11 January 2015
Despite appearances, we are hard at work here at Those Who Can See, sticking to our adage of 'if it ain't ready, don't publish it.' An unusally busy winter work schedule is slowing down but not stopping us.
But a quick interlude is in order. The recent attacks in France have taken over the news cycle here, spawning much journalistic heat but little light on both sides of the Atlantic. We'd like to give a brief snapshot of some of the less-seen bits of the story.
Alors, pour les curieux...
I. The Magazine
Charlie Hebdo, for those unfamiliar, is a French satiric weekly born in 1970 from the ashes of Hara Kiri, itself inspired by Mad Magazine.
It is the baby of counter-culture leftists. Their number one targets have always been conservatives and Christians. A sampling (some courtesy of MPC):
When the famous 'Piss Christ' angered Catholics in Avignon, Charlie said: