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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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Rundle: IS’ — and capitalism’s — worst crime is the destruction of culture

IS’ barbarism has shocked the world. But its most horrific crime has been the destruction of our common heritage. And the almighty dollar has done that even more effectively.

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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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Constitutional recognition is not a cure-all

Crikey readers have their say on the death penalty, South Australian politics and other issues of the day.

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Our return to Iraq does not merit conspiracy theories

Crikey readers have their say on ACMA, our return to Iraq and other issues of the day.

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Abbott’s war-mongering helps no one

Crikey readers have their say on a return to Iraq.

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The lie that puts you at risk as Abbott wraps himself in the flag

Australia’s return to Iraq will make us less safe, and is based on a lie. Again.

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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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Train in vain: the absurd history of training the Iraqi Army

From Iran to Israel to Korea to Romania, the list of countries that have trained Iraqis since 2003 is lengthy. And none achieved anything.

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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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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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