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On Freedom of Speech

Je suis Charlie

Je suis Charlie

The Charlie Hebdo massacre causes an uproar in the western world and the subsequent “Je suis Charlie” immediately raises the campaign for freedom of speech and freedom of expression. George Clooney fueled the campaign when, wearing a ‘Je suis Charlie’ pin in Golden Club Awards, said “Millions of people – not just in Paris but around the world, Christians and Jews and Muslims, leaders of countries all over the world – they didn’t march in protest, they marched in support of the idea that we will not walk in fear. We won’t do it. So Je suis Charlie.

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Let there be tolerance

Imagine there’s no countries…

In Romeo and Juliet, Mercutio, in a duel against Tybalt from the Capulet, died, cursing that a plague may fall upon Montague and Capulet (‘ A plague o’ both your houses! ‘). The quarrel stemmed from a perennial family feuds in which kinsman fought in the name of family honor that ended in violence and blood – first Mercutio death, then the tragedy between Romeo and Juliet.

Family honor is but a dreamy concept that led to death and tragedy, so does nationalism. A product of the eighteen – century, it continues to serve a convenient tool for the Beijing lords to transform the much suppressed civil energy into sinister viral nationalistic zeal that unleashed to engulf the whole China.

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