious freedoms.

REPORTS: Facebook Ordered To Block Pages Insulting Mohammad

Reuters | Posted 01.26.2015 | Technology

ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish court has ordered Facebook to block a number of pages deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad, threatening to stop acces...

Survivor of 'Charlie Hebdo' Massacre 'Very Happy Obama Didn't Come to Paris'

Jonathan Schwarz | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Schwarz

In a new interview Laurent Léger, investigations editor of Charlie Hebdo and a survivor of the January 7th assault on the magazine's Paris office, condemned President Obama for his administration's attack on press freedom.

From 'Charlie Hebdo' to 'Je Suis Ahmad'

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

Can the Charlie Hebdo tragedy which killed 17 men serve as a catalyst, in forging new and positive frontiers between Islam and the Western world?

Diffused Congruence Podcast: Comedian Azhar Usman Gets Serious

Zaki Hasan | Posted 01.24.2015 | Religion
Zaki Hasan

For the first episode of 2015, we're joined by stand-up comedian Azhar Usman -- "America's Funniest Muslim" -- for a wide-ranging, free-form convers...

Weekend Roundup: One Year On, The WorldPost Has 28 Million Monthly Views

Nathan Gardels | Posted 01.23.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

The WorldPost was launched one year ago in Davos. It was born out of a contradiction and a paradox. The contradiction is that while the world is growing more interdependent, the media is fragmenting -- re-nationalizing, re-localizing and even tribalizing. The resulting paradox is that the information age is becoming the age of non-communication across boundaries -- political, cultural and ideological. The aim of The WorldPost is to help bridge this growing chasm by becoming a platform where the whole world meets; a common zone where cross-pollination of ideas and perspectives from all corners of the planet can take place. To achieve this aim, The WorldPost strives for a global viewpoint looking around, not a national perspective looking out. Along with intelligent curation of the global news and original reportage, what distinguishes us, above all, are the first person global voices of our contributors. Every week, they weigh in as events break from Havana to Beijing, from Moscow to Mexico City, Paris, New Delhi and Abuja among so many other places. The WorldPost seems to have met an outstanding need. Thanks to you, one year later we have reached 28 million monthly views. We've shown that the message can catch up to the medium if we put our minds to it. (continued)

We Stand With You: Reflections on Our Solidarity Mission to Paris

Rabbi Avi Weiss | Posted 01.23.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Avi Weiss

"A fire is burning." This Vladimir (Ze'ev) Jabotinsky declared to European Jewry in the 1930s. Too few heeded his cry. As I leave Paris after a solidarity mission following terrorist attacks at Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher, I offer a similar cry.

In the Wake of Charlie Hebdo, We Should Ask Uncomfortable Questions

Jason Najum | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Jason Najum

Things can and will change, but not on their own. Every step forward was made of a million tiny struggles. The arc bends towards progress, but it's us that must bend it.

The Anti-Extremist Satire No One Is Talking About

Sophia A. McClennen | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Sophia A. McClennen

While everyone is debating the pros and cons of French satire, they are ignoring the robust and vibrant world of Middle Eastern satire. Through irony and puns they are able to send messages that expose the absurdity of those they target.

Beyond the pieties, the Charlie Hebdo massacre leaves us with painful new ironies and tired old remedies

Edward Wasserman | Posted 01.23.2015 | Media
Edward Wasserman

It's clear that the slaughter in Paris has managed to change the public policy subject, decisively, away from growing doubts over the wisdom of the endlessly renewable, insanely expensive, surveillance state that much of the non-jihadist world has drifted into since 2001.

This Standup Stands Up for Charlie Hebdo

Scott Blakeman | Posted 01.23.2015 | Impact
Scott Blakeman

Many people have said, "Je suis Charlie," but I really am. Like the cartoonists who were killed, I tell jokes. After their offices were firebombed i...

Anti-Muslim Acts Are Out Of Control In France

AP | Posted 01.23.2015 | Religion

PARIS (AP) — A leading Muslim group says there have been at least as many anti-Muslim acts in France since the terror attacks this month as for all ...

Queen Rania Speaks Out On Charlie Hebdo

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.23.2015 | Religion

Queen Rania al-Abdullah of Jordan stood with world leaders protesting terrorism in the Paris unity march on Jan. 11 -- but she does not stand with Cha...

Clashes Between Police And Protesters Escalate At Rally Against Charlie Hebdo

AP | By AIJAZ HUSSAIN | Posted 01.23.2015 | Media

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Government forces in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir fired warning shots and tear gas Friday to disperse Muslim prot...

My Friend, Yoav

Yohann Taïeb | Posted 01.22.2015 | Religion
Yohann Taïeb

Targeting Jews meant attacking a community whose culture has one goal: bringing together the universal and the particular. Jewish values aspire to universality. But only by distinguishing ourselves can we embody these values, which makes it an impossible challenge.

Preventing and Dealing with Outbursts of Religious Violence

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.22.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

It is hard to find a major religion or secular ideology that has not been used by some of its adherents to justify violence against others.

Against the New Anti-Semitism: Remembering the Holocaust Protects Us All

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 01.22.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

A world without Jews indeed would not be a world. A world in which the Jews once again became the scapegoats for all people's fears and frustrations would be a world in which free people could not breathe easy and the enslaved would be even more enslaved.

Anderson Cooper Owns Up To 'No-Go Zone' Blunders

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 01.22.2015 | Media

After slamming Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Fox News earlier this week for propping up erroneous reports on "no-go zones" -- supposed sections of E...

Muslim American Taxpayer Reaction to SOTU 2015

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Mehrunisa Qayyum

The last two years of "lame duck" actually present an opportunity for executive leadership to truly drive policy change without fear of re-election politics. If caveats are included, here is where Obama may truly leverage his power as someone who has freedom to really pursue an agenda without worrying about spending political capital

Blasphemy After the Cross

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 01.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

The slain cartoonists and journalists had nothing coming to them, deserved nothing from those who love God but our love. We might not read their newspaper or give it awards but it would be very easy even to protest it too much.

Political Pundits Don't Understand Free Speech

Dale Hansen | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The attack on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo has ignited a number of conversations about free speech. Unfortunately most of the media people who talk about free speech either don't understand it or intentionally mislead their viewers.

'We Are All in This Together, Like It or Not': On Raif Badawi, Charlie Hebdo and Non-violent Islamism

Elham Manea | Posted 01.22.2015 | World
Elham Manea

Those who killed the journalists in Paris were followers of violent Islamist extremism. Those who lashed Raif are followers of non-violent Islamist extremism. The first kills in the name of God and the second violates in the name of God.

Afghans Protest Against French Newspaper Charlie Hebdo

AP | Posted 01.22.2015 | Media

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Around 100 people have demonstrated in the Afghan capital against the publishers of the French satirical magazine Charlie ...

Joint Responsibility for Freedom of Expression Worldwide

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.21.2015 | Media
Daoud Kuttab

The events of last week in France were truly tragic and required a major response. But now that the world has spoken in support of freedom of expression, we, the peoples of the world, must hold our own leaders to the same values and insist on having same rights in our countries.

Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie; Je Suis Frédéric

John Friedman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
John Friedman

Most of us are not Charlie. Most of us are, like my colleague Frédéric Boisseau, simply going about our regular business until fate puts us in the path of angry people who have rationalized their anti-social hostility as being justified in the name of a higher calling.