Charity Scribner is the author of After the Red Army Faction: Gender, Culture, and Militancy (Columbia UP, 2014). She is an associate professor of comparative literature at the City University of New York.
The Australian broadcast journalist is currently presenting the “Our World” program for “BBC World News”. She has reported from around the world for the Australian TV program “Dateline” and “SBS World News Australia”. She was awarded the United Nations Media Peace Prize for best Australian Television News Coverage in 2009. Hakim was born in Afghanistan but fled the country to escape the Soviet invasion.
The almost exclusive focus on the NSA obscures the degree to which surveillance has become integrated into almost every level of government. For most of us, the first point of contact with the surveillance state isn’t the NSA – it’s the local police department.
Through acts of terror, militant Islamists want to avenge God but commit idolatry instead.
It is up to François Hollande whether French democracy can weather the storm of yesterday’s attacks. He would be advised to follow a Norwegian example.