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The Propagandist magazine human rights politics news commentaryThe Propagandist's Allies are on the warpath. Better get out of their way, bubba.

Years from now, we may see the firebombing of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo as another definite confirmation of a trend: the surrender of free speech to religious fanatics bent on literally burning down the secular state. Or we may see this event as a turning point, as European police and politicians enforce their laws -- and their freedoms.

A firebomb attack gutted the headquarters of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday after it put an image of the Prophet Mohammad on its cover.

 

This week's edition shows a cartoon of Mohammad and a speech bubble with the words: "100 lashes if you don't die of laughter." It has the headline "Charia Hebdo," in a reference to Muslim sharia law, and says Mohammad guest-edited the issue.

Charlie Hebdo's website on Wednesday appeared to have been hacked and briefly showed images of a mosque with the message "no God but Allah," after which the site was blanked.

Some critics have called Charlie Hebdo's sharia-focused satire provocative. Of course, it was. Satire must be provocative or else it is not satire. Unfailingly, Islamists don't get satire because human freedom, particularly the freedom to criticize, is alien to an...More >>

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I Don't Like You

I don't like you
but I leave you alone.

You say you love me
yet you want to rehabilitate me.

Of course, you mean
people in general
and I'm a people
though in particular.

I will listen to what you say.
If I don't like your words
I may give you some of mine
                           or I may not
but I will not accuse you of heresy.

The punishment for heresy
is death
of one sort or another.

You love me
so you say
yet you make my thoughts
                              a crime.
You forbid me to defend myself
against people who harm me.

If you spare my life
I still lose.
I have to change my name
so I can sweep floors somewhere.
But you will still find me....More >>

geert wilders trial holland justice court islam politicsEarlier this week, I wrote about the Never-Ending Controversy of Geert Wilders in Holland, and noted that Wilders was back in court on February 7th to hash out some procedural matters: will the trial start up from scratch again, will the venue be moved from the Amsterdam District Court, or will Wilders' trial be dismissed entirely?

On Monday, February 14th, we got our answer. From NIS News Bulletin

"THE HAGUE, 15/02/11 - The entire court case against MP Geert Wilders will be retried. His lawyer Bram Moszkowicz yesterday obtained the right to conduct his entire defence anew, including challenging the validity of the Public Prosecutor (OM) case.

The lawyer wants to ensure via the challenge - a request to declare the OM's case inadmissible - that the OM loses its right to prosecute. If this is successful the case will have to be dropped. Moszkowicz will among other things argue that it is not possible to prosecute Wilders because he is an MP.
 

The OM wanted to resume the

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facebook democracy

An intriguing image has been making the rounds via the Internet: the world according to Facebook. Produced by tracing Facebook connections worldwide, it’s a stark reminder that the electronic revolution that has allegedly been shaping the global village hasn’t yet reached every corner of the world.

Most of the world is accounted for. Europe and the United States are brightly lit. Largely-unoccupied expanses of northern Canada barely appear on the map. Even Western Africa appears as a faint outline.

What is most interesting is what can’t be seen on the map at all. Conspicuous by their absence are Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia. In fact, nearly the entire Middle East is missing, except for a few bright connections between Israel and tourist oases in Dubai and Abu Dabi. The horn of Africa also does not appear in Facebook’s atlas. Egypt, Somalia, The Sudan, and Libya, among a plethora of impoverished and war-riddled failed states, seem to almost vanish into the sea.

It should be no secret that, at any given time, these are the most...More >>

What do you do when a fascist crackpot shows up at your door and wants to use your meeting as a venue to promote their own dumb ideas? You're not obligated to give the wankers a forum. Take a page from Christopher Hitchens and shut 'em down.

If they want to speak, they can damn well rent their own meeting hall and invite all of their fascist freinds.

In case you were wondering, here was the incident in real life from a little while back:

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