The roots of Islamophobia in France

Jacobin, 29 August 2016. Read the original here. Read a German translation here. Read a Bosnian translation here. The “Burkini ban” pursued in Cannes and about thirty other towns might have just been overturned in the French courts, but it was only the latest and most absurd Islamophobic assault endured by Muslims in the country.… Continue reading The roots of Islamophobia in France

Letter from Paris—from Charlie Hebdo to Paris killings: France’s ‘war on terror’ and the backlash

Solidarity online, 16 November 2015. Read the original here. Friday night’s horrifying carnage in Paris has caused justified revulsion around the world. But the unison response of French political leaders will only fan the flames of jihadist violence and retard the possibility of peace, whether in France or in the Middle East. The Paris attacks… Continue reading Letter from Paris—from Charlie Hebdo to Paris killings: France’s ‘war on terror’ and the backlash

Refined crusaders – war and its propagandists

Sydney Review of Books, 20 November 2015. Read the original here. France is high on war. After last Friday’s abominable bloodbath, François Hollande declared a ‘pitiless war’ of retaliation on Jihadism. It would seem that for the president,  terror can still, in 2015, be bombed out of existence, and military intervention remains the key to… Continue reading Refined crusaders – war and its propagandists

France, its war on terror, and the intellectuals

New Matilda, December 2 2015. Read the original here. With the immediate trauma of the Paris attacks receding, the West’s latest war on terror remains the object of substantial public consensus in France, both in its military and its domestic ‘security’ components. Fear, shock and panic are not the only reasons. The government’s choice to… Continue reading France, its war on terror, and the intellectuals