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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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Media briefs: Foxtel falls … newsworthy beheadings … Joan Rivers dies …

Foxtel spooked by the dawning of the age of digital streaming. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Crikey Clarifier: just what is the peshmerga, anyway?

There are a lot of distinct groups fighting off Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Kurdistan. But what is the YPG? The PKK? And PJAK? Crikey intern Andrei Ghoukassian explains.

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Islamic State, homicidal click-bait and the politics of snuff films

Real world violence can too often take on a false cinematic quality for those trying to understand and prevent it. It’s about time we went off-script.

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Why terrorists really hate the West

Terrorists hate us for our freedom, right? It’s a bit more complicated than that, writes The Mandarin journalist David Donaldson.

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Media briefs: spin cycles … Sky’s moolah … ISIS satire …

Does Sydney’s lord mayor employ more PR hacks than the Prime Minister? And other media tidbits of the day.

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Symbols of malevolent power

Crikey readers talk Israel and the symbols of IS.

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Rundle: the real target in Iraq intervention is not IS, but Iran

When it comes to the Islamic State, media and politicians are currently engaging in a competition to out-sententious each other. As always, the bluster and rhetoric hide more grievous atrocities and some harsh geopolitical realities.

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How and why Shiites are sidelined from Australian public life

The majority of Western Muslim organisations are dominated by Sunni Muslims, writes lawyer, author and commentator Irfan Yusuf. But what about the Shia?

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Government breaches its own terror laws in returning to Iraq

In arming the Kurdish regional government, Tony Abbott is helping a proscribed terrorist organisation and placing Australians at greater risk of terrorist attack.

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Mike Carlton and Hamas’ complicity

Crikey readers have their say about Mike Carlton’s column on Gaza, and whether Australia should become involved in Iraq.

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Retracing our steps on the march into Iraq

The parallels between the current path to intervention in Iraq and Syria and the Iraq War 11 years ago are uncanny and discomfitting.

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IS got you down? Worried about the future of media? Ask Sam de Brito!

Want to know what to think about the rise of the Islamic State? Should America withdraw from the policy spheres of other nations, or will that give rise to more brutality? Ask Sam de Brito, Fairfax’s everyman, who will give you the answers you need, with the sex advice you don’t.

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Let’s hope porn connoisseurs can stop anti-terror laws — as Muslims leaders won’t

The Abbott government’s proposed anti-terror laws should be repelled by a unified front of civil libertarians and Muslims. Unfortunately, some groups have been lax in their duty, writes Irfan Yusuf.

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Captain Pander rehearses some tired terror rituals

We’re rehearsing many of the terrorism rituals that took place in the lead-up to the Iraq War, including the targeting of the Muslim community.

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Promoting the grisly terrorism theatre of IS

The grisly murder of James Foley is the continuation of a well-established Islamic extremist tradition of media manipulation. And it works.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: we hide their dead — and ours — in a war we have no stomach for

Islamic State militants have released a video of the murder of American journalist James Foley, while American drones slaughter children in secret. Who is the barbarian here?

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SBS channels Frontline, pokes ’50 psycho wogs’ for a laugh

Last week’s episode of Insight made a show of trying to understand the Islamic State and its Australian supporters. But all it really did, courtesy of some strategic edits, was stoke the flames of Islamophobia.

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Remember WMD? Just labelling something ‘terrorism’ isn’t enough

Not all terrorist groups want the same thing, and you can’t spy on millions of Australians with the blanket rationale of the War on Terror, writes international relations professor Dr Scott Burchill.

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