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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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Be wary of ‘watch lists’

Crikey readers have their say about ASIO overreach and what, if anything, could have been done to prevent Monday’s Sydney siege.

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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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PM’s rebuke focuses attention on siege intelligence failure

As the Prime Minister publicly questions the AFP and ASIO’s monitoring of Man Monis, an inquiry is now underway into a possible intelligence failure.

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The media’s siege failures

Crikey readers have their say on the dramatic Lindt cafe siege.

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Keane: the day the Australian media lost its credibility

Yesterday’s events in Sydney showed the media, for the most part, isn’t up to the task of calm, well-informed coverage of terrorism events.

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Terror in a social media age

The Australian media acted with considerable restraint during the Sydney Lindt cafe siege. But future terrorists and hostage takers will not need professional journalists to get their demands and agendas out.

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Sydney gunman a criminal, not a terrorist

Man Haron Monis was a desperate, violent middle-aged man, not a jihadi.

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Politics on hold while Sydney siege continues

An unfolding siege in Sydney, with possible terrorist links, has put federal politics on hold while we wait for the incident to be brought to an end.

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Committee lashes out at lack of a key national security role

The powerful parliamentary intelligence committee has expressed its displeasure at the ongoing lack of a key security role within government.

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Think you know the world’s terrorism hotspots? Think again

India does not spring to mind as a global terrorism hotspot, but lawyer and commentator Irfan Yusuf finds there’s much we don’t know about the world’s second-most populous nation.

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The ABC’s detractors ignore its true benefits

Crikey readers have their say on the TPP, terrorism and the ABC debate.

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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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Intelligence committee wants ‘foreign fighter’ changes — and a much bigger role

The powerful Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security wants significant changes to the government’s “foreign fighters” legislation — and a much greater future role for itself in overseeing legislation.

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