Charlie Hebdo’s Wednesday edition to include Prophet Mohammed cartoons

The next edition of Charlie Hebdo, out on Wednesday with a million-copy print run, will “naturally” contain cartoons of Prophet Mohammed, along with jibes against politicians and religions across the board, said the stricken weekly’s lawyer.

Richard Malka was among the first to call for the magazine to continue functioning after nine of its contributors, including famed cartoonists Cabu and Wolinski and its publishing director, Charb, were gunned down last Wednesday by Chérif and Saïd Kouachi.

When asked whether that meant more cartoons of Mohammed, which have been a regular feature in the magazine until last Wednesday’s attack, he replied: “Naturally.”


Christians and Churches Attacked in the West

“You have a cross on… Do you know what we do to people like you?” — Muslim in Denmark.

Muslim Fulani gunmen forced their way into the church, cut [the pastor], his wife and a daughter with a machete, and then tied the hands and feet of the three of them before setting the building on fire… We only found the charred remains of the three of them in the morning. I heard them shouting at the top of their voices, saying they must obliterate any traces of Christianity in the town.” — Eyewitness account, Nigeria.

Each year, approximately 1,000 women in Pakistan are forced to convert to Islam and marry Muslim men. Whenever a case of this nature reaches the law courts, those women, under threat and blackmail, often declare that their conversion and marriage were decisions freely made, and the case is closed.


Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning. The morning’s papers focus on yesterday’s Unity March in Paris. “Liberty, equality, fraternity: France defies the terrorists” is our splash, while the Indy also goes for “Liberté, égalité, fraternité”. “Magnifique” sighs the Mirror. “United we stand” says the Times frontpage – “Je Suis 4 Million” roars the Sun. “A nation united against terror” is the Guardian’s take, while “Foreign leaders join 3.7m French in show of defiance over terror killings” is the FT’s.

But elsewhere the mood is turning back to the election campaign. Later today, the PM will set out the big themes for the Conservative manifesto: balancing the books, cutting taxes, boosting jobs, increasing home ownership, reforming education and bribing the baby boomers. (Or “providing security in retirement”.) Ed Miliband is meeting the public in Stevenage and pressuring the Government to vote for Labour’s motion on Wednesday to give Ofgem the power to cut energy bills.

Both men are coming in for their fair share of carping. That there is no mention of immigration in David Cameron’s little list has left the Sun in an irritable mood. “You have to wonder if he really wants to win,” their leader says. Meanwhile, the Labour leader is under pressure to admit that he used the word “weaponise” to describe his strategy for the NHS during the election campaign – Steven Swinford reveals that he briefed up to 15 BBC executives on his plans. (Here’s one from the archives: Damian McBride on the W word)

In reality, both men are being accused of running an election campaign. Mr Cameron doesn’t want to talk about immigration because Downing Street regards it as an invitation to vote for Nigel Farage. Whether or not Mr Miliband actually used the aesthetically and politically ugly word “weaponise” is besides the point: we all know that he wants the Health Service to be at the front of people’s minds on the 7th of May. But the two rows highlight one of the truths of this long, long campaign: the PM can’t ever quite forget Ukip and their Old Man of Sea effect on the Conservative poll share, while Labour have lost none of their capacity for acts of self-harm.


David Cameron will tell Britain’s intelligence chiefs that the Data Communications Bill will be introduced after a Conservative election victory, Nick Watt reports in the Guardian. Absent a majority, they’ll have to get past Paddy Ashdown first. Writing in the Indy, Lord Ashdown argues: “Almost every recent generation has had to respond to these kind of phenomenon. And almost every generation has managed to do so without fundamentally undermining our freedoms or setting our societies at war with themselves.”


“There is a special burden on Muslim communities [to tackle terrorism], because whether we like it or not, these terrorists call themselves Muslims,” Sajid Javid argued yesterday. “You can’t get away from the fact that these people are using it as a tool to carry our their activities,” Mr Javid said.


Ed Miliband would be willing to go ahead with a debate with Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage and an empty chair if the PM won’t take part, the Labour leader told Andrew Marr yesterday. Hang on Mr Miliband, says James Kirkup in his column today, why won’t you sign up for the Telegraph’s team-up with the Guardian and YouTube, and debate the PM, Mr Farage, Mr Clegg and the Greens online? The Mirror follows up Lord Tebbit’s remarks to the Observer yesterday that David Cameron risks looking “frit” if he doesn’t participate in the debate. “Tebbit: Cam Is Chicken” is their headline.


In the Guardian, Helen Pidd goes on the campaign trail with Nick Clegg, who is facing an increasingly difficult battle to hold his Sheffield Hallam seat against Labour’s Oliver Coppard. One voter is deserting Mr Clegg for Nigel Farage: “I think he will be in coalition instead of you next time,” the 53-year-old quantity surveyor says. The DPM says he is “confident but not complacent” of holding his seat.


Boris Johnson spent a night sleeping rough this weekend to raise awareness of the Indy’s Homeless Veterans campaign, in the company of that newspaper’s owner, Evgeny Lebedev.

Examination of Turkish Prime Minister’s Response to Paris Events

Beyond the Cusp

Turkey Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made some interesting comments in reference to the Paris Rally to memorialize the freedoms of thought and expressions and the liberties and freedoms which form much of the basis for Western establishments and for which Islamic radical terrorists assaulted and murdered the staff of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in which a dozen people paid for such freedoms and liberties with their lives. So, let us first give some of the relative quotes from Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made on the rally and its themes where he stated, “It is a message to the whole world that everyone must confront the threat of terror.” So far, so good. He continued, “We would expect the same sensitivities to be shown to attacks on mosque or Islamophobia.” We can agree completely on the expectations that should a similar assault be perpetrated on a Mosque that…

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Economist map of the Middle East fails to list Israel

Earlier this month, the publishing house HarperCollins was the object of much negative publicity when it was revealed that they omitted Israel from maps in atlases sold to schools in the Middle East. 

A spokesman for the HarperCollins subsidiary that specializes in maps told the British Christian newspaper, The Tablet, that including Israel would have been “unacceptable” to their customers in the Gulf and the amended map incorporated “local preferences.”  However, following the embarrassing row that ensued, HarperCollins expressed regret for the omission, and assured concerned parties that the product had been removed from sale, and all the remaining stock pulped.

More recently, The Economist (in a Jan. 10thstory in their print edition about shifting economic power and political influence in the Gulf) published this “amended” map of the region.

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