Charlie Hebdo

I Came Here an Immigrant - I'm an Expat Now! (Or, Why Foreigners Are Better Placed to Live the British Dream Than You)

Shihab S Joi | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK
Shihab S Joi

There's no such thing as the British Dream, of course. Once you've ruled the world only to lose the lot, there's not really anywhere to go from there,...

'Draw the Line Here' Mocks the Men in Masks

Robert Sharp | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Politics
Robert Sharp

Perhaps the most pleasing aspect to this book, therefore, is that the contributors have used their own freedom of expression to defend the free speech rights of others. It is a positive and creative response to a moment of destruction, and should give us cause for hope.

Two Killed At 'Draw Muhammad' Contest

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jack Sommers | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK

Two gunmen were killed after opening fire on a security officer outside a contest to draw the Muslim prophet Muhammad. The men drove up to the Curt...

Charlie Hebdo and PEN: When Free Speech Is Cheaper Than a Gala Dinner for Some

John Sargeant | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK
John Sargeant

The arrogance of those staying away is breathtaking. PEN exists to speak out for writers who are persecuted and threatened. As Salman Rushdie said, he hopes no one ever goes after the writers staying away. Still, it is easier to piss on dead cartoonists than to stand up to ISIS who crucify and behead.

Charlie Hebdo Deserves the PEN Honour and Why the Critics are Wrong

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Karthick Ram Manoharan

What the liberal-left is practicing here is a worse form of Islamophobia - the fear of offending Muslim extremists. And White writers assuming that all Muslims get offended by Hebdo's cartoons - as if there are no secular, sober and sane individuals and political movements in the so-called Muslim world - is also a form of racism.

Selective Empathy: You Were Charlie... Why You Are Not Garissa

Brigitte Sesu Tilley-Gyado | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK
Brigitte Sesu Tilley-Gyado

Lack of empathy, as history has repeatedly shown, is the breeding ground of every atrocity and indifference.

If Debate Is Silenced We Risk More Violence in the Name of Religion

Thomas Hughes | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK
Thomas Hughes

States must do more than simply say the right things at the UN; agreeing to Resolution 16/18 is one thing, but the test will be whether it is followed up with action to protect freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief for all people.

Satire in 2015: Any Room for Outsiders?

Katy Gregory | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Katy Gregory

Freedom of speech, that most elusive subject. Lately it has been a very contentious topic. The murders of Charlie Hebdo journalists, as well as other...

Five Rules on Satire

Jacob Turner | Posted 21.04.2015 | 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 21.04.2015 | 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 18.04.2015 | 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 17.04.2015 | 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 12.04.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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 04.04.2015 | 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 03.04.2015 | 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 01.04.2015 | 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 01.04.2015 | 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 01.04.2015 | 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...