Charlie Hebdo murders, hypocritical politicians and aftermath

This video says about itself:

Paris Unity March – Where Hypocrites Of The World Unite!

13 January 2015

After the Charlie Hebdo attack, dozens of world leaders marched arm in arm with President Francois Hollande during a unity march in Paris. But many of these leaders aren’t exactly supporting free speech and a free press back home. So what’s the deal?

Those horrified by the gunning down of Charlie Hebdo’s staff and the subsequent murder of hostages must not allow the blanket media coverage and hypocritical denunciations of “senseless evil” to blunt their critical faculties: here.

Governments throughout Europe have responded to the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in France by moving quickly to push through a raft of anti-democratic measures. They are exploiting the shock and confusion generated by the event in Paris to take actions that have long been prepared, but that have so far encountered resistance: here.

Politicians in Paris, separate from Charlie Hebdo marchers

By Bill Van Auken:

A Potemkin gathering of world leaders in Paris

14 January 2015

A photograph posted on social media has revealed that the “world leaders” who had supposedly led the march in Paris on January 11, in the aftermath of the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, were in reality assembled for a massive staged photo-op.

While in the media, photos and video of the leaders were almost invariably angled to give the appearance of massive crowds in their wake, one shot taken from above shows them standing bunched tightly together in barely a dozen rows in an empty street, cordoned off from the marchers by a heavy ring of security.

Nothing could more accurately symbolize the reactionary character of this assemblage of state officials and the fraud of their attempt to posture as defenders of human liberties.

At the center of those participating in the photo was French President François Hollande, whose approval ratings in recent months have plumbed new depths—around 15 percent at the end of last year. The president no doubt hopes that the events surrounding the attack on Charlie Hebdo will buttress his government as it pursues unpopular policies at home and abroad.

Aside from Hollande and his fellow European imperialist heads of state, their hands dripping with blood from the Middle East, to Africa to Ukraine, the marchers included Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, whose government has imprisoned more journalists than any on the planet, and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, whose regime has massacred thousands and imprisoned tens of thousands of political opponents.

Also posing for the cameras (and in one shot waving to what was apparently a non-existent crowd) was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose regime has butchered thousands of Palestinians, while ruthlessly repressing Palestinian media.

Among the other champions of democratic rights on hand was the King of Jordan, who recently sent a writer to prison for 15 years for the crime of criticizing his monarchy. Also present was the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to France Mohammed Ismail Al-Sheikh, who represents a dictatorial monarchy that imposed a sentence of 1,000 lashes—50 of which were meted out Friday—and 10 years in prison on Raif Badawi, a blogger accused of insulting the state-sponsored Wahhabi school of Islam.

In both their political aims and the social interests they defend, all of the officials assembled for the staged photograph on Sunday stand in direct opposition to the masses of working people in France and all over the world. This is why they had to be huddled together under intense police protection in the photo-op staged at safe distance from the Paris marchers.

While among the millions who marched throughout France over the weekend, there were no doubt many moved by feelings of horror and sorrow over the killing of the 12 people in the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the assembled heads of state and high officials were there for very different reasons. They were brought together by a common desire to exploit the shock and confusion over the attack to further the “war on terror,” a state conspiracy to promote unending war abroad and police state suppression of democratic rights at home.

Notably absent in the photograph was President Barack Obama or any high-ranking head of state from the US, a fact that has become the focus of a political controversy within the American state apparatus. Attorney General Eric Holder, who was in Paris at the time, also did not attend, with the United States represented instead by US Ambassador to France Jane Hartley, appointed recently for her service as a campaign contribution bundler for Obama.

The White House explanation for the failure to send anyone to Paris last Sunday was that it would have involved such a massive deployment of US security as to make the march itself virtually unworkable. Given the real circumstances of the “rally,” one wonders if the Secret Service would have insisted on strip searching the assembled heads of government and their security personnel.

Whatever the reasons for Obama’s absence, his attendance would have only been the capstone to the cynical charade. The presence of Obama or any other senior representative of a US administration that constitutes the number one practitioner of state terror on the planet would have only added to the grotesque hypocrisy of the “selfie” staged by the so-called world leaders on a heavily guarded street in Paris.

See also here.

To conduct an effective fight, one has to put oneself first into the shoes of the fanatics and try to understand the dynamic that pushes young local-born Muslims to commit such acts. Who are they? What do they think? What are their feelings? In what circumstances did they grow up? What can be done to change them? After decades of neglect, that is hard work. It takes time and effort, with results uncertain. Much easier for politicians to march in the street in front of the cameras: here.

UK puts military on standby after Charlie Hebdo attack: here.

Coinciding with Wednesday’s publication of the first issue of Charlie Hebdo since last week’s terrorist attack, the French interior minister announced legal proceedings against 54 individuals accused of “glorifying terrorism”: here.

After a cabinet meeting yesterday morning at the Elysée presidential palace, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls unveiled a draconian new anti-terror law: here.

French dissenters jailed after crackdown on speech that glorifies terrorism: here.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government have responded to last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris by ratcheting up their efforts to strengthen the national-security apparatus and legitimize Canada’s participation in the new US-led war in the Middle East: here.

This weekend, police and military forces were deployed across Europe on an unprecedented scale. Security forces in France, Belgium, Germany, Greece and Britain are continuing a crackdown on suspected Islamists, arresting dozens of people, after the January 7 attack on the editorial offices of the weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris: here.

Secret US cybersecurity report: encryption vital to protect private data. Newly uncovered Snowden document contrasts with British PM’s vow to crack down on encrypted messaging after Paris attacks: here.

The former head of Britain’s intelligence agency MI5, Lord Evans, has added his voice to demands for a clampdown on the Internet and e-communications in the wake of the terror assaults on the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris and a Jewish supermarket, in which 17 people were killed: here.

Like the ruling elites in the West, the governments of Eastern European states are deliberately using the attack on Charlie Hebdo to restrict democratic rights and persecute refugees. Muslims in particular have been declared the enemy, strengthening extreme right-wing forces: here.

Paris is a warning: there is no insulation from our wars. The attacks in France are a blowback from intervention in the Arab and Muslim world. What happens there happens here too: here.

British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks: here.

Eight year old boy arrested for glorification of terrorism: here.

22 thoughts on “Charlie Hebdo murders, hypocritical politicians and aftermath

  1. France must resist authoritarian drift

    FRENCH communists warned this week that the nation must resist a drift towards authoritarianism and intolerance following the Charlie Hebdo killings.

    Communist Party (PCF) leader Pierre Laurent, who previously served as editor of socialist newspaper L’Humanite, slammed right-wing politicians for demonising Muslims and considering introducing “a Patriot Act in which the republic would lose its soul.”

    He said: “To say that France is facing a war is extremely dangerous. It is to shut yourself in the trap set by the fundamentalists.

    “They want confrontation — we want a society of freedom, progress and peace.”

    He noted that the right-wing Union for a Popular Movement was “singing the chorus of the clash of civilisations,” that Prime Minister Manuel Valls of the ruling Socialist Party was railing against “the enemy within” and that the fascist National Front was calling for the restoration of the death penalty.

    Division and hate were on the rise before the wave of terror hit France last week, he lamented.

    “Look at the fence that surrounds a park bench, the boat migrants left abandoned, the refusal to bury a Roma baby.”

    PCF anti-racism commissioner Fabienne Haloui noted: “Fear sets in among Jews, fear sets in among Muslims.

    “The list of mosques under attack is growing every day. The horror of those bloody days should be a lesson against all forms of racism — Islamophobic, anti-semitic, racism against black people, against Roma.”


    • France has built its wealth on colonization same as the rest of the Western colonizers, I am all part of the West as a individual, what the First World, makes them guilty and culpable is the aggression and vindictive criminal high mindedness of those, who are supposedly today posturing as moral and perfectly correct? in fact they are anything but.


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  5. Hebdo, Hypocrisy and the Way Forward

    For those who scream blue murder about freedom of the press and freedom of expression being the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, let us take a deeper look and see to what extent the West in general is engaged in censorship and spreading lies. For those who complain about terrorism, let us not be hypocritical.

    Let us start where we should, namely paying respect to the victims (and their families and loved ones) of the shocking attack which took place at the editing rooms of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris on January 7 2015, the first big event to mar the New Year, the first benchmark in the news which will constitute 2015.

    Let us also start by underlining a universal human value, the right to life and let us condemn those who take it away in any shape or form. This involves an unqualified attack against terrorist acts anywhere at any time against any target; these must be condemned in the very strongest words possible whether they are perpetrated by some demented fanatic at the end of a Marathon, by Islamist fundamentalist jihadis avenging the Prophet, by some coward flying at 30,000 feet in the sky blasting the faces off civilians at a wedding party or by a Government which takes part in an uprising in a foreign country using terrorists as its tool.

    France, unfortunately, did exactly this and was a leading member of the FUKUS Axis (France-UK-US) attack on Libya, a sovereign state enjoying the highest Human Development Index in Africa, living at peace, disturbing nobody. This is not to justify or gloat about the Charlie Hebdo massacre, but let us call a spade a spade: all terrorist attacks are wrong, including those perpetrated by NATO in Libya, in Syria and elsewhere.

    So, you throw the boomerang and it comes back to hit you square in the face. You spend months demonizing “Assad”, saying “he must go”, then what happens? Thousands of youths with empty lives jet off to Syria to become Jihadis, many of them thinking they are doing their duty for their religion (although because President Assad is a Moslem therefore any act against him is unjustified) and their country. And now what? Many of these Jihadis are totally demoralized because they see the Syrian “Opposition” for what it is, namely a bunch of thugs and terrorists impaling kids on metal spikes, slicing the breasts off women in the streets, decapitating them then raping the bodies, using Downs Syndrome children as suicide bombers and so on. Just as the West’s darling terrorists did in Libya. But they are radicalized, have no lives to come back to and have learnt some new tricks among the terrorists trying to topple President Assad.

    And the next move on the social and political chess board is for radical extremist groups to pop up like mushrooms across Europe calling for moves against Moslems in particular and immigrants in general, as Fortress Europa continues to be assailed by hundreds of migrants a day looking for a slice of the cake, while up to 60 per cent of Europe’s youth in some areas are endemically unemployed.

    A positive situation it is not, and it seems things can only spiral downwards from here. While every problem has a solution, this one is very complex and it would appear there is no easy way out of a situation which has been brewing for decades.

    When a terrorist group is localized and has a cause which is regional or local in its scope, it is relatively easy to engage the organization on two levels – officially, through military operations and the security services, and unofficially through negotiations to bring the action onto the political stage. Examples of success are the IRA, ETA and several groups in Africa, for instance in the DR Congo.

    But when you have terrorist acts being perpetrated by cells of disaffected youths without any particular cause, except for a misty and vague idealistic chimera about defending Islam, no such approach is possible.

    It is important to contextualize the situation with the example of a group of Portuguese Jews in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Banned from Portugal by the Inquisition, they fled to Amsterdam, where they were also banned by the Inquisition, so they fled to London where they were banned by the Christian King and then went to Italy, where they were again banned by the Christians, and ended up enjoying their freedom and hospitality protected by the Moslem Ottoman Empire.

    So Islam and Moslems are one thing, Islamist fundamentalism is another, and in fact this movement is a blasphemy to Islam itself because Islam is, more than a religion of peace, a way of life which involves respect for all living beings, including animals and plants.

    Why these youths have been radicalized cannot be blamed on the western education system in general because most people do not go around blowing themselves up on trains or planting bombs indiscriminately in public places. However, how many of these youths are engaged inside the societies in which they live, with stable jobs and hopes for the future? How many of those young radicals in Paris come from the banlieues, the suburbs, rings of poverty around the main cities of France?

    How many of Britain’s radicalized youths come from the Inner Cities, where once again they are marginalized and feel they do not belong to the society in which they grew up and find in radical Islamist doctrine an escape, as others find an escape in drugs?

    The problem, therefore, is not a complex one of religion, it is a simple socio-economic question. The way forward therefore, is to engage the community leaders in the banlieues and inner cities, giving reinforced powers to local authorities, including structuring the education program so that it makes sense to individuals in certain areas. The legacy of Muammar al-Gaddafy was to teach us that the human being thrives when the system of governance is localized and when small communities govern themselves – this was the Jamahiriya, which France and its Anglo-Saxon bedmasters helped to destroy.

    Let us end where we should, once again sympathizing with the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack and their families and loved ones. And for those who scream blue murder about freedom of expression and freedom of the press after this outrage against a French satirical publication (very much a French tradition dating back to the times of the Revolution), let us remember the hacking attacks by western agents against social media, let us remember the purposeful taking over of social media accounts by western agents, let us remember the hacking of emails by western agents. Is this freedom of expression?

    Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

    *Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey has worked as a correspondent, journalist, deputy editor, editor, chief editor, director, project manager, executive director, partner and owner of printed and online daily, weekly, monthly and yearly publications, TV stations and media groups printed, aired and distributed in Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Portugal, Mozambique and São Tomé and Principe Isles; the Russian Foreign Ministry publication Dialog and the Cuban Foreign Ministry Official Publications. He has spent the last two decades in humanitarian projects, connecting communities, working to document and catalog disappearing languages, cultures, traditions, working to network with the LGBT communities helping to set up shelters for abused or frightened victims and as Media Partner with UN Women, working to foster the UN Women project to fight against gender violence and to strive for an end to sexism, racism and homophobia. He is also a Media Partner of Humane Society International, fighting for animal rights.

    Source: English 09-01-2015


    • If fundamentalism is on the increase relating to atrocities, and Mohamed is seen as God with a broom stick in the sky the Christian religion equals in bizzarre ideology, such as Gabriel the angel from God planting his seed in Mary creating Jesus! it is this mythology that creates insanity. Another aspect of the Islamic fundamentalist, is the Western Allies are culpable, in so far as their share of colonization, and exploitation of resources of the third world, it has not passed my attention of Chistopher Hitchens and his associates, have put down the Islamic ideology, I will refrain from going in to his Jewish ancestry, as being a digression upon the point I wish to put, he having strong views and condemnation of Arab culture, is to my mind unfair without taking into account such as ex-presidents, Bush having commented of bombing part of the Arab Empire back into the stone age? this would create fundamentalism, the educational facilities are inadequate in having a greater comprehension than what the doctrine stated, in terms of its perspective and appeal to people having a message of salvation for and in particular a people having been persecuted by Western ideology, as if justification of military action is a solution to problems having the opposite effect, that is the creation of terrorist activities.
      Noted in the now higher cost of education brought in by Abbott, and added to this teacher frustration of not only costs to attain higher degrees but also having to study mathematics and science, in my view mathematics and science as being used on Mars probes is questionable? as to the value use of these disciplines, the use of mathematics has some practical use such as the creation of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, that stuff is useful to people, Abbotts problem is he is a fundamentalist with a myopic view of not only misleading the people of Australia, but also his own confusion as to who he is, in terms of his vision which is, the blind leading the blind but not all are blind.


  6. Jelpke: Light must be shed on German role in Paris murders

    German Left Party deputy Ulla Jelpke has issued a statement to mark the second anniversary of murder of Sakine Cansız, a co-founder of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), Fidan Doğan, Paris representative of the KNK (Kurdistan National Congress) and Leyla Şaylemez, activist of the Kurdish Youth Movement, who had been murdered in the Kurdistan Information Office in the French capital Paris.

    Kurds in thousands took to the streets in Kurdistan, Turkey and Europe to commemorate the three Kurdish women the truth behind the murder of whom has yet to be revealed by the French and Turkish states.

    Jelpke stressed that the murder of Cansız, Doğan and Şaylemez was a shock for not only the Kurdish freedom movement but also all the socialists fighting for freedom and peace all around the world. “We demand light be fully shed on the murders and the culprits be tried”, she said.

    Remarking that French units acted unwillingly in terms of revealing the dark sides of the murders, Jelpke said the Paris government also abstained from a diplomatic crisis with the NATO member Turkish state.

    Left Party deputy also recalled that the murder plans prepared by the Turkish intelligence service against Sakine Cansız were also documented and revealed, continuing as follows: “Light must be shed especially on the German role in the murders. We know that the German intelligence is cooperating with the Turkish intelligence against the Kurdish freedom movement. An investigation had been launched against Sakine and Leyla for allegedly being members of a terrorist organization. The Federal government of Germany must explain which information it provided to Turkey regarding these two names.”

    Pointing out that the data German provided Turkey with might have been used for the murder, Jelpke also reminded that the main suspect in the murders, Ömer Güney, had long lived in Germany, in close relations with fascist and racist groups, and that an investigation had been opened against him also on the grounds of using unregistered firearm.

    Jelpke urged German authorities responsible for security to unveil what they know about Ömer Güney, adding that she together with the Left Party group would take the issue to the Federal Parliament in order to make sure that the truth on the dark sides of these, and similar, murders be uncovered.

    Source: ANF – BERLIN 11-01-2015


    • The problem with cartoons, is they are a proportion that convey ideas that are misrepresentations of truth, also they are often a projection of a societies culture of prejudice and misguided assumptions, those who are are victims of cartoons invariable have no possibility of reply.


  7. Demonstration in Macedonian capital in support of jailed journalist

    A demonstration organised by the Association of Journalists of Macedonia (ZNM) and supported by Journalist and Media Workers Union (SSNM) and the International Federation of Journalists took place in Skopje on Tuesday. Around 3,000 supporters attended.
    The demonstration was in support of jailed investigative journalist Tomislav Kezarovski who last week was given a two-year prison sentence for allegedly revealing the identity of a witness in a murder case.
    Kezarovski attended the demonstration as he had been given temporary release from prison on health grounds, but is due to return to prison on February 18. He is a reporter with the Nova Makedonija daily paper and was under detention and then house arrest since May 2013 for an article he wrote in 2008.
    An appeal court cut his original sentence to two years, but concurred with the original guilty verdict. ZNM President Naser Selmani stated, “The only fair decision by the Court of Appeal in Skopje was to dismiss all charges. Instead of taking into account the right of an innocent journalist who revealed abuse in the work of public institutions, it has decided to protect those who thought two years ago, that the imprisonment of a journalist in Macedonia could easily pass.”


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    • Politicians cannot afford to tell the truth and most likely they no longer know what the truth is, The population have no idea what truth is? nor do they want to know, they thirst for the next thrill or the next power surge they need.


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