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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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The inconvenient link between mental health and ‘lone wolf’ terrorism

The reality of radicalisation and terrorism is far more complex than the simplistic, self-serving narratives offered by politicians and the media.

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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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Andrew Nikolic’s Middle Eastern vision provides something for everyone

Following Andrew Nikolic’s logic on the Middle East is quite a challenge, but it seems he never saw a Middle Eastern country he didn’t want to attack.

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On a post-Islamic State future

Crikey readers discuss Islamic State, surveillance and other issues of the day.

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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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Abbott’s (and Shorten’s) lies lead Australia to a sinister place

The government has based its extensions of national security powers, and its involvement in Iraq, on lies. And they will damage us like the previous Iraq war damaged us.

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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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AFP gagged, state agencies run for cover on terror-Iraq link

The government won’t allow the Australian Federal Police to comment on whether its decision to go to war in Iraq has increased the risk of terrorism in Australia.

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Rundle: attacking IS will bring the caliphate into being

Taking on the Islamic State will require the West to make some uncomfortable friends. Are we going to arm Hamas? Hezbollah? Is al-Qaeda or Assad our best hope now?

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Abbott, the nervy pugilist who may or may not have taken us to war

Tony Abbott’s eagerness to get involved in the “war” against Islamic State obscures how little we know what we’re doing in Iraq, or with whom we’re doing it.

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Why we can’t get enough of jihadi sluts

There is nothing like the heady mix of sex and death, and if you throw in some terrorism and betrayal of “our” values, the Western media just can’t resist.

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Who is John Galt?

Crikey readers have their say on submarines, the real threat of Islamic State and the selflessness of mining companies.

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Rundle: while we manufacture IS panic, a real virus is threatening the world

Will the arrival of a possible Ebola case in the Gold Coast reset global priorities? Don’t hold what’s left of your breath.

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Tips and rumours

Adele Ferguson and The Oz … Dispatches from Korea … Murdoch’s opinions on page three girls …

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The deceit at the heart of the terrorism hysteria

The global rise in terrorism in 2013 disguises that it is the West’s intervention in Iraq that is still causing misery and death.

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Getting to the core of the threat of Islamic State

The threat to the West from Islamic State depends entirely on whom you talk to — a politician, or a security official.

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