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I am not Charlie Hebdo. The Kouachi brothers are not Islam.

Signs reading “Je suis Charlie” or “I am Charlie” have sprung up in demonstrations offline and online around the world in the wake of a shooting in which two brothers shot and killed 12 people working for the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo.  The meaning

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Muslim Religious Extremist Violence And Christian Journalism

Journalists around the world are giving a great deal of attention to the killing of people working at a satirical French magazine. The attackers were Muslims angry about the magazine’s publication of blasphemous images of Mohammed, the central prophet of Islam. This attention is justified,

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Kenya Uses USA To Justify Authoritarian Law

In Kenya, the national legislature has passed the Security Laws Amendment Bill. The law allows the government to imprison people for lengthy periods without criminal charge, and to conduct surveillance against Kenyans without any search warrant or other court approval. Among the justifications for this

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Journalist To Be Executed For Blasphemy In Mauritania

In Mauritania, a journalist has been sentenced to death for the crime of blasphemy. The journalist, named Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, wrote an article that was critical of social inequality in Mauritania, and included a criticism of some of the decisions made by Mohammed, the

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Searching for McDonald’s in a Strange Land

The McDonald’s Corporation invites me to search for locations of its restaurants by street, town or country. Let’s search for Belgium. USA! USA! USA! USA! I must wipe off the remnants of this solitary jingoism, this isolationist melange, this je ne sais quoi. I shall

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Varanasi Priests Show The Power Of Religion

Let us speak of the power of faith. This week, in the city of Varanasi, India, two Hindu priests met on the street and got into an argument about who had the most followers. They soon started yelling at each other. Then, one of them

Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?