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Terror raids a media spectacle, but it’s war that puts us in danger

While we reap the consequences of returning to Iraq, it’s clearer than ever that the campaign against ISIL will struggle to be effective.

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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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Key issues around security laws likely to get lost in the terror noise

Who gets to sign off on important new ASIO powers is an issue that should be carefully debated, but it will get ignored as fear of terrorism ramps up.

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Committee recommends (marginally) reining in new security laws — but media still face jail

A parliamentary committee has signed off on the first set of national security reforms, but wants some tightening on controversial proposals.

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Brandis goes Left Bank in his search for terror hype

Using words like “existential” to describe terrorism is part of a lengthy, and wholly absurd, tradition of hyping it.

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Crikey Clarifier: what exactly is a high terror alert?

On Friday Prime Minister Tony Abbott raised the terror threat level to “high”, suggesting a terrorist attack is “likely”. Should we all be at panic stations? Crikey intern Toli Papadopoulos explains.

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How army rankings translate to civilian middle management

Crikey readers have their say on terror threat levels, the real meaning of “moomba” and other issues of the day.

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Abbott has made Australia less safe — so he’s right to lift the threat level

Tony Abbott’s announcement that the terrorism threat level has been raised is correct — after all, he has taken a deliberate decision that will make Australians less safe, and done so for political purposes.

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Keane: we are failing domestic violence victims with our terrorism obsession

Why do we prioritise terrorism as a threat to Australians when domestic violence kills hundreds of women and children?

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What is the real terrorism threat level?

Crikey readers have their say on the threat of terrorism and student politics.

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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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Who is hurt the most from super changes?

The Abbott government’s refusal to increase super contributions will hurt the poor and women the most.

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The real threat of terrorism to Australians, by the numbers

Terrorism kills fewer Australians than even the most exotic causes of death, yet we’re obsessed with it. The numbers show why we’d be better off focusing on less glamorous subjects.

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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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Essential: terrorism hype working well

Australians believe the terrorism threat is growing, but still support multiculturalism and a non-discriminatory immigration policy, today’s Essential Report shows.

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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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Mike Carlton: Gaza is Israel’s Vietnam, with Hamas victorious

Benjamin Netanyahu has ensured that no Israeli will ever again know peace, writes former ABC war correspondent and naval historian Mike Carlton.

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The federal budget is a dodgy product, poorly sold

Crikey readers share their thoughts on the budget, News Corp and other issues of the day.

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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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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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War on Terror keeps the terrorist cash cycle going

Despite what the government might say, Australian taxpayers have been directly and indirectly helping fund terrorism for years.

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Follow Friday: @r3sho on the Kurdish twittersphere and the battle against the Islamic State

Kurdistan is back in the media spotlight as the Islamic State’s power spreads — and it’s up to Kurdish ex-pats to keep it there, says Resho Bistuyek.

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