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Tue,27Jan2015

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Charlie: Of cultures and humour

The fact that Charlie Hebdo won't make cartoons about the Holocaust nor would an American director joke about the assassination of his President shows that as sacred as freedom of expression may be it still has its limits.

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A French collateral damage

The collateral damage in France is the Muslim youth parked in the housing projects known as les cites: a European form of Bantustan. Photo©Reuters The man who got on a Parisian bus with me Wednesday was an Arab who had not shaven in four days. He had dark olive skin and kinky black hair and was visibly unbalanced: drugs? He sang to a popular tune "I'm going on Jihad. Won't you come on Jihad with me too?" He risks five years in prison and a 75 thousand euro fine.

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Charlie and Paris's suburbs

Photo©ReutersThey came in their hundreds of thousands. Jews, Muslims, Christians and atheists: Students, workers, the unemployed and the bourgeoisie. They said "I am Charlie." "I am Ahmed." (the policeman executed at Charlie Hebdo). "I am a Jew." Or, they just said nothing.

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Je suis Afrique #JeSuisAfrique

The march in Paris was one of the largest in France's history, attracting over 1 million people, nearly 50 of which were world leaders. Photo©ReutersYou'd have to be completely daft to not notice the stark difference in the world's reaction to the massacres at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and the Jewish-owned supermarket in Paris that claimed the lives of 17 victims, as compared to its reaction to the aforementioned events in Nigeria.

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I am Charlie #JeSuisCharlie

We, the staff of The Africa Report, stand with our fallen colleagues, their friends and families - all those affected by the attack in the offices of Charlie Hebdo: Ahmed, Elsa, Franck, Frédéric, Michel, Mustapha, Honoré, Tignous, Bernard, Charb, Wolinski, Cabu.

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Lest we forget #biringbackourgirls

Photo©ReutersWhen all the end of year parties are over, the prospect of a New Year in the hearts of many enlists a desire to hope and achieve.

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