The older brother of a French extremist who killed seven people in a series of attacks on a Jewish school and soldiers is going on trial accused of complicity in the 2012 shooting spree which in retrospect marked the start of an era of home-grown jihadi violence in France.
THOUGH it has never held a less-than-prominent place in modern western thinking, the turbulent political and social events of the past few years, perhaps exemplified most clearly of all by the tragic and horrific attack on the Charlie Hebdo office, have moved the issue of Free Speech — and by extension, freedom of expression — to the very forefront of our consciousness.
”I would love to go to Ireland. I speak English. I have a degree in biology. I could be a good citizen for your country but your government won’t release information for Syrians. It takes so long to get all the papers for Ireland and we are desperate.
Mohammed Ali Zonoobi bows his head as the priest pours holy water over his black hair. “Will you break away from Satan and his evil deeds?” pastor Gottfried Martens asks the Iranian refugee. “Will you break away from Islam?”