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Charlie Hebdo is Attacked

French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo was firebombed around 1 AM this morning in an apparent response to the publication’s decision to move forward with a special “sharia” edition “guest edited” by the prophet Muhammad.
The newspaper’s intention was to mock Tunisia’s first democratic elections, which resulted in a victory for the moderate Islamist An-Nahda party, as well as the Lybian interim government’s announcement that sharia law would rule over the liberated nation.
The offices of Charlie Hebdo — which had renamed itself “Sharia Hebdo” for the issue — were destroyed, and most of their contents were burned after a single Molotov cocktail was thrown at the building. Two people are suspected to have taken part in the attack.
I appluad their response. “‘We cannot, today, put together a paper,’ said the paper’s editor-in-chief, Charb. ‘But we will do everything possible to do one next week. Whatever happens, we’ll do it. There is no question of giving in.'” If only more people had their courage to respond to such violence.

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Monday Smorgasbord

I don’t have time to post these by themselves. They’ve been sitting in my “to do” pile for too long, but I find them all to be interesting reads. Read what interests you.

“How to Prevent a Depression” by Nouriel Roubini.

France imposes a “fat tax” on sugary soft drinks to combat obesity.

CNAS publication: “Hard Choices: Responsible Defense in an Age of Austerity,” by LtGen David Barno, Nora Bensahel, and Travis Sharp.

Megan McArdle: “By 2020, cases of throat cancer caused by the human papillomavirus may outnumber those of HPV-caused cervical cancer.”

Hitch on the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki.

Maurizio Viroli: Silvio Berlusconi and the moral malaise of Italy.

“The Value of Values: Soft Power Under Obama” Mark P. Lagon

A debate on whether too many students are in college. (My answer is yes.)

Cliff May, “Autocracies United: Why “reset” with Russia and “engagement” with Iran have failed”

A journalist on the argument for better football helmets, and an economist on the trade-off.

Lot of stuff going on here. Enjoy.

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