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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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Chechnya Wants to Block ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Cartoons Online – Newsweek

Russias predominantly Muslim region of Chechnya is seeking to block access to the cartoons of controversial French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a statement on the regional prosecutors office reads.

After monitoring the magazines output, which has recently leveled graphic, sexual mockery of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov amid reports his region is running covert prisons for LGBT people, prosecutors have decided the cartoons are too offensive.

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The magazine is not sold in the region but cartoons are still accessible online. Chechen prosecutors say they are seeking to limit access to materials pursuing the aim of insulting the religious feelings of believers and whose distribution could serve as incentive for creating national, racial or religious hatred and adversity.

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (front) delivers a speech during a rally to protest against satirical cartoons of prophet Mohammad, in Grozny, Chechnya, January 19, 2015. Eduard Korniyenko/Reuters

Besides cartoons last month alleging Kadyrov is the only one allowed to engage in homosexual activities in Chechnya without facing gruesome punishment, Charlie Hebdo has long been unpopular in Chechnya.

Many around the world rallied in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo after Islamist gunmen killed 14 of its staff in an attack on their offices in January 2015. But in Chechnya, nearly a million gathered in protest of the cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad and Kadyrov accused Western press and citizens of rallying behind false slogans of free speech.

Kadyrov has tight control over the region and defines most of his public views by his Islamic faith and his devotion to Russian President Vladimir Putin. In response, the Kremlin has granted a great deal of autonomy for Kadyrov to govern the region quite differently from much of the rest of Russia, including repeatedly refusing to elaborate on continued reports that Chechen LGBT people are being detained en masse in special jails.

Charlie Hebdo has also offended Russia at large with subsequent cartoons, one mocking the downing of a Russian airliner flying tourists to St Petersburg from Egypt in 2015 and the crash of a jet flying a Russian military choir from Syria to Sochi last year. Both incidents resulted in the death of all people on board.

Bad news, one of the magazines captions read. Putin was not on board.

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Europe’s Terror Blowback: From Charlie Hebdo To London Attacks OpEd – Eurasia Review

By Nauman Sadiq

In less than three months, three horrific terror attacks have taken place in the United Kingdom: the Westminster plowing and stabbing incident on March 22 by Khalid Masood, the Manchester Arena suicide bombing two months later by Salman Abedi who was known to be a member of Al-Qaeda-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and was also suspected of having ties with the Islamic State, and now another vehicle-ramming and stabbing atrocity has taken place last night at the London Bridge in which seven people have lost their lives and 48 have been injured.

In order to understand the motive that why the Islamic State is targeting Europe in particular, we need to keep the background of the British and French foreign policy in the Middle East in the recent years in mind. The seven-year-long Sunni-Shia conflict in Syria that gave birth to scores of Sunni militant groups, including the Islamic State, and after the conflict spilled over across the border into neighboring Iraq in early 2014 has directly been responsible for the recent spate of the Islamic State-inspired terror attacks in Euorpe.

Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in August 2011 to June 2014 when the Islamic State overran Mosul and Anbar in Iraq, an informal pact existed between the Western powers, their regional allies and the Sunni Arab militants of the Middle East against the Shia Iranian axis. In accordance with the pact, Sunni Arab militants were trained and armed in the training camps located in the border regions of Turkey and Jordan to battle the Shia-dominated Syrian regime.

This arrangement of an informal pact between the Western powers and the Sunni Arab jihadists of the Middle East against the Shia Iranian axis worked well up to August 2014 when the Obama Administration made a volte-face on its previous regime change policy in Syria and began conducting air strikes against one group of Sunni militants battling the Syrian regime, the Islamic State, after the latter overstepped its mandate in Syria and overran Mosul and Anbar in Iraq, from where, the US troops had withdrawn only a couple of years ago in December 2011.

After this reversal of policy in Syria by the Western powers and the subsequent Russian military intervention on the side of the Syrian regime in September 2015, the momentum of Sunni Arab militants expansion in Syria and Iraq has stalled, and they now feel that their Western patrons have committed a treachery against the Sunni jihadists cause, thats why they are infuriated and once again up in arms to exact revenge for this betrayal.

If we look at the chain of events, the timing of the recent spate of terror attacks against the European targets has been critical: the Islamic State overran Mosul in June 2014, the Obama Administration began conducting air strikes against the Islamic States targets in Iraq and Syria in August 2014, and after a lull of almost a decade since the Madrid and London bombings in 2004 and 2005, respectively, the first such incident of terrorism took place on the Western soil at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, and then the Islamic State carried out the audacious November 2015 Paris attacks and the March 2016 Brussels bombings, and now, three horrific terror attacks have taken place in the United Kingdom within a span of less than three months.

Regarding the argument that how the British and French Middle Eastern policy of lending indiscriminate support to the Sunni Arab militants against the Shia-dominated regime in Syria has been responsible for the recent wave of terror attacks in Europe, remember that Saudi Arabia, which has been vying for power as the leader of Sunni bloc against the Shia-dominated Iran in the regional geopolitics, was staunchly against the invasion of Iraq by the Bush Administration in 2003.

The Baathist regime of Saddam Hussein constituted a Sunni Arab bulwark against the Iranian influence in the Arab World. But after Saddam was ousted from power in 2003 and subsequently when elections were held in Iraq which were swept by the Shia-dominated parties, Iraq has now been led by a Shia-majority government that has become a steadfast regional ally of Iran. Consequently, Irans sphere of influence now extends all the way from territorially-contiguous Iraq and Syria to Lebanon and the Mediterranean coast.

The Saudi royal family was resentful of Iranian encroachment on traditional Arab heartland. Therefore, when protests broke out against the Assad regime in Syria in the wake of Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, the Gulf Arab States along with their regional allies, Turkey and Jordan, and the Western patrons gradually militarized the protests to dismantle the Shia Iranian axis comprised of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Irans proxy in Lebanon, Hezbollah.

More to the point, the dilemma that the Sunni Arab militants and their regional backers are facing in Syria is quite unique: in the wake of the Ghouta chemical weapons attacks in Damascus in August 2013, the stage was all set for yet another no-fly zone and humanitarian intervention a la Qaddafis Libya; the war hounds were waiting for a finishing blow and then-Turkish foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, and then-Saudi intelligence chief, Bandar bin Sultan, were shuttling between the Western capitals to lobby for the military intervention. Francois Hollande had already announced his intentions and David Cameron was also onboard.

Here, it should be remembered that even during the Libyan intervention, the Obama Administrations policy was a bit ambivalent and France under the leadership of Sarkozy had taken the lead role. In Syrias case, however, the British parliament forced Cameron to seek a vote for military intervention in the House of Commons before committing the British troops and air force to Syria.

Taking cue from the British parliament, the US Congress also compelled Obama to seek approval before another ill-conceived military intervention; and since both the administrations lacked the requisite majority in their respective parliaments and the public opinion was also fiercely against another Middle Eastern war, therefore Obama and Cameron dropped their plans of enforcing a no-fly zone over Syria.

In the end, France was left alone as the only Western power still in the favor of intervention; at this point, however, the seasoned Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, staged a diplomatic coup by announcing that the Syrian regime is willing to ship its chemical weapons stockpiles out of Syria and subsequently the issue was amicably resolved.

Turkey, Jordan and the Gulf Arab states, the main beneficiaries of the Sunni Jihad against the Shia-dominated regime in Syria, however, had lost a golden opportunity to deal a fatal blow to their regional rivals.

To add insult to the injury, the Islamic State, one of the numerous Sunni Arab militant outfits fighting in Syria, overstepped its mandate in Syria and overran Mosul and Anbar in Iraq in 2014, from where, the US troops had withdrawn only a couple of years ago in December 2011, as I have already described.

Additionally, when the graphic images and videos of Islamic States executions surfaced on the internet, the Obama Administration was left with no other choice but to adopt some countermeasures to show that it is still sincere in pursuing its schizophrenic war on terror policy; at the same time, however, it assured its Turkish, Jordanian and Gulf Arab allies that despite fighting a war against the maverick jihadist outfit, the Islamic State, the Western policy of training and arming the so-called moderate Syrian militants will continue apace and that Bashar al-Assads days are numbered, one way or the other.

Moreover, declaring the war against the Islamic State in August 2014 served another purpose too: in order to commit the US Air Force to Syria and Iraq, the Obama Administration needed the approval of the US Congress which was not available, as I have already mentioned, but by declaring a war against the Islamic State, which is a designated terrorist organization, the Obama Administration availed itself of the war on terror provisions in the US laws and thus circumvented the US Congress.

But then Russia threw a spanner in the works of NATO and its Gulf Arab allies in September 2015 by its surreptitious military buildup in Latakia that was executed with an element of surprise unheard of since General Rommel, the Desert Fox. And now Turkey, Jordan, the Gulf Arab states and their Sunni jihadist proxies in Syria find themselves at the receiving end in the Syrian civil war.

Therefore, although the Sunni states of the Middle East and their jihadist proxies still toe the American line in the region publicly, but behind the scenes, there is bitter resentment that the US has betrayed the Sunni cause by making an about-face on the previous regime change policy in Syria and the subsequent declaration of war against one group of Sunni Arab militants in Syria, i.e. the Islamic State.

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There Have Been 15 Major Terror Attacks in Europe in the Last Decade – TIME

(LONDON) The deadly vehicle and knife attack on London Bridge and in nearby Borough Market is the latest attack in Europe in recent years. Here are some of recent major ones:

May 22, 2017: A suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in northern England.

April 7, 2017: A man driving a hijacked beer truck struck pedestrians at a Stockholm department store, killing 4 people.

March 22, 2017: A man drives his rented SUV into pedestrians at London’s Westminster Bridge, killing four people. The attacker then stabbed a police officer to death.

Dec. 19, 2016: A hijacked truck plows through a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12.

July 14, 2016: A truck driver targets Bastille Day revelers in Nice, killing 86.

March 22, 2016: Suicide attacks on the Brussels airport and subway kill 32 and injure hundreds. The perpetrators have been closely linked to the group that carried out earlier attacks in Paris.

Nov. 13, 2015: Islamic State-linked extremists attack the Bataclan concert hall and other sites across Paris, killing 130 people. A key suspect in the attack, 26-year-old Salah Abdeslam, is arrested in Brussels on March 18, 2016.

Feb. 14, 2015: A gunman kills Danish filmmaker Finn Noergaard and wounds three police officers in Copenhagen. A day later the gunman, Omar El-Hussein, attacks a synagogue, killing a Jewish guard and wounding two police officers before being shot dead.

Jan. 7-9, 2015: A gun assault on the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and an attack on a kosher grocery store kills 17 people. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula claims responsibility for the attack, saying it was in revenge for Charlie Hebdo’s depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

May 24, 2014: Four people are killed at the Jewish Museum in Brussels by an intruder with a Kalashnikov. The accused is a former French fighter linked to the Islamic State group in Syria.

May 22, 2013: Two al-Qaida-inspired extremists run down British soldier Lee Rigby in a London street, then stab and hack him to death.

March 2012: A gunman claiming links to al-Qaida kills three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers in Toulouse, southern France.

July 22, 2011: Anti-Muslim extremist Anders Behring Breivik plants a bomb in Oslo then launches a shooting massacre on a youth camp on Norway’s Utoya island, killing 77 people, many of them teenagers.

Nov. 2, 2011: The offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris are firebombed after the satirical magazine runs a cover featuring a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad. No one is injured.

March 2, 2011: Islamic extremist Arid Uka shoots dead two U.S. airmen and injures two others at Frankfurt airport after apparently being inspired by a fake internet video purporting to show American atrocities in Afghanistan.

July 7, 2005: 52 commuters are killed in London when four al Qaida-inspired suicide bombers blow themselves up on three subway trains and a bus.

March 11, 2004: Bombs on four Madrid commuter trains in the morning rush hour kill 191 people.

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Chechen Prosecutor Wants Charlie Hebdo Blocked – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

A prosecutor in Chechnya has asked a court to block websites that carrying content from the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which recently posted a lewd comic strip taking aim at the Russian region’s Kremlin-backed leader over allegations of a campaign of abuse against gay men.

The regional prosecutor’s office said on May 31 that the prosecutor in Chechnya’s Shali district filed a request asking a court in the capital, Grozny, to restrict access to content in Charlie Hebdo that “aims to insult the religious sentiments of believers” and could incite hatred.

The statement did not name any specific website or specify what content it was referring to.

But in May, some websites and social networks posted material that included a Charlie Hebdo comic strip featuring caricatures mocking Chechen authorities and regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov over what rights groups and media reports say has been a gruesome campaign targeting men perceived to be gay.

One drawing in the comic appears to depict Kadyrov engaged in a sexual act.

Kadyrov said in May that Charlie Hebdos “editorial policy is immoral and inhuman…and has nothing to do with freedom of expression.”

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Belgian Charged with Being Leader of Paris Bataclan Attack – 41 NBC News

New lettering appears on the facade of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris in 2016. Apaydin Alain / Sipa USA

Prosecutors said the suspect will be remanded in custody for one month, but declined to share any more information.

The attacks left 130 dead when militants targeted a concert hall, a stadium and restaurants and bars in the French capital. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Yassine A. is the brother of the supposed mastermind of the Paris plot, Oussama Atar, and the cousin of brothers Ibrahim and Khalid Bakraoui, who carried out attacks at a Brussels airport and subway station in March 2016, killing 32 people, according to the Associated Press.

The November 13 attacks rattled France as militants appeared to target youngsters out having fun on a Friday night.

It came months after a gun assault on the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and an attack on a kosher grocery store killed 17 people. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the January 2015 attack, saying it was in revenge for Charlie Hebdos depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

The country has since been victim to a series of low-tech terror attacks. In July last year a truck plowed into pedestrians celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing dozens and injuring many more.

As a presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron pledged to lead the fight against Islamist terrorism if elected to the Elysee. Chesnot / Getty Images File

The terror threat played an important role in the run-up to last months French presidential election and the country remained on high alert to the possibility of attacks.

On the eve of the first round of voting in April

France remains in a state of emergency which is set to expire on July 15. But newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron has said he will ask parliament to extend it until November.

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Chechen prosecutors ask court to outlaw internet sites with Charlie Hebdo cartoons – RT

Prosecutors in the Chechen Republic have asked a Grozny court to block access to online material deemed insulting to religion, such as provocative cartoons often featured in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

In its address to the Leninsky District Court of the Chechen capital, the Prosecutors Office said it had monitored internet sites and found reposts of cartoons from Charlie Hebdo.

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The abovementioned fact was the reason for us to file a lawsuit to the Leninsky District Court in Grozny seeking to limit the access to materials that pursue the objectives of insulting [religious] believers feelings and the dissemination of which could become a prerequisite for instigation of ethnic, racial or religious hatred or strife, the message reads.

Russian law allows certain web pages to be taken offline if they are deemed extremist, although this requires a formal court warrant. Sources banned over child pornography, suicide instructions, or those promoting drugs can be shut down before the start of the trial, but must be brought back online if the court does not confirm the grounds for the ban.

Information about blacklisted sites is published on a special website (http://zapret-info.gov.ru) operated by Russias media and communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor.

However, representatives of the Chechen directorate of the watchdog told RBC news agency on Thursday that they had not yet been informed about the fresh Charlie Hebdo lawsuit.

Lower house MP Vitaly Milonov (United Russia), known for his support of Orthodox Christianity and traditional values, said that he intended to complain to the Prosecutor Generals Office about the watchdogs alleged inaction.

I would like this to become a spiritual catalyst that would help us completely get rid of destructive information. Those who repost Charlie Hebdo pictures must be brought to justice as extremists. Roskomnadzor must block this magazine, Milonov told RBC.

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Charlie Hebdo is known for its cartoons on controversial political subjects. In early 2015, a group of Islamist gunmen attacked the Paris headquarters of the magazine, killing 12 people and injuring 11 others. The attackers said they were punishing journalists for publishing cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad. Islamist terrorist groups Al-Qaeda and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack.

Also in early 2015, at least 800,000 people participated in the Love to Prophet Muhammad rally in Grozny in protest against the Charlie Hebdo cartoons. Participants at the rally emphasized, however, that in their view Muslims should not respond to perceived provocation.

Violence is not the method, said one of the slogans carried at the event.

Charlie Hebdo later provoked outrage in Russia in November 2015, when it featured a cartoon after the bombing of a Russian passenger jet in Egypt. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, called the image sacrilege, adding that in his opinion it had nothing to do with democracy or self-expression.

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An Arab Muslim’s Prediction About the Fall of Western Civilization – FrontPage Magazine


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In the last 2 years alonefrom Charlie Hebdo to Manchesterthere have been 20 Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe and the United States, killing a total of 381 people. The vast majority of terrorists convicted in the US since 9/11 have pledged

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Timeline of terror attacks from Charlie Hebdo to Manchester bombing – Metro

Vigils were held all over the country (Picture: AP)

At least 22 people were killed last night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated an improvised explosive devise near the entrance to Manchester Arena. Around 21,000 Ariana fans were inside, preparing to go home after the singersfinal performance.

And Theresa May has now increasedour terror threat level to critical the highest level of threat. This means that another attack is possibly imminent.

These devastatingattackshave become all too common, all over the world.

Just this year, Britain has been targeted twice in Westminster, London, on March 22, and last night, May 22.

Here is a timeline of all of the recentterrorattacks that have threatened yet failed to tear our world apart.

Terrorists stormed the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, before going on a rampage around the city, killing 17 people.

A Danish national inspired by Isis killed two people and wounded five police officers.

A series of coordinated terrorist attacks across Paris, in which 130 people died and hundreds more were injured.

A teeanger attacked a Jewish teacher with a machete, claiming that he did so in the name of Isis.

Two suicide bombings at Brussels Airport and the city’s metro killed 32 people in total. The Isis cell that claimed responsibility was linked to the one that carried out the November 2015 Paris attacks.

Omar Mateen opened fire on Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Florida, killing 50 people. On a call to the emergency services, Mateen pledged allegiance to Isis. It was the worst mass shooting in US history, and the worst terror attack in the US since 9/11.

Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen, was murdered by far-right terrorist Thomas Mair.

On Bastille Day last year, 77 people were killed when a lorry drove through a crowd on the Promenade. Isis later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two men took five people hostage during mass at a church, before murdering an elderly priest by stabbing him in the chest and slitting his throat. The hostages were eventually freed. The two men were arrested, and then-President Francois Hollande said they carried the attack out in the name of Isis.

Ohio State University student Abdul Razak Ali Artan ran his car into a group of students and slashed people with a butcher’s knife. Isis claimed responsibility.

A lorry plowed into a Christmas market, killing 12 and injuring 48. Isis claimed responsibility.

A man with a machete attacked soldiers near the Louvre, yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’. He was shot and wounded by soldiers.

Four victims, including police officer Keith Palmer, were killed in a terror attack on Westminster Bridge. More than 40 people were injured after a car drove into pedestrians outside the Houses of Parliament. Isis claimed responsibility.

A suicide bombing on the metro killed 14 people and injured dozens more.

A hijacked beer truck drove into a pedestrian shopping street and department store, killing five people and wounding more than a dozen others. The perpetrator allegedly admitted being a member of Isis.

On the Champs Elysees, one of Paris’s most famous streets, an attacker got out of his car and fired at a parked police van, killing the officer inside. He then shot at others standing on the pavement nearby, injuring two before he himself was shot and killed by police. Isis claimed responsibility.

At least 22 people were killed when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a nail bomb near the entrance of Manchester Arena, where Ariana Grande was performing. The majority of the 21,000 people at the concert were children and teenagers. Isis claimed responsibility.

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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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Chechnya Wants to Block ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Cartoons Online – Newsweek

Russias predominantly Muslim region of Chechnya is seeking to block access to the cartoons of controversial French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a statement on the regional prosecutors office reads. After monitoring the magazines output, which has recently leveled graphic, sexual mockery of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov amid reports his region is running covert prisons for LGBT people, prosecutors have decided the cartoons are too offensive. Read More: Kremlin to investigate reports of Chechen gay detentions as officials boast you cannot detain what doesnt exist Subscribe to Newsweek from $1 per week The magazine is not sold in the region but cartoons are still accessible online. Chechen prosecutors say they are seeking to limit access to materials pursuing the aim of insulting the religious feelings of believers and whose distribution could serve as incentive for creating national, racial or religious hatred and adversity. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (front) delivers a speech during a rally to protest against satirical cartoons of prophet Mohammad, in Grozny, Chechnya, January 19, 2015. Eduard Korniyenko/Reuters Besides cartoons last month alleging Kadyrov is the only one allowed to engage in homosexual activities in Chechnya without facing gruesome punishment, Charlie Hebdo has long been unpopular in Chechnya. Many around the world rallied in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo after Islamist gunmen killed 14 of its staff in an attack on their offices in January 2015. But in Chechnya, nearly a million gathered in protest of the cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad and Kadyrov accused Western press and citizens of rallying behind false slogans of free speech. Kadyrov has tight control over the region and defines most of his public views by his Islamic faith and his devotion to Russian President Vladimir Putin. In response, the Kremlin has granted a great deal of autonomy for Kadyrov to govern the region quite differently from much of the rest of Russia, including repeatedly refusing to elaborate on continued reports that Chechen LGBT people are being detained en masse in special jails. Charlie Hebdo has also offended Russia at large with subsequent cartoons, one mocking the downing of a Russian airliner flying tourists to St Petersburg from Egypt in 2015 and the crash of a jet flying a Russian military choir from Syria to Sochi last year. Both incidents resulted in the death of all people on board. Bad news, one of the magazines captions read. Putin was not on board.

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Europe’s Terror Blowback: From Charlie Hebdo To London Attacks OpEd – Eurasia Review

By Nauman Sadiq In less than three months, three horrific terror attacks have taken place in the United Kingdom: the Westminster plowing and stabbing incident on March 22 by Khalid Masood, the Manchester Arena suicide bombing two months later by Salman Abedi who was known to be a member of Al-Qaeda-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and was also suspected of having ties with the Islamic State, and now another vehicle-ramming and stabbing atrocity has taken place last night at the London Bridge in which seven people have lost their lives and 48 have been injured. In order to understand the motive that why the Islamic State is targeting Europe in particular, we need to keep the background of the British and French foreign policy in the Middle East in the recent years in mind. The seven-year-long Sunni-Shia conflict in Syria that gave birth to scores of Sunni militant groups, including the Islamic State, and after the conflict spilled over across the border into neighboring Iraq in early 2014 has directly been responsible for the recent spate of the Islamic State-inspired terror attacks in Euorpe. Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in August 2011 to June 2014 when the Islamic State overran Mosul and Anbar in Iraq, an informal pact existed between the Western powers, their regional allies and the Sunni Arab militants of the Middle East against the Shia Iranian axis. In accordance with the pact, Sunni Arab militants were trained and armed in the training camps located in the border regions of Turkey and Jordan to battle the Shia-dominated Syrian regime. This arrangement of an informal pact between the Western powers and the Sunni Arab jihadists of the Middle East against the Shia Iranian axis worked well up to August 2014 when the Obama Administration made a volte-face on its previous regime change policy in Syria and began conducting air strikes against one group of Sunni militants battling the Syrian regime, the Islamic State, after the latter overstepped its mandate in Syria and overran Mosul and Anbar in Iraq, from where, the US troops had withdrawn only a couple of years ago in December 2011. After this reversal of policy in Syria by the Western powers and the subsequent Russian military intervention on the side of the Syrian regime in September 2015, the momentum of Sunni Arab militants expansion in Syria and Iraq has stalled, and they now feel that their Western patrons have committed a treachery against the Sunni jihadists cause, thats why they are infuriated and once again up in arms to exact revenge for this betrayal. If we look at the chain of events, the timing of the recent spate of terror attacks against the European targets has been critical: the Islamic State overran Mosul in June 2014, the Obama Administration began conducting air strikes against the Islamic States targets in Iraq and Syria in August 2014, and after a lull of almost a decade since the Madrid and London bombings in 2004 and 2005, respectively, the first such incident of terrorism took place on the Western soil at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, and then the Islamic State carried out the audacious November 2015 Paris attacks and the March 2016 Brussels bombings, and now, three horrific terror attacks have taken place in the United Kingdom within a span of less than three months. Regarding the argument that how the British and French Middle Eastern policy of lending indiscriminate support to the Sunni Arab militants against the Shia-dominated regime in Syria has been responsible for the recent wave of terror attacks in Europe, remember that Saudi Arabia, which has been vying for power as the leader of Sunni bloc against the Shia-dominated Iran in the regional geopolitics, was staunchly against the invasion of Iraq by the Bush Administration in 2003. The Baathist regime of Saddam Hussein constituted a Sunni Arab bulwark against the Iranian influence in the Arab World. But after Saddam was ousted from power in 2003 and subsequently when elections were held in Iraq which were swept by the Shia-dominated parties, Iraq has now been led by a Shia-majority government that has become a steadfast regional ally of Iran. Consequently, Irans sphere of influence now extends all the way from territorially-contiguous Iraq and Syria to Lebanon and the Mediterranean coast. The Saudi royal family was resentful of Iranian encroachment on traditional Arab heartland. Therefore, when protests broke out against the Assad regime in Syria in the wake of Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, the Gulf Arab States along with their regional allies, Turkey and Jordan, and the Western patrons gradually militarized the protests to dismantle the Shia Iranian axis comprised of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Irans proxy in Lebanon, Hezbollah. More to the point, the dilemma that the Sunni Arab militants and their regional backers are facing in Syria is quite unique: in the wake of the Ghouta chemical weapons attacks in Damascus in August 2013, the stage was all set for yet another no-fly zone and humanitarian intervention a la Qaddafis Libya; the war hounds were waiting for a finishing blow and then-Turkish foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, and then-Saudi intelligence chief, Bandar bin Sultan, were shuttling between the Western capitals to lobby for the military intervention. Francois Hollande had already announced his intentions and David Cameron was also onboard. Here, it should be remembered that even during the Libyan intervention, the Obama Administrations policy was a bit ambivalent and France under the leadership of Sarkozy had taken the lead role. In Syrias case, however, the British parliament forced Cameron to seek a vote for military intervention in the House of Commons before committing the British troops and air force to Syria. Taking cue from the British parliament, the US Congress also compelled Obama to seek approval before another ill-conceived military intervention; and since both the administrations lacked the requisite majority in their respective parliaments and the public opinion was also fiercely against another Middle Eastern war, therefore Obama and Cameron dropped their plans of enforcing a no-fly zone over Syria. In the end, France was left alone as the only Western power still in the favor of intervention; at this point, however, the seasoned Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, staged a diplomatic coup by announcing that the Syrian regime is willing to ship its chemical weapons stockpiles out of Syria and subsequently the issue was amicably resolved. Turkey, Jordan and the Gulf Arab states, the main beneficiaries of the Sunni Jihad against the Shia-dominated regime in Syria, however, had lost a golden opportunity to deal a fatal blow to their regional rivals. To add insult to the injury, the Islamic State, one of the numerous Sunni Arab militant outfits fighting in Syria, overstepped its mandate in Syria and overran Mosul and Anbar in Iraq in 2014, from where, the US troops had withdrawn only a couple of years ago in December 2011, as I have already described. Additionally, when the graphic images and videos of Islamic States executions surfaced on the internet, the Obama Administration was left with no other choice but to adopt some countermeasures to show that it is still sincere in pursuing its schizophrenic war on terror policy; at the same time, however, it assured its Turkish, Jordanian and Gulf Arab allies that despite fighting a war against the maverick jihadist outfit, the Islamic State, the Western policy of training and arming the so-called moderate Syrian militants will continue apace and that Bashar al-Assads days are numbered, one way or the other. Moreover, declaring the war against the Islamic State in August 2014 served another purpose too: in order to commit the US Air Force to Syria and Iraq, the Obama Administration needed the approval of the US Congress which was not available, as I have already mentioned, but by declaring a war against the Islamic State, which is a designated terrorist organization, the Obama Administration availed itself of the war on terror provisions in the US laws and thus circumvented the US Congress. But then Russia threw a spanner in the works of NATO and its Gulf Arab allies in September 2015 by its surreptitious military buildup in Latakia that was executed with an element of surprise unheard of since General Rommel, the Desert Fox. And now Turkey, Jordan, the Gulf Arab states and their Sunni jihadist proxies in Syria find themselves at the receiving end in the Syrian civil war. Therefore, although the Sunni states of the Middle East and their jihadist proxies still toe the American line in the region publicly, but behind the scenes, there is bitter resentment that the US has betrayed the Sunni cause by making an about-face on the previous regime change policy in Syria and the subsequent declaration of war against one group of Sunni Arab militants in Syria, i.e. the Islamic State.

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There Have Been 15 Major Terror Attacks in Europe in the Last Decade – TIME

(LONDON) The deadly vehicle and knife attack on London Bridge and in nearby Borough Market is the latest attack in Europe in recent years. Here are some of recent major ones: May 22, 2017: A suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in northern England. April 7, 2017: A man driving a hijacked beer truck struck pedestrians at a Stockholm department store, killing 4 people. March 22, 2017: A man drives his rented SUV into pedestrians at London’s Westminster Bridge, killing four people. The attacker then stabbed a police officer to death. Dec. 19, 2016: A hijacked truck plows through a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12. July 14, 2016: A truck driver targets Bastille Day revelers in Nice, killing 86. March 22, 2016: Suicide attacks on the Brussels airport and subway kill 32 and injure hundreds. The perpetrators have been closely linked to the group that carried out earlier attacks in Paris. Nov. 13, 2015: Islamic State-linked extremists attack the Bataclan concert hall and other sites across Paris, killing 130 people. A key suspect in the attack, 26-year-old Salah Abdeslam, is arrested in Brussels on March 18, 2016. Feb. 14, 2015: A gunman kills Danish filmmaker Finn Noergaard and wounds three police officers in Copenhagen. A day later the gunman, Omar El-Hussein, attacks a synagogue, killing a Jewish guard and wounding two police officers before being shot dead. Jan. 7-9, 2015: A gun assault on the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and an attack on a kosher grocery store kills 17 people. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula claims responsibility for the attack, saying it was in revenge for Charlie Hebdo’s depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. May 24, 2014: Four people are killed at the Jewish Museum in Brussels by an intruder with a Kalashnikov. The accused is a former French fighter linked to the Islamic State group in Syria. May 22, 2013: Two al-Qaida-inspired extremists run down British soldier Lee Rigby in a London street, then stab and hack him to death. March 2012: A gunman claiming links to al-Qaida kills three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers in Toulouse, southern France. July 22, 2011: Anti-Muslim extremist Anders Behring Breivik plants a bomb in Oslo then launches a shooting massacre on a youth camp on Norway’s Utoya island, killing 77 people, many of them teenagers. Nov. 2, 2011: The offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris are firebombed after the satirical magazine runs a cover featuring a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad. No one is injured. March 2, 2011: Islamic extremist Arid Uka shoots dead two U.S. airmen and injures two others at Frankfurt airport after apparently being inspired by a fake internet video purporting to show American atrocities in Afghanistan. July 7, 2005: 52 commuters are killed in London when four al Qaida-inspired suicide bombers blow themselves up on three subway trains and a bus. March 11, 2004: Bombs on four Madrid commuter trains in the morning rush hour kill 191 people.

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Chechen Prosecutor Wants Charlie Hebdo Blocked – RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

A prosecutor in Chechnya has asked a court to block websites that carrying content from the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which recently posted a lewd comic strip taking aim at the Russian region’s Kremlin-backed leader over allegations of a campaign of abuse against gay men. The regional prosecutor’s office said on May 31 that the prosecutor in Chechnya’s Shali district filed a request asking a court in the capital, Grozny, to restrict access to content in Charlie Hebdo that “aims to insult the religious sentiments of believers” and could incite hatred. The statement did not name any specific website or specify what content it was referring to. But in May, some websites and social networks posted material that included a Charlie Hebdo comic strip featuring caricatures mocking Chechen authorities and regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov over what rights groups and media reports say has been a gruesome campaign targeting men perceived to be gay. One drawing in the comic appears to depict Kadyrov engaged in a sexual act. Kadyrov said in May that Charlie Hebdos “editorial policy is immoral and inhuman…and has nothing to do with freedom of expression.”

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Belgian Charged with Being Leader of Paris Bataclan Attack – 41 NBC News

New lettering appears on the facade of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris in 2016. Apaydin Alain / Sipa USA Prosecutors said the suspect will be remanded in custody for one month, but declined to share any more information. The attacks left 130 dead when militants targeted a concert hall, a stadium and restaurants and bars in the French capital. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks. Yassine A. is the brother of the supposed mastermind of the Paris plot, Oussama Atar, and the cousin of brothers Ibrahim and Khalid Bakraoui, who carried out attacks at a Brussels airport and subway station in March 2016, killing 32 people, according to the Associated Press. The November 13 attacks rattled France as militants appeared to target youngsters out having fun on a Friday night. It came months after a gun assault on the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and an attack on a kosher grocery store killed 17 people. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the January 2015 attack, saying it was in revenge for Charlie Hebdos depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. The country has since been victim to a series of low-tech terror attacks. In July last year a truck plowed into pedestrians celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing dozens and injuring many more. As a presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron pledged to lead the fight against Islamist terrorism if elected to the Elysee. Chesnot / Getty Images File The terror threat played an important role in the run-up to last months French presidential election and the country remained on high alert to the possibility of attacks. On the eve of the first round of voting in April France remains in a state of emergency which is set to expire on July 15. But newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron has said he will ask parliament to extend it until November.

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Chechen prosecutors ask court to outlaw internet sites with Charlie Hebdo cartoons – RT

Prosecutors in the Chechen Republic have asked a Grozny court to block access to online material deemed insulting to religion, such as provocative cartoons often featured in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. In its address to the Leninsky District Court of the Chechen capital, the Prosecutors Office said it had monitored internet sites and found reposts of cartoons from Charlie Hebdo. Read more The abovementioned fact was the reason for us to file a lawsuit to the Leninsky District Court in Grozny seeking to limit the access to materials that pursue the objectives of insulting [religious] believers feelings and the dissemination of which could become a prerequisite for instigation of ethnic, racial or religious hatred or strife, the message reads. Russian law allows certain web pages to be taken offline if they are deemed extremist, although this requires a formal court warrant. Sources banned over child pornography, suicide instructions, or those promoting drugs can be shut down before the start of the trial, but must be brought back online if the court does not confirm the grounds for the ban. Information about blacklisted sites is published on a special website (http://zapret-info.gov.ru) operated by Russias media and communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor. However, representatives of the Chechen directorate of the watchdog told RBC news agency on Thursday that they had not yet been informed about the fresh Charlie Hebdo lawsuit. Lower house MP Vitaly Milonov (United Russia), known for his support of Orthodox Christianity and traditional values, said that he intended to complain to the Prosecutor Generals Office about the watchdogs alleged inaction. I would like this to become a spiritual catalyst that would help us completely get rid of destructive information. Those who repost Charlie Hebdo pictures must be brought to justice as extremists. Roskomnadzor must block this magazine, Milonov told RBC. Read more Charlie Hebdo is known for its cartoons on controversial political subjects. In early 2015, a group of Islamist gunmen attacked the Paris headquarters of the magazine, killing 12 people and injuring 11 others. The attackers said they were punishing journalists for publishing cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad. Islamist terrorist groups Al-Qaeda and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack. Also in early 2015, at least 800,000 people participated in the Love to Prophet Muhammad rally in Grozny in protest against the Charlie Hebdo cartoons. Participants at the rally emphasized, however, that in their view Muslims should not respond to perceived provocation. Violence is not the method, said one of the slogans carried at the event. Charlie Hebdo later provoked outrage in Russia in November 2015, when it featured a cartoon after the bombing of a Russian passenger jet in Egypt. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, called the image sacrilege, adding that in his opinion it had nothing to do with democracy or self-expression.

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An Arab Muslim’s Prediction About the Fall of Western Civilization – FrontPage Magazine

FrontPage Magazine An Arab Muslim's Prediction About the Fall of Western Civilization FrontPage Magazine In the last 2 years alonefrom Charlie Hebdo to Manchesterthere have been 20 Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe and the United States, killing a total of 381 people. The vast majority of terrorists convicted in the US since 9/11 have pledged …

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Timeline of terror attacks from Charlie Hebdo to Manchester bombing – Metro

Vigils were held all over the country (Picture: AP) At least 22 people were killed last night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated an improvised explosive devise near the entrance to Manchester Arena. Around 21,000 Ariana fans were inside, preparing to go home after the singersfinal performance. And Theresa May has now increasedour terror threat level to critical the highest level of threat. This means that another attack is possibly imminent. These devastatingattackshave become all too common, all over the world. Just this year, Britain has been targeted twice in Westminster, London, on March 22, and last night, May 22. Here is a timeline of all of the recentterrorattacks that have threatened yet failed to tear our world apart. Terrorists stormed the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, before going on a rampage around the city, killing 17 people. A Danish national inspired by Isis killed two people and wounded five police officers. A series of coordinated terrorist attacks across Paris, in which 130 people died and hundreds more were injured. A teeanger attacked a Jewish teacher with a machete, claiming that he did so in the name of Isis. Two suicide bombings at Brussels Airport and the city’s metro killed 32 people in total. The Isis cell that claimed responsibility was linked to the one that carried out the November 2015 Paris attacks. Omar Mateen opened fire on Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Florida, killing 50 people. On a call to the emergency services, Mateen pledged allegiance to Isis. It was the worst mass shooting in US history, and the worst terror attack in the US since 9/11. Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen, was murdered by far-right terrorist Thomas Mair. On Bastille Day last year, 77 people were killed when a lorry drove through a crowd on the Promenade. Isis later claimed responsibility for the attack. Two men took five people hostage during mass at a church, before murdering an elderly priest by stabbing him in the chest and slitting his throat. The hostages were eventually freed. The two men were arrested, and then-President Francois Hollande said they carried the attack out in the name of Isis. Ohio State University student Abdul Razak Ali Artan ran his car into a group of students and slashed people with a butcher’s knife. Isis claimed responsibility. A lorry plowed into a Christmas market, killing 12 and injuring 48. Isis claimed responsibility. A man with a machete attacked soldiers near the Louvre, yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’. He was shot and wounded by soldiers. Four victims, including police officer Keith Palmer, were killed in a terror attack on Westminster Bridge. More than 40 people were injured after a car drove into pedestrians outside the Houses of Parliament. Isis claimed responsibility. A suicide bombing on the metro killed 14 people and injured dozens more. A hijacked beer truck drove into a pedestrian shopping street and department store, killing five people and wounding more than a dozen others. The perpetrator allegedly admitted being a member of Isis. On the Champs Elysees, one of Paris’s most famous streets, an attacker got out of his car and fired at a parked police van, killing the officer inside. He then shot at others standing on the pavement nearby, injuring two before he himself was shot and killed by police. Isis claimed responsibility. At least 22 people were killed when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a nail bomb near the entrance of Manchester Arena, where Ariana Grande was performing. The majority of the 21,000 people at the concert were children and teenagers. Isis claimed responsibility.

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