Charlie Hebdo

Five Rules on Satire

Jacob Turner | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Comedy
Jacob Turner

These rules aren't instructions on how to be funny. They certainly won't stop anyone taking offence. These rules are, however, a statement of what I hope is a reasonably clear moral position which preserves the right to criticise and caricature in such a way that the ideals of a liberal society are still upheld.

My Speech in Copenhagen Was Interrupted by Kalashnikov: Liberals Have to Win This Fight!

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK
Inna Shevchenko

People like cartoonist of Charlie Hebdo, Raif Badawi and many others of us become targets. They are too visible amongst others who prefer not to publish cartoons, not to speak, not to write, not to protest.

Hidden Camera Shows Jewish Reporter Intimidated In Paris Suburbs

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK

A hidden camera exposed the rampant anti-Semitism of the Parisian suburbs after it tracked a journalist strolling around the city wearing a yarmulke f...

The Multicultural Inquisition of Our Times

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Karthick Ram Manoharan

The great political truth of our time is this - Islamism is a problem by itself and there are progressives from various Muslim communities across the world waging a life-or-death struggle against it. It cannot be excused or explained away by blaming Western imperialism.

Fifty Shades, BDSM and the Kinkyf**kery of Our Civil Liberties

Bex Felton | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Politics
Bex Felton

While we variously hand-wring about our moral turpitude or lament the lack of full frontal nudity ; while our services deploy emergency drills in the face of lapsed public virtue - we're averting our lusty gaze from a far more insidious threat.

In the Fight Against Terrorism, We Need More Europe - Not More Data

Guy Verhofstadt | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Politics
Guy Verhofstadt

You can't win a war without taking away fertile grounds for conflict and upheaval. This is why we need to target the root causes of terrorism and radicalisation... Not more but better intelligence. Not less but more Europe. Not only fighting, but also preventing. Addressing the terrorism threat is a long haul - but it is a route we must take.

British Islamic State Hostage John Cantlie Says Video Is 'Last In Series'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK

British photojournalist John Cantlie has appeared in a new Islamic State propaganda film, in which he says it is the "last film in this series". Th...

You Can Try to Ban Encryption if You Like, Mr Cameron, But Don't Expect the Rest of the World to Follow Suit

Rafael Laguna | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Politics
Rafael Laguna

Rather than ill-conceived, reactionary measures, Mr Cameron should realise it's not a lack of access to data that's preventing better detection of terrorists: Instead, put more resources into analysing the data and what to do with the access they currently have:..

Free Speech and Offence - Seeking the Invisible Line

Peter Bradley | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics
Peter Bradley

The debate about the balance between the freedom to express opinions and the rights of those offended by them is by no means a new one. But though it's intensified since the attacks in Paris, it's doubtful that we're any closer to knowing whether and where the line can be drawn.

More Outrage for Drawing Blood Not Cartoons Needed

John Sargeant | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

The articles of a thousand words, detailing what is wrong with Charlie Hebdo continue. A quick line or two condemn the murder of the cartoonists. Then the rest of the piece that in life they were out of order to satirise and lampoon religion and the religious.

Toddlers More Dangerous Then Muslim Extremists

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK
Ilco van der Linde

Allover the western hemisphere budgets for military, police, security and intelligence expenditures are drastically raised with billions of Euros. It's money that should go to education, jobs and other positive development.

What Would Hitchens Do

Brian John Spencer | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK
Brian John Spencer

Standing in the shadow of the attack on Charlie Hebdo and western norms we need to learn from and implement those principles of free speech that Hitchens advocated.

Hall and Hebdo in a Huff with Obama?

James Christie | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
James Christie

I've seen some of Obama's America and reported it as fairly as I'm able, but while I may disapprove of the President's seeming dismissal of the Huffington Post as a relevant source of news, I'll sure as hell defend to the death his right to say that that's what he thinks.

What Stories Are Deemed Newsworthy and Why is this?

Phil Hall | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK
Phil Hall

Why do some stories generate pages of widespread coverage and other - equally newsworthy stories - receive little more than a brief mention? Many qu...

Better Integration Needs Bold Decisions - Banning Independent Faith Schools Is One of Them

David Churchill | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK
David Churchill

In the same way it is necessary to have limits on freedom of speech, we must too have limits on tolerance of intolerance. Too many independent faith schools break this threshold, perpetuate division and prevent meaningful cross-faith contact. In the interests of better long-term integration, we should gradually ban them.

'Be Wary Of Those Who Do Not Eat Baguettes', Informs Jihad Warning Signs Graphic

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK

A French government infographic designed to help identify people who are at risk of becoming radicalised is being roundly mocked online. Signs of ...

The Moment Police Stormed A TV Station To Disarm A Teenage 'Gunman'

Huffington Post UK/ AP | Sara C Nelson | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK

This is the moment armed police stormed a TV studio and disarmed a teenager holding a fake pistol. The 19-year-old had forced his way into the Dut...

Let's Not Repeat Past Mistakes - Restricting Free Speech will Fuel Radicalisation

Thomas Hughes | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK
Thomas Hughes

In the last few weeks EU and US talks have resulted in calls for internet providers to create a means for 'swift reporting' and removal of material that aims to incite hatred and terror - a 'reporting' mechanism which could be used to stifle legitimate, albeit often highly distasteful or offensive, speech without due process safeguards.

Mindfulness in the Face of Terrorism

Alexa Frey | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alexa Frey

Many of us have probably wondered, "Are we next?" This is a scary prospect. For Londoners it's also bound to bring up painful memories of the 07/07 bombings. These fears are then fuelled by sensationalist media coverage. If we're not mindful, we can end up feeling paralysed by fear and despair.

Three Weeks After Saying 'Je Suis Charlie' Facebook Starts Censoring Images Of Muhammad

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Tech

Twenty days after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a powerful statement in support of Charlie Hebdo and the freedom to offend, the social media gia...

To Combat Islamic Extremism, Iran Ayatollahs Should Be Kept in Check

Ryszard Czarnecki | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Politics
Ryszard Czarnecki

Tehran must be made to feel the heat that comes from its policy; this can happen only by the West making the cost too exorbitant - and not through concessions.

Je Suis The Pub Landlord: When Satire Kills (In Memory of Al Murray)

Gareth Ellis | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Gareth Ellis

Hopefully one day we will hit on the one thing which will cause our art to transcend mere folly and become a flighty dove of pure satire. One day I hope to be as great as Al Murray.

Political Correctness: Je Suis Comedy

Stephen Hamilton | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Stephen Hamilton

Some of us, especially stand-up comedians, can oftentimes find ourselves submerged in puddles as we wade through our sets in dark underground basements just trying to make sense of the world. And using language we believe to know well.

The French May Have United, But France Is Still Ruled By the Authoritarian Left

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
Lukas Mikelionis

It's indeed over. France without the agreement of the nation decided that the fifth Republic is done. Praise the Sixth Republic that cannot bear the wit and has the code of sacred topics - the city of Paris and its multicultural, politically correct nature is the first one.

Is It Hobson's Choice Between Religious Beliefs and Free Speech?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Dr Harry Hagopian

Surely, we do not have to view them as a Hobson's choice? What we should focus on instead is the harder - and much harsher - question of whether we as followers of a religion or as advocates of free speech can coexist too?