Ancient Indian epic to be retold on Twitter from villain’s viewpoint

February 10, 2015
(Page from an edition of the Mahabharata, Pahari, North-Western India, 19th century gouache and ink on paper, one side depicting Bhima with attendants, the other Bhima slaughtering his enemies, from the Kijaka story Provenance: Private Collection, Germany)

(Bhima slaughtering his enemies, from a 19th-century edition of the Mahabharata, from Pahari in northwestern India, gouache and ink on paper/Private collection, Germany)

Abbas orders probe into Palestinian cartoon of Prophet Mohammad

By Reuters Staff
February 3, 2015
(French President Francois Hollande is surrounded by Heads of state including (LtoR) Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Donald Tusk, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, King Abdullah of Jordan and Queen Rania Al Abdullah and Switzerland's President Simonetta Sommaruga as they attend the solidarity march (Marche Republicaine) in the streets of Paris January 11, 2015. French citizens will be joined by dozens of foreign leaders, among them Arab and Muslim representatives, in a march on Sunday in an unprecedented tribute to this week's victims following the shootings by gunmen at the offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the killing of a police woman in Montrouge, and the hostage taking at a kosher supermarket at the Porte de Vincennes. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer)

(Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with French President Francois Hollande, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders at a solidarity march for free speech in Paris January 11, 2015. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer)

German carnival drops Charlie Hebdo-inspired float after Paris attack

By Reuters Staff
February 2, 2015
(A carnival float with papier-mache caricatures of U.S President Barack Obama and former U.S. spy agency NSA contractor Edward Snowden (R) take parts in the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in the western German city of Duesseldorf March 3, 2014. The Rose Monday parades in Cologne, Mainz and Duesseldorf are the highlight of the German street carnival season. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)

(German carnival parades are known for their political floats – here is one with caricatures of U.S President Barack Obama and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden (R) in the Duesseldorf Rose Monday parade on March 3, 2014. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)

from The Great Debate:

To become ‘French,’ abandon who you are

By Justin Gest
January 16, 2015

YOUNG MUSLIM PROTESTER SEEN DURING STREET PROTEST OF SIKHS AGAINST FRENCH BAN ON RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS ...

PHOTO (TOP): A young Muslim girl has two French flags and a headband reading "Fraternity" on her headscarf while marching to protest a French ban on religious symbols in state schools, Paris, January 31, 2004. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

from The Great Debate:

Charlie Hebdo fallout: Specter of fascist past haunts European nationalism

By Jacob Heilbrunn
January 13, 2015

Members of DUEGIDA, Duesseldorf's section of anti-immigration movement Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) demonstrate in Duesseldorf

When up to a dozen world leaders and roughly 1.5 million people gathered in Paris on Sunday to mourn the murder of 10 editors and cartoonists of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and seven other people by three French-born Islamic radicals, they wanted to demonstrate that Europe will always embrace liberal and tolerant values.

from The Great Debate:

‘Charlie Hebdo’ killings are a test for France and all Western Europe

By John Lloyd
January 9, 2015

A woman participates in a vigil to pay tribute to the victims of a shooting, by gunmen at the offices of weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in downtown Lisbon

What follows the slaughter of the senior staff of the Parisian satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo will be a test of the depth of Europe's liberal instincts. The weekly paper, run by journalists with the real courage of their convictions, has done more than its duty for freedom of the press. It falls to Europeans to display their attachment to other pillars of a free society: the rule of law, the observance of democratic norms, the display of tolerance and nondiscrimination.

from The Great Debate:

Will France fall into the trap of pitting ‘Islamism’ vs. ‘Nativism?’

By Carlo Invernizzi Accetti
January 8, 2015

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The brutal attack that took place in Paris Wednesday on the headquarters of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, leaving at least 12 dead and more than 20 injured, could lead to dreadful consequences. 

Popular newspaper and prominent Germans condemn anti-Muslim rallies

By Reuters Staff
January 6, 2015
(Participants of an alternative rally use brooms as they protest against a demonstration called by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West", in Dresden January 5, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

(Protesters against the anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West”, use brooms to “sweep the streets clean of prejudice” in Dresden January 5, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

One in 8 Germans would join anti-Muslim marches: poll

By Alexandra Hudson
January 5, 2015
(A woman holds a sign during a demonstration organised by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West", in Dresden December 22, 2014. More than 17,000 people took part in Germany's largest anti-immigrant rally to date on Monday in the eastern city of Dresden, gathering to sing Christmas carols and listen to speakers complain about immigrants and asylum-seekers. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

(A woman holds a sign during a demonstration organised by anti-immigration group PEGIDA, a German abbreviation for “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West”, in Dresden December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

Pope Francis favors developing world in naming new Catholic cardinals

January 4, 2015
(Newly-appointed Catholic Archbishop of Hanoi Peter Nguyen Van Nhon waves to believers in front of St. Joseph Cathedral after Pentecost Sunday mass in Hanoi May 23, 2010. REUTERS/Kham)

(Catholic Archbishop of Hanoi Peter Nguyen Van Nhon, one of the new cardinals named on Sunday by Pope Francis, waves to believers in front of St. Joseph Cathedral in the Vietnamese capital on May 23, 2010. REUTERS/Kham)