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Analysis

After Charlie Hebdo attack, reflecting on the war on journalism

The attacks in France highlight the need for everyone — including governments — to defend journalists' right to report.... Read more»

McSally hiring former Giffords spokesman to head Tucson office

Confirming rumors swirling among Tucson's political class, a former aide to Gabby Giffords confirmed Friday evening that he will become director of U.S. Rep. Martha McSally's district office. C.J. Karamargin, who was a spokesman for Giffords before taking a post with Pima College, said in an email he'll go to work for the freshman Republican later this month.... Read more»5

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

Je suis Charlie

Wednesday, three masked gunmen walked into the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and killed 10 staffers and two police officers. Ideas can not be shot, cut, stabbed, blown up or beaten. Neither Zeus, Thor, Jesus, Allah nor any other deity can kill an idea, let alone ignorant fundamentalists with AKs. Je suis Charlie.... Read more»

French president calls for unity as Charlie Hebdo attack stokes fears

Wednesday's attack is the deadliest suspected Islamist attack on French territory and is sure to crank up fear in a country already tense after a series of recent incidents. ... Read more»

Inside Charlie Hebdo: Attack targeted paper that mocked fundamentalists

Charlie Hebdo's French satirists had refused to bow in face of terror threats. Islamist radicals were among the favorite targets of its biting, sometimes crude, satire — along with French politicians, religious leaders of all denominations and celebrities from Michael Jackson to anti-Semitic comic Dieudonee M'bala Mbala.... Read more»

From the editor

You're invited: TucsonSentinel.com holiday shindig

Come celebrate the holiday season with some good food, a few drinks and lots of healthy conversation, Thursday, Dec. 18 at the Shanty. Join us for a celebration of whatever it is you/we/they celebrate this time of year — especially a belated 223rd birthday of the Bill of Rights (Dec. 15), or the impending fifth birthday of TucsonSentinel.com (Jan. 22).... Read more»

KXCI's Peterson tuned out as head of community radio station

The head of Tucson's community radio station, General Manager Randy Peterson, is leaving KXCI after six years at the helm, and 15 years with the station, to consider "new leadership roles and opportunities of his own," a statement from the nonprofit said.... Read more»2

Commentary

Mexican drug murders get less attention in U.S. than Middle East violence

Commentary: Why are Americans so uninformed and unconcerned about the horrors occurring just across our border?... Read more»1

Commentary

Global news community stands ground against 'new war on journalists'

Commentary: Amid growing violence against us, our colleagues’ work and their sacrifices inspire us to keep going.... Read more»

Support local independent news on #GivingTuesday

On Giving Tuesday, please join with your fellow readers and support TucsonSentinel.com. We'll put your dollars to work holding politicians accountable, reporting the untold stories of the borderlands, and bringing you and the rest of Southern Arizona nonpartisan independent news without the spin. Your donation may be eligible for a dollar-for-dollar match, doubling its impact.... Read more»

They say 'drink responsibly,' but what does it mean?

The “drink responsibly” or “enjoy in moderation” messages tucked into liquor and beer ads don’t impress Jennifer Romo. “Nobody actually takes that seriously,” said Romo, a UCLA student. She added: “‘Drink responsibly,’ what does that even mean?”... Read more»

Weekly editor leaving to take tourism job

Dan Gibson, editor of the Tucson Weekly, is stepping down to take a position with Visit Tucson, the nonprofit tourism promotion agency. Gibson announced the move on his personal Facebook page Wednesday, saying he'll leave the desk at the alt-weekly later this month.... Read more»

Analysis

Kassig beheading: ISIS killers won't cease until stopped

News analysis: Peter Kassig's beheading is another sign of savagery from messianic killers, but sending U.S. troops into direct combat roles in Syria would be a mistake. ... Read more»

Ad war winners take governors' mansions

Nearly all of the governors elected Tuesday dominated the airwaves in TV ads before voters went to the polls, bolstered by their campaign war chests and outside groups that advertised on their behalf. In Arizona, former ice cream exec Doug Ducey was buttressed by roughly $4 million in ads sponsored by outside actors, which added to the $5.7 million worth of airtime bought by his campaign. ... Read more»

Online fans didn’t equal automatic votes for Az candidates

If Facebook friends were votes, Fred DuVal would be the next governor of Arizona. But DuVal, a Democrat with 30,425 fans of his social media site on Election Day, was defeated easily Tuesday by Republican Doug Ducey and his comparatively small 18,866 Facebook fans on that day.... Read more»

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