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Now for a serious look at the situation as seen be Chris Hedges


  Broken pens were placed in a pool of simulated blood Friday outside the French Consulate in Istanbul in memory of the victims of the shooting at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. AP/Emrah Gurel

Broken pens were placed in a pool of simulated blood Friday outside the French Consulate in Istanbul in memory of the victims of the shooting at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. AP/Emrah Gurel

A Message From the Dispossessed

Chris Hedges

The terrorist attack in France that took place at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was not about free speech. It was not about radical Islam. It did not illustrate the fictitious clash of civilizations. It was a harbinger of an emerging dystopia where the wretched of the earth, deprived of resources to survive, devoid of hope, brutally controlled, belittled and mocked by the privileged who live in the splendor and indolence of the industrial West, lash out in nihilistic fury.

We have engineered the rage of the dispossessed. The evil of predatory global capitalism and empire has spawned the evil of terrorism. And rather than understand the roots of that rage and attempt to ameliorate it, we have built sophisticated mechanisms of security and surveillance, passed laws that permit the targeted assassinations and torture of the weak, and amassed modern armies and the machines of industrial warfare to dominate the world by force. This is not about justice. It is not about the war on terror. It is not about liberty or democracy. It is not about the freedom of expression. It is about the mad scramble by the privileged to survive at the expense of the poor. And the poor know it.

If you spend time as I have in Gaza, Iraq, Yemen, Algeria, Egypt and Sudan, as well as the depressing, segregated housing projects known as banlieues that ring French cities such as Paris and Lyon, warehousing impoverished North African immigrants, you begin to understand the brothers Cherif Kouachi and Said Kouachi, who were killed Friday in a gun battle with French police. There is little employment in these pockets of squalor. Racism is overt. Despair is rampant, especially for the men, who feel they have no purpose. Harassment of immigrants, usually done by police during identity checks, is almost constant. Police once pulled a North African immigrant, for no apparent reason, off a Paris Metro subway car I was riding in and mercilessly beat him on the platform. French Muslims make up 60 to 70 percent of the prison population in France. Drugs and alcohol beckon like sirens to blunt the pain of poor Muslim communities.


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  1. butlincat said,

    January 14, 2015 at 09:32


  2. Dot said,

    January 14, 2015 at 16:48

    True to form, Chris Hedges.

  3. HankMob said,

    January 14, 2015 at 17:46

    Come on, Chris! Open your eyes. Go to It’s been there years!

  4. joekano76 said,

    January 14, 2015 at 23:34

    Reblogged this on TheFlippinTruth.

  5. Rick Bauer said,

    January 14, 2015 at 23:46

    So, the largest pencil in the vigil in Paris, was written in English and not French? “Not Afraid”.

    Anyone see the overhead photos of the world leaders? They weren’t anywhere near that rally. They were separate from the 1.6 million. STAGED PHOTO OP!

  6. hp said,

    January 15, 2015 at 01:18

    Here are the Great European Leaders of the Free World (plus a few guest psychopaths) leading the march of 1.5 million citizens united through the streets of Paris!

    how brave thou aren’t

  7. hp said,

    January 15, 2015 at 01:20

    Je Suis Sinet

  8. Kris Kramer said,

    January 15, 2015 at 02:49

    Paris shooting was staged. All of us know. Muslims did not attack the newspaper nor the Kosher bakery.

  9. Anonymous said,

    January 15, 2015 at 03:33

    “Palestinian-imprisoning Israelis…” Dead silence.

  10. Dave said,

    January 15, 2015 at 15:57

    Open your eyes France.

    “We believe that the two Zionist terrorists were going to blow up the Mexican Congress. The second phase was to mobilize both the Mexican and US press to blame Osama bin Laden. Most likely then Mexico would declare war on Afghanistan as well, commit troops and all the oil it could spare to combat Islamic terrorism.”

    -Mexican Congressional Press Secretary Lic. Adriana Lopez October 15, 2001

    “Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It’s classified information.” — US official quoted in Carl Cameron’s Fox News report on the Israeli spy ring and its connections to 9-11.

    “All democratic circles in America and of Europe, especially those of the Italian centre-left, now know that the disastrous attack was planned and realized by the American CIA and Mossad with the help of the Zionist world, to place the blame on Arab countries and to persuade the Western powers to intervene in Iraq and Afghanistan”

    -Former Italian President Francesco Cossiga

    “I think there is very compelling evidence that at least some of the terrorists were assisted not just in financing — although that was part of it — by a sovereign foreign government … It will become public at some point when it’s turned over to the archives, but that’s 20 or 30 years from now” – Senator Bob Graham

    “What we heard was that the Israelis may have picked up chatter that something was going to happen on the morning of 9/11.There was no question but that [the order to close down the investigation] came from the White House. It was immediately assumed at CIA headquarters that this basically was going to be a cover-up so that the Israelis would not be implicated in any way in 9/11.”

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