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‘Not out of place in Pinochet’s Chile’: the chilling effect of our anti-terrorism laws

Freelance writer James Rose talks with the author of a new book on the frightening consequences of Australia’s anti-terror laws.

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Why we need two people in a cockpit at all times (not because of terror threats)

The probability of a cockpit medical emergency is much higher than an attempt by terrorists to storm a cockpit.

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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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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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Essential: Abbott up, kind of — and new Iraq venture opposed

Voters are opposed to Australia’s return to Iraq, while Tony Abbott has improved his standing with voters to merely terrible, in today’s Essential Report.

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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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Essential: voters endorse Abbott on national security

Voters strongly back Tony Abbott on terrorism and want less freedom in exchange for security, today’s Essential poll finds. But the Coalition is still well adrift of Labor.

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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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Abbott targets Muslims and backflips on free speech in terrorism statement

The Prime Minister has unveiled a series of legislative measures and attacked the Muslim community in his national security statement.

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Quickie siege report ignores key issues around Monis

A six week review of the Sydney siege was never likely to produce a substantial report — and it fails to address the key issues around Man Monis and his path to murder.

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The new Abbott, much like the old one, with added aggro

Tony Abbott told his divided partyroom he wanted to fight Labor. His conception of the Prime Ministership seems to consist of nothing more.

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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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An unlikely martyr emerges from Paris supermarket siege

Yoav Hattab, a 21-year-old Tunisian Jew, was murdered in a kosher supermarket on the day of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Eyewitness accounts show that he died a hero, trying to protect his fellow hostages, writes freelance journalist Ken Haley.

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A brief history of death-defying popes

As Pope Francis tours his way through Asia, we take a look back at some of his predecessors’ hairiest encounters abroad.

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Rundle: after Hebdo, the world enters political limbo

Both the Right and the Left have eschewed any attempt to sensibly comprehend and politically locate the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

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Eight factors that shape how Muslims see the West

While Tony Abbott would have us think the West’s hands are clean, a look at our actions in the Middle East reveal plenty of cause for resentment, writes Scott Burchill.

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Anonymous fights jihadists, who fight states, who fight Anonymous

Telling the difference between friends and enemies just got harder after Anonymous decided to take on the jihadist enemies of nations that have, in the past, tried so hard to thwart Anonymous.

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Why Australia’s news editors ran the Charlie Hebdo cartoons

The journalistic ethics around republishing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons are delicate, and Australian editors didn’t take their responsibilities lightly.

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Razer: Je ne suis pas Charlie

Though satire has a rich history in Western culture, it does not win wars. And to believe that Charlie Hebdo was attacked simply for its irreverence is tragically myopic.

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Terrorism has many faces in Pakistan

Extrajudicial punishment is meted out with alarming inconsistency in a state torn apart by terrorism.

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Six ways to deal with the far-right

The fallout from yesterday’s Charlie Hebdo will likely produce a wave of support for far-right parties. Here are some practical lessons in dealing with extremist political parties.

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Rundle: Charlie Hebdo, terrorism and the distortion of popular memory

The violence against French journalists and cartoonists has shaken the world — but the reaction is something Charlie Hebdo itself would’ve mocked.

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Pressure builds for independent inquiry into siege

Talk of a reshuffle won’t allay community concerns about the handling of Man Monis and the Sydney siege. And the pressure for a judicial inquiry is growing.

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Keane’s year in review: the gap between reason and democracy, and how we fell in

There’s a gap between rational policy and what we get in a democracy. And this year the gap grew so wide we all fell in.

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