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#Charb 'dragged the team to their deaths,' says #CharlieHebdo founder - The Independent

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#Charb 'dragged the team to their deaths,' says #CharlieHebdo founder - The Independent

A founder of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo has accused its editor, who was killed by masked gunmen last Wednesday, of “dragging the team” to death by publishing provocative cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed.

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▶ ‘#France has serious issues with racism rather than with #Islam’ - RT - 4:22

▶ ‘#France has serious issues with racism rather than with #Islam’ - RT - 4:22

French police arrest 54, accused of ‘defending terrorism’. Yvonne Ridley, journalist, vice-president of the European Muslim League, on CharlieHebdo aftermath

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How @McDonalds Is Nakedly Exploiting Tragedies in the Pursuit of Selling Disgusting Hamburgers

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How @McDonalds Is Nakedly Exploiting Tragedies in the Pursuit of Selling Disgusting Hamburgers

The fast-food giant's latest commercial features its signs saying "Boston Strong" and "We remember 9/11."

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Imperialist war, the “war on terror” and the end of democracy - World Socialist Web Site

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Imperialist war, the “war on terror” and the end of democracy - World Socialist Web Site

For decades, the US, France and other imperialist powers have rained down bombs on defenceless civilians, carried out assassinations, and committed horrible war crimes.

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#USA Albuquerque #PoliceOfficers Are Charged With Murder in Death of Homeless Man - NY Times

#USA Albuquerque #PoliceOfficers Are Charged With Murder in Death of Homeless Man - NY Times | News in english | Scoop.it

#USA Albuquerque #PoliceOfficers Are Charged With Murder in Death of Homeless Man - NY Times

The shooting last March came after a standoff in which the police said the homeless man had two knives, but in a video recorded by a police officer’s camera, he appeared to be turning away as he was shot.

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#Europe's pillar collapsing? Freedom of movement under pressure in #СharlieHebdo aftermath - RT 2 mn

#Europe's pillar collapsing? Freedom of movement under pressure in #СharlieHebdo aftermath - RT 2 mn

EU is considering amending free movement policy within its borders after Charlie Hebdo massacre.



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#MoreLies #hysteria ▶ #FoxNews suggests Birmingham, UK is a place non Muslims 'do #islamophobie

#MoreLies #hysteria ▶ #FoxNews suggests Birmingham, UK is a place non Muslims 'do #islamophobie

Terrorism 'expert' Steven Emerson states that Birmingham, UK is 'entirely Muslim' and that non Muslims 'simply don't go in'.

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"Freedom" of Speech in France is complete Fakery and Fraud (Angry Chomsky) - YouTube

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#0911 #1109 Declassify the 28 pages - via US Congressman Walter B. Jones - 25 mn YouTube

#0911 #1109 Declassify the 28 pages - via US Congressman Walter B. Jones - 25 mn YouTube

Congressmen Jones, Lynch, and Senator Graham call for the 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry report into 9/11 to be declassified.

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The terrorism hypocrisy by Victor Argo - YourMiddleEast.com #CharlieHebdo

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The terrorism hypocrisy by Victor Argo - YourMiddleEast.com #CharlieHebdo

We must do different. We must do better."
Terrorism Fear mongering keeps leaders in power, in democracies as well as in authoritarianism. They make statements to please Western backers or domestic audiences. They all call what they do “the fight against terrorism.” Nothing could be further from the truth, writes Victor Argo.
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#USA How White Liberals Used Civil Rights to Create More Prisons | The Nation

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#USA How White Liberals Used Civil Rights to Create More Prisons | The Nation

What if the same people opposing mass incarceration are the ones responsible for it?

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What’s the Real Reason #AlQaeda Attacked ‘#CharlieHebdo’? by Juan Cole for The Nation

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What’s the Real Reason #AlQaeda Attacked ‘#CharlieHebdo’? by Juan Cole for The Nation

Editors note: This post first appeared on Juan Cole’s blog, Informed Comment. It is reposted here with permission from the author.

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"A Clash of Barbarisms": After #CharlieHebod Attack, How U.S. Policy in Middle East Helps Fuel Extremism

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We discuss the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris with the Lebanese-French academic Gilbert Achcar, professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. "We have to put all this in context," Achcar says. "The Western intervention, the Western action in the Middle East, has been creating the ground for all this. This is what I called previously the clash of barbarisms, with a major barbarism represented by Western intervention." Achcar also discusses the close relations
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#Prison State #USA : Inmates becoming corporate slaves in for-profit facilities - 9 mn - RT #ChrisHedges

#Prison State #USA : Inmates becoming corporate slaves in for-profit facilities - 9 mn - RT #ChrisHedges

For-profit prisons have created a “neo-slavery” in the US, according to award-winning journalist Chris Hedges. Inmates work eight hours per day for major corporations such as Chevron, Motorola, Nordstrom’s and Target, yet only have the possibility of making up $1.25 an hour. In addition, companies that provide services like phone calls overcharge prisoners on even the most basic services, making hundreds of millions in profits annually. RT’s Ben Swann speaks to Hedges, who explains how this shadowy system came into existence.

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#France Is an Unequal Opportunity Offender #Tartuffe #Hypocrisy #JeSuisCharlie mais pas tt le temps - ForeignPolicy.com

#France Is an Unequal Opportunity Offender #Tartuffe #Hypocrisy #JeSuisCharlie mais pas tt le temps - ForeignPolicy.com | News in english | Scoop.it

#France Is an Unequal Opportunity Offender #Tartuffe #Hypocrisy #JeSuisCharlie mais pas tt le temps - ForeignPolicy.com

When it comes to giant displays of solidarity and defiance, it doesn’t get much bigger than the Jan. 11 demonstration in Paris. On that day,…

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Glenn Greenwald on How to Be a Terror "Expert": Ignore Facts, Blame Muslims, Trumpet U.S. Propaganda

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Glenn Greenwald on How to Be a Terror "Expert": Ignore Facts, Blame Muslims, Trumpet U.S. Propaganda

Steve Emerson's gaffe on Fox News raises questions about the entire field of so-called "terrorism experts."

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#OurVeryParticularFriends #SaudiArabia increases jail sentence for #humanrights lawyer from 10 to 15 years

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 #OurVeryParticularFriends #SaudiArabia increases jail sentence for #humanrights lawyer from 10 to 15 years

DUBAI (Reuters) - A Saudi judge has sentenced a prominent human rights lawyer to an additional five years in jail, his wife said, after he refused to show remorse or recognize the court that handed down

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#UK Why #MI5 does not need more surveillance powers after the #CharlieHebdo attacks - The Guardian

#UK Why #MI5 does not need more surveillance powers after the #CharlieHebdo attacks - The Guardian | News in english | Scoop.it

#UK Why #MI5 does not need more surveillance powers after the #CharlieHebdo attacks - The Guardian

Henry Porter: The terrorists wanted to undermine liberty and openness. But spy agencies need more money, not more more powers

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archive juin 2013 : @JPMorgan réclame des régimes autoritaires en #Europe | Inform'Action

archive juin 2013 : @JPMorgan réclame des régimes autoritaires en #Europe | Inform'Action | News in english | Scoop.it

archive juin 2013 : @JPMorgan réclame des régimes autoritaires en #Europe | Inform'Action

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Adam Shatz: Moral Clarity #IamNOTCharlie #NoSoyCharlie #JeNeSuisPasCharlie

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Adam Shatz: Moral Clarity #IamNOTCharlie #NoSoyCharlie #JeNeSuisPasCharlie

After 9/11, Le Monde declared: ‘Nous sommes tous Américains.’ The love affair was short-lived: as soon as the French declined to join the war against Iraq, American pundits called them ‘cheese-eating surrender monkeys’ and French fries were renamed ‘freedom fries’. When Obama took office, relations warmed, but the tables were turned: the new administration in […]

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Algerian sources warned against attack on #CharlieHebdo offices - Jerusalem Post

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French ignored Algerian intelligence warning of Charlie Hebdo's attack; British intelligence services: "Al-Qaida is planning attacks in the West."
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#US Senator Elizabeth Warren: Our Populist Agenda - in Her Own Words - Truthout

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Elizabeth Warren: Our Populist Agenda - in Her Own Words - Truthout

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has become the most visible leader of the growing populist movement that is uniting a new majority around an agenda for economic change. But with media visibility comes oversimplified media analysis. For example, a December 24 McClatchy News Service article characterizes Warren supporters as a liberal faction mobilizing “voter outrage” against the banks – as if Americans were not already outraged by the way...

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How Unstable Is the #Saudi Petro-Kingdom? | The Nation

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How Unstable Is the #Saudi Petro-Kingdom? | The Nation

From plummeting petroleum prices to political unrest, it has been decades since the fortunes of the kingdom were so much in doubt.

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#FACTS : #CharlieHebdo Terrorist was Radicalized by Bush's #Iraq War, #AbuGhraib #Torture - Informed Comment

#FACTS : #CharlieHebdo Terrorist was Radicalized by Bush's #Iraq War, #AbuGhraib #Torture - Informed Comment | News in english | Scoop.it
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#FACTS : #CharlieHebdo Terrorist was Radicalized by Bush's #Iraq War, #AbuGhraib #Torture - Informed Comment

Sharif and Said Kouashi, the two brothers for whom the French police are searching, were born in Paris of Algerian parents, Mokhtar et Freiha Méguireche, according to a profile published by Le Monde. Said was born in 1980. Sharif was born in 1982. The brothers were poor and unemployed. Sharif did not finish school. The Kouashi brothers sometimes delivered pizza to make a little money. They were involved in petty crime as teenagers.

Then in early 2003 at the age of 20, Sharif Kouashi and his brother Said started attending the al-Da`wa Mosque in the Stalingrad quarter. They had showed up with long hair, smoking, and lots of bad habits. The mosque gave them a sense of purpose. Sharif told his later lawyer, “Before, I was a delinquent.”

One member of the congregation at the al-Da`wa Mosque was Farid Benyettou. He was only a year older than Sharif, but was learned in Muslim texts, and taught informal classes at his apartment after prayers at the mosque. The boys began spending time with Benyettou. They stopped smoking, stopped getting high. At his apartment, Benyettou took them on the internet, and showed them images from Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq. Sharif said, “It was everything I saw on the television, the torture at Abu Ghraib prison, all that, which motivated me.”

Benyettou ran a recruitment ring targeting young French Muslims that sent them to fight US troops in Iraq. They jogged in a park to get in shape and got rudimentary training in how to handle a Kalashnikov semi-automatic. They would tell their families that they were going to study in Syria. And they would spend some time in hard line Salafi schools. But then they would slip across the border into Iraq.

Sharif was about to go to Iraq in 2005, himself, to fight Bush’s troops there (which he saw as aggressive foreign occupiers), but he and a friend were arrested and interrogated by the French police.

In 2008 he and three others were tried as members of the 19th Arondissement Cell, on charges of funneling a dozen young French Muslims into Iraq from 2003 to 2005 (one ended up in Falluja). They typically joined al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia, then headed by the Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. There had been no al-Qaeda in Iraq under Saddam Hussein, whose secret police issued an APB for Zarqawi in summer, 2002. Bush’s invasion and occupation led to the founding of ‘al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia.’

Sharif Kouashi was sentenced to 3 years but only served about 18 months.

When he got out, Sharif Kouashi became involved around 2010 in a plot to break Ismail Ait Ali Belqasim, a notorious Muslim fundamentalist, out of prison. Belqasim was a member of the Algerian Armed Islamic Group, an al-Qaeda affiliate that Usama Bin Laden supported from Sudan, and was responsible for a 1995 bombing of the French Metro (subway).

At some point after 2011, the Kouashi brothers went to Syria to fight the regime of Bashar al-Assad (which the French government also said it wanted to see overthrown). They are said to have returned this summer. Given their past with Zarqawi, they might have been fighting for Daesh (ISIS or ISIL). But since it was kicked out of al-Qaeda, it is also possible that they fought with another group, perhaps Jabhat al-Nusra, the main al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

They also may have had experience in, or contacts in, Yemen. Sharif told someone at the scene of the crime that it was done by ‘al-Qaeda in Yemen.’ That would be al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the most active affiliate in attempting to pull off operations in the West. It was behind the 2009 underwear bombing attempt over Detroit.

Without Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq, it is not at all clear that Sharif Kouachi would have gotten involved in fundamentalist vigilanteism. And if he hadn’t, he would not have gone on to be a point man in murdering out the staff of Charlie Hebdo along with two policemen.

Iraq is a major Arab, Muslim country. Its capital, Baghdad, is special to Sunni Muslims because the Abbasid empire built it and ruled from it. Having American troops occupy it for 8 years, humiliate its citizens, shoot people at checkpoints, and torture people in military prisons was a very bad idea. Some people treated that way become touchy, and feel put down, and won’t take slights to their culture and civilization any longer. Maybe the staff at Charlie Hebdo would be alive if George W. Bush and Richard Bruce Cheney hadn’t modeled for the Kouashi brothers how you take what you want and rub out people who get in your way.

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MI5 ( #UK secret services) chief seeks new powers after #CharlieHebdo magazine attack - The Guardian

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MI5 ( #UK secret services) chief seeks new powers after #CharlieHebdo magazine attack - The Guardian

Andrew Parker describes Charlie Hebdo outrage as ‘a terrible reminder of the intentions of those who wish us harm’

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