Created on Monday, 12 January 2015 04:04
Je pense donc je suis Charlie – I think therefore I am Charlie.
Nous sommes TOUS Charlie – We are ALL Charlie.
These taglines identify supporters of freedom of expression and resisters of religious threats. In this context, AAI est Charlie.
In solidarity we stand proudly with the people of France and her cartoonists who worked for Charlie Hebdo magazine and who were victims of religion-inspired terrorism on the 7th January 2015. Organised religion has always had a great deal on its conscience and now it has even more to answer for. In the case of Charlie Hebdo, seventeen people have been shot and killed and eleven more wounded. Minutes after this following cartoon that lampooned religion was published and tweeted from Charlie Hebdo magazine, religious terrorists stormed the magazine office and opened fire.
This is the last cartoon published by Charlie Hebdo before the gunmen stormed the office. It depicts ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, and the caption reads “Best wishes and good health.”
After murdering Charlie Hebdo staff, the gunmen shouted “Allahu akbar” and “The Prophet is avenged!”. But the pen always has and always will be mightier than the Kalishnakov. We at AAI – like Charlie Hebdo – stand up for our right to free expression and a life without pandering to fear-mongering and censorship. We will not be silenced by brutal, savage threats from censorious fanatics. Our tribute to Charlie Hebdo is to re-publish the cartoons for which their publisher Stephane Charbonnier (“I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees”) gave his life.
In some interpretations of the Islamic religion there is a ban on illustrating Mohammed, a view that satirizing or critiquing Islam is “blasphemy”, and that defaming Mohammed is a crime punishable by death.
We believe that drawings – no matter how offensive – do not justify death. To think otherwise is an insane ideology.
Noted for its irreverence, the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine has been the target of two terrorist attacks – in 2011, and now in 2015 – because of lampooning Islam in their cartoons. In 2006 they controversially re-published the Danish Jyllands-Posten depictions of Mohammed.
Here is the issue with the re-published Jyllands-Posten cartoons. The headline states “Mohammed overwhelmed by fundamentalists”. The Prophet is saying, “It’s hard being loved by idiots.”
Here are some of the controversial depictions of Mohammed published by Jyllands-Posten and again by Charlie Hebdo:
The following are other controversial Charlie Hebdo covers from past years:
This one from 2001 translates as "Love is stronger than hate".
Charlie Hebdo’s offices were firebombed in 2011. This 2011 cover states that this issue is “guest edited by Mohammed” (calling the magazine “Charia Hebdo”). Mohammed is depicted saying, “One hundred lashes if you don’t die of laughter."
Christianity gets its fair share of satire and mockery too. Here is the birth of Jesus...
This cover is particularly apt in light of the recent tragedy. "Charlie Hebdo must be veiled!”
they all shout.
Media responses to the terrorist attack have been varied but cartoonists around the world have lead the way, brandishing their pencils. Here are five of AAI's favourites:
Albert Uderzo of Asterix fame came out of retirement to publish this response.
By David Pope.
By R. Crumb.
By Lucille Clerc.
Liberty leading the people!
Created on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 15:11
According to BBC, France is to step up police and military patrols in areas frequented by the public following recent attacks, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said.
He said up to 300 soldiers would be deployed around the country to boost security over the Christmas period.
The attacks, seemingly unrelated, in Nantes, Dijon and Tours have left more than 20 people injured.
Created on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 14:33
According to DW, In Egypt and other Arab states, societies are heavily influenced by religion. Even so, many people evidently regard themselves as atheists, and both governments and religious institutions see this as a threat.
There are exactly 866 atheists living along the Nile - at least according to a recent survey by the government-run Egyptian institution "Dar al-Ifta," which keeps tabs on religious issues in the country. How exactly that number was determined is unclear, but the institution's verdict on the threat is surprising: according Dar al-Ifta, the fact that 0.001 percent of the Egyptian population does not believe in God is a reason to sound the alarm bells. After all, no country in the Arab world apparently has a higher number of "godless" people - Morocco being the runner-up with a purported 325 atheists.
Created on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 14:21
According to AFP, Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants in coming weeks, officials said Monday, after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases following a Taliban school massacre.
Six militants have been hanged since Friday amid rising public anger over Tuesday’s slaughter in the northwestern city of Peshawar, which left 149 people dead including 133 children.
After the deadliest terror attack in Pakistani history, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ended the six-year moratorium on the death penalty, reinstating it for terrorism-related cases.
Created on Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:09
According to Reuters, the self-styled sheikh behind a siege at a Sydney cafe had been charged as an accessory to murder and with multiple sexual offences. He also harbored deep grievances against the Australian government and had found little kinship in the city's large Muslim community, where he was seen as deeply troubled.
Man Haron Monis, an Iranian refugee described by those who knew him as a loner, was killed early on Tuesday after heavily armed police stormed the Lindt Chocolate Cafe to end a 16-hour hostage drama that made global headlines.
Created on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 23:51
According to Independent, the Taliban gunmen who stormed a school in Pakistan killing 148 people, including 132 children, have been identified by the militant group.
The Pakistani Taliban released the pictures as they issued a statement claiming the attack was justified because the Pakistani army had long been killing innocent children and families of their fighters.
Pakistani Taliban spokesman Mohammad Khurasani also vowed more attacks as he warned civilians to detach themselves from all military institutions.
Created on Monday, 15 December 2014 09:21
According to Arabian Business, ISIL's self-declared police force in western Syria decapitated four men after accusing them of blasphemy, a rights group monitoring the Syrian conflict said on Saturday.
The men were beheaded in the countryside east of the city of Homs by the militant group's "Islamic Police", the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The Observatory, which monitors the conflict using sources on the ground, reported a similar killing on Tuesday, when ISIL beheaded a man in a town square in the north of the country.
Created on Thursday, 18 December 2014 16:08
Harsh penalties for sodomy, theft, drinking alcohol
According to The Washington Free Bacon, the Islamic State (IS) has published it own penal code, which harshly penalizes actions such as sodomy and blasphemy with punishments including execution, crucifixion, lashing, and the severing of limbs, among other penalties.
IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS) issued the detailed document as a “warning and a reminder to people living under its rule” that any behavior not in accordance with strict Islamic law will be cruelly punished, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which translated a copy of the penal code posted at a radical online depot known as the Jihadi Media Platform.
Created on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 23:59
According to Independent, ISIS has executed at least 150 women for refusing to marry militants in Iraq, Turkish media has reported.
A statement released by Iraq's Ministry of Human Rights on Tuesday said the militants had attacked women in the western Iraqi province of Al-Anbar before burying them in mass graves in Fallujah.
Some of the women killed were pregnant at the time, according to the Anadolu Agency.
"At least 150 females, including pregnant women, were executed in Fallujah by a militant named Abu Anas Al-Libi after they refused to accept jihad marriage," the statement said.
Created on Thursday, 11 December 2014 19:24
According to AP, Schools in Berlin haverecognized World Humanist Day as a holiday on a par with All Saints' Day, Yom Kippur and Eid al-Fitr.
The decision means Berlin pupils who subscribe to humanism — a philosophy that rejects the existence of deities — can apply for a day off to celebrate their belief in the same way as Christians, Muslims and Jews do for their holy days.
Arik Platzek, a spokesman for Germany's Humanist Association, said Wednesday the decision "is a positive signal and a good example."