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Twitter – are we ever really “as free as a bird”?
Human Rights / Social Networking

Twitter – are we ever really “as free as a bird”?

I have previously touched upon the issue of freedom of expression and Twitter in an article about the Hamza Kashgari case. In brief, Kashgari generated widespread anger and the desire of many for his execution after publishing 3 tweets about an imagined meeting with the Prophet Muhammad, addressing him as human, as an equal. Recently, … Continue reading

Alsace, an aberrant example of European Identity
Culture / French / History / Nation Identity / Uncategorized

Alsace, an aberrant example of European Identity

My time in Strasbourg is not quite how I imagined life in France. Perhaps it’s because Strasbourg is not quite French. With omnipresent German architecture, street signs often supplemented with the Alsatian equivalent, and every restaurant advertising meals such as “Sürkrüt” and “Flàmmaküacha”, it is safe to say that the town of Strasbourg (a name … Continue reading

Repression in the name of Anti-Terrorism
Human Rights / International Relations

Repression in the name of Anti-Terrorism

Across the globe, Islamist zealots draw no distinction between combatants and non-combatants. Jihadists target women, children, and the elderly without even the pretence of discrimination. In June 2004, an Al-Qaeda affiliated group distributed a video proudly documenting the beheading of a U.S. civilian, proclaiming:“the mujahedeen from the Fallujah Squadron slaughtered the American hostage Paul Johnson.” By … Continue reading