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

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)

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

Violence Against Charlie Hebdo: The Globalization of Moral and Intellectual Confusion

After killing in Paris, religious fanatics are demonstrating in Grozny, killing in Niger and burning french flags in Pakistan. For what? A drawing of forgiveness which has nothing to do with « gratuitous violence » but everything to do with an act of courage, a pacific reaction to a massacre. The globalization of insanity is nothing new.… Continuer de lire Violence Against Charlie Hebdo: The Globalization of Moral and Intellectual Confusion