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Post-attacks, France's Le Pen struggles to be heard

France’s far-right National Front political party leader Marine Le Pen attends a gathering in front of the town hall in Beaucaire, paying tribute to the victims of the shooting by gunmen at the offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, January 11, 2015. 2,579 more words

Sohrab Ahmari: The Champion of French Anxiety

Wall Street Journal: The National Front leader says ‘we are the only ones to solve the problem’ of the country’s Islamist threat.

Following last week’s terror attacks in Paris on journalists at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and on a kosher supermarket, many Western leaders have been reluctant to say the motive was at all religious. 21 more words

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The Gathering Storm

Another 12 lives have been added to the casualty list from the Islamic fanatics’ war against the West, this time at the offices of a French satirical magazine that was deemed insufficiently reverent toward Mohammad, and there are the… 751 more words

Politics

The murders in Paris were NOT about freedom of speech...

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-islamophobia/

No, the offices of Charlie Hebdo should not be raided by gun-wielding murderers. No, journalists are not legitimate targets for killing. But no, we also shouldn’t line up with the inevitable statist backlash against Muslims, or the ideological charge to defend a fetishized, racialized ‘secularism,’ or concede to the blackmail which forces us into solidarity with a racist institution.

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An extremist backlash in France could eventually bust Europe’s economies

  • Marine Le Pen’s National Front and its nasty brand of demagogic populism are already polling terrifyingly well, attracting voters from the “far right” and “far left”.
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Police State

Antifascism in the UK: Highlights of 2014

This past year has been a busy one for antifascists in the UK, seeing many successful counter-mobilisations against the far-right, resulting in swathe of victories for antifascists. 1,043 more words

Antifascism In The UK