Charlie Hebdo attackers should not be called terrorists, says BBC Arabic executive
Jan29

Charlie Hebdo attackers should not be called terrorists, says BBC Arabic executive

The head of BBC Arabic said the Paris attackers who killed 12 people at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo should not be called terrorists. Tarik Kafala said that “terrorist” is “too loaded” of a word to describe the actions of Said and Cherif Kouachi. The two died in a shootout with French authorities on Jan. 9.… graphic via...

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Does GOP take Palin and Trump seriously?
Jan29

Does GOP take Palin and Trump seriously?

Does GOP take Palin and Trump seriously? DES MOINES, Iowa — They are the sideshows of the Republican presidential campaign. While Republicans such as Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul craft broad visions for governing and do the work that could set up a real presidential campaign, Sarah Palin and Donald Trump appear to be using the tease of a presidential campaign… graphic via...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: The blizzard and the weathermen
Jan28

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: The blizzard and the weathermen

OF RELATED INTEREST: –Meteorologists apologize for creating pre- blizzard panic in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey after 3ft snow predictions fail to materialize –Blizzard 2015: National Weather Service meteorologist apologizes for forecast –New York, weathermen defend storm shutdown –Jon Stewart compiles the most ridiculous blizzard media coverage Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most...

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Andrew Sullivan Quits Blogging
Jan28

Andrew Sullivan Quits Blogging

Bad news for the increasingly weakening “blogosphere” — and good news for readers of good, old fashioned books that aren’t written in a hurry. Andrew Sullivan, the writer, editor and blogging pioneer announced that he has quit blogging. Here’s some of what he wrote on his blog: Why? Two reasons. The first is one I hope anyone can understand: although it has been the most rewarding experience in my writing...

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GoDaddy pulls SuperBowl ad featuring puppy sold online
Jan28

GoDaddy pulls SuperBowl ad featuring puppy sold online

Just six days before the 49th SuperBowl, GoDaddy revealed its heavily teased “puppy ad” in an exclusive on the NBC Today Show. (An “ad” on a “news” show means free advertising. Well played, GoDaddy.) The response was immediate and negative. Shame on @GoDaddy for their absolutely reckless and heartless Super Bowl Commercial. #nodaddy — Aracely Vega Worley (@daytrippingmom) January 27, 2015...

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The Persecution and Assassination of Jonathan Chait as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of the Intertubes Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade
Jan27

The Persecution and Assassination of Jonathan Chait as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of the Intertubes Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade

Seldom has a point been so pointedly made by pointy heads. Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine —  How the language police are perverting liberalism.  —  Around 2 a.m. on December 12, four students approached the apartment of Omar Mahmood, a Muslim student at the University of Michigan, who had recently published a column in a school newspaper about his perspective as a minority on campus…. Jonathan...

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Doubts about Loyalty of Saudi Forces Trigger U.S. Reassessment (Le Figaro, France)
Jan23

Doubts about Loyalty of Saudi Forces Trigger U.S. Reassessment (Le Figaro, France)

Le Figaro correspondent Laure Mandeville, quoting an anonymous source close the the U.S. intelligence services, writes that alarming questions about the loyalty of Saudi military forces and the relentless spread of Saudi Wahhabism in the form of ISIL has prompted U.S. officials to question America’s longstanding relationship with the Saudi Kingdom. This may be why, according to Mandeville, that the illness and now death of King...

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The Return of Satire
Jan22

The Return of Satire

The Return of Satire Raging Moderate by Will Durst Decades after being dismissed by George S. Kaufman as a genre that “closes on Saturday night,” satire, like the measles and mumps, is making a comeback. And in many quarters, remains the most feared of the three conditions. Some experts hold to a strict definition: “Satire portrays a viewpoint, while intending something different.” The most famous example being...

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Freedom of the Press Is Not Free
Jan20

Freedom of the Press Is Not Free

In the wake of the hideous attack on Charlie Hebdo editors, cartoonists and staff in Paris there has been a vigorous and spirited debate on freedom of speech and, of course, freedom of the press. Today, Secretary of State John Kerry in remarks delivered at the Journalists Security Conference, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., left no doubt as to which side of this debate he stands on. After thanking Doug Frantz,...

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Questioning Charlie Hebdo or Being Algerian is not Terrorism! (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)
Jan17

Questioning Charlie Hebdo or Being Algerian is not Terrorism! (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)

Are the French and the West reflexively lumping simple critics of Charlie Hebdo’s editorial decisions and Western policy together with the terrorists who struck Paris? For Algeria’s Le Quotidien d’Oran, columnist M. Saadoune comments on the way people loyal to France, Algerians and others, who oppose both cartoons showing the Prophet Muhammed and the horrifying acts of violence perpetrated in his name – are...

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What the Quran says about the mighty pen (Guest Voice)
Jan15

What the Quran says about the mighty pen (Guest Voice)

Muslims – in theory – have traditions that value the power of the pen. Islam was revealed to save people from bloodshed and misuse of the sword. That is a paraphrasing of the cardinal’s line in one of the Acts of Edward Bulwer-Lytton 1839 play “Richelieu”. The origin of the timeless adage is thought to...

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Cartoon: American Response to the Charlie Hebdo Tragedy
Jan13

Cartoon: American Response to the Charlie Hebdo Tragedy

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Dominique de Villepin: Let France ‘Resist the Spirit of War’ (Le Monde, France)
Jan12

Dominique de Villepin: Let France ‘Resist the Spirit of War’ (Le Monde, France)

Dominique de Villepin, a foreign minister of France best known in the United States for his U.N. Security Council opposition to the 2003 Iraq invasion, has written this impassioned plea to the French people not to embrace a mindset of war in the struggle against Islamist terrorism, and not to renounce the country’s democratic values amid concerns for security. In the pages of Le Monde, he calls into question a slew of recent...

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Cartoonists and Red Lines
Jan12

Cartoonists and Red Lines

Cartoonists and Red Lines by Daryl Cagle Like blaming a rape victim for her “provocative dress,” many press pundits blame the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists (and the Danish cartoonists before them) for crossing “red lines,” and inviting trouble. In the past few days the small community of American editorial cartoonists have been getting calls from their local media, asking for comments about self-censorship and what...

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JeSuisCharlie Rally Draws A Million To Paris Streets [LIVE STREAM]
Jan11

JeSuisCharlie Rally Draws A Million To Paris Streets [LIVE STREAM]

JeSuisCharlie Rally Draws A Million To Paris Streets [LIVE STREAM] As many as 1 million people and 50 world leaders have taken to the streets of France’s capital city Sunday to exercise their freedom of speech in the wake of three deadly terrorist attacks that claimed 17 victims last week, France 24 English reported. Appearing below is the television channel’s live stream of the current...

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Why Fox News is Bad for our Country
Jan11

Why Fox News is Bad for our Country

The recent discussion of Fox News versus other cable news networks on another thread prompted me to peruse the fact-check websites to compare them. Here is what I found: Politifact reports that 60% of the Fox News statements they fact-checked were false. http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/tv/fox/ Politifact doesn’t do a network summary for MSNBC, probably because their ratings are not near as high as Fox News’ ratings. A...

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A Textbook Case of Willful Distortion
Jan11

A Textbook Case of Willful Distortion

by Walter Brasch HarperCollins says it’s sorry. It says it regrets not including Israel on a map of the Middle East in an atlas it published and distributed in the Middle East. It says all remaining copies of the atlas will be pulped. The Collins Primary Geography Atlas for the Middle East with a map that omitted Israel was described by the publisher in sales information as “an ideal school atlas for primary school geographers.” A...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Je Suis Charlie
Jan10

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Je Suis Charlie

Je Suis Charlie by Mike Peters OF RELATED INTEREST: –‘Je Suis Charlie’ Message Goes Viral After Paris Attack –Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie –Je suis Charlie! The cry of defiance: Vast crowds rally across the world to condemn the gun massacre as Francoise Hollande declares tomorrow a day of mourning –-Je Suis Charlie: journalists must defend freedom of expression Mike Peters is...

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New Discovery Channel president: No more sensationalistic bullcrap
Jan10

New Discovery Channel president: No more sensationalistic bullcrap

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Since its early days in the mid-1980s, Discovery Channel has marketed itself as a channel focused on scientific facts and merit-based research. But at some point in the last decade, the channel started to veer more toward the sensational and away from nuts-and-bolts science. Critics and social...

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Thousands Searching For Hayat Boumeddiene In France
Jan10

Thousands Searching For Hayat Boumeddiene In France

Police are still hunting for France’s most-wanted woman, Hayat Boumeddiene, and any other accomplices of the three gunmen killed in Paris Friday. Some 500 additional troops were deployed for the effort in France’s capital Saturday, BBC News reported. For the first time in days, France breathed a sigh of relief Friday after police killed three...

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