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The January 2015 attacks on the satirical weekly newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, along with the related events that followed, have opened a pandora box into the French public debate. It is the questioning of one concept that has created a climate of incertitude in France and elsewhere: the one of ’liberté d’expression’, freedom of speech. Since the debate promptly spread around the world, there is little chance that the box will be rightly shut anytime soon. Prior to the events, it almost seemed that the meaning of this notion was taken for granted, in the West at least. In January, the

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I cannot say that in Kashmir many moments occurred which reminded me of my native, quiet, suburb of Paris. But surprisingly, one situation certainly did.

A policeman frisking a Kashmiri in Srinagar. Photograph by Shahid Tantray While being away from home, it is not rare to find fragments of foreign experience reminiscent of moments lived at home. These déja vu of similar taste, smell or situations can not be predicted. Their instantaneous familiarity proves that you experienced that feeling before. One will keep wondering until their origins can be identified. I cannot say that in Kashmir many moments occurred which reminded me of my native, quiet, suburb of Paris. But surprisingly, one situation certainly did. It wasn’t the most expected one. Along with my Kashmiri

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Hundreds of people held a vigil at Trafalgar Square in London last evening to remember those killed and injured in the attack at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris earlier yesterday. Some stood silence, others cried, but all were united in their condemnation and sense of outrage following the assault by gunmen carrying Kalashnikov rifles on the French satirical magazine’s offices. Those gathered sung La Marseillaise, the French national anthem, held aloft pens and placards, bearing the words ‘Je Suis Charlie’ in solidarity. There was a large French contingent among the crowd. Anne Sophie, a 29-year-old designer living in London,

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