Tuesday, 7 December, 2021


Representational image of a healthcare worker handling an oxygen cylinder | Photo: ThePrint

‘33 mn Gods…not one producing oxygen’: Charlie Hebdo releases cartoon on India’s Covid crisis

Published on 28 April 2021, the cartoon depicts Indians lying on the ground, gasping for oxygen and the accompanying catchphrase says '33 million gods in India and not one capable of producing oxygen'.
File photo | Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan | Facebook

French President, shampoo, cosmetics are all haram in Pakistan. Just not French defence toys

From calls to nuke France to beheading an effigy of Macron, Pakistan is in no mood to accept ‘blasphemy’.

Quran doesn’t tell people to fight any more than Gita, Bible, Torah. Why pick on Muslims

The offensive cartoons on Prophet Muhammad were projected on all government buildings in France. If this isn’t bullying the entire Muslim community, I don't know what is.
The French President Emmanuel Macron | Marc Piasecki/Getty Images

Not just Macron’s politics, it’s France’s brand of secularism that always clashed with Islam

President Emmanuel Macron's vow to defend French laicite from 'Islamist radicalism' goes beyond the tension highlighted by Prophet cartoon beheading.
The knife attack which happened in France's Nice city Thursday has left at least 3 people dead and several injured | Twitter: @cestrosi

France attacks show Muslims’ self-inflicted paranoia. But Quran allows freedom of expression

When it comes to blasphemy, Islam offers only one choice to Muslims. And it’s not what happened in France.

Charlie Hebdo’s decision to republish Prophet Muhammad cartoons spark widespread protests

The cartoons prompted the 2015 terror attack on Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris. However, the magazine said not republishing them would have been 'journalistic cowardice'.

GLOBAL PULSE: Small countries turn to hacking, Trump closes the door on information, and Charlie Hebdo mocks French First Lady

HACKING IS 21ST CENTURY’S LOW-COST ESPIONAGE Small countries have a new weapon against Goliaths. It's called hacking.
Protesters hold up pens to express solidarity with Charlie Hebdo in Madrid | Adolfo Lujan/Diso Press.

Our right to offend

On a night when every journalist and commentator in the world is taking a position on the Paris massacre, National Interest can't be breaking rank with the fraternity. Sure enough, terrorists have been targeting inconvenient journalists for some time now. Closer home, The Wall Street Journal's Daniel Pearl was ritually beheaded in Pakistan and his convicted assassin is living quite smugly in jail despite a death sentence on him, plotting more "action" on multiple mobile phones. In India, the first major conscious assault on journalism was seen in Punjab in the early eighties when Bhindranwale's assassins killed not just selected newspaper editors, owners, reporters but even hawkers and vendors. Most notable was the killing of Lala Jagat Narain, the feisty owner and editor of Hindi daily Punjab Kesari, then his son Ramesh Chander, who had succeeded him. Incidentally, Ashwini Kumar Chopra ("Minna"), the current editor, is now the BJP...
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.