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French cartoonist defends Mohammed drawings

September 19th, 2012
05:23 PM ET

Cartoonist defends drawings of Mohammed

The French cartoonist known as "Luz" defends his Mohammed drawings in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.


Free expression or provocation?

Journalist and author Bernard-Henry Levy weighs in on the cartoons recently published in a French magazine.

By Samuel Burke

Is shouting fire in a crowded theater free speech?

That debate has been sparked once again by a series of cartoons published in the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, some of which depict the Prophet Mohammed in obscene poses.

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour interviewed a cartoonist from the magazine, who is known as Luz. He said, “Everyone can have his own interpretation,” that the drawings were not made to shock people.

As for the violence that could come as a result of the cartoons, Luz said he would not accept any blame.

“Who is responsible for killing? It is the killer,” Luz said. “It’s quite unfair to say we are responsible for this. It’s fear that is responsible.”  FULL POST

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Aung San Suu Kyi: Peaceful freedom fighter

September 19th, 2012
02:41 PM ET

(CNN) - The election of Aung San Suu Kyi to Myanmar's parliament capped a remarkable turnaround for the pro-democracy campaigner, who was kept under house arrest for a total of 15 years by the country's military junta.

Suu Kyi was born in 1945, the daughter of Myanmar independence hero General Aung San - a man almost universally respected in the country, including the top ranks of the omnipresent military.

She was only two years old when her father was assassinated as the country, then known as Burma, prepared to transfer from British colonial rule. Her mother, Khin Kyi, became an active figure in the newly independent nation, eventually winning ambassadorial posts in India and Nepal. ((FULL PROFILE))

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Russia's "Paris Hilton" turned political reformer

September 19th, 2012
12:00 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

"Russia, without Putin."

That was the rallying cry from tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters who flooded the center of Moscow this weekend. It was the first time since June that the movement had taken to the streets.

Among the many protesters was Ksenia Sobchak, a well-known socialite often called the Paris Hilton of Russia.


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