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Conversation: The Assassin’s Veto: Blasphemy & Charlie Hebdo, by Myra MacDonald

Source: War on the Rocks

The murder of Asad Shah, a Muslim shopkeeper in Glasgow, and the perverse reaction to a Charlie Hebdo editorial show us how warped our senses have become.

When an editorial dismisses as “xenophobes” those who blame terrorism on immigration, and is then taken as conclusive proof of racism, you know something has gone terribly wrong. Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine whose offices were attacked last year by gunmen offended by its cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, has once again been denounced for “Islamophobia” and racism. The alleged offense came in an editorial that challenged the role of religion in society, and that is assumed by its critics to say that all Muslims are complicit in terrorism. Nowhere in the French original by the cartoonist Laurent “Riss” Sourisseau, nor in its rather more awkward English translation, does it say that. Rather, it is an anguished defense of French secularism, tinged by bitterness in a man who was shot in the shoulder while watching his colleagues die. Far from attacking all Muslims — an assertion that assumes all Muslims are the same — it takes aim at the growing power of religious conservativism. It calls out society’s failure to question this for fear of being branded an “Islamophobe.” It blames our silence for creating an atmosphere of fear without which terrorism cannot succeed. That silence has left the field open to the far right and produced a fractured, anxious society more inclined to react emotionally than rationally to acts of terrorism. Unwittingly proving the point made in the editorial, Charlie Hebdo’s critics have loudly condemned it for “Islamophobia” and racism, silencing the issues it raised with a willful or ignorant distortion of what it said. It is a grotesque parody that could be ignored if the stakes were not so high.

Go back to the January 2015 attacks in Paris by Islamist gunmen in which 12 people died at the Charlie Hebdo offices and another five were killed in related shootings. The Charlie Hebdo staff were not killed for racism. They were murdered for the assumed crime of blasphemy. Before the attacks, Charlie Hebdo was a niche magazine catering to a certain section of the French left, lampooning the government and the far right, mocking all sources of power including religion, and championing the cause of anti-racism. Of course, those with deeply held religious views would have found some of their cartoons offensive. But they had the choice not to see them. To read Charlie Hebdo, you had to go out of your way to buy the magazine. The cartoons were not plastered on billboards across Paris. Nor, as sometimes erroneously assumed, was the publication popular with the anti-immigrant right. On the contrary, the right is one of its main targets. That critics, especially in the English-speaking world, have so conclusively convicted Charlie Hebdofor racism (in doing so, heaping ire on journalists who are already facing death threats) tells you little about the magazine itself. It does, however, tell you much about the insidious of power of the very notion of blasphemy. Rather than confront the fact that the Charlie Hebdo staff were massacred for blasphemy, the magazine has been tried and convicted for a different crime — that of racism. Such is the transformation of their role as victims of a crime to victimizers, that the latest denunciation in Vice Magazine said they had become “smug satirists” who, among others, are “terrorizing” Muslims across Europe. (Muslims are rightly worried about an increase in anti-Muslim bigotry; but the arrow directed at Charlie Hebdo is shot from a different bow.)

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Murdering Journalists…Theirs and Ours, by William Blum

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After Paris, condemnation of religious fanaticism is at its height. I’d guess that even many progressives fantasize about wringing the necks ofjihadists, bashing into their heads some thoughts about the intellect, about satire, humor, freedom of speech. We’re talking here, after all, about young men raised in France, not Saudi Arabia.

Where has all this Islamic fundamentalism come from in this modern age? Most of it comes – trained, armed, financed, indoctrinated – from Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria. During various periods from the 1970s to the present, these four countries had been the most secular, modern, educated, welfare states in the Middle East region. And what had happened to these secular, modern, educated, welfare states?

In the 1980s, the United States overthrew the Afghan government that was progressive, with full rights for women, believe it or not , leading to the creation of the Taliban and their taking power.

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Paris Charlie – the Shock Doctrine par Excellence, by Peter Koenig

Source: Global Research

On 12 January the French Parliament approved with almost unanimity – with one abstention only – the budget for France’s continuous and enlarged involvement in the new war on Iraq, a new war engagement led by Washington and supported by its vassals, UK, Canada, Australia and France. Aircraft carriers and troops were immediately mobilized, not even losing a day. Doesn’t that conspicuously smell of an earlier preparation, just waiting for that crucial and appropriate event, prompting parliamentary approval? 

At the same time France lawmakers agreed to display 10,000 troops throughout the country to protect ‘vulnerable places’; spying on citizens, for their protection takes on new forms and formats. A direct reaction to the attack on Charlie Hebdo on January 7 and the assault on a kosher supermarket on January 9? – Killing 17 people in all? Is that it?

French Ministers of the Interior and of Defense have advanced their wish of substantially increased respective police and defense budgets, when the 2016-2017 allocations are being discussed later this year. No doubt they will get their way.

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“Je suis Charlie” ? Or a pact with the devil and a fool’s bargain, by Paul Matthews

“Internally, French society is not “threatened” by a Muslim presence – although it is indeed threatened by exacerbated Islamophobia. The key problem is that France does not know how to integrate its Muslim population, something that allows what sociologist Farhad Khosrokhavar describes as “terroristes maison”. These made in France terrorists start as petty thieves, are de-Islamicized and then re-Islamicized by neighborhood imams and most of all by the devastation wreaked by the Empire of Chaos and NATO over the lands of Islam”. [1]
 “The conquest of Algeria by France takes place in several distinct stages of the landing of the African army in Sidi Ferruch June 14, 1830, under General de Bourmont until the formal surrender of Emir Abd el-Kader to the Duke of Aumale, on 23 December 1847. This conquest ended with the annexation of Algeria to the French Republic, through the creation of the French départements in Algeria in December 1848 “. [2]

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Illustrated by this photo of two French soldiers toying with their prey, the rape of Algeria lasted more than a century. The extreme brutality of this conquest recalls another – that of Italian Libya – a North African territory conquered by the Kingdom of Italy, after the 1911 Italian invasion of Ottoman Tripolitania. Exactly100 years later Muammar Gaddafi is put to death by forces supported by NATO. An event filmed [3] showing the Libyan being sodomised shortly before he is executed – probably on orders from Sarkozy’s secret service. [4]

People commemorate suffering. The legacy of the Algerian War of Independence brings to mind the bloodshed and bitterness on each side of the Irish Sea after centuries of colonialism going back to Anglo-Norman times.

Cherif and Said Kouachi were of Algerian descent. Something which hasn’t escaped the eagle eye of renowned British journalist Robert Fisk – fin connaisseur of the Arab world – given the spelling of their family name [5] His article retraces links between the attack by the two brothers and the French-Algerian conflict (1954-1962).

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Liberté D´Expression?

Source: Moon of Alabama

Dieudonné arrested over Facebook post on Paris gunman

French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala has been arrested for being an “apologist for terrorism” after suggesting on Facebook that he sympathised with one of the Paris gunmen, a judicial source has said.Prosecutors had opened the case against him on Monday after he wrote “Tonight, as far as I’m concerned, I feel like Charlie Coulibaly” – mixing the slogan “Je suis Charlie”, used in tribute to the journalists killed at magazine Charlie Hebdo, with a reference to gunman Amédy Coulibaly. Dieudonné was arrested on Wednesday.

One wonders what “apologist for terrorism” may additionally include. When Hollandedelivers weapons to terrorists in Syria isn’t he also an “apologist for terrorism”?

Defending the racism of Charlie Hebdo is seen as heroic but criticizing Zionist racism in Israel is not allowed?

France now deploys 10,000 soldiers and 5,000 police to protect “Jewish sites”. Meanwhile 26 places of worship for Muslims have been attacked and 34 have been threatened.

Liberté and égalité are supposed to be center tenets of France. They are now completely out of whack.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Oceania Saker.

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Conversation: President Assad visits the front line on New Years Eve

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This past week the desire of western sociopaths, otherwise known as ” Presidents” and “Prime Ministers” and “Special Envoys”, have been on overdrive trying to cash in on the whole Charlie Hebdo affair.

Meanwhile, the actual heroes of the fight against terrorism have gone unsung.; these are the men and women of many nations that are battling the proxy armies of Francois Hollande’s France, David Cameron’s Britain and Obama’s USA among a myriad of “peace-makers”.

Today we showcase the brave men and women of the Syrian Arab Army who are the real front-line warriors in the fight against terrorism. Four years of intense conflict and hundred of thousands of dead later, they are standing strong.

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Hypocrites Shine on Paris Catwalk, by Pepe Escobar

The Paris unity march attended by over 40 world leaders has revealed the Western “double standard” approach concerning the freedom of speech and the battle against terrorism.

BEIJING, January 12 (Sputnik) — What an unrivalled parade of political hypocrisy. The sight of General Hollande, Conqueror of Mali; David of Arabia Cameron; Angela “Let Eastern Ukrainians die” Merkel; Ahmed “Assad must go” Davutoglu; even King Sarko the First, Liberator of Libya; not to mention Bibi “Final Solution” Netanyahu – all marching for “freedom”, “free speech” and “civilization” against barbarism in the streets of Paris would make every stalwart of Western intellectual tradition, from Diogenes to Voltaire and from Nietzsche to Karl Kraus, cringe in disgust.

Seen from Asia, this political hijacking seemed even more grotesque. And no wonder a mixage went viral across Southwest Asia – home of Arab social networks; the “march for unity” in Paris coupled with Hitler and the nazis strutting their stuff with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Here’s the whole “freedom of expression” debate in a nutshell. Would that ever be allowed in the front page of a Western newspaper, satirical or otherwise?

One of the greatest tricks the ruling elites of Western civilization managed to pull off has been the myth of “free speech” – on a par with the myth of a “free” market. “Free”, yes, but to the extent the Masters of the Universe allow it. Any speech that blasts Atlanticist rackets – geopolitical or economic; exposes double or triple standards; and details really serious stuff – from financial crimes to war crimes and, crucially, Western-sponsored terrorism – is ruthlessly silenced.

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OPEN LETTER TO THE SAKER from Paul Matthews

Chechen leader blasts Europe over double standards on terrorism 

“Peace and stability are more important for all peoples than the right of a handful of journalists to disrespect the Prophet …”. Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov.

Terrorists More Offensive than Cartoons, Says Hezbollah Chief 

“The behavior of the takfiri groups that claim to follow Islam have distorted Islam, the Koran and the Muslim nation more than Islam’s enemies … who insulted the prophet in films… or drew cartoons of the prophet”.
Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

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Dear Saker,

Amen to, and a BIG thankyou for, all the spot-on analysis, provided with dignity, courage and knowledge about the ‘orchestrated hysteria’ in France. The level of ignorance among some of your numerous commentators makes me cringe. To follow your own line of thought, they are either terrified, full of hate or have stopped thinking. Among the boobies, hate and fear mongers and the braindead, they can’t all be French. But, discounting possible trolls, those that are in any of these three categories seem to have left their senses and have let their feelings run away with them. Time to see the wood for the trees.

In your most recent posts you make a thoroughly commendable stand against islamophobia and racism. This has cost you and us the French Saker blog which has been deliberately wiped, then put offline, by a treacherous member of that team, So that the entire contents dating from mid-June must be considered lost.

RT blithely announces Charlie Hebdo’s next edition is to have Muhammad cartoons, but demurs from broadcasting news that, in the name of Free Speech, Ukrainian PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk re-writes history to claim that in WWII the USSR invaded the Ukraine and Germany, As the Junta shells the Donbass (again).

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