Comics Worth Killing For: The Road To Je Suis Charlie Hebdo

Je Suis Charlie Vigil

Source: CTV News

As a satirical publication that’s poked fun at everyone from Muhammad and Jewish people to Jesus and Michael Jackson, Charlie Hebdo is no stranger to threats and controversy. Yet nobody could have predicted that three gunmen would burst into the newspaper’s weekly editorial meeting and start shooting this past Wednesday. Now, with 12 people dead and more injured, people are beginning to question the price of free speech.

Charlie Hebdo Supporters

Source: The Guardian

It all started back in 2006 when Charlie Hebdo ran a series of 12 pictures that depicted Muhammad as a caricature—including one picture that showed Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban with a burning fuse. Outrage came swiftly, and the issue’s editor was promptly sued by two Muslim organizations (though he was eventually acquitted).

Charia Hebdo

Source: Le Plus

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One Morning In Italy

Ever look at those bizarre photos of people posing next to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and wonder what they might be thinking? With the help of this video, you now know.

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A Couple Peers Into East Germany In 1962

Couple Peers Over Berlin Wall

Erected in 1961, the Berlin Wall is just one of many examples of the physical lengths to which people will go to promote or expel an idea. Here, a young woman accompanied by her boyfriend leans over the wall to talk to her mother on the East Berlin side. The wall remained in place for nearly 30 more years, separating many families all the while.

The Paradise That Is Lofoten, Norway

Senja Swirl Norway

If you creep toward the Arctic Pole just long enough, chances are you’ll pass through Lofoten, Norway. And if you’re even luckier, you’ll encounter the Senja Swirl, featured above. We’d recommend going in the summer, when the sun never actually sets.

Paris Through Pentax

It’s hard to tell what this video makes you fall in love with more: the place or the camera.

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