From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Saturday 16th January 2016
THE aunt of drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi slammed French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Thursday for printing a racist cartoon comparing him to the refugees accused of molesting women in Cologne.
Most of the Cologne accused are not refugees.
The cartoon, in the latest edition of the magazine, counterposes the heart-rending image of the boy’s body washed up on a Turkish beach last year with two ape-faced men chasing screaming women.
The caption asks: “What would little Aylan have become if he had grown up? A bum groper in Germany.”
Aylan’s Canadian-resident aunt Tima Kurdi, who pleaded in vain with her adopted country’s former Tory government to grant the family asylum, called the caricature “disgusting.”
“I hope people respect our family’s pain,” she told CBC News. “It’s a big loss to us.”
“We’re not the same anymore after this tragedy. We’re trying to forget a little bit and move on with our life. But to hurt us again, it’s not fair.”
Four more children were found dead yesterday in the Aegean sea.
With a foul attack on Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy whose drowning last year off the coast of Turkey became a symbol of the terrible human costs of the war in Syria, France’s satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo joined the growing racist campaign against Middle East refugees in Europe: here.
In a brief editorial published Wednesday, the New York Times solidarizes itself fully with the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel as it exploits the media hysteria whipped up over alleged sexual harassment attributed to immigrants in Cologne, Germany in order to mount a crackdown against refugees fleeing the successive and ongoing imperialist wars in the Middle East: here.
WASN’T Charlie Hebdo once something to do with the left, loosely a product of a previous upsurge of social struggle many years ago? Yes it was. So were Sir Oswald Mosley, Benito Mussolini, Georges Sorel… So, I am afraid that that excuse is no mitigation and that the long screeds which point to anti-Establishment articles the publication has run in the last half-century are fundamentally misplaced: here.