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Artwork Removed From Paris Exhibition Deemed Blasphemous by Islamic Group

b0c461f10f1f2930975a17e468009a1c2007d1fb29921c0a1ae4cff1fa9443a5How 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.”

Online: Prayer rug artwork pulled due to Muslim concerns

A Day Of Terror In France

Paris photoBrothers Cherif and Said Kouachi  died in a gun battle at the printworks near Paris.  Amedy Coulibaly , a suspect in the killing of a police woman,  with his girlfriend Hayat was holding hostages in a kosher market,  he also died when police raided the the market in eastern Paris.  Four hostages were killed in the kosher market before French police went in.

France24 reported, Coulibaly “is thought to have converted to Islam and become radicalised while in jail, where he met Cherif Kouachi between 2005 and 2006.”  The girlfriend of Couibay, Hayat Boumeddiene,  described as armed and dangerous, is still on the run.  Four hostages were killed at the kosher market. All three dead terrorist were born in France.

For too long European leaders increasingly have succumbed to the idea of multiculturalism, certain that their Muslim populations would  assimilate into European society.  That they have not and have turned hostile to their host countries is an indictment of the failure of multicultural polices.

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If the attacks in Paris “have nothing to do with the Muslim religion” then why won’t Muslim leaders say so too?

Even if mainstream Muslims disagree with the means used by terrorist and would not carry out such an attack, they usually agree, with the ideology behind it and support and applaud the attacks. That is the problem.  The hostility against the West, equality, women, freedom of speech, tolerance, Christianity, Judaism, Democracy, and Israel is the root of the problem.  The root leads back to the ideology of Islam.

Terrorist attacks on the West and Israel are celebrated and the terrorist held as heroes in Islamic regions.  The Muslim mainstream needs to stand up and stop accepting and celebrating killers the horrific Islamic violence will continue and spread.

Bill Maher on Terrorism and the Charlie Hebdo Attack-P****y Nation

Paris Terror Attack: 12 Killed At Offices Of Magazine Charlie Hebdo

Update:  The French police officer Ahmed Merabet , whose murder by the Paris jihadist was caught on camera, was a married 42-year-old Muslim.

Update: Seven people have been arrested over the Charlie Hebdo massacre as two ‘armed and dangerous’ brothers with links to terrorist groups going back at least a decade today remained on the run.  Hamyd Mourad, 18, turned himself in to police.

A huge manhunt is under way in Paris for masked and hooded armed with AK-47s who stormed the offices of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, injuring many people and killing 12 people – including two policemen and eight journalists – before escaping in a car. Witnesses described hearing cries of “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”) during the attack.

The three suspects in the attacks on French magazine Charlie Hebdo have been identified as two brothers and a third man. French police say the brothers are Said and Cherif Kouachi. The brothers are in their early 30s, are of French nationality, and reside in Paris…The third man, Hamyd Mourad, is reportedly homeless and 18 years old from Reims.  The two brothers trained in Yeman.

Five killed in the Paris terrorist attack have been named: editor Stéphane Charbonnier and cartoonists Jean Cabut, Georges Wolinski and Bernard Verlhac. Also killed, Bernard Maris,an economist and writer who contributed to the magazine.

Charlie Hebdo in 2006  reprinted cartoons of the prophet Mohammad originally published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.  The magazine Charlie Hebdo satirized religious people, politicians, and current events; receiving threats for years from Islamic’s.  The White House slammed Charlie Hebdo in 2012 for publishing cartoons with a “figure resembling the prophet Muhammad”.

In 2012, Charbonnier, also known as “Charb,” told Le Monde he was “not afraid of retaliation. I have no kids, no wife, no car, no mortgage. It may come off as a bit arrogant but I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees.”

Charlie Hebdo highlights freedom of expression to explain his editorial choices. “If we begin to ask the question whether we have the right to draw or not Mohammed, if it’s dangerous or not to do, the question will be from” are we can represent Muslims in the newspaper? “and” are we human beings can be in the paper? ‘”says RTL Charb, publishing director. “At the end, it will represent nothing, and the handful of extremists who are agitated in the world and France will have won. I do not call them Muslim purists to read Charlie Hebdo, as I would not go to a mosque to listen to speeches that violate what I believe,” said Charb”. Google translation of the (French publication) La Figaro’s

Screen-shot-2015-01-07-at-10.37.24-AMLast tweet from Charlie Hebdo mocking ISIS leader al-Baghdadi (Best wishes, above all for health!). Continue reading Paris Terror Attack: 12 Killed At Offices Of Magazine Charlie Hebdo

France Discreetly Waves Goodbye To 75 percent Super-Tax

france75percenttaxFrance’s 75 percent super tax expires at the end of this month and unsurprisingly it will not be renewed.  In 2012, President Francois Hollande imposed a 75 percent “super tax” on earnings over 1 million euros ($1.2 million) in France.  It was not a popular move.

The tax  actually raised little extra money and did little to offset France’s 84.7 billion euro budget deficit.

The Finance Ministry estimates the proceeds from the tax amounted to 260 million euros in its first year and 160 million in the second. That’s broadly in line with expectations, but tiny compared with a budget deficit which had reached 84.7 billion euros by the end of October.

This calculation does not include lost revenue from individuals and companies that left France for the U.K. Belgium, and Russia (actor Gerard Depardieu moved to Russia). It also does not include the lost revenue from those that did not locate businesses in France due to the high tax rate.

Under high taxes France has an unemployment rate of over 10 percent and an economy that has been described as ‘sickly.’

Hollande and his government have since sought to relieve business of around 40 billion euros of taxes and other charges, as unemployment at over 10 percent drives home the urgent need to attract investment to the sickly French economy.

Rich individuals and companies have alternatives for their capital. Capital goes where it is wanted and stays where it is treated well. A lesson France’s President Hollande has learned.
Online:   France waves discreet goodbye to 75 percent super-tax

Suspect In Brussels Jewish Museum Shooting was ISIS Member

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Mehdi Nimmouch

French journalist Nicolas Henin identified Mehdi Nimmouch, the French Islamist, who killed four people at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in May, as one of his captors while he was held hostage in Syria.

Nemmouche is believed to have spent more than a year in Syria fighting alongside Islamist militants before the Brussels shooting. He may have been one of the guards holding four French journalists – Hénin as well as Didier François, Edouard Elias and Pierre Torres – who were taken hostage by militants from the Islamic State (IS) group in June 2013. Continue reading Suspect In Brussels Jewish Museum Shooting was ISIS Member

France Pledges Support To Kurds In Fight Against ISIS In Iraq

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President François Hollande of France

President Hollande pledged “support” for Kurdish forces battling ISIS terrorist in Iraq after speaking Massud Barzani, the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

The president confirmed that France was available to support forces engaged in this battle,” President François Hollande’s office said in a statement, after the French leader spoke about Iraq by telephone with the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Massud Barzani.

Hollande did not specify what form the “support” could take. However, a French diplomatic source said the country was prepared to offer technical support to the forces of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, but would stop short of military assistance.

“France envisages support of a technical nature and no military assistance properly speaking is on the agenda,” the source told Reuters.

Online:  France pledges ‘support’ for forces fighting ISIS in Iraq

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France offers asylum to Mosul’s Christians

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Arabic letter “N” for “Nazarene. Persecuted Christian homes in Iraq were marked with this letter.

France announced it would welcome Iraqi Christians forced to flee their homes when ISIS hordes invaded Mosul, Iraq.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a joint statement on Monday that they are taking steps to ease the suffering of Christians now fleeing northern Iraq en masse.

“We will aid those who have been displaced following the threats from the Islamic State [formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS] and who have taken refuge in [the autonomous Iraqi region of] Kurdistan,” the ministers said in reference to the thousands of Christians who have fled Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city, in recent days.

“We are ready, if they so desire, to help facilitate asylum in our territory,” the statement added, although it did not provide any details about the kind of aid France would provide in northern Iraq or the number of asylum seekers the country would accept…

The announcement by French ministers followed a rally in support of Iraq’s persecuted Christians that gathered around five thousand people outside Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral in the French capital on Sunday.

Online: France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians

France Arrest Suspect In Brussels Jewish Museum Shooting

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Marseille, France

French police have arrested a 29-year-old suspected of involvement in the shootings deaths last weekend at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

Mehdi Nemmouche, a Frenchman with suspected ties to Islamic radicals in Syria, was detained in Marseille in southern France. He was detained by custom officials at the bus station on a bus from Amsterdam via Brussels and was found caring a Kalashnikov assault rifle and another gun.

Continue reading France Arrest Suspect In Brussels Jewish Museum Shooting

Anti-Semitism heard at major Islamic conference in France

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Paris, France

At the 31st Congress of the Union of Islamic Organizations in France (UOIF) Anti-Semitic speeches were given ‘places of honor’.  The 31st UOIF congress was advertised to discuss assimilation, culture, and immigration, but descended into an anti-Semitic rant.
Speaking at the 31st Congress of the Union of Islamic Organizations in France, Hani Ramadan a prominent Muslim leader from Geneva railed against Jewish and pro-Israeli groups in the United States.  Hani Ramaden also stated, “All the evil in the world originates from the Jews and the Zionist barbarism.”

All evil in the world, all the backwardness of Islam, all violence and barbarism is due to Jewish groups? A rational person would not believe that.

Hani Ramadan is a prominent Muslim leader and his father Said Ramadan was the son-in-law of Hassan al-Banna the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. Hani’s brother Tariq Ramadan, for years was banned from entering the United States by the U.S. State Department for giving donations to charity organizations that funded terrorist organizations such as Hamas. Continue reading Anti-Semitism heard at major Islamic conference in France