Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité

This Daily Pick is dedicated to Freedom, Equality and Fraternity, three friends of mine who have lost far too many lives, but are not quite dead yet. Below are countless reasons why.



  #Plantu‘s drawing, the day following #Paris attack.”

« Fluctuat nec mergitur. » The latin motto of Paris spontaneously became a resistance slogan against terrorism in the capital streets and on social networks following the wave of attacks on November 13th.”

Le Monde

“As in Irak and Lebanon, where the group targets Shiites against Sunnites, ISIS uses a perverse pleasure to play with identity and social breakdowns of French society.

Nathalie Guibert and Benjamin Barthe, Le Monde

“The terrorists themselves, of course, are often keen to prove that the West does indeed anathematise all Muslims. To see such killers as representatives of a religion, and to reduce a complex picture to their preferred caricature, would be to reward their crimes—just as circumscribing the principle of free speech would be to bow to their medieval fantasies.”
The Economist (Article from January 10th, following attacks against Charlie Hebdo)
“This is why, as Adam Thiam concludes, “we need to be hit again with Paris, tormented again with Paris, but standing up with Paris. “
“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.” – Simone de Beauvoir #LoveToParis
“The choice of Paris was not accidental. Paris is the most beautiful city in the world, it is the place where men rose the first time in history against tyranny and oppression, where most brilliant and free spirits were born. Paris is the quintessence of universal civilization. The enemy of human race attacked this symbol”, as continues the Tunisian website. “Today, it was not just Paris that was targeted, but the entire humanity.” 
“Reminding the words of the American president, Barack Obama following the attack, the writer concludes; “Freedom, equality and fraternity will prevail against terrorism and will live eternally.””

“”Fight back with strength from within,” Monsignor Eric de Moulins-Beaufort said delivering the sermon to the congregation.”


“The attacks, Mr. Obama said at the White House, weren’t just on Paris but were an “attack on all of humanity.”


“” They want war”, as he says. “They want to directly touch our heart, achieving the most repulsive deed of all : killing innocents.” And if the attacks occurred in  Paris, “in reality, the where against ourselves as well.”

“The monsters are among us, as Douglas Murray observes in The Spectator. This is the real issue. And it is an issue that’s growingly important for all of Europe. “

“Ever since that night, what we have is a war right in the middle of our cities. Ever since that night, we know we can die in Paris just as we die in Bagdad, Beyrouth or Tripoli. “

“In addition, the Beyrouth attack was quickly shadowed by Paris events, unprecedented in terms of impact and operational model, with a coldly terrifying execution. “
Pierre Haski, Le Nouvel Obs



“People around the globe paid respects to the victims of the Nov. 13 attacks in public squares and outside their city’s French Embassy”

TIME Photo

But a more meaningful sentiment focused around the hashtag, #PortesOuvertes – as residents of Paris declared an open door policy to people scrambling to find safety in the city as the number of attacks increased and the confusion multiplied.”

Matthew Hussey, The Next Web

“London, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, Berlin… the world greatest cities turned their lights on this week-end with the colors of the French flag, as a way to sympathize with French following Paris attacks.”

Le Monde

“From the World Economic Forum, I want to offer our condolences to the bereaved, and our sympathies to those injured and hurt. We express our solidarity with the people of Paris and of France as they try to come to terms with the attacks on their nation’s capital.”
Klaus Schwab, World Economic Forum
“”In the middle of the night, with a lighter, she lighted up a candle which she held in her hands, and I immediately realized what happened, although I hadn’t heard the news yet”. Hourly, “the number of candles, icons and flowers keeps growing”, and people remained in vigil, silent.” “
“The day following the attack led by at least 8 people linked to ISIS which caused the death of at least 128 people in Paris and the Stade de France area, French media react to the rising emotions in France and the worlds questions the fragility of prevention systems that were set up.”
“After Paris attack on Friday 13th November, cartoonists around the world are mobilized to show their sympathy with regards to French victims.”

“La Marseillaise played at @MetOpera in New York, paying tribute to Paris victims.”

““In the middle of a complex, uncertain situation affecting many people, Facebook became a place where people were sharing information and looking to understand the condition of their loved ones. We talked with our employees on the ground, who felt that there was still a need that we could fill. So we made the decision to try something we’ve never done before: activating Safety Check for something other than a natural disaster. There has to be a first time for trying something new, even in complex and sensitive times, and for us that was Paris.”

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