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Tag Archives: France

Islamophobia in western media is based on false premises

Islamophobia in the media fed the support for the proposed Muslim travel ban. Here, a protestor holds an “End Islamophobia” sign at a rally opposing the ban at the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26, 2018. (Shutterstock) Stuart Chambers, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa Although anti-Muslim sentiments certainly existed long before 2001, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the response to …

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From Abidjan to Jakarta, how the city is reinventing what we eat

Anthony Bourdain and Barack Obama in a canteen in Hanoi, Vietnam (May 23, 2016). Pete Souza/Wikimedia, CC BY Audrey Soula, Université de Montpellier; Nicolas Bricas, Cirad, and Olivier Lepiller, Cirad From junk food to McDonaldization of society, the most derogatory remarks about what we eat are often linked with the urban space. For better or worse, cities are seen as …

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Beheading in France could bolster president’s claim that Islam is in ‘crisis’ – but so is French secularism

An homage to Samuel Paty, a teacher murdered after showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed from the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Oct. 18, 2020. Adnan Farzat/NurPhoto via Getty Images Ahmet T. Kuru, San Diego State University A French high school teacher who had shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his class was beheaded on Oct. 16 by an 18-year-old …

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Teaching anti-terrorism: how France and England use schools to counter radicalisation

Jonathan James, UCL The murder of the schoolteacher Samuel Paty, beheaded by 18-year-old Abdoullakh Abouyedovich Anzorov in October 2020 after Paty had shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad during a civic education lesson, has understandably caused shock and fear among teachers in France. Many teachers were already struggling to manage classroom discussions on sensitive topics such as the satirical newspaper …

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When France extorted Haiti – the greatest heist in history

Haitian President Jean-Pierre Boyer receiving Charles X’s decree recognizing Haitian independence on July 11, 1825. Bibliotheque Nationale de France Marlene Daut, University of Virginia In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, there have been calls for defunding police departments and demands for the removal of statues. The issue of reparations for slavery has also resurfaced. Much of the reparations debate …

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Why foreign countries are scrambling to set up bases in Africa

French Air Force soldiers work on a Boeing C135 parked on the French Air Force base in Niamey, Niger in December, 2017.

French Air Force soldiers work on a Boeing C135 parked on the French Air Force base in Niamey, Niger in December, 2017. Theo Neethling, University of the Free State Recent media reports claim that a covert Kenyan paramilitary team is responsible for the unconstitutional killing of terror suspects in nighttime raids. The reports are based on interviews with US and …

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Debate: in the West Bank, the palm trees of discord

Israeli flags fly in the middle of a date plantation in the Israeli settlement of Shlomtzion in the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank on 27 January 2020. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Julie Trottier, Université de Montpellier On January 28, 2020, US president Donald Trump announced a “peace plan” that would involve the annexation of most of the Jordan Valley by Israel. Most reactions focused on its contradiction with international law – the Israeli occupation of the West Bank has been condemned by several United Nations resolutions. The economic context is also …

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