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In the news: between Dec. 19 - Jan. 19, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in the media between Dec. 19, 2014 and Jan. 19, 2015

KU professors discuss deadly terrorist attack at Paris newspaper - Lawrence Journal World

The shooting that killed a dozen people at the Paris office of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo earlier this month, will probably be one of the first example cases discussed in professor of political science Don Haider-Markel’s Extremist Groups and Government Response class offered this semester.

Haider-Markel said based on initial information and video from the scene, the attack appeared to be the work of “homegrown Jihadists,” though they seemed more sophisticated.

Multiple actors were involved, and they clearly planned ahead to obtain body armor, weapons and information about the Charlie Hebdo facility to ensure they would locate people at work — “presumably the maximum number of people possible,” Haider-Markel said.

Although of course the vast majority of French Muslims would not kill in reaction to cartoons, Haider-Markel said, he believes homegrown jihadis are a bigger threat in Europe because the Muslim communities there are less integrated into broader society than Muslims in America, where comedy targeting all religious and racial groups is commonplace.

“Those are the kinds of individuals that would be more likely to respond in the manner they see fit, not consistent with the values of the country in which they’re living,” Haider-Markel said.

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