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When things go wrong fingers get pointed – is this fair?

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.  […]

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Islamic leaders need to look in the mirror

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?

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Charlie Hebdo Podcast Quick Hits

What will the impact of the beheading of a high school teacher be on France?

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.

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Charlie Hebdo Perspectives

The free speech/terrorism conundrum

We defend to the death our freedom of speech but what if that freedom leads to terrorist acts that kill innocent people?

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Charlie Hebdo Today in Terrorism

January 2, 2010: Attempted murder of Danish cartoonist behind ‘Muhammad satire’

We in the West take editorial cartoons and lampooning for granted: terrorists don’t.

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Did French security officials miss the obvious?

Mickaël Harpon’s drift toward fundamentalist Islam went undetected even though he worked in unit that tracked Islamist radicals.

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Another cartoon crisis and what it says about freedom and Islam

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 […]

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What do we really know about what happened in Paris?

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, […]

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Lessons from France – part 3

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 […]

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Lessons from France – part 2

Staying with the theme of the catastrophic loss of life in Paris two nights ago, one set of comments has me worried.  A few people – not just in the wake of November 13 but for some time now – have decided that groups such as the Islamic State are “death cults” and that members […]