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Media Roots Radio – Charlie Hebdo & 9/11 Islamophobia Flashbacks


Robbie and Abby Martin discuss the hypocritical and deceptive nature of mainstream and alternative media coverage of the Charlie Hebdo shooting in France and why framing the event as a ‘freedom of speech’ issue is an opportunistic attempt to hijack the narrative into “the terrorists hate us for of our freedoms”. The intense global wave of Islamophobia following the attacks is examined and compared to post 9/11 hysteria.

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In Solidarity With a Free Press: Some More Blasphemous Cartoons

Glenn Greenwald writes at the Intercept:

Central to free speech activism has always been the distinction between defending the right to disseminate Idea X and agreeing with Idea X, one which only the most simple-minded among us are incapable of comprehending. One defends the right to express repellent ideas while being able to condemn the idea itself. There is no remote contradiction in that: the ACLU vigorously defends the right of neo-Nazis to march through a community filled with Holocaust survivors in Skokie, Illinois, but does not join the march; they instead vocally condemn the targeted ideas as grotesque while defending the right to express them.

Some of the cartoons published by Charlie Hebdo were not just offensive but bigoted, such as the one mocking the African sex slaves of Boko Haram as welfare queens (left). Others went far beyond maligning violence by extremists acting in the name of Islam, or even merely depicting Mohammed with degrading imagery (above, right), and instead contained a stream of mockery toward Muslims generally, who in France are not remotely powerful but are largely a marginalized and targeted immigrant population.
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#JeSuisIslamophobia – Why Anti-Muslim Critics Are Wrong About the Charlie Hebdo Killings

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By now, you’ve probably heard all the details of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. But just in case you haven’t, I’ll fill you in. On Wednesday, two masked gunmen broke into the headquarters of Paris’s Charlie Hebdo magazine, killing ten employees, including the magazine’s top editor. The magazine was well known locally for its attention-grabbing cartoons, which often sought to offend the easily offended – namely Muslims.

Thus it came as no surprise to many that the perpetrators of the massacre were two Muslim extremists, reportedly shouting that they had avenged Mohammed after committing the attack. The killers were able to escape central Paris to the suburbs, where they took hostages in a standoff that would last nearly two days. As I write this, reports are coming in that they have been killed by French police.

It’s hard to quantify tragedy. The killing of these twelve people is horrendous and ought to be condemned.… Read the rest

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Car bomb kills 30 in Yemen. No protests held.

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Russia Today reports that a car bomb attack against a police college in Yemen killed 30 people and injured 50 more on January 7th. This is the same day as the now-infamous Paris shooting at the magazine, Charlie Hebdo. A quick Google search of news stories for both of these appalling incidents reveals 78,800 results for the Yemen car bombing and 26 million for the Charlie Hebdo shooting.

If we could attach a moderately objective standard to evaluate the exposure level of these two incidents—say loss of human life; then, obviously the Yemen car bombing deserves our attention more.  So what’s the difference?

I’ll brave a guess: we, as Westerners, assume we know what the Paris shooting was about; whereas, we have no idea what the car bombing in Yemen was about. The narrative for the Paris shooting we are provided is cut-and-dry: it was about narrow-minded religious intolerance of ‘free speech’.… Read the rest

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Why Bill Maher’s Views on Islam Aren’t Only Racist, But Dangerous | Heroes and Villains

BTS Producer, Manuel Rápalo, discusses comedian Bill Maher’s recent comments concerning the innate problem with the religion of Islam that breeds extremism and violence and why it’s just the latest example of using Islamophobia to promote fear and intolerance.

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Skaters leap to aid of Muslim women, lecture public for ignoring abuse

James Turvey, Patrick Burgess, Justin Lanz and Mark Wojcik intervened in an alleged attack on two Muslim women. Photo: MAX MASON-HUBERS

James Turvey, Patrick Burgess, Justin Lanz and Mark Wojcik intervened in an alleged attack on two Muslim women. Photo: MAX MASON-HUBERS

via The Sydney Morning Herald:

Patrick Burgess has a message for those who would stand by while minority groups are persecuted.

“It’s the indifference of good people that is bringing us down,” he said.

The Melbourne skater was with a group of friends in Newcastle when, police say, two women wearing traditional Muslim hijabs were approached while driving their car.

Their alleged assailant is accused of approaching the mother and daughter, and saying, “We are Westerners and you’re not meant to be here”, before punching the driver’s side wing mirror.

Police say the daughter then drove five metres and got out to fix the mirror. But as she tried to get back in the car, police allege the man forced the left side of his body into the car, took hold of the steering wheel and put his foot on the accelerator for about 10 seconds.

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Pair Jailed For Attacking Edinburgh Mosque With Bacon

Pic: PORGE (CC)

Pic: PORGE (CC)

They’re muslims, not vampires, and that’s bacon, not garlic, you fascist dimwits. The porcine projectiles were lobbed by a man and woman associated with the Scottish Defence League, itself associated with far-right organization the English Defence League. Bacon belongs in frying pans and on plates, not mosque windows. They should give them a few extra months for wasting delicious foodstuffs.

Douglas Cruikshank, 39, and 18-year-old Chelsea Lambie threw bacon at the window of Edinburgh’s Central Mosque and wrapped the meat around door handles on January 31 last year.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard they and a third offender were associated with the Scottish Defence League, prosecutors said.

Wayne Stilwel, 25, from Gorebridge, Midlothian, previously admitted his involvement and was sentenced to 10 months in September.

Cruikshank, from Galashiels in the Borders, and Lambie, from Paisley, Renfrewshire, were convicted of threatening and abusive behaviour following a trial.

The trial heard that a man who was inside the mosque praying on the morning of the attack heard something hitting the prayer room window.

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On anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in Europe

PIC: Beny Slevich (CC)

PIC: Beny Slevich (CC)

Sara R. Farris writes at Al Jazeera English:

In 1844, Karl Marx published a short but dense text entitled “On the Jewish Question”. It was a critical review of two essays by the-then famous philosopher Bruno Bauer, who had argued against equal rights for Jews if granted on religious grounds. If Jews wanted to be considered full citizens – Bauer maintained echoing the widespread opinion of the time – Jews would have to abandon their religion and embrace Enlightenment. According to this logic, there was no room for religious demands in a secular society.

As Bauer’s position suggests, anti-Jewish racism in Germany and elsewhere in Europe in the first half of the 19th century, was justified mainly on cultural and religious grounds. Jews were discriminated and regarded with suspicion because they were considered an alien “nation within the nation”. In fact, it was not until the second half of the 19th century and the rise of “social Darwinism” that “racial anti-Semitism”, framed in biological terms, appeared on the political scene and Jews were openly discriminated against on the basis of their alleged genetic inferiority.

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