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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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Abbott’s latest bizarre captain’s call a dog-whistle at cultural trolls

Islamic State is as Islamic as the Liberal Party is liberal — but you wouldn’t know it from Abbott’s dog-whistling.

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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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Media briefs: Alan Jones is everywhere … Tassie defo laws dumped … Kennett quits over pay …

Tasmania dumps its defamation laws. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Hizb ut-Tahrir a convenient scapegoat, but we should not ban it

Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Prime Minister need each other. And banning the organisation will only add to its allure among extremists.

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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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Rundle: Monis was a criminal. The Tele made him a terrorist.

The Australian tabloids gave a lone gunman exactly what he wanted — the association with Islamic State.

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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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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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