Emmanuel Macron Defends His Crusade

Nov 02, 2020

Throughout the month of October, French President Emmanuel Macron projected himself into the global news cycle as the leader of a new crusade launched ostensibly to bring Islam into conformity with French Enlightenment ideals. In reality, his campaign is aimed at bolstering his chances of winning...

France’s Problem With Freedom of Expression

Oct 19, 2020

The French nation has expressed its unqualified horror and revulsion at the brutal assassination of a teacher last Friday by a deluded fanatic convinced he was applying some kind of divinely ordained justice. Any crime directed against a person because of their beliefs or positions on issues of...

Media Coverage of Charlie Hebdo and the Baga Massacre: A Study in Contrasts

Jan 14, 2015

While 17 people died over three days of terror in France, 2,000 were killed at the hands of Boko Haram in Nigeria. Consider two tragic events that took place last week. A small cell of Islamist terrorists attacked cartoonists at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and shoppers in a Paris...

A Muslim Cartoonist Draws Lessons From the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

Jan 12, 2015

Bullets and bombs can never silence the voices of laughter and friendship. As a political cartoonist who happens to be both American and Muslim, I often find myself at the intersection of media curiosity: Muslim, with all the stereotypical notions attached to that, but also a freedom-loving...

Charlie Hebdo Attack: Refining the Post-9/11 Model

Jan 09, 2015

Underlying the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine is a far greater threat than the brutalizing of freedom of expression. Just like al-Qaeda’s audacious attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington on September 11, 2001, the raid by suspected jihadist...