Somber Jon Stewart Delivers Scathing Monologue About Charleston Shooting

Jon Stewart’s monologue tonight was an impassioned, frustrated meditation on the Charleston shooting and other recent tragedies. “I didn’t do my job today,” he said. “I’ve got nothing for you in terms of jokes and sounds, because of what happened in South Carolina.”

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If Americans still insist on dealing cynically and apathetically with one of the country’s oldest and most infamous and painful problems, namely racism, why should we find their indifference regarding the tragic and mind-numbing developments in Syria, or any number of conflict zones around the world, surprising?

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Free Hate

Non, « Charlie Hebdo » n’est pas obsédé par l’islam - LE MONDE | 24.02.2015
Non, « Charlie Hebdo » n’est pas obsédé par l’islam – LE MONDE | 24.02.2015

In the case of Charlie Hebdo, the facts were clear: Charlie was irreverent in its treatment of all that is allegedly holy. If some of its critics thought that its editors and cartoonists were motivated by hate and that they have singled out Islam, a close examination of Charlie’s coverage over the years unequivocally fails to bear out this claim.

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Baltimore and Ferguson: my two Syrian cents on an all-American issue

<> on April 28, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Maryland state troopers stand guard near a CVS pharmacy that was burned to the ground on April 27, 2015 during rioting after the funeral of Freddie Gray, April 28, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The problem highlighted by the current riots in Baltimore and the earlier riots in Ferguson cannot be reduced to the casual observation that mostly black neighborhoods cannot be effectively policed by a mostly white police force. Due to its more intimate knowledge of the local communities, a mostly black police force can be as equally oppressive in its tactics if not more so, unless the real problems are addressed.

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