The Finnish Comics Society is having a hard time finding a venue for its exhibition honouring the cartoonists killed in the Charlie Hebdo terror attack in Paris, reports the daily Helsingin Sanomat.
The show entitled “I am Charlie”, was on Monday closed for a third time amid security concerns. The display had only been open for about 15 minutes at Library 10 in the Helsinki’s main post office building.
Originally the exhibition had been on display at another library in the Arabianranta neighbourhood, but was moved last week to the Rosebud bookshop in the city centre.
In all three cases, the building owners had asked to have the show closed because of safety worries – particularly following last week’s attacks in Copenhagen.
On Tuesday the organisers are meeting to decide where to go from here.
The director of Library 10 told the paper that the building’s owners and police are studying the security issues surrounding the show, and that it may still be possible for it to re-open at the library.
The exhibit includes work by 10 leading Finnish cartoonists, including well-known names such as Pertti Jarla and Milla Paloniemi. uutiset
France is on a new terror alert after five drones were spotted flying during the night over landmarks and the U.S. Embassy in Paris. The drones appeared over Paris in five locations in the city between midnight and 6 AM.
The first drone sighting was near the US embassy in the French capital. The Eiffel Tower, the Place de la Concorde and the Invalides military museum [where Napoleon Bonaparte is buried] “were also flown over” in the early hours of Tuesday, the source said.
“It could be a coordinated action but we don’t know for now,” the source, who asked not to be identified, said. “We did everything to try and catch the operators but they were not found,” another source close to the investigation said.
France has experienced a series of mysterious drone appearances in the last few months. On January 20, a pilotless aircraft briefly went over the presidential palace in Paris, while around 20 drones were earlier seen flying above nuclear power plants.
However until Tuesday “there have never been so many drones appearing in one night,” the security source said.
French law bans small, civilian drones from areas such as nuclear facilities, which are protected by a no-fly zone that spans a 2.5-kilometre (1.6-mile) radius and a height of 1,000 metres.
Despite a heightened security alert over the risk of Islamist attacks in France, police so far have been unable to identify who is behind the drone activity.
Earlier this month France unveiled its latest weapon against drones flying through their nation’s skies: another drone with a net.
Brigitte Bardot, Frances bombshell actress from the 50s and 60s, has been charged and found guilty five separate times of insulting Muslims and inciting racial hatred. Although Muslim is not a race it is a religion.
Bardot wrote: “I am fed up with being under the thumb of this population which is destroying us, destroying our country.”
The prosecutor in her fifth trial, Anne de Fontette, wants a heftier fine and a tougher sentence: the equivalent of $24,000 and a two month (hopefully) suspended jail term.
What crimes has Bardot committed in the land without a First Amendment, in the land of Hate Speech laws that are being slickly exploited by non-persecuted Muslims?
Brigitte is an avid advocate of animals rights and a vocal defender of her French homeland.
A study led by Erik Bruijn, a Buddism art and culture expert, looked into mummified remains of a meditating monk that were found encased in a 1,000-year-old Buddha statue. It was known that a skeleton was inside the relic, a CT scan and endoscopy were carried out by Drents Museum at the Meander Medical Center in Amersfoort, the Netherlands Times reported.
It was revealed the organs had been removed prior to mummification and rolls of paper scraps covered in Chinese writing were found inside the statue. The remains are said to be a Buddhist monk known as Master Liuquan, a important monk reportedly lived during 1100 A.D. according to the Netherlands Times.
Among some practicing Buddhists it is believed that mummies like that of Buddhist master Liuquan aren’t actually dead, but are rather in an advanced state of meditation.
Journalist Zvika Klean from NRG, silently walked the streets of Paris for 10 hours wearing a yarmulke. The hidden camera footage shows antisemitism is rife in Paris, France.
For 10 hours I quietly walked down the streets and suburbs of Paris, with photographer Dov Belhassen documenting the day using a GoPro camera hidden in his backpack. Given the tensions in Paris, which is still reeling from a wave of terrorist attacks (including the murder of Charlie Hebdo magazine journalists), I was assigned a bodyguard.
Areas known as tourist attractions were relatively calm, but the further from them we walked, the more anxious I became over the hateful stares, the belligerent remarks, and the hostile body language. The Blaze
In the chaos of Libya terrorist fighters have declared an affiliation with ISIS and risen to dominate in several Libyan cities. Egypt has called for international intervention in Libya, Italy says it is prepared to lead international action . Libya was an Italian colony until 1947. The distance between Italy and Libya is 271 miles (436 km).
The first shooting happened at 4 pm. At a Danish free speech event there was a terrorist attack. The organizer of the event was Swedish artist Lars Vilks. He
Lars Vilks had previously faced attacks for drawing a caricature of Mohammed as a dog in 2007.Swedish. Vilks had received death threats from Muslims since he drew a cartoon of Mohammad’s head on the body a dog.
The terrorist attack happened when a event speaker was is talking about free speech. 1 person was killed and 3 police officers wounded. The shooter was described as Middle Eastern. The gunman fled in a carjacked Volkswagen Polo.
The U.K. has set up a Special Forces Unit in an effort to prevent coalition pilots from being taken by ISIS. It is a good that other nations are stepping forward to combat ISIS. The current administration in the White House must think that if the U.S. doesn’t do it, no country will. Good for Jordan and the UK.
Britain’s Special Forces have set up a crack unit to rescue pilots who crash in Islamic State territory before they can be captured. (snip)
Defence sources confirmed last night that the UK has stepped up efforts to prevent another coalition pilot being taken by the enemy should their aircraft be shot down.
The Joint Personnel Recovery (JPR) units will be 12-man teams. The troops are poised to board armour-protected Chinook helicopters and will be accompanied on rescue missions by jets providing ‘top cover’.
A Special Forces source said: ‘We may have very little time to respond but we can go in with a lot of firepower and, depending on where he lands, we can hopefully get a downed pilot back before he is snatched by IS. This could be on the ground in Syria or in parts of Iraq occupied by the insurgents. Read more at the Daily Mail.
Some people have tried to justify Islamic terrorism by reaching back to the era of the Crusades. Osama bin Laden thought Islamic’s had a just grievance against the West because of the Crusades. Ex-president Clinton blamed the present day violence in the Islamic world root cause the Crusades.
There is a lot of misinformation and misconceptions of what the Crusades were. The Crusades were not Christian savages vs peaceful, multicultural, diversity loving Muslims. The Crusades happened as defensive wars against Muslims that had captured 2/3 of the Christian world.
After 9/11 Thomas F. Madden an associate professor and chair of the Department of History at Saint Louis University wrote an article The Real History of the Crusades.
Misconceptions about the Crusades are all too common. The Crusades are generally portrayed as a series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics. They are supposed to have been the epitome of self-righteousness and intolerance, a black stain on the history of the Catholic Church in particular and Western civilization in general. A breed of proto-imperialists, the Crusaders introduced Western aggression to the peaceful Middle East and then deformed the enlightened Muslim culture, leaving it in ruins. For variation on this theme, one need not look far. See, for example, Steven Runciman’s famous three-volume epic,History of the Crusades, or the BBC/A&E documentary, The Crusades, hosted by Terry Jones. Both are terrible history yet wonderfully entertaining.
So what is the truth about the Crusades? Scholars are still working some of that out. But much can already by said with certainty. For starters, the Crusades to the East were in every waydefensive wars. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression — an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands.
Christians in the eleventh century were not paranoid fanatics. Muslims really were gunning for them. While Muslims can be peaceful, Islam was born in war and grew the same way. From the time of Mohammed, the means of Muslim expansion was always the sword. Muslim thought divides the world into two spheres, the Abode of Islam and the Abode of War. Christianity — and for that matter any other non-Muslim religion — has no abode. Christians and Jews can be tolerated within a Muslim state under Muslim rule. But, in traditional Islam, Christian and Jewish states must be destroyed and their lands conquered. When Mohammed was waging war against Mecca in the seventh century, Christianity was the dominant religion of power and wealth. As the faith of the Roman Empire, it spanned the entire Mediterranean, including the Middle East, where it was born. The Christian world, therefore, was a prime target for the earliest caliphs, and it would remain so for Muslim leaders for the next thousand years.
With enormous energy, the warriors of Islam struck out against the Christians shortly after Mohammed’s death. They were extremely successful. Palestine, Syria, and Egypt — once the most heavily Christian areas in the world — quickly succumbed. By the eighth century, Muslim armies had conquered all of Christian North Africa and Spain. In the eleventh century, the Seljuk Turks conquered Asia Minor (modern Turkey), which had been Christian since the time of St. Paul. The old Roman Empire, known to modern historians as the Byzantine Empire, was reduced to little more than Greece. In desperation, the emperor in Constantinople sent word to the Christians of western Europe asking them to aid their brothers and sisters in the East.
That is what gave birth to the Crusades. They were not the brainchild of an ambitious pope or rapacious knights but a response to more than four centuries of conquests in which Muslims had already captured two-thirds of the old Christian world. At some point, Christianity as a faith and a culture had to defend itself or be subsumed by Islam. The Crusades were that defense. Read full article at Catholic Culture.
Thomas F. Madden is the author of The Concise History of the Crusades (Critical Issues in World and International History) which is available at Amazon.
Modern paganism has increased in Europe. The growth of paganism in Europe corresponds with the decline of Christianity. In England there are reportedly a quarter of a million who say they practice pagan religions. The Guardian reports, “Membership in [Norse paganism group] Ásatrúarfélagið has tripled in Iceland in the last decade to 2,400 members last year, out of a total population of 330,000, data from Statistics Iceland showed.” In Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, construction will start this month building the first temple to the Norse gods since the Viking age.
The worship of the old Norse gods in Scandinavia gave way to Christianity about 1,000 years ago. The old gods and goddesses disappeared over time but some did not quite go away, but only withdrew into the shadows and a modern version of Norse paganism is increasing in popularity in Iceland.
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, the high priest of ‘Asatruarfelagid’ an association that promotes Norse paganism, explained the modern manifestation of Norse paganism differs some from the past versions. “I don’t believe anyone believes in a one-eyed man who is riding about on a horse with eight feet. We see the stories as poetic metaphors and a manifestation of the forces of nature and human psychology.”
How does France respond after the Charlie Hebdo massacre?
An art installation called ‘Silence’ showing high-heeled shoes on Islamic prayer mats at an exhibition near Paris has been removed after a Muslim group warned of possible violence.
“Silence”, which has already been shown in Paris, Berlin, New York and Madrid, was supposed to go on display in Clichy La Garenne, which is just north of the capital, in a woman-themed art show.
But French-Algerian artist Zoulikha Bouabdellah decided to replace the work after a local Muslim group told the town hall last week that “uncontrollable, irresponsible incidents could result” if the installation was shown there.
Bouabdellah said she was surprised by the “incomprehension” her work has met, but added she believes it is tied to emotions stirred by the jihadist attacks in France earlier this month that left 17 people dead.
“I’m left wondering by the reasons that push a certain fringe among French Muslims to see this work as blasphemous,” she said, adding that she didn’t intend it to shock or provoke.
Bouabdellah decided to replace “Silence” with a video installation titled “Dansons” that shows belly dancing to the French national anthem…
French artist Orlan condemned the decision on Facebook, “I protest against all pressures and/or threats that would result in a peaceful art work being pulled from an exhibition, be it due to a Christian group, a Muslim group, or a group of other beliefs. Two weeks after the march on January 11th freedom of expression is still being ridiculed.”
“It opens up doors to all sorts of insidious restrictions on our freedom of speech, risking that we consciously or unconsciously move from self-censorship to prevention, from prevention to inhibition created by threat and fear.”
A humorous anecdote about Saudi King Abdullah was when then Crown Prince Abdullah was invited to Balmoral in 1998. Queen Elizabeth II offered to give the Crown Prince a tour around the estate. Little did the Crown Prince expect the Land Rover driver to be Queen Elizabeth. The Queen whose driving skills were learned during World War II when she was a princes and was trained as a mechanic and military truck driver for the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service of the British Army.. A Queen that drives like the wind! I think Queen Elizabeth did it intentionally to prove a point.
— Shashank Joshi (@shashj) January 23, 2015
Ever the Diplomat is available at Amazon.