In our longest interview this week, a 2015 interview by Guns and Butter, Kevin Barrett picks up the Israel connection and suggests that the "Je suis Charlie" slogan was a "a way of forcing mass identification with the slain cartoonists and editors... a typical divide and conquer operation" to try to separate Muslims from non-Muslims. He points out a repeating pattern in False Flags - one of linking attacks on national symbols (in the French case, free speech) with attacks on Israel or Jews.
Our second long piece is by Nicole Colson. She is speaking speaking on The Rise of Islamophobia in Europe at Socialism 2015, on the 2nd of July. She begins with a review of the state of Islamophobia in Europe, commenting on the hypocrisy evident in how government are addressing - and even referring to it. Echoing Kevin Barrett's characterisation of this as a divide and conquer tactic, she accords this state sponsored xenophobia a particular significance in light of the drive for austerity across all of Europe, and tackles the question of what a sensible response should be to the ongoing assaults on Arabs and Muslims? We conclude with a couple of apparent slips of the tongue that contradict official narratives about terrorism blamed on "islamic extremists". Proving nothing much in an of themselves, they are nevertheless worth factoring in to the preponderance of evidence.
Thanks to Bonnie Faulkner of Guns and Butter for the interview of Kevin Barrett and to We Are Many for Nicole Colson's talk on Islamic Terrorism.