In the wake of the Paris shootings, as voicing uncomfortable truths becomes increasingly risky, governments get set to introduce more repressive measures that mock freedom of expression.
David J. Climenhaga
It seems highly unlikely the true thrust of Stephen Harper's planned "anti-terror" legislation will have much to do with suppressing Islamist terrorism.
The latest issue of Charlie Hebdo has immediately sold out everywhere it seems. But with the rise in violent acts against French Muslims and arrests for 'hate speech' what does it all mean?
"The Gunman" is a poem by Montreal poet and activist, Ehab Lotayef.
Among the world leaders who flocked to Paris to condemn the Charlie Hebdo attacks were some of the worst perpetrators of repression of journalists, all too often Arab and Muslim journalists.
Are the slogans 'Je suis Charlie' or 'Je suis Ahmed' really recognizing the nuances of the Charlie Hebdo shootings? Should we try 'Je suis Saïd et Chérif Kouachi' to recognize our own potential evil?
It is true that freedom of expression is meaningless if it does not include the right to offend. But there is real danger of obscuring larger issues by retreating to discussions of high principles.
Charb, Cabu and the other members of Charlie Hebdo routinely denounced the right's nostalgia for colonialism -- now these same voices are beatifying them as victims of the enemies of 'civilization.'
Unless they're prepared to reflect their one-party petro state in a wicked satirical mirror, Alberta's political cartoonists aren't Charlie Hebdo, they're Charlie Brown.
Harper stated that the government is "looking at additional powers to make sure security agencies have the range of tools available." But what will these powers actually do?