Tag: Charlie Hebdo

The Germanwings Disaster: A ‘Muslim-Australian’ Perspective

What is at stake is the very meaning of Western political subjectivity, and this cannot be understood without underscoring its intersection with the varied discourses of Islamophobia.The intentional downing of the Germanwings aircraft on 24 March 2015 triggered an urgent media inquiry into the identity and motivations of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz. Armed with not much…

“I am Charlie and I guard the Master’s house”

How “Je suis Charlie” undermines struggles against oppression.We condemn the Charlie Hebdo killings. We wholeheartedly and unreservedly condemn the killings and believe that no justification exists or can ever exist for them. We feel it necessary to make our condemnation explicit because we have found that there is a tendency to read an absence of…

‘Not Afraid’

‘Ils sont tous Charlie,’ in all its colonial narcissistic splendour.There is a close relation between satire and secularism as the latter came to emerge in Europe. Secularism, as is well-known, gained strength historically as a reaction to an era of European inter-religious violence and massacres. It was not only a desire for the separation of…