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Extra! 'Here We Go Again!' Says Charlie Hebdo's New Issue

The latest issue of Charlie Hebdo published Wednesday, six weeks after the "Survivors' Issue" that followed the deadly attacks on its headquarters on Jan. 7. As the weekly resumes its regular publication rhythm with the headline "C'est reparti!" ("Here we go again!"), 2.5 million copies of the latest Charlie Hebdo number 1179 have been printed.

The cover was drawn by Luz, who also did the previous cover with the Prophet Muhammad in tears holding a sign that says" Je suis Charlie," along with the title "All is forgiven." Wednesday's cover shows a dog with a copy of the magazine in its mouth being chased by a pack of hounds representing the former President Nicolas Sarkozy, the head of the French National Front Marine Le Pen, a jihadist, the pope, a banker and the French television network BFM TV.

"People need to talk about Charlie"s return, to say Charlie is doing its work again, its work against stupidity, against the National Front," Luz told the French daily Libération, where the weekly's staff is still taking refuge.

"I'm glad we did something joyful," he added.

The weekly, which lost five of its top cartoonists in the attack of its headquarters that killed a total of 12, has hired two new talents: Algerian cartoonist Dilem, who has long been threatened by Islamic fundamentalists, and Pétillon, who draws for another French satirical weekle, Le Canard Enchaîné.

Charlie Hebdo used to be published at around 50,000 weekly copies. But the number of subscribers has multiplied after the Jan. 7 attacks, reaching 200,000.

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Turkey: The Blind Spot Between Racial And Religious Discrimination

Before the outbreak of the Hamas-Israel war, a social media campaign in Turkey aimed to take on anti-Arab and anti-refugee sentiment. But the campaign ultimately just swapped one type of discrimination for another.

photo of inside Istanbul's Eminonu New Mosque

Muslims and tourists visiting Istanbul's Eminonu New Mosque.

Levent Gültekin


ISTANBUL — In late September, several pro-government journalists in Turkey promoted a social media campaign centered around a video against those in the country who are considered anti-Arab. The campaign was built around the idea of being “siblings in religion,” and the “union of the ummah,” or global Muslim community.

(In a very different context, such sentiments were repeated by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the Israel-Hamas war erupted.)

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While the goal is understandable, these themes are highly disconnected from reality.

First, let's look at the goal of the campaign. Our country has a serious problem of irregular migrants and refugees, and the administration isn’t paying adequate attention to this. On the contrary, they encourage the flow of refugees with policies such as selling citizenship.

Worries about irregular migrants and refugees naturally create tension in the society. The anger that targets not the government but the refugees has come to a point which both threatens the social peace and brought the issue to hostility towards the Arabs, even the tourists. The actual goal of this campaign by the pro-government journalists is obvious if you consider how an anti-tourist movement would hurt Turkey’s economy.

However, as mentioned above, while the goal is understandable, the themes of the “union of the ummah” and “siblings in religion” are problematic. The campaign offers the idea of being siblings in religion as an argument against the rising racism towards irregular migrants and refugees; a different form of racism or discrimination.

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