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Media response to mosque attack proves ‘liberals’ and Islamists are brothers in arms – Belfast Telegraph

Media response to mosque attack proves ‘liberals’ and Islamists are brothers in arms

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There are many disturbing things about the Finsbury Park Mosque attack. The most disturbing, of course, is the thing itself. This was a grotesque assault on our fellow citizens and on freedom of religion. To mow people down as they congregate outside their place of worship is to display a murderous disregard for the liberties that make secular, democratic society possible.

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There are many disturbing things about the Finsbury Park Mosque attack. The most disturbing, of course, is the thing itself. This was a grotesque assault on our fellow citizens and on freedom of religion. To mow people down as they congregate outside their place of worship is to display a murderous disregard for the liberties that make secular, democratic society possible.

But there’s another disturbing thing and one that deserves far more interrogation: the media response to the attack and its confirmation of a coming-together of the Islamist and so-called “liberal” outlooks, of a fusing of Islamist and Leftist contempt for the demos.

The response to the Finsbury attack has been striking for its double standards. Observers and politicos have done all the things they warn us not to do after Islamist attacks. After Islamist terrorism, they instruct us not to get angry, not to hold any community or culture responsible and not to fall for the apparently foul, racist idea that the Koran, or certain imams, might have inspired this violence.

In fact they ring-fence Islam from criticism and frown on efforts to discover the possible scriptural source of the terror.

They wield the insult “Islamophobe” against anyone who suggests there might be a broader cultural problem behind such violence. “It’s just an individual with warped ideas,” they insist.

This time, in response to a suspected act of far-Right violence, they’ve changed their tune.

They’ve ditched their usual pacifying cry of “Keep calm and carry on” in favour of inviting the nation to look in the mirror.

This act of violence does have a communal base, they claim. It speaks to an “increase in Islamophobia all over the country”, one Labour MP insists.

This violence does have an intellectual origin we should all worry about: it is the tabloid media’s “addiction to Islamophobia” that nurtured it, we’re told. This violence does raise questions about certain communities in Britain, especially tabloid-reading ones, described by one columnist as “the vulnerable”, easily whipped into “crazed hysteria”. We know who they mean: the white working class.

Suddenly, it is okay to see an act of individual violence as a signifier of social and communal problems. It is bad, apparently, to raise any questions about Muslim communities after Islamist attacks. But after Finsbury, it is absolutely fine, important in fact, to query the rank, media-fuelled prejudices that apparently lurk in certain communities “all over the country”.

This amounts, pretty explicitly, to saying: “We must never criticise the Muslim community, because we might hurt their feelings, but we should definitely criticise the tabloid-addicted, ‘vulnerable’ sections of society that refuse to respect religious difference.”

There’s a profound paternalism here. This approach both infantilises the Muslim community, treating them as incapable of robust discussion, and criminalises the white working class, who are presumed to be one newspaper editorial away from “crazed hysteria”. But the double standards also point to a deeper problem: the commonalities between the extremist Islamist outlook and what passes for “liberal” commentary today (it isn’t genuinely liberal, of course, but that’s for another column).

Reading some of the commentary on the Finsbury attack, about the “poisonous narrative” spreading through Britain and creating “hateful bigots” all over the country, it is hard to tell where mainstream thinking ends and Islamist intolerance begins.

Because that outlook, that idea that vast numbers of Britons despise Muslims and are on the cusp of bigoted hysteria, is precisely the underpinning of the extreme victim narrative of modern Islamist violence.

From 7/7 to the Manchester Arena bombing, we know that one of the key ideas uniting Britain’s successful or failed Islamist terrorists is that the modern West hates Muslims.

There’s a deep strain of censorious self-pity: Western armies hate Muslims, Western citizens hate Muslims, the Western media mocks Muslims and so, perhaps, we deserve to be punished.

This easily crosses the line into haughty contempt for the demos, who are presumed to be morally slovenly and, of course, Islamophobic.

Recall the arrested terror cell of 2006, who wanted to blow up those “slags dancing around” at London nightclubs. Or the 2007 car bombs left outside the Tiger Tiger club in London.

There have also been planned or attempted attacks on airports and football stadiums. And, of course, a pop concert.

It is reported that Salman Abedi, the Manchester concert bomber, was very concerned about Islamophobia: he thought Britons were “unfair” to Muslims.

Every single one of these self-pitying prejudices, these narcissistic beliefs that modern Britain is packed with horrible slags and idiots who are unfair to Muslims, will have been emboldened by the post-Finsbury commentary.

The media’s wildly inaccurate depiction of Britain as a hotbed of anti-Muslim hate, which lurks “all over the country”, is of a piece with the Islamist prejudice against British citizens.

What unites the extreme Islamist and the modern liberal observer is a profound discomfort with the demos, a deep fear of ordinary people and their emotions and beliefs.

In different ways, one via violence, the other via peaceful demands for greater policing of people’s views on Islam, these two groups problematise sections of the public and depict them as ripe for either punishment or re-education.

The communion between Islamist and mainstream media thinking was perfectly captured in the figure of Piers Morgan.

He had Tommy Robinson, founder of the English Defence League, on his ITV show Good Morning Britain. When Robinson criticised the Koran, Morgan blasted him and was cheered by virtually the entire media for doing so.

“To mock (Islam) and its holy book is an outrage,” Morgan said. “Show some damn respect.”

This is the Islamist outlook, too.

In fact, this is the thinking behind the Charlie Hebdo massacre: that it is an “outrage” for anyone to criticise Islam.

In responding to Finsbury by demonising people “all over the country” as ignorant or hateful towards Islam and insisting the Koran should never be mocked, it is possible these observers have written the script for the next act of extremist, victim-politics Islamist violence.

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2000 Sign Online Petition To Keep Holocaust Denier Out Of Canada – Forward

MONTREAL (JTA) An online petition launched by Bnai Brith Canada aiming to prevent an American Holocaust denier from speaking in Toronto has garned nearly 2,000 signatures.

Kevin Barrett, who has called the 9/11 attacks an inside job, is due to address the citys annual Al-Quds Day rally on Saturday. Al-Quds is the Muslim name for Jerusalem, and the annual march during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is generally a call for the destruction of Israel.

In the petition, Bnai Brith demanded that Canadas Border Services Agency keep out Barrett.

Inviting a notorious Holocaust denier to this event demonstrated once and for all that Al-Quds Day is not a mere anti-Israel event, but rather a hate rally designed to demonize and denigrate Canadas Jewish population, Bnai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn told The Canadian Jewish News.

Barrett, a teacher at the University of Wisconsin in Madison until 2006, was barred from Canada in 2015. At the time, he reportedly referred to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris as a false flag operation.

Barrett has repeatedly questioned the murder of six million Jews by Nazi Germany, Bnai Brith said.

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Islamists have failed to divide France. Will they succeed in Britain? – Spectator.co.uk (blog)

Islamic State will be delighted by what happened outside Finsbury Park mosque in the early hours of Monday morning. In the space of three months theyve achieved in Britain what they failed to pull off in France during five years, and provoked a retaliatory act.

This is what they want. When the Syrian intellectual, Abu Moussab al-Souri, published his 1600-page manifesto in 2005, The Global Islamic Resistance Call, his stated goal was to plunge Europe into a war of religion. Describing the continent as the soft underbelly of the West, al-Souris first target was France, the country he considered the most susceptible to fracturing along religious lines because it has the largest Muslim population in Europe, many of whom could be manipulated by both the colonial history of France and its strict secularism that outlaws ostentatious displays of religion.

European intelligence services underestimated the impact of Al-Souris message to European Muslims. They were channelling their resources into preventing a spectacular similar to 9/11 but what they couldnt know was how social media particularly YouTube, launched in the same year as al-Souri published his manifesto would provide extremists with the means to poison the minds of impressionable young men.

The first foot soldier inspired by Al-Souri was Mohammed Merah, the French-Algerian who went on the rampage in March 2012, singling out Muslim soldiers and Jewish schoolchildren for execution. There was then a three-year hiatus before the Kouachi brothers slaughtered the staff of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, 24 hours before one of their associates, Amedy Coulibaly, gunned down a policewoman and then shot dead four customers in a Jewish supermarket in Paris.

It was in the immediate aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo killings that France was at its most divided;across the countrysome Muslim schoolchildren refused to stand for the national minutes silence because in their eyes the cartoonists had been rightly punished for their blasphemy.French politicians were alarmed, fearful that the country was in the process of fracturing. But it didnt. Lacit is a strong glue, and the French possess the intellectual maturity to have conversations with its Muslims that other countries find embarrassing.

Angry that they hadnt provoked the French, the Islamists broadened the scope of their attacks but in doing so they doomed their strategy to failure. The co-ordinated attacks in Paris on November 2015 targeted the capital of abomination and perversion, but among the dead were several Muslims. Many more would have perished had the suicide bombers gained access to the Stade de France that evening, but nonetheless the botched attempt to kill football supporters was a gross miscalculation. In targeting the young at the Stade de France, where a great number of spectators came from immigrant Muslim backgrounds and lived in Seine-Saint-Denis, they were alienating the potential sympathisers that they wished to attract, said the political scientist Gilles Kepel. The logic of Jihadist terrorism is on the one hand to terrorise the enemy but also to recruit supporters.

The Islamists didnt learn from their blunders. Thirty of the 86 people run down by Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlels truck in Nice during the 2016 Bastille Day celebrations were Muslim. Then, ten days after the attack in Nice, 84-year-old Father Hamel had his throat slit by two teenage Islamists in his quiet Normandy church, a crime that Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Great Mosque of Paris, said shamed humanity.

Far from dividing French society with their campaign of terror, the Islamists have actually brought the country closer together. Government figures reveal that in 2016 racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim acts and threats dropped by 44.7pc compared to the previous year; while Marine Le Pen failed in her bid to become president and only eight of her National Front party were elected to parliament. Admittedly, thats eight more far-right politicians than sit in the House of Commons but better a nation vents its anger at the ballot box than behind the wheel of a van.

Consequently, the Islamists have stopped targeting civilians and switched their focus to the men and women who serve the French state. Mondays attempt to blow up a police van in Paris was the fifth attack on the security forces in 2017, following incidents at the Louvre, Orly airport, Notre Dame cathedral and the fatal shooting of a policeman on the Champs-lyses in April. Two of the attacks were carried out by foreigners and one by a man with a long history of violence against the police.

No one in France is naive enough to believe that the Islamists will never again attack civilians but Gilles Kepel senses that Jihadi Fatigue has set in among this current generation of French extremists. They have tried and failed to fracture France, and now they are up against a new president whose holistic approach to his countrys Muslims is intended to further alienate the extremists.

On Tuesday evening, Emmanuel Macron dined with members of the French Council for the Muslim Faith (CFCM) as they broke their daily Ramadan fast. It was a first for a French president and for Macron it was an opportunity to show his gratitude for the Councils support during his presidential campaign. But there was another reason for his presence. Macron told his hosts that he believes Islam is compatible with French values; what isnt, however, is the form of Islam that organises a segregation within the Republic, isolating itself from the rest of us, because to base a political and social identity only on faith is to acknowledge that that faith is not compatible with the Republic.

This perversion of Islam wouldnt be tolerated, said Macron, who called on his audience to work with him in maintaining national unity in the face of the extremists.Having failed to find Europes soft underbelly in France, Islamic State have turned their attention to Britain, and the alleged actions of Darren Osborne will delight them as much as those of Salman Abedi and Khuram Butt.

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Fanatic jailed for trying to join ISIS threatens to ‘target civilians’ and ‘be the enemy’ when six-year prison term ends – The Sun

Shamim Ahmed was jailed for six years at the Old Bailey after he was caught on the Syrian border

AN EXTREMIST who was caught trying to cross the Syrian border and once threatened to blow up a bookshop for selling the Charlie Hebdo magazine told a judge he will continue to wage jihad after he is released.

Shamim Ahmed, 24, warned Judge John Bevan QC: Give me 20 years, I will come out the enemy.

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Ahmed sent death threats to staff at The French Bookshop in South Kensington on January 17, 2015.

The former security guard was originally given a 20-week suspended sentence after he admitted two charges of sending malicious communications in November 2015.

He accused the bookshop of selling the satirical magazine just days 10 after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in January 2015 and said they would face major retaliation if they continued to stock it.

He then made two threatening phone calls to the shop on 22 January, telling the owner: Im going to come and stab you, Im going to come right away and blow up the shop. Im not afraid of the police, Im a Muslim.

He was also ordered to perform 300 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay 1680 in fines and costs.

But in January last year, jobless Ahmed was caught trying to cross the Syrian border.

He was returned to the UK after Turkish officials detained him, and admitted engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts after being arrested.

At his sentencing hearing today, Ahmed was heard mumbling kuffar [unbeliever] as he was sentenced before telling a dock officer: Move the f**k out of my face. Im going to punch you in the face.

He was sent back to the cells after shouting: Wage jihad wherever we are target the civilians, tourist sites, tourist sites, inshAllah [God willing].

Ahmed, previously of Shadwell, east London, was later jailed for six years in absence.

Questions will be raised about why Ahmed wasnt charged earlier after he became increasingly radicalised in his Islamic faith as he grew up in east London.

He bought an ISIS flag and camouflage gear with his PayPal account between February and July 2014.

He also sent the Prime Ministers office an email titled terrorist Israel in July 2014.

It read: Something needs to be done to stop Israel or we Muslims will get our revenge.

We will wage jihad and slaughter every Israeli and their allies.

The following month, Ahmed began working as a security guard on Londons Crossrail project through a security firm.

He sent further threatening emails to the Australian government, Ofsted and a journalist.

In November 2014, the Islamist bought a 220 flight to Istanbul, but changed his mind and cancelled the trip.

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Mr Weekes said by this time, he was sending links to videos that appeared to be supportive of the Islamic State group to contacts in his WhatsApp group.

After Ahmed was arrested a probation officer told him that Islam was a peaceful and respectful religion, but he replied: No. It is a religion of war.

He said he wanted to go to Syria to meet girls from Match.com and live under sharia law.

Jailing him for six years, Judge Bevan said: He doesnt approve of democracy, he doesnt approve of women, and he says democracy is evil and no good.

So his radicalisation is long-term, if not particularly sophisticated.

His views show no sign of calming down, hes a long-term follower of jihad.

Ahmed was deemed an offender of particular concern and must serve one year on licence when he is released.

He must also abide by a notification order for 15 years.

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Charlie Hebdo ‘severs’ Theresa May’s head – The Times of Israel

The latest edition of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo mocks Britains Prime Minister Theresa May and makes fun of victims of last weeks car-ramming and stabbing terror attack in the heart of London.

The cover of the satirical magazine shows May holding her own severed head under her arm. May is captioned saying Too much is too much, presumably in response to the cartoons headline: English multiculturalism.

Inside the magazine, caricaturist Coco has a cartoon mocking the victims of the London Bridge attack in which three terrorists killed eight people and wounded more than 40. Saturdays attack, a combined van-ramming and stabbing spree, was claimed by Islamic State.

In the Charlie Hebdo caricature, a group of wide-eyed pedestrians are seen running for their lives, with the iconic Big Ben clock tower in the background. The caption above reads: Dietary tips from Islamic State. Below the cartoon, a box of text says: Run fast!

The cartoons prompted outrage on social media.

Twitter user Hamilton Bell wrote At least #CharlieHebdo is smart enough to learn who they can attack without reprisals #ScrewYouGuys. When another commenter responded Cant wait for Charlie Hebdo to be attacked again by terrorists, then they may lose their sick sense of humour, Bell retorted: I will certainly be less sympathetic next time around.

British Journalist Liam Connell wrote on Twitter: I remember supporting Charlie Hebdo during their attacks, only to be mocked by them for ours.

Another Twitter user called the cartoons downright disgusting.

An American lawyer and Twitter user, Mike Machado, wrote: Whoa, just saw that horrific Charlie Hebdo cover of PM May I wont put that on my timeline but really, was that even funny or necessary?

Others were more forgiving of the cartoon and did not think it was hurtful to the memory of the victims or to May.

One user defended both the magazine and American comedienne Kathy Griffin, who was recently in the headlines for holding a model of a severed head of US President Donald Trump.

#CharlieHebdo & Kathy Griffin its satire, not serious. I doubt Mrs May will give it a 2nd thought.Trump was a complete bastard to Griffin, the tweet said.

In the wake of the January 2015 attacks on the headquarters of the French magazine, in which 12 people were killed and 11 others wounded, the magazines cartoons have become more controversial, according to the British paper Telegraph.

New Charlie Hebdo cartoons depicting drowned Syrian child Aylan Kurdi, published in the magazines issue of September 9, 2015. (Charlie Hebdo)

Critics of Charlie Hebdo say its recent, cruder output is influenced by a fall in circulation, the paper reported.

In September 2015 the magazine ran cartoons making fun of Alan Kurdi, a Kurdish Syrian toddler who was found dead on a beach near Bodrum, Turkey. The photo of the 3-year-old dead child was circulated worldwide and drew the worlds attention to the atrocities of the Syrian civil war.

The same cartoon made fun Muslim migrants in Europe, picturing a group of migrants chasing a woman. The caption read: What would have become of little Aylan [as his name was initially reported]? A butt groper.

The new edition of the magazine was published shortly before the June 8 general elections in Britain, in which Mays party lost seats.

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Anger as sick Charlie Hebdo cover front cover depicts Theresa May decapitated – Express.co.uk

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The controversial satirical magazine portrays a decapitated Theresa May with the speech bubble too much is too much.

Social media users criticised the magazines cover, coming just days after the London Bridge terror attack which left eight dead and dozens seriously injured.

One Twitter user said: Je ne suis pas Charlie. Their image of @theresa_may is vile. @Charlie_Hebdo_ should feel ashamed after all the support the UK offered them.

In the wake of terror attacks in Britain, Charlie Hebdo have again fallen on the wrong side of satire

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Another said: In the wake of terror attacks in Britain, Charlie Hebdo have again fallen on the wrong side of satire.

After the third militant attack in Britain in less than three months, Mrs May said the election would go ahead.

The PM announced a review of counter-terrorism powers as she said Britain was under attack from a new breed of crude copycat militants.

In a speech outside Number 10, she said: “It is time to say enough is enough.

“We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are.

Mrs May added Britain was under attack from a new breed of crude copycat militants.

The weekly magazine also features a cartoon of Britons fleeing a terror attack near Big Ben with the caption: Slimming tips from ISIS – run fast.

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In January 2015, two terrorists stormed Charlie Hebdos Paris office and gunned down 12 people over the magazines depiction of the Prophet Mohammad.

The cover comes in the wake of two terror attacks in Britain which has seen armed police and the army patrol the streets.

People will go to their polling stations amid heightened security as a result of the terror threat.

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On May 22, at an Arrange Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, 22 people were killed and more than 100 injured when Salman Abedi set off a bomb.

On Saturday night, eight people were killed when three terrorists mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge and went on a stabbing rampage at Borough Market.

Five people were killed in the Westminster attack in March when Khalid Masood drove a car into pedestrians before stabbing an unarmed police officer.

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Armed police responding to the incident at London Bridge

The Prime Minister said she wants voters to head to the polls to show that UK democracy will not be “deterred by the terrorists”.

And Mrs May answered no when she was asked whether voters should be concerned for their safety as they head to the ballot box today.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said voting was a way to “honour the victims of these atrocities” by “showing democracy that will never be cowed by terror”.

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Charlie Hebdo beheads Theresa May and mocks London Bridge terror victims – Metro

The latest issue (Picture: AP)

The latest issue of Charlie Hebdo shows a decapitated Theresa May carrying her own head.

Captioned English multiculturalism, the prime minister proclaims Too much is too much in what seems a reference to her Enough is enough speech.

The horrific magazine also mocks the victims of the London Bridge terror attacks, with many readers saying the satirical publication went too far with both drawings and their message.

Slimming advice from Isis, the caption reads alongside a picture of people running with Big Ben in the background, one of them still carrying his pint of beer.

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I remember supporting Charlie Hebdoduring their attacks, only to be mocked by them for ours, Liam Connell wrote on Twitter.

The drawing of Theresa May was finished on the eve of the election, before the damaging result for the prime minister was known.

Charlie Hebdo has become notorious for posting racist and inflammatory cartoons, including one mocking the image of drowned Alan Kurdi.

It asked if he would have become a groper if he had lived.

Many people were appalled by the drawings with one saying: All sympathy for you is eroded.

However, others defended the magazine saying that their aim was to exercise free speech even at its most offensive.

In fairness, they mocked their own slaughter too, one user said.

In January 2015, jihadist brothers Sad and Chrif Kouachi forced their way into the magazines officers armed with assault rifles and shot dead as many employees they could after taking offence that they published an image of the prophet Mohammed.

Twelve people were killed and 11 others injured in the atrocity.

The magazine, targeted because it had printed an image of Mohammed, pictured the prophet again in the first issue after the attack.

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Charlie Hebdo Shows Decapitated Theresa May And Mocks Terror … – International Business Times

Charlie Hebdo has once again created controversy with their latest issue, published Wednesday. A decapitated Theresa May is shown on the front page and a cartoon mockingvictims of the London Bridge terror attacks is included.

The French satirical magazine headlined its cover “English multiculturalism,” depicting Maycarrying her head under her arm and saying, “Too much is too much.” A cartoon inside portrays a group of people running past Big Ben, with one holding a pint of beer. The caption is “Slimming tips from Daesh (Islamic State).” The quote is a reference to May’s speech after the London Bridge terror attack. In her speech, she said, “Enough is enough,” and said that extremism had not been dealt with properly in the UK.

Read:Prime Minister Theresa May Says ‘Enough is Enough’ After Terrorist Attack In London

The issue was published hours before polls opened in the UK General Election, held Thursday. The country has recently been the target of a string of terror attacks in the past few months. The cartoon of the people running included in Charlie Hebdo is a reference to Saturday’s terror attack in London. Three men, later associated with ISIS, ran pedestrians over on London Bridge before going on a stabbing spree. They killed eight people and injured 48.

Charlie Hebdo has a personal history with terrorist attacks. In January 2015, Islamic extremists entered Charlie Hebdo’s Paris offices and killed 12 people because of cartoons the magazine published that mocked the Prophet Muhammad.

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Since then, the magazine has been no stranger to controversy. In January, they ran a cartoon depicting the corpse of AlanKurdi, a Syrian toddler who became a symbol of the refugee crisis when a picture of him lying dead in the sand went worldwide. In the cartoon, men are running after a woman with their tongues hanging out. The caption read, “What would little Aylan have become? A butt groper.”

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Professor Michael O’Riley Reviews Charlie Hebdo Forum – Colorado College News

Colorado College Professor of French and Italian Michael ORiley has been commissioned by H-France Salon, an interactive journal, to review the summer 2016 issue ofContemporary French Civilization, which presented a fascinating forum onCharlie Hebdoin the wake of the tragic events of January 2015, in which two brothers forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper, killing 12 people and injuring 11 others.

ORileys review is in response to roughly 15 of the top scholars and writers across disciplines such as history, political science, and sociology who had contributed to a special issue on Charlie Hebdo and terrorism in France.

ORileys article, Post-Charlie: Community, Representation, and Terrorism’s Foreclosures, appears in Vol. 9, Issue 1, No. 1 of H-France Salon, an issue titled The Impossible Subject of Charlie Hebdo, a collaboration betweenContemporary French CivilizationandH-France Salon.

ORiley notes that one of the great strengths of the ensemble of articles on Charlie Hebdo in Contemporary French Civilization is the portrait that emerges of the French Republic. The contributions taken as a whole seem to say (albeit in different ways) that the Charlie Hebdo attacks and the reactions and implications surrounding them underscore some of the mechanisms by which the French Republic creates a discourse of collective identity, writes ORiley. A predominant undercurrent that unites the essays in this special issue is that of community and representation and, namely, the specific question of inclusion and exclusion.

The summer 2016 issue ofContemporary French Civilization, guest edited by Mayanthi Fernando and Catherine Raissiguier, features a forum that includes an introduction, six articles, four vignettes, and two education portfolios. In order to introduce this material broadly, the editor, Denis M. Provencher, and the journals publisher, Liverpool University Press, have agreed to make the Introduction available until July 17.

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Media response to mosque attack proves ‘liberals’ and Islamists are brothers in arms – Belfast Telegraph

Media response to mosque attack proves ‘liberals’ and Islamists are brothers in arms BelfastTelegraph.co.uk There are many disturbing things about the Finsbury Park Mosque attack. The most disturbing, of course, is the thing itself. This was a grotesque assault on our fellow citizens and on freedom of religion. To mow people down as they congregate outside their place of worship is to display a murderous disregard for the liberties that make secular, democratic society possible. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/media-response-to-mosque-attack-proves-liberals-and-islamists-are-brothers-in-arms-35855730.html http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/columnists/archive/insider/article35855729.ece/c70a7/AUTOCROP/h342/2017-06-23_opi_32272943_I1.JPG There are many disturbing things about the Finsbury Park Mosque attack. The most disturbing, of course, is the thing itself. This was a grotesque assault on our fellow citizens and on freedom of religion. To mow people down as they congregate outside their place of worship is to display a murderous disregard for the liberties that make secular, democratic society possible. But there’s another disturbing thing and one that deserves far more interrogation: the media response to the attack and its confirmation of a coming-together of the Islamist and so-called “liberal” outlooks, of a fusing of Islamist and Leftist contempt for the demos. The response to the Finsbury attack has been striking for its double standards. Observers and politicos have done all the things they warn us not to do after Islamist attacks. After Islamist terrorism, they instruct us not to get angry, not to hold any community or culture responsible and not to fall for the apparently foul, racist idea that the Koran, or certain imams, might have inspired this violence. In fact they ring-fence Islam from criticism and frown on efforts to discover the possible scriptural source of the terror. They wield the insult “Islamophobe” against anyone who suggests there might be a broader cultural problem behind such violence. “It’s just an individual with warped ideas,” they insist. This time, in response to a suspected act of far-Right violence, they’ve changed their tune. They’ve ditched their usual pacifying cry of “Keep calm and carry on” in favour of inviting the nation to look in the mirror. This act of violence does have a communal base, they claim. It speaks to an “increase in Islamophobia all over the country”, one Labour MP insists. This violence does have an intellectual origin we should all worry about: it is the tabloid media’s “addiction to Islamophobia” that nurtured it, we’re told. This violence does raise questions about certain communities in Britain, especially tabloid-reading ones, described by one columnist as “the vulnerable”, easily whipped into “crazed hysteria”. We know who they mean: the white working class. Suddenly, it is okay to see an act of individual violence as a signifier of social and communal problems. It is bad, apparently, to raise any questions about Muslim communities after Islamist attacks. But after Finsbury, it is absolutely fine, important in fact, to query the rank, media-fuelled prejudices that apparently lurk in certain communities “all over the country”. This amounts, pretty explicitly, to saying: “We must never criticise the Muslim community, because we might hurt their feelings, but we should definitely criticise the tabloid-addicted, ‘vulnerable’ sections of society that refuse to respect religious difference.” There’s a profound paternalism here. This approach both infantilises the Muslim community, treating them as incapable of robust discussion, and criminalises the white working class, who are presumed to be one newspaper editorial away from “crazed hysteria”. But the double standards also point to a deeper problem: the commonalities between the extremist Islamist outlook and what passes for “liberal” commentary today (it isn’t genuinely liberal, of course, but that’s for another column). Reading some of the commentary on the Finsbury attack, about the “poisonous narrative” spreading through Britain and creating “hateful bigots” all over the country, it is hard to tell where mainstream thinking ends and Islamist intolerance begins. Because that outlook, that idea that vast numbers of Britons despise Muslims and are on the cusp of bigoted hysteria, is precisely the underpinning of the extreme victim narrative of modern Islamist violence. From 7/7 to the Manchester Arena bombing, we know that one of the key ideas uniting Britain’s successful or failed Islamist terrorists is that the modern West hates Muslims. There’s a deep strain of censorious self-pity: Western armies hate Muslims, Western citizens hate Muslims, the Western media mocks Muslims and so, perhaps, we deserve to be punished. This easily crosses the line into haughty contempt for the demos, who are presumed to be morally slovenly and, of course, Islamophobic. Recall the arrested terror cell of 2006, who wanted to blow up those “slags dancing around” at London nightclubs. Or the 2007 car bombs left outside the Tiger Tiger club in London. There have also been planned or attempted attacks on airports and football stadiums. And, of course, a pop concert. It is reported that Salman Abedi, the Manchester concert bomber, was very concerned about Islamophobia: he thought Britons were “unfair” to Muslims. Every single one of these self-pitying prejudices, these narcissistic beliefs that modern Britain is packed with horrible slags and idiots who are unfair to Muslims, will have been emboldened by the post-Finsbury commentary. The media’s wildly inaccurate depiction of Britain as a hotbed of anti-Muslim hate, which lurks “all over the country”, is of a piece with the Islamist prejudice against British citizens. What unites the extreme Islamist and the modern liberal observer is a profound discomfort with the demos, a deep fear of ordinary people and their emotions and beliefs. In different ways, one via violence, the other via peaceful demands for greater policing of people’s views on Islam, these two groups problematise sections of the public and depict them as ripe for either punishment or re-education. The communion between Islamist and mainstream media thinking was perfectly captured in the figure of Piers Morgan. He had Tommy Robinson, founder of the English Defence League, on his ITV show Good Morning Britain. When Robinson criticised the Koran, Morgan blasted him and was cheered by virtually the entire media for doing so. “To mock (Islam) and its holy book is an outrage,” Morgan said. “Show some damn respect.” This is the Islamist outlook, too. In fact, this is the thinking behind the Charlie Hebdo massacre: that it is an “outrage” for anyone to criticise Islam. In responding to Finsbury by demonising people “all over the country” as ignorant or hateful towards Islam and insisting the Koran should never be mocked, it is possible these observers have written the script for the next act of extremist, victim-politics Islamist violence. Belfast Telegraph

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2000 Sign Online Petition To Keep Holocaust Denier Out Of Canada – Forward

MONTREAL (JTA) An online petition launched by Bnai Brith Canada aiming to prevent an American Holocaust denier from speaking in Toronto has garned nearly 2,000 signatures. Kevin Barrett, who has called the 9/11 attacks an inside job, is due to address the citys annual Al-Quds Day rally on Saturday. Al-Quds is the Muslim name for Jerusalem, and the annual march during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is generally a call for the destruction of Israel. In the petition, Bnai Brith demanded that Canadas Border Services Agency keep out Barrett. Inviting a notorious Holocaust denier to this event demonstrated once and for all that Al-Quds Day is not a mere anti-Israel event, but rather a hate rally designed to demonize and denigrate Canadas Jewish population, Bnai Brith Canada CEO Michael Mostyn told The Canadian Jewish News. Barrett, a teacher at the University of Wisconsin in Madison until 2006, was barred from Canada in 2015. At the time, he reportedly referred to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris as a false flag operation. Barrett has repeatedly questioned the murder of six million Jews by Nazi Germany, Bnai Brith said.

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Islamists have failed to divide France. Will they succeed in Britain? – Spectator.co.uk (blog)

Islamic State will be delighted by what happened outside Finsbury Park mosque in the early hours of Monday morning. In the space of three months theyve achieved in Britain what they failed to pull off in France during five years, and provoked a retaliatory act. This is what they want. When the Syrian intellectual, Abu Moussab al-Souri, published his 1600-page manifesto in 2005, The Global Islamic Resistance Call, his stated goal was to plunge Europe into a war of religion. Describing the continent as the soft underbelly of the West, al-Souris first target was France, the country he considered the most susceptible to fracturing along religious lines because it has the largest Muslim population in Europe, many of whom could be manipulated by both the colonial history of France and its strict secularism that outlaws ostentatious displays of religion. European intelligence services underestimated the impact of Al-Souris message to European Muslims. They were channelling their resources into preventing a spectacular similar to 9/11 but what they couldnt know was how social media particularly YouTube, launched in the same year as al-Souri published his manifesto would provide extremists with the means to poison the minds of impressionable young men. The first foot soldier inspired by Al-Souri was Mohammed Merah, the French-Algerian who went on the rampage in March 2012, singling out Muslim soldiers and Jewish schoolchildren for execution. There was then a three-year hiatus before the Kouachi brothers slaughtered the staff of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, 24 hours before one of their associates, Amedy Coulibaly, gunned down a policewoman and then shot dead four customers in a Jewish supermarket in Paris. It was in the immediate aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo killings that France was at its most divided;across the countrysome Muslim schoolchildren refused to stand for the national minutes silence because in their eyes the cartoonists had been rightly punished for their blasphemy.French politicians were alarmed, fearful that the country was in the process of fracturing. But it didnt. Lacit is a strong glue, and the French possess the intellectual maturity to have conversations with its Muslims that other countries find embarrassing. Angry that they hadnt provoked the French, the Islamists broadened the scope of their attacks but in doing so they doomed their strategy to failure. The co-ordinated attacks in Paris on November 2015 targeted the capital of abomination and perversion, but among the dead were several Muslims. Many more would have perished had the suicide bombers gained access to the Stade de France that evening, but nonetheless the botched attempt to kill football supporters was a gross miscalculation. In targeting the young at the Stade de France, where a great number of spectators came from immigrant Muslim backgrounds and lived in Seine-Saint-Denis, they were alienating the potential sympathisers that they wished to attract, said the political scientist Gilles Kepel. The logic of Jihadist terrorism is on the one hand to terrorise the enemy but also to recruit supporters. The Islamists didnt learn from their blunders. Thirty of the 86 people run down by Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlels truck in Nice during the 2016 Bastille Day celebrations were Muslim. Then, ten days after the attack in Nice, 84-year-old Father Hamel had his throat slit by two teenage Islamists in his quiet Normandy church, a crime that Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Great Mosque of Paris, said shamed humanity. Far from dividing French society with their campaign of terror, the Islamists have actually brought the country closer together. Government figures reveal that in 2016 racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim acts and threats dropped by 44.7pc compared to the previous year; while Marine Le Pen failed in her bid to become president and only eight of her National Front party were elected to parliament. Admittedly, thats eight more far-right politicians than sit in the House of Commons but better a nation vents its anger at the ballot box than behind the wheel of a van. Consequently, the Islamists have stopped targeting civilians and switched their focus to the men and women who serve the French state. Mondays attempt to blow up a police van in Paris was the fifth attack on the security forces in 2017, following incidents at the Louvre, Orly airport, Notre Dame cathedral and the fatal shooting of a policeman on the Champs-lyses in April. Two of the attacks were carried out by foreigners and one by a man with a long history of violence against the police. No one in France is naive enough to believe that the Islamists will never again attack civilians but Gilles Kepel senses that Jihadi Fatigue has set in among this current generation of French extremists. They have tried and failed to fracture France, and now they are up against a new president whose holistic approach to his countrys Muslims is intended to further alienate the extremists. On Tuesday evening, Emmanuel Macron dined with members of the French Council for the Muslim Faith (CFCM) as they broke their daily Ramadan fast. It was a first for a French president and for Macron it was an opportunity to show his gratitude for the Councils support during his presidential campaign. But there was another reason for his presence. Macron told his hosts that he believes Islam is compatible with French values; what isnt, however, is the form of Islam that organises a segregation within the Republic, isolating itself from the rest of us, because to base a political and social identity only on faith is to acknowledge that that faith is not compatible with the Republic. This perversion of Islam wouldnt be tolerated, said Macron, who called on his audience to work with him in maintaining national unity in the face of the extremists.Having failed to find Europes soft underbelly in France, Islamic State have turned their attention to Britain, and the alleged actions of Darren Osborne will delight them as much as those of Salman Abedi and Khuram Butt.

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Fanatic jailed for trying to join ISIS threatens to ‘target civilians’ and ‘be the enemy’ when six-year prison term ends – The Sun

Shamim Ahmed was jailed for six years at the Old Bailey after he was caught on the Syrian border AN EXTREMIST who was caught trying to cross the Syrian border and once threatened to blow up a bookshop for selling the Charlie Hebdo magazine told a judge he will continue to wage jihad after he is released. Shamim Ahmed, 24, warned Judge John Bevan QC: Give me 20 years, I will come out the enemy. Central News Ahmed sent death threats to staff at The French Bookshop in South Kensington on January 17, 2015. The former security guard was originally given a 20-week suspended sentence after he admitted two charges of sending malicious communications in November 2015. He accused the bookshop of selling the satirical magazine just days 10 after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in January 2015 and said they would face major retaliation if they continued to stock it. He then made two threatening phone calls to the shop on 22 January, telling the owner: Im going to come and stab you, Im going to come right away and blow up the shop. Im not afraid of the police, Im a Muslim. He was also ordered to perform 300 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay 1680 in fines and costs. But in January last year, jobless Ahmed was caught trying to cross the Syrian border. He was returned to the UK after Turkish officials detained him, and admitted engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts after being arrested. At his sentencing hearing today, Ahmed was heard mumbling kuffar [unbeliever] as he was sentenced before telling a dock officer: Move the f**k out of my face. Im going to punch you in the face. He was sent back to the cells after shouting: Wage jihad wherever we are target the civilians, tourist sites, tourist sites, inshAllah [God willing]. Ahmed, previously of Shadwell, east London, was later jailed for six years in absence. Questions will be raised about why Ahmed wasnt charged earlier after he became increasingly radicalised in his Islamic faith as he grew up in east London. He bought an ISIS flag and camouflage gear with his PayPal account between February and July 2014. He also sent the Prime Ministers office an email titled terrorist Israel in July 2014. It read: Something needs to be done to stop Israel or we Muslims will get our revenge. We will wage jihad and slaughter every Israeli and their allies. The following month, Ahmed began working as a security guard on Londons Crossrail project through a security firm. He sent further threatening emails to the Australian government, Ofsted and a journalist. In November 2014, the Islamist bought a 220 flight to Istanbul, but changed his mind and cancelled the trip. Central News Mr Weekes said by this time, he was sending links to videos that appeared to be supportive of the Islamic State group to contacts in his WhatsApp group. After Ahmed was arrested a probation officer told him that Islam was a peaceful and respectful religion, but he replied: No. It is a religion of war. He said he wanted to go to Syria to meet girls from Match.com and live under sharia law. Jailing him for six years, Judge Bevan said: He doesnt approve of democracy, he doesnt approve of women, and he says democracy is evil and no good. So his radicalisation is long-term, if not particularly sophisticated. His views show no sign of calming down, hes a long-term follower of jihad. Ahmed was deemed an offender of particular concern and must serve one year on licence when he is released. He must also abide by a notification order for 15 years. Wepayforyourstories! Do you have astoryfor The Sun Online news team? Email us attips@the-sun.co.ukor call 0207 782 4368

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Charlie Hebdo ‘severs’ Theresa May’s head – The Times of Israel

The latest edition of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo mocks Britains Prime Minister Theresa May and makes fun of victims of last weeks car-ramming and stabbing terror attack in the heart of London. The cover of the satirical magazine shows May holding her own severed head under her arm. May is captioned saying Too much is too much, presumably in response to the cartoons headline: English multiculturalism. Inside the magazine, caricaturist Coco has a cartoon mocking the victims of the London Bridge attack in which three terrorists killed eight people and wounded more than 40. Saturdays attack, a combined van-ramming and stabbing spree, was claimed by Islamic State. In the Charlie Hebdo caricature, a group of wide-eyed pedestrians are seen running for their lives, with the iconic Big Ben clock tower in the background. The caption above reads: Dietary tips from Islamic State. Below the cartoon, a box of text says: Run fast! The cartoons prompted outrage on social media. Twitter user Hamilton Bell wrote At least #CharlieHebdo is smart enough to learn who they can attack without reprisals #ScrewYouGuys. When another commenter responded Cant wait for Charlie Hebdo to be attacked again by terrorists, then they may lose their sick sense of humour, Bell retorted: I will certainly be less sympathetic next time around. British Journalist Liam Connell wrote on Twitter: I remember supporting Charlie Hebdo during their attacks, only to be mocked by them for ours. Another Twitter user called the cartoons downright disgusting. An American lawyer and Twitter user, Mike Machado, wrote: Whoa, just saw that horrific Charlie Hebdo cover of PM May I wont put that on my timeline but really, was that even funny or necessary? Others were more forgiving of the cartoon and did not think it was hurtful to the memory of the victims or to May. One user defended both the magazine and American comedienne Kathy Griffin, who was recently in the headlines for holding a model of a severed head of US President Donald Trump. #CharlieHebdo & Kathy Griffin its satire, not serious. I doubt Mrs May will give it a 2nd thought.Trump was a complete bastard to Griffin, the tweet said. In the wake of the January 2015 attacks on the headquarters of the French magazine, in which 12 people were killed and 11 others wounded, the magazines cartoons have become more controversial, according to the British paper Telegraph. New Charlie Hebdo cartoons depicting drowned Syrian child Aylan Kurdi, published in the magazines issue of September 9, 2015. (Charlie Hebdo) Critics of Charlie Hebdo say its recent, cruder output is influenced by a fall in circulation, the paper reported. In September 2015 the magazine ran cartoons making fun of Alan Kurdi, a Kurdish Syrian toddler who was found dead on a beach near Bodrum, Turkey. The photo of the 3-year-old dead child was circulated worldwide and drew the worlds attention to the atrocities of the Syrian civil war. The same cartoon made fun Muslim migrants in Europe, picturing a group of migrants chasing a woman. The caption read: What would have become of little Aylan [as his name was initially reported]? A butt groper. The new edition of the magazine was published shortly before the June 8 general elections in Britain, in which Mays party lost seats.

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Anger as sick Charlie Hebdo cover front cover depicts Theresa May decapitated – Express.co.uk

CHARLIE HEBDO/ REUTERS The controversial satirical magazine portrays a decapitated Theresa May with the speech bubble too much is too much. Social media users criticised the magazines cover, coming just days after the London Bridge terror attack which left eight dead and dozens seriously injured. One Twitter user said: Je ne suis pas Charlie. Their image of @theresa_may is vile. @Charlie_Hebdo_ should feel ashamed after all the support the UK offered them. In the wake of terror attacks in Britain, Charlie Hebdo have again fallen on the wrong side of satire Twitter user Another said: In the wake of terror attacks in Britain, Charlie Hebdo have again fallen on the wrong side of satire. After the third militant attack in Britain in less than three months, Mrs May said the election would go ahead. The PM announced a review of counter-terrorism powers as she said Britain was under attack from a new breed of crude copycat militants. In a speech outside Number 10, she said: “It is time to say enough is enough. “We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are. Mrs May added Britain was under attack from a new breed of crude copycat militants. The weekly magazine also features a cartoon of Britons fleeing a terror attack near Big Ben with the caption: Slimming tips from ISIS – run fast. CHARLIE HEBDO TWITTER TWITTER In January 2015, two terrorists stormed Charlie Hebdos Paris office and gunned down 12 people over the magazines depiction of the Prophet Mohammad. The cover comes in the wake of two terror attacks in Britain which has seen armed police and the army patrol the streets. People will go to their polling stations amid heightened security as a result of the terror threat. EPA On May 22, at an Arrange Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, 22 people were killed and more than 100 injured when Salman Abedi set off a bomb. On Saturday night, eight people were killed when three terrorists mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge and went on a stabbing rampage at Borough Market. Five people were killed in the Westminster attack in March when Khalid Masood drove a car into pedestrians before stabbing an unarmed police officer. GETTY 1 of 7 Armed police responding to the incident at London Bridge The Prime Minister said she wants voters to head to the polls to show that UK democracy will not be “deterred by the terrorists”. And Mrs May answered no when she was asked whether voters should be concerned for their safety as they head to the ballot box today. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said voting was a way to “honour the victims of these atrocities” by “showing democracy that will never be cowed by terror”.

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Charlie Hebdo beheads Theresa May and mocks London Bridge terror victims – Metro

The latest issue (Picture: AP) The latest issue of Charlie Hebdo shows a decapitated Theresa May carrying her own head. Captioned English multiculturalism, the prime minister proclaims Too much is too much in what seems a reference to her Enough is enough speech. The horrific magazine also mocks the victims of the London Bridge terror attacks, with many readers saying the satirical publication went too far with both drawings and their message. Slimming advice from Isis, the caption reads alongside a picture of people running with Big Ben in the background, one of them still carrying his pint of beer. MORE: Theresa Mays gamble ends in hung parliament as no party can now get majority I remember supporting Charlie Hebdoduring their attacks, only to be mocked by them for ours, Liam Connell wrote on Twitter. The drawing of Theresa May was finished on the eve of the election, before the damaging result for the prime minister was known. Charlie Hebdo has become notorious for posting racist and inflammatory cartoons, including one mocking the image of drowned Alan Kurdi. It asked if he would have become a groper if he had lived. Many people were appalled by the drawings with one saying: All sympathy for you is eroded. However, others defended the magazine saying that their aim was to exercise free speech even at its most offensive. In fairness, they mocked their own slaughter too, one user said. In January 2015, jihadist brothers Sad and Chrif Kouachi forced their way into the magazines officers armed with assault rifles and shot dead as many employees they could after taking offence that they published an image of the prophet Mohammed. Twelve people were killed and 11 others injured in the atrocity. The magazine, targeted because it had printed an image of Mohammed, pictured the prophet again in the first issue after the attack.

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Charlie Hebdo Shows Decapitated Theresa May And Mocks Terror … – International Business Times

Charlie Hebdo has once again created controversy with their latest issue, published Wednesday. A decapitated Theresa May is shown on the front page and a cartoon mockingvictims of the London Bridge terror attacks is included. The French satirical magazine headlined its cover “English multiculturalism,” depicting Maycarrying her head under her arm and saying, “Too much is too much.” A cartoon inside portrays a group of people running past Big Ben, with one holding a pint of beer. The caption is “Slimming tips from Daesh (Islamic State).” The quote is a reference to May’s speech after the London Bridge terror attack. In her speech, she said, “Enough is enough,” and said that extremism had not been dealt with properly in the UK. Read:Prime Minister Theresa May Says ‘Enough is Enough’ After Terrorist Attack In London The issue was published hours before polls opened in the UK General Election, held Thursday. The country has recently been the target of a string of terror attacks in the past few months. The cartoon of the people running included in Charlie Hebdo is a reference to Saturday’s terror attack in London. Three men, later associated with ISIS, ran pedestrians over on London Bridge before going on a stabbing spree. They killed eight people and injured 48. Charlie Hebdo has a personal history with terrorist attacks. In January 2015, Islamic extremists entered Charlie Hebdo’s Paris offices and killed 12 people because of cartoons the magazine published that mocked the Prophet Muhammad. Read:UK Elections 2017: Theresa May Wants To Work With Donald Trump, But She Could Lose Since then, the magazine has been no stranger to controversy. In January, they ran a cartoon depicting the corpse of AlanKurdi, a Syrian toddler who became a symbol of the refugee crisis when a picture of him lying dead in the sand went worldwide. In the cartoon, men are running after a woman with their tongues hanging out. The caption read, “What would little Aylan have become? A butt groper.”

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Professor Michael O’Riley Reviews Charlie Hebdo Forum – Colorado College News

Colorado College Professor of French and Italian Michael ORiley has been commissioned by H-France Salon, an interactive journal, to review the summer 2016 issue ofContemporary French Civilization, which presented a fascinating forum onCharlie Hebdoin the wake of the tragic events of January 2015, in which two brothers forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper, killing 12 people and injuring 11 others. ORileys review is in response to roughly 15 of the top scholars and writers across disciplines such as history, political science, and sociology who had contributed to a special issue on Charlie Hebdo and terrorism in France. ORileys article, Post-Charlie: Community, Representation, and Terrorism’s Foreclosures, appears in Vol. 9, Issue 1, No. 1 of H-France Salon, an issue titled The Impossible Subject of Charlie Hebdo, a collaboration betweenContemporary French CivilizationandH-France Salon. ORiley notes that one of the great strengths of the ensemble of articles on Charlie Hebdo in Contemporary French Civilization is the portrait that emerges of the French Republic. The contributions taken as a whole seem to say (albeit in different ways) that the Charlie Hebdo attacks and the reactions and implications surrounding them underscore some of the mechanisms by which the French Republic creates a discourse of collective identity, writes ORiley. A predominant undercurrent that unites the essays in this special issue is that of community and representation and, namely, the specific question of inclusion and exclusion. The summer 2016 issue ofContemporary French Civilization, guest edited by Mayanthi Fernando and Catherine Raissiguier, features a forum that includes an introduction, six articles, four vignettes, and two education portfolios. In order to introduce this material broadly, the editor, Denis M. Provencher, and the journals publisher, Liverpool University Press, have agreed to make the Introduction available until July 17.

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