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Deciphering the most contested topics of our times straight from the South Side Banlieue of Paris. Join French human rights advocate Yasser Louati for his uncompromising takedowns of the headlines, what's behind them and who's on the other side.

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Deciphering the most contested topics of our times straight from the South Side Banlieue of Paris. Join French human rights advocate Yasser Louati for his uncompromising takedowns of the headlines, what's behind them and who's on the other side.

    Bombing a wedding in Mali: Inside France's drone war

    Bombing a wedding in Mali: Inside France's drone war

    Guest: Khalil Dewan, head of investigations at Stoke White Lawyers (London)
    After the bombing of a wedding celebration in the town of Bounti, Mali that left 19 civilians dead, a damning UN report contradicted claims by the French government that armed extremists were on site. To this, France has consistently refuted the accusation and has stuck to its narrative of targeting terrorists in the central Malian town and has so far ignored calls by Malians to hold its military personnel to account. 
    Six months later, on July 3rd, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that he will be ending "Operation Barkhane" and withdraw troops from the region. But what he failed to announce, was the increase in the number of French drones that will be taking off from the Niamy, Niger airbase and continue drone operations with the sole purpose of continuing what troops on the ground had been doing since 2013. 
    “France has a systematic problem in admitting and identifying civilian casualties. The mounting evidence on the Bounti wedding airstrikes still has not triggered any investigations on part of France or the Mali government – none have approached the victims to date”Khalil Dewan
    Armed drones are becoming an integral part of France's military operations abroad but nothing has transpired in terms of strategy, chain of command, usage policies and when/how a strike is ordered. The Bounti, Mali massacre and the impunity that has followed has prompted the CJL to cover the topic through Le Breakdown and Yasser Louati who received Khalil Dewan head of investigations at the London based Stoke White lawfirm, and author of the report: France's Shadow War in Mali: Airstrikes at the Bounti Wedding.
    In this episode, we covered the horrific bombing of civilians in Mali but also how the 20 year long US drone war and its thousands of civilian casualties has not deterred France from launching its own, and, to make things worse, without any transparency. 
    Le Breakdown is brought to you the CJL, the Committee for Justice & Liberties. We are an independent human rights and civil liberties organization. 


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    India under Narenda Modi: 
Hindu nationalism and islamophobia

    India under Narenda Modi: 
Hindu nationalism and islamophobia

    Shedding light on how nazi ideology has inspired the BJP in power and how the collapse of Indian democracy did not happen overnight. Md Asif Khan
, an Anti Islamophobia Activist came on the show to describe the ongoing persecution of religious minorities in India especially Muslims, their lynchings, the violence of "mob cows", the poisonous conspiracy theories like "Muslim coronajihad" and the responsibility of Indian media. 

    This podcast is brought to you by CJL, a human rights and civil liberties organization. We are independant and receive no state subsidies to remain so. If you feel this podcast deserves your support, please make a donation from 1€ without commitment. 


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    RACE RELATIONS IN FRANCE AND AMERICA

    RACE RELATIONS IN FRANCE AND AMERICA

    “This anti separatism bill reminds me of the Muslim ban under Trump” Channel Andrews, Professor of Law at the University of Pariss Assas

    Channel Andrews is an American attorney based in Paris, France, where she teaches law at Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II). Prior to moving to France, she served as Assistant Counsel in the Governor’s Office of General Counsel in Pennsylvania. Her legal expertise includes Administrative Law, Comparative International Law, and Constitutional Law.

    In this conversation, Channel Andrews compared ongoing mobilisations in both France and the US against shrinking space and how governments, especially in France seem unable to hear demands for equality and justice.

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    Ramadan against capitalism. Guest: Mariem Masmoudi

    Ramadan against capitalism. Guest: Mariem Masmoudi

    "...there is a deeper, more damaging force at play: our assimilation into  the capitalist structure via globalisation..."* *Mariem Massmoudi, civil society activist working for democratic governance &  religious freedom in the Middle East and North Africa. She writes on  critical political & social theory, comparative democracy studies,  and Islamic & comparative religious studies. Quoted: "Ramadan: The Month of Anti-Imperialism" https://traversingtradition.com/2018/06/04/ramadan-month-of-anti-imperialism/

    Watch this conversation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOzo-Rf3vrs


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    European, American Muslims: 
The status-quo or resistance?

    European, American Muslims: 
The status-quo or resistance?

    From 9/11 to the Paris Attacks in 2015, from the Patriot Act to the  state of emergency in France and in light Macron's racist policies, a  transatlantic look at Muslims in the West.
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    Jonathan Brown is the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization  in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He received  his BA in History from Georgetown University in 2000 and his doctorate  in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of  Chicago in 2006. Dr. Brown has studied and conducted research in  countries such as Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Yemen,  South Africa, India, Indonesia and Iran. His book publications include The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunni Hadith Canon (Brill, 2007); Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World (Oneworld, 2009; expanded edition 2017); Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford  University Press, 2011), which was selected for the National Endowment  for the Humanities' Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys Bookshelf; Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenges and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy (Oneworld, 2014), which was named one of the top books on religion in 2014 by the Independent; and Slavery and Islam (Oneworld,  2019). He has published articles in the fields of Hadith, Islamic law,  Salafism, Sufism, Arabic lexical theory and Pre-Islamic poetry and is  the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law. Dr.  Brown’s current research interests include Islamic legal reform and a  translation of Sahih al-Bukhari. He is also the Director of Research at  the Yaqeen Institute.

    Sources quoted:
    ESTABLISHING OFFICIAL ISLAM? THE LAW AND STRATEGY OF COUNTER- RADICALIZATION by Samuel J. Rascoff http://www.stanfordlawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2012/02/Rascoff-64-Stan-L-Rev-125-1.pdf
    Banning of the hijab: understanding france's ongoing war: https://anchor.fm/lebreakdown/episodes/Banning-of-the-hijab-understanding-frances-ongoing-war-eu6suq



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    Banning of the hijab: understanding france's ongoing war

    Banning of the hijab: understanding france's ongoing war

    As the French Senate has passed a series of amendments against the Muslim headscarf, foreign flags in weddings and even threats againts organizations on political grounds, where is this legislative brutality coming from and where is France going?

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