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Tag: Muhammad

Charlie Hebdo Will No Longer Draw Muhammad Cartoons

Six months after the Paris attack that claimed the lives of 12 staff members, the French magazine’s editor says it will no longer feature satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. “We’ve done our job,” he said. “We have defended the right to caricature.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE

The Muhammad Minute

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE

Charlie Hebdo’s Newest Issue Features Muhammad on the Cover (Video Update)

The French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo will draw attention from around the globe with the issue slated to come out Wednesday.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Charlie Hebdo

Critical journalists view the slaughter of their colleagues in Paris from a deeply personal perspective. “Does my work threaten my life?” we ask ourselves.

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 READ MORE

Muhammad: A Life

Two new books, each by an accomplished scholar, address how Muslims and non-Muslims interpret Muhammad’s life in a changing world.

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 READ MORE

‘I’m the Jihadi Who Never Was’

As ISIS continues to draw zealous young recruits from the West to the fronts in Syria and Iraq, Michael Muhammad Knight, whom The Guardian has described as “the Hunter S. Thompson of Islamic literature,” tells of how his American upbringing almost made him into a warrior for jihad.

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 READ MORE


Muslims Are No Different, or Why Bill Maher’s Blood Libel Is Bigotry

Comedian Bill Maher puts himself in the company of “9/11 liberals” who believe that Islam as a religion is different and decidedly worse than all other religions. He said Friday that “at least half of all Muslims believe it is all right to kill someone who insults the Prophet.”

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE

Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

Neo-Nazis in the U.S. Army

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: unconventional recruiting in the military, balancing free speech with cultural sensitivity in the Middle East, how to survive a plague and Robert Scheer on the freeloaders whose votes Mitt Romney is apparently not expecting.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE

Neo-Nazis in the U.S. Army

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: unconventional recruiting in the military, balancing free speech with cultural sensitivity in the Middle East, how to survive a plague and Robert Scheer on the freeloaders whose votes Mitt Romney is apparently not expecting.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE

Anti-Islam Film

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 READ MORE

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U.S. Positions Two Warships Off Libya

Two U.S. destroyers equipped with Tomahawk missiles are moving into Mediterranean waters north of Libya after attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi and another in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE


Florida Pastor Has a Few New Enemies

Oh good, the nutty Rev. Terry Jones is near our HQ here in Los Angeles. The Florida pastor, who drew widespread ire earlier this month with his Quran-burning and Prophet Muhammad mock trial publicity stunts ...

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE

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Danish Cartoonist’s Attacker Gets 9 Years

The man who attacked cartoonist Kurt Westergaard after his caricature of the Prophet Muhammad was printed in a Danish newspaper has been convicted of attempted murder and terrorism and sentenced to nine years in prison.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE

South Park

Muslim Site Sends ‘South Park’ Creators a Warning

They’re no strangers to controversy after years of fine-tuning the art of contrarian cartooning, but “South Park” masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone are now the recipients of an ominous message posted on the Islamic website ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE

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Snapshots of Life and Death in Baghdad

Three bodies lie beside a Baghdad street on a blindingly hot day. The one on the right is dressed in a white shirt and bright green trousers, his hands tied behind his back. Two others on the left lie shoeless, both dressed in check shirts, dumped—how easily we use that word of Baghdad’s corpses—on a yard of dirt and bags of garbage. They, too, of course, are now garbage.

Posted on Jul 3, 2008 READ MORE

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AP photo / Abdi Raouf

Sudanese Rally for Execution of British Teacher

An apparently innocent class exercise, during which British teacher Gillian Gibbons allowed her students in Khartoum, Sudan, to name a teddy bear Muhammad, has led to 15 days of jail time, deportation and now death threats for Gibbons. 

Posted on Nov 30, 2007 READ MORE


An Anti-Terror Hero’s Dubious Ties

Rudy Giuliani likes to pretend that he’s the world’s greatest terrorism fighter, but it turns out that his business empire has contracted with a Qatari sheik who once helped Khalid Sheikh Muhammad escape the FBI. The Village Voice has the goods.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007 READ MORE

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Teacher Arrested for Teddy Bear Name Game

In a particularly delicate situation involving crossed cultural wires, a British primary school teacher in Sudan could face six months in jail, a fine or 40 lashes after allowing her students to name a teddy bear “Muhammad” for a class exercise.

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE

Malaysian Groups Rankled by Jesus Cartoon

The Malaysian newspaper Makkal Osai is apologizing for running a cartoon image of Jesus Christ enjoying a beer and a cigarette on its front page, claiming it was a mistake made by an editor who had downloaded the image from the Web.  However, Makkal Osai’s efforts to quell the controversy may not be sufficient for some religious groups, judging by last year’s flap over the infamous Muhammad cartoons.

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE

Truth Bytes

In the news today:

  • Bush’s odious torture legislation clears procedural hurdles, moves closer to passage
  • Security forces storm a Guatemalan prison controlled by inmates who produce drugs and live in luxury.
  • For all you Sam Harris fans: Richard Dawkins is coming out with a new book that savages God and religion.
  • The massacre of a U.S.-trained Colombian anti-drug force demonstrates the difficulty of fighting the drug war.
  • New York City’s board of health votes to ban trans fats in restaurants—upsetting small-government conservative types.
  • A German opera is canceled because of a scene depicting the severed head of Muhammad.

  • Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE

    Benedict XVI

    Pope’s Speech Exposes Severe Attitude

    The pope’s recent comments signal a divergence from the religious outreach of his predecessor, John Paul II, who was the first pope to enter a mosque.  Benedict XVI has since apologized for his speech, which quoted a Byzantine emperor who said the prophet Muhammad had brought only “evil and inhuman” things to the world.

    Posted on Sep 16, 2006 READ MORE

    Death Urged For Yemeni Editor in Cartoons Case

    Just when we thought the Muhammad cartoon-related madness had faded….

    Posted on Mar 10, 2006 READ MORE

    Deadly Cartoon Protests Roil the Globe

    The cartoon-fueled hysteria continues unabated:

  • In Libya: 10 die in the bloodiest protests yet.
  • In Russia: Authorities shut down a newspaper that printed a tame cartoon of Muhammad, along with other religious figures.
  • In Manhattan: 1,000 protesters rally in front of the Danish consulate.
  • In Italy: An official quits after wearing a T-shirt with the controversial Muhammad cartoons.

  • Update:

  • 16 Killed in Nigerian cartoon protests, along with five this week in Pakistan
  • Hey, Muslim centrists/moderates, if you want to do something to quell this insane violence, now would be a pretty good time to do so.

    Posted on Feb 18, 2006 READ MORE


    Denmark, Iran Near War Over Pastry Naming Rights

    Riots sweep the streets of Denmark after Iranians rename Danish pastries “roses of the Prophet Muhammad.” (satire)

    Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE

    U.S. Media and the Cartoons: Who Published? Who Didn’t?

    The decision over whether to republish controversial images of Muhammad has caused intense debates in the editorial board rooms of news organizations across the country. Truthdig offers its readers a primer.

    Posted on Feb 10, 2006 READ MORE

    Nasser Shiyoukhi / AP

    Cartoon Protests Stoked by Dictators

    Don’t believe the hype about homespun religious anger: Middle Eastern leaders stoke religious riots because it makes their secular governments look tame in comparison.

    Posted on Feb 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Sam Harris on the Reality of Islam

    “The truth about Islam is as politically incorrect as it is terrifying: Islam is all fringe and no center,” writes America’s most prominent secularist in a challenging and provocative new essay.
    UPDATE: Harris responds to a deluge of comments and some criticism.

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE

    Feeding the Cartoon Furor in Afghanistan

    Look past the cartoons, writes Christian Parenti of The Nation. The violence in Afghanistan stems from grievances over four years of occupation by U.S. and NATO troops and ineffectual foreign aid schemes. | story

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE

    Andrew Sullivan on the Cartoon Furor

    Sullivan, whose N.Y. Times Magazine essay on the connection between Islam and 9/11 was perhaps the best ever mainstream treatment on the subject, now takes on the Islamic cartoon controversy. | essay
    Also, a German journalist talks about his mixed feelings about running the cartoons in his paper. | Op-Ed

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE

    N.Y. Press Kills Cartoons; Staff Walks Out

    The entire editorial staff of The New York Press, an alternative weekly, quits in the wake of the paper’s decision not to run the controversial Muhammad cartoons. | story

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE

    From Jyllands-Posten

    Most U.S. News Orgs Won’t Run Muhammad Cartoons

    As violence spreads across the world, Editor & Publisher has the best take yet on why most U.S. news outlets won’t re-publish the satirical images. | story
    ABC is one of the very few to do so. | video (there’s a commercial)
    Update: Check out the way Truthdig’s Mr. Fish depicted Jesus in a cartoon.
    Is it offensive, an exercise in free speech, or both?

    Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE

    Congress Should Probe U.S. Propaganda in Iraqi Press

    Now that the Pentagon has admitted to subverting the fragile efforts to build democracy in Iraq, will Congress begin an investigation of how this happened? The first question should be who in the Pentagon decided that he or she had the right to put words in the mouth of the Prophet Muhammad.

    Posted on Dec 2, 2005 READ MORE

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