What is acceptable when it comes to controversial material?
In the wake of a brutal killing and beheading of a French teacher in October for his ‘crime’ of showing the Muhammad cartoons, a report has come out saying French security and intelligence services failed to “appreciate the gravity of the defamatory campaign on social media against the teacher”. In other words, the French blew it. […]
In the wake of heavy criticism by Muslim leaders over French President Macron’s comments about Islam, all fingers are pointed at France as the problem. Is it, or is the Muslim world in crisis?
A French teacher makes the difficult decision to raise the issue of the infamous ‘Muhammad cartoons’ to his class. People get angry and an 18-yr old student beheads this teacher.
We defend to the death our freedom of speech but what if that freedom leads to terrorist acts that kill innocent people?
We in the West take editorial cartoons and lampooning for granted: terrorists don’t.
Mickaël Harpon’s drift toward fundamentalist Islam went undetected even though he worked in unit that tracked Islamist radicals.
I have a confession to make. I do not like Geert Wilders. The platinum blond Dutch politician is, in my humble opinion, a self-focussed, attention-seeking, grandstanding man. In other words, I think he is a jerk. He is not the only jerk out there of course and it is important to stress that there is […]
We live in an age of instant information. This is largely a good thing. We can learn about what is happening around the world almost instantaneously. What used to take weeks or months to come to our attention now takes minutes. That is a very good thing when it comes to human tragedy. Earthquakes, […]
A few days ago I stood overlooking what was no-man’s land outside the little town of Auchonvillers in the Somme department of Picardie. In a battle that became known as Beaumont-Hamel, the morning of July 1, 1916 saw the slaughter of most of the Newfoundland Regiment (it later received the title “Royal”): of the 780 […]