A sickening article

Hard to describe the feeling of nausea caused by the media buzz over the shocking article in Le Parisien newspaper. An outrageous presentation of personal or trivial facts known only to those close to Charlie, a sensationalist, conspiracy theory “headline”, all the necessary ingredients to start the wild rumours flying again. Charb’s family and his… Continuer de lire A sickening article

Vladimir Putin and the sovereignists, together in the Syrian quagmire

Just a few days ago strange echoes could be heard coming from public debates. It was like standing in the nave of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. The pro Russian sovereignists choir was singing loud praises to Vladimir Putin. A man, a real man.. The same man we sometimes see in the… Continuer de lire Vladimir Putin and the sovereignists, together in the Syrian quagmire

Jeremy Corbyn Fundamentalist Friends

Should we celebrate Jeremy Corbyn’s victory? The radical left speak of an “earthquake”. For others, however, it is a political suicide. In fact it all depends how one views Jeremy Corbyn. From a purely economic angle, shared by most newspapers, his victory is encouraging and shows that in England there is still a left which… Continuer de lire Jeremy Corbyn Fundamentalist Friends

Finding sociological excuses for fanatics will not reduce racism

To be or not to be Charlie. That is no longer the question. More than four months after the January 7 demonstrations, two sides are confronting each other to say what Charlie really is. For one side Charlie is a republican, defender of secularism and the right to commit blasphemy. For the other side Charlie is… Continuer de lire Finding sociological excuses for fanatics will not reduce racism

In Praise of Blasphemy (Bernard-Henri Levy)

American friends, especially PEN Club writers, please read, right now, Caroline Fourest’s new book, Eloge du blasphème (In Praise of Blasphemy, Grasset 2015), if you wish to understand: 1. why Charlie Hebdo was and is more respectful to Muslims than the idiots who think they are honoring Islam by killing; 2. that the real provocateurs were not the cartoonists… Continuer de lire In Praise of Blasphemy (Bernard-Henri Levy)

Were the Chapel Hill Killings a Terrorist Attack?

A crime is always despicable. Whether the result of a terrorist attack or a crime, death is always despicable. First and foremost for those who lose their lives and their loved ones. But when do these deaths become news stories? If the motivation tells us something about society. Political and not personal hatred tells us… Continuer de lire Were the Chapel Hill Killings a Terrorist Attack?

The story behind Charlie’s first cover page on Mahomet

This text was published nearly ten years ago, in May 2006, just after the cartoons affair. A special edition “Charlie Blasphème” (Charlie Blasphemy) written by Caroline Fourest and Fiammetta Venner, illustrated by Charb and Luz.   The day the affair exploded (We are all Danish!) Monday 30 January. The AFP dispatches kept coming in. The… Continuer de lire The story behind Charlie’s first cover page on Mahomet