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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839
CONTENTS: 1. Features, 2. Announcements
1 Features< br>'FREE SPEECH' HYPOCRISY IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE ATTACK ON CHARLIE HEBDO
How have the great capitalist democracies demonstrated their commitment to free speech? The US military has killed journalists in the Middle East. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is still being pursued... And are Charlie Hebdo's crude and vulgar cartoons really about free speech?
CHARLIE HEBDO: SOME TOUGH QUANDARIES
Boaventura de Sousa Santos
The absolute, unconditional revulsion experienced by Europeans in the face of these deaths should make us wonder why they do not feel the same kind of revulsion in the face of a similar, if not much higher, number of innocent deaths caused by conflicts that, at bottom, may have something to do with the Charlie Hebdo tragedy.
PARIS ATTACKS: LET'S TALK ABOUT THE 'WAR ON TERROR'
How can one pretend to fight against terrorism while continuing to hold strong ties with nations that sponsor different Jihadist groups, and that export a reactionary and obscurantist ideology? Different fundamentalist groups have been backed, trained and financed by the West (including France) for decades.
JE SUIS BAGA!
Why is Abuja not 'the capital of the world' today? Why is it that African leaders will fly to Paris to express camaraderie and unity after seventeen Europeans are murdered, but are entirely absent if and when 2,000 Africans are butchered?
I AM PROFOUNDLY BAGA!
Where are the marches in Africa for the Baga massacre, where 2,000 mainly women, children and the elderly were killed by Boko Haram? Where are the public condemnations and editorials of outrage for Baga?
THE CHARLIE HEBDO WHITE POWER RALLY IN PARIS
A celebration of Western hypocrisy
"Je Suis Charlie" has become a sound bite to justify the erasure of non-Europeans, and for ignoring the sentiments, values and views of the racialized "other." In short, Je Suis Charlie has become an arrogant rallying cry for white supremacy that was echoed at the white power march on Sunday in Paris and in the popularity of the new issue of Charlie Hebdo.
CHARLIE HEBDO: "JESUIS WHITE PEOPLE"
Murder is wrong when committed by individual gunmen with grudges and it is still wrong when it comes from a drone strike. A unity march should denounce human rights abuses, of which warfare is the worst.
CHARLIE HEBDO: UNENDING MUSLIM ANGER AT THE WEST
In the wake of the attacks on Paris, hypocrisy has won and the world is basking in a warped victory. Bigots have been celebrated and their right to offend defended, without any critical view of the excesses of Charlie Hebdo magazine. It is such attitudes that fuel Muslim anger.
PARIS TERROR CAN BE TRACED BACK TO ALG ERIA IN 1954
Algeria is the post-colonial wound that still bleeds in France
Perhaps five million of France's six-and-half million Muslims are Algerian. Most are poor, regarding themselves as second-class citizens in the land of equality. There is a critical historical context to this and the Paris attack that needs to be appreciated.
Rape cartoons are funny if it's inconceivable to you that you could ever be raped. If you live in a bubble of gender privilege that insulates you from all consequences of rape culture.
CENSORS MARCH FOR FREE EXPRESSION
In the wake of the brutal murders of journalists at Charlie Hebdo, PE N calls on Governments to implement their commitments to free expression and to desist from further curtailing free expression through the expansion of surveillance.
SOUTH AFRICA: ISLAMIC UNITY CONVENTION`S COMMENT ON FRENCH TERROR ATTACKS
Islamic Unity Convention
Muslims are almost always expected to apologise for any terror attacks in the name of their religion. How can this be justified? On the other hand, there is no global outrage whenever people are killed and maimed in senseless wars waged by Western powers. Why?
YES, NIGERIA NEEDS THE SAME SUPPORT AS FRANCE
The Catholic Archbishop of Jos Ignatius Kaigama has raise a timely and profound issue: There should be globa l mobilisation not just when terrorism rears its ugly head in Europe but also when Africans fall victim in their homelands.
AFRICAN JOURNALIST STUDY PROGRAMME: WORKSHOP IN NAIROBI 2015
A call for applications
The Fahamu Emerging Powers in Africa project will be conducting a three-day Journalist capacity building workshop in Nairobi. The workshop seeks to strengthen the voice of African media on investigating and reporting the impact that emerging actors (including China, India, Brazil, South Korea and Turkey) have on Africa's external engagements and development landscape.
CALL FOR APPLICATION AS RESEA RCHER/RESEARCH TEAM
Monitoring of Compliance and Implementation of African Union Policy Standards and Legal Instruments by Kenya
Fahamu, on behalf of the SOTU coalition, is seeking to engage a consultant researcher or team of researchers to conduct an assessment in Kenya to determine the level of compliance with and implementation of key AU legal instruments and policy standards and the impact of their implementation on citizens' quality of life.
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