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Wednesday, January 14, 2014

NEW CHARLIE HEBDO ISSUE SOLD OUT
One week after the terrorist attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, thousands of people lined up at newsstands to get a copy of the much-awaited “survivors’ issue” of the satirical magazine. As many as one million copies were distributed today and every single one of them has reportedly been sold, with many having been reserved ahead of time. The magazine’s publisher announced it would print an extra 2 million copies, on top of the 3 million initially planned, which will be distributed over the next few days, Le Figaro reports. Copies were already auctioned on eBay, with some bids reaching hundreds of euros. But not everybody rejoiced at the latest issue, which features a caricature of the prophet Muhammad on its front page. An ISIS radio station said it was “extremely stupid” to publish another drawing, while a spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry branded the cover as “insulting” and “provocative.” Here are 7 things to know about the survivors’ issue.

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

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Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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