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January 20, 2015

Links, Statements And Notes As They Relate To The Charlie Hebdo Killings

This is a clearinghouse for various links and articles related to the killings in and around the Charlie Hebdo offices, and its violent aftermath in Paris a couple of days later. There will be links to material and the employment of images here or in the linked-to articles that may upset. Every link and every image used is intended to better facilitate this site's mission to inform.

* my personal gut feeling is that there's almost no interest in hearing anything about the Hebdo killlings at this point that doesn't also directly add to the narrative. This is too bad, because I think we're just now assembling the threads of what happened that we can begin to poke at why and to what end. I'm not under any pressure to bring in the maximum number of hits so I can continue to link to articles when I see them and maybe try one of my own. I apologize for any instances of contempt or rolled-eye boredom directed at the result.

* I may have already linked to this Mehdi Hasan piece, which I found instructive in that it explicated a point of view more than I find that point of view convincing in the details. I'm generally sympathetic to the idea that there's an opportunity to really scour our souls in terms of our own free speech standards, with the understanding that no one likes doing this so it probably won't happen.

* here's another piece that I can't remember if I got up or not, a survey article on Middle Eastern cartoonists and their responses.

* the ugly specter of intolerant attacks on institutions of religion and community due to the radicalized actions of a few people within that community -- or maybe just perceived to be in those communities -- always ends up one of the most depressing outcomes of any terrorist action designed to provoke a specific response.

* I hadn't read either of Alyssa Rosenberg's pieces (1, 2) on the attacks until early this morning. The idea that a lot of responses accept narratives that should instead be challenged appeals to me.

* hadn't read Andrew Sullivan, either. One of his posts brings up blasphemy laws, which is an interesting place to take the lessons of those murders.

* yeah, I don't even know what to say here. Related: a list of people that used the follow-up Hebdo cover, which you can contrast with this article on world publiications that did.

* one thing that seems different to me this time around as opposed to what happened during the Danish Cartoons Controversy of 2005-2006 is that there's a greater press to understand how Islam deals with insult. Here's another such piece.

* yikes. Ugh.

* I'm just now catching up to this Glenn Greenwald article that is prompting responses two weeks later. Ditto this next-day article by Dan Savage about how to use the publishing platform in a way that takes care of all concerns.

* I certainly don't agree with every idea presented in this article, but I love the lean presentation of a number of thinking points one right after another. The idea that impulses and shaping implements might come from two different worlds fascinates me.

* this is the first article I've seen that engages directly with the Jewish community pulled into the orbit of this violence, to devastating result.

* finally, John Cassidy at the New Yorker goes a little more broad than I've seen in a while.
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