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How the Western media supports terrorism

Daesh supporters post gruesome photographs on social media to spread propaganda. And the Western media have been very willing to help out with that.

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War, what is it good for? Employment for the counter-terrorism crowd

What ever would those employed by the counter-terrorism industry do if peace were to break out for good?

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The enemy of my enemy? Beware of cherrypicking Islamic sects

Western governments have long tried to fight terrorism by supporting opposing sectarian Islamic groups. But this is not necessarily the way forward.

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Crikey clarifier: should IS sympathisers be charged with treason?

Jacqui Lambie has said those who support Islamic State should be prosecuted for treason. Does she have a point?

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So you think you can Daesh: why schoolgirls are the new recruits

Infantilising young Muslim women won’t prevent the rise in “jihadi brides” fleeing Western nations to join Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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Media briefs: slicing 7.30FT goes metered … Weisbrot settles in …

Fairfax puts a Labor pollie on the wrong side of history. And other media tidbits of the day.

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An informative (but incomplete) reminder of Muslim leaders speaking up clearly

Prime Minister Tony Abbott thinks Muslim community leaders are not vocal enough about condemning terrorism. To help the PM out, Crikey intern Abbey Casey has found numerous examples that say otherwise.

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Press Council slams the Oz, but Mitchell’s having none of it

The ongoing war between the national broadsheet and the press council heats up — not that The Oz’s editor-in-chief is worried.

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The devil wears Shahada: how IS uses radicalised women to market jihad

The increased use of female suicide bombers by Islamic State militants is, in large part, due to the increased media coverage they generate.

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Bypassing the filter: Abbott snubs journos in Iraq, but will it work?

Politicians circumventing the independent press to speak directly to the public is nothing new, but this fraught practice does seem to be increasingly popular with our leaders.

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Rundle: Abbott visits Iraq, desperately seeking a coherent message

Team Abbott’s surprise visit to Iraq was, to put it mildly, a little curious. To put it less mildly, the move smacks of a government desperate to find a meaningful project after a year of failures.

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‘The Christians had nothing’: refugees, safe but weary, prepare for a Christmas far from home

Jordanian churches have become the temporary home of thousands of refugees from Iraq. Journalist Nigel O’Connor talks to them in Amman and finds that although conditions are harsh, they feel lucky to be alive.

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Hizb ut-Tahrir leader’s murder exposes Abbott’s (and our) ignorance

Tony Abbott has accused Hizb ut-Tahrir of supporting terrorism, and Emma Alberici has accused it of having links to Islamic State. But tell that to the leader of HT recently murdered by IS. Lawyer, author and commentator Irfan Yusuf reports.

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As we chuckle at the ‘cali-fatties’, real questions remain unanswered

Western young men travelling to the Middle East to become jihadis is a serious problem that demands serious coverage. But all the tabloids care about it is jelly belly jihadis. Irfan Yusuf, lawyer, author and commentator, reports.

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Why George Brandis wants to throw me in jail

I travelled to Iraq to see the effects of the war being waged in my name. But under the Foreign Fighters Bill, I could be prosecuted and jailed — and I would have no defence, writes freelance journalist Dan Moss.

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Ebola-wielding terrorists/immigrants and the politics of fear

Ebola is in the US! Maybe IS agents have it! Maybe Mexicans! Crikey’s writer-at-large finds the Ebola narrative fits in perfectly with Americans’ terror of everything.

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An ‘apocalyptic death cult’? What IS really wants

Western politicians talk about Islamic State as a devastating, almost mythical terrorist organisation that only wants evil and destruction. Freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian finds the group is more of a mid-sized militia.

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Emma Alberici (and the West) doesn’t understand anything about Muslims

Emma Alberici’s drawn praise for her heated interview with the head of a radical Islam group, but her conduct was not exemplary.

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Critical thinking the first casualty of war

Not only are we not getting satisfactory answers about the new conflict in Iraq — no one is even asking the right questions.

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Media briefs: Clare on community TV … Grey Lady cuts … ISIS began here? …

Labor doesn’t mind community TV being kicked off the airwaves — it just says they need more time. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Crikey Clarifier: what are the new anti-terror laws and how do they work?

Earlier in the week, Australian Federal Police obtained the first ever preventative detention orders for three people arrested in anti-terror raids in Sydney’s north-west. But what purpose do the anti-terror laws serve and how do they work? Crikey intern Toli Papadopoulos finds out.

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A galling Gallic problem

Crikey readers talk France and Britain’s economies and the conflict in the Middle East.

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Rundle: embracing Islamists abroad while fomenting terrorism at home

The global making and breaking of alliances in the fight against the Islamic State is an incoherent mess. Likewise our own government’s self-serving response to the matter.

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Abbott’s terror hype has a shamrock-shaped precedent

Tony Abbott would do well to take heed of the lessons from the so-called Fenian conspiracy.

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By ignoring Muslim voices, Australia is losing the war on terror

Our government’s tendency to treat radicalised Muslims as somehow worse than radicalised Christians has squandered the trust of the Islamic community, writes lawyer, author and commentator Irfan Yusuf.

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