The Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Center for the Study of Europe and the World of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies are sponsoring a forum on the significance of the depraved Charlie Hebdo and kosher supermarket murders in Paris this Thursday at noon. Personally, I would add to these themes: French colonialism and war in Algeria, the oppression of Arabs in Europe (some 60% of the imprisoned in France are Arab; Arabs are less than 10% of the population - see below), American aggressions and torture in the Middle East, and other matters, but having a brief title for issues of this complexity is a problem. Here is the program:
Anderson Academic Commons—Special Events Room
A Faculty Forum co-sponsored by the
Center for Middle East Studies & the Center for the Study of Europe and the World
The Charlie Hebdo Debate—Islam, Europe,
Freedom of Expression & the Antinomies of Liberalism
with Korbel Professors Micheline Ishay, Martin Rhodes, Nader Hashemi,
Tom Farer & Alan Gilbert—moderated by Danny Postel
"PM Valls: France must address 'territorial, social and ethnic apartheid'
Valls, a relatively conservative Socialist whose hard line on Islamic extremism has won many fans, said fight against hatred, racism and anti-Semitism is urgent.
"We have to look at all the divisions, the tensions that have been going on for years ... the neglect of the suburbs, the ghettos, the social misery," he said. "A geographical, social and ethnic apartheid has established itself in our country."
Run-down neighborhoods ring many French cities, often populated by poor whites, blacks and people of North African descent who feel marginalized from mainstream society. Yet it is rare for a French leader, even from the ruling Socialists, to paint a picture of inequality in such strong terms.
The three killers were of Algerian and African descent, prompting some in the National Front to push their calls for less immigration - an argument the government has rejected.