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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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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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Rundle: Iraq on the brink will change the world, for good or ill

Crikey’s writer-at-large ponders the next stage in the crisis unfolding in Iraq — a situation where the world will not come out as it went in.

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Rundle: Brandis’ most important value is not free speech, it is whiteness

George Brandis is a champion of free speech — except, of course, if such speech is “dangerous” or “extremist”.

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Crikey Clarifier: what’s so dangerous about Uthman Badar?

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas has scrapped a lecture on “honour killings” — murder of women said to have brought shame on their families. The talk’s author now says the cancellation was due to racism, and he would never defend honour killings. Crikey intern Rachel Clayton looks at the facts.

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Rundle: as ISIS strengthens, the age of empires ends

Iraq is a shambles, a legacy of a failed imperialism. But it’s not just the Middle East — everywhere you look, empires and contrived states are falling apart.

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Australian schools, get ready for an ideological onslaught

The curious case of the “Trojan Horse” document in the United Kingdom has vital lessons for Australia’s education system.

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Rundle: Advance of militants in Iraq means the end of the West as we know it

The recent arrival in Iraq of the ultra-Islamist group ISIS marks the end of the hegemonic West.

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US intervention in Syria could escalate a bloody war

If it is proved the Syrian government used chemical weapons, the United States will likely intervene in the civil war. But would that help save lives or just make things worse?

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Al-Qaida’s recruitment crisis

Militant Islam just isn’t pulling in the punters like it used to. Eight years since 9/11, the group’s failed to have any big “hits” in the West since the 2005 London bombings, despite expanding its operations. Has it jumped the shark?

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Ethiopian troops return to Somalia

Less than a year after fleeing in the face of an Islamist insurgency, Ethiopian forces have come back to help prevent a moderate government from collapsing at the hands of militant Islamists.

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