Israel’s recent war with Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) has once again brought attention to the wider Israeli-Palestinian conflict. During the conflict there were commentators from across the globe offering their analyses, hot takes and opinions on the matter. One of these commentators was British comedian John Oliver who accused Israel of committing ‘war crimes’ in Gaza.
On May 16th’s airing of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver began the program by addressing the war raging between militants of the terrorist organisation Hamas, PIJ and the state of Israel. …
by Anthony Avice Du Buisson
Afghanistan’s collapse to the Taliban sets the stage for another era of theocratic totalitarian rule. Support for resistance against it is needed now more than ever in the wake of this catastrophe. And that resistance lies in the heart of Panjshir province.
A humanitarian disaster
The full withdrawal of US-led coalition forces from Afghanistan puts the country’s stability into question, as the Taliban prepares to claim victory in the twenty-year conflict.
U.S. President Joseph Biden declared on April fifteenth that military personnel assisting the Afghan National Army (ANA) and all associated forces would withdraw completely from Afghanistan by September eleventh. Following Biden’s statement, the United Kingdom and Australia announced a troop draw down–signaling a wider Coalition departure from the war-torn region.
A teacher’s dedication to educating the youth left a wife without a husband and a son without a father. In the late afternoon hours of October 16th, a Chechen-born radical Islamist armed with a knife decapitated Samuel Paty outside the gates of Collège Bois-d’Aulne. The catalyst for this act of violence? Cartoons that Paty showed students in a class on free expression depicting the Islamic figure, Muhammad. Paty’s purpose for showing such cartoons in class was to educate students through illustration about the importance of freedom of speech, satire and secularism in French society.
The beheading of Samuel is an act of terror aimed at destroying the values of free society in France. The attack strikes at the nation’s integral values of liberty, equality, and fraternity (Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité). The imposition of a religious political project limits freedom of expression and free thought–making even cartoons of an Islamic figure punishable by death. The values of free society must be reaffirmed continuously not only in France but abroad as well.
The “Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789)” article 11 articulates freedom of speech in the following way:
“The free communication…