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The questions we need to be asking about Islamic State

5 Dec

http://bit.ly/1Tsz4mm The questions we need to be asking about Islamic State December 6, 2015 The Sunday Telegraph AS ISIS peddles conspiracy marketing that they are the masterminds behind the recent spate of all terrorist attacks, another conspiracy of silence abounds in our western alliance. In western conversations, we shine a light on the heated issue […]

Peers vital to turning troubled teens from jihad

9 Oct

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/peers-vital-to-turning-troubled-teens-from-jihad/story-fni0ffsx-1227558178885 http://m.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/opinion-path-of-least-resistance-produces-least-results-in-fighting-radicalisation/story-fnihsr9v-1227557973356?from=google_rss#load-story-comments http://bit.ly/1jLv2Kf Herald Sun and Courier Mail, 6 October 2015   Path of least resistance produces least results in fighting radicalisation THE gnashing of teeth over another radicalised teenager and another innocent fatality has triggered questions on how this could have been averted. While Strike Force Fellow rewinds the video footage in this critical […]

If we treat people as outsiders, they become outsiders

9 Oct

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/if-we-treat-people-as-outsiders-they-become-outsiders-20151004-gk0sel.html http://bit.ly/1L1yDL0   If we treat people as outsiders, they become outsiders October 4, 2015 Anti-Muslim vitriol plays into the hands of radicalisation recruiters. When an incident is imbued with a single drop of Islam, it apparently explains everything, and blinds us from asking the right questions. We are so hasty to roll out the loaded labels, such […]

Syrian conflict proving to be an international, not civil, war

9 Sep

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/opinion/opinion-syrian-conflict-proving-to-be-an-international-not-civil-war/story-fnihsr9v-1227518301884 http://bit.ly/1LWw4Mz Opinion: Syrian conflict proving to be an international, not civil, war September 9, 2015 The Courier-Mail FOR more than three years many voices, including my own, have warned about the Arab Spring turning sour, the morphing of the anti-Assad forces in Syria from pro-democracy to pro-theocracy, the leaking of Western weapons into the […]

Mid-East policy ‘cooked up’ ISIS

15 Jul

http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=17505 Online Opinion, 14 July 2015   Once upon a time, there was the Arab Spring … and they lived unhappily ever after. On 18 March 2011, Syrian youth ignited a revolution with graffiti in Dar’aa – the regime must fall. The inferno has now killed over 200,000 people and displaced nearly four million. It […]

War. What (or who) is it good for?

24 Oct

http://thehoopla.com.au/war-good-2/24th October 2014 WAR. WHAT (OR WHO) IS IT GOOD FOR? October 24, 2014 The catchcry of the 1970 protest anthem is that war is good for absolutely nothing “’cause it means destruction of innocent lives … [and] tears to thousands of mothers’ eyes.” This may have been the answer by popular culture during the […]

Islamic State is a creation like Frankenstein’s monster

23 Sep

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/islamic-state-is-a-creation-like-frankensteins-monster-20140922-10k8f4.html http://bit.ly/1x3nGFU   Islamic State is a creation like Frankenstein’s monster Joseph Wakim Sydney Morning Herald, 23 September 2014   “We’ve seen this before. Extremists, foreign fighters returning home, responsible for terrorist attacks in our region.” Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop issued this warning to the United Nations Security Council last Friday regarding the threat […]

Harris Park school targeted by anti-Christian threats

19 Sep

http://www.parramattasun.com.au/story/2568402/harris-park-school-targeted-by-anti-christian-threats/   A Maronite school threatened in Harris Park is wary the incident could be blown out of proportion. Calm influence: Joseph Wakim outside the Maronite College of the Holy Family where a staff member was threatened. Picture: Gene Ramirez <a href=”http://ad-apac.doubleclick.net/N6411/jump/onl.fairfaxregional/parramattasun/community;ctype=article;cat=parramattasun;cat1=community;cat2=homepage;cat3=2568402;region=outersydney;locstate=nsw;pos=1;tile=2;sz=xxxx;ord=67536391?”><img src=”http://ad-apac.doubleclick.net/N6411/ad/onl.fairfaxregional/parramattasun/community;ctype=article;cat=parramattasun;cat1=community;cat2=homepage;cat3=2568402;region=outersydney;locstate=nsw;pos=1;tile=2;sz=xxxx;ord=67536391?” /></a> A Maronite school threatened in Harris Park is wary the incident […]

Plenty of smoke but little fire in Tony Abbott’s concerns over Muslim radicals

2 Sep

http://m.theage.com.au/comment/plenty-of-smoke-but-little-fire-in-tony-abbotts-concerns-over-muslim-radicals-20140901-10ay16.html http://bit.ly/1B8AlGQ Published in The Age, 2 September 2014 The Islamic State is emerging as a political movement.   The Prime Minister should be a beacon leading us out of the terrorism smoke, not fanning the flames. Mr Abbott’s announcement that $13.4 million will be earmarked to “support community efforts to prevent young Australians being radicalised” is […]

ISIS: Lessons from the KKK

2 Sep

http://thehoopla.com.au/isis-lessons-kkk/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvhsiEHFctY&feature=player_embedded ISIS: LESSONS FROM THE KKK Published in The Hoopla, September 2, 2014 Multiple choice question: Was it ISIS, KKK or Al Qaeda that was described as a “terrorist organisation, which in its endeavours to intimidate, or even eliminate those it dislikes, using the most brutal of methods”? This is how US Supreme Court […]