That’s a nickname I saw on Twitter for Dominique Venner, the right-wing writer who committed suicide in Notre Dame. In the modern equivalent of a suicide note, he blogged earlier this week about “vile” gay marriage and the invasion of “Islamists” in France.

Is this an isolated instance? Or is suicide growing from a form of (oxymoronic) resignation/protest about employment conditions and pensions (think: France Telecom workers) into the only way to stand out in a fractured media landscape? I am speaking not only of France. Consider the immolations of Tibetan monks and the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay.

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  1. Comment by Roger Rohrbach | 05/22/13 at 7:26 am
  2. Comment by Tenam | 05/23/13 at 8:59 pm

    I think your inclusion of the immolations by Tibetans (as you know, out of 117 immolations that we have seen in occupied Tibet since 2009, includes not only monks and nuns but also teenagers, mothers, farmers, nomads etc) in comparision with the suicide of Venner at the Notre Dame is misplaced. The conditions are not the same. And the same goes for the hunger strike at G Bay. They have no other conventional forms of protest and they are both in reaction to two very powerful governments. As as Tibetan living in Paris, I would request you to not be so nonchalant with the sacrifices these people have given for their freedom. – Tenam

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