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MH17: more Australians dead than September 11

Tragic history has been written for Australia today. The Ukraine plane crash is the second-worst terrorist attack in our history, and the third-worst plane crash, in terms of casualties.

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Twitter becoming the latest instrument of terrorism

Terrorist groups have been targeting Twitter to put out fake warnings and alerts. But this is only the beginning of social media terrorism.

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As Iraq collapses, where will Syrian refugees go?

Iraq is home to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. But with ISIS destabilising Iraq, where will they go? Crikey intern Rachel Clayton reports.

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Walker attacks abolition of security law oversight as changes loom

The office charged with vetting security laws is being abolished right at the moment the government is considering further strengthening counter-terrorism laws.

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Iraq insurgency revives shuffling zombie neocon army

The chaos in Iraq is another chance for neoconservatives to push for Western intervention — a course that will again make us less safe from terrorism.

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Why white terrorism isn’t terrorism

Terrorism by white people isn’t framed as terrorism because it undermines the real benefits of the War on Terror for western governments.

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A hard case of harmful speech: should we ban anti-vaccination talk?

There are better examples of speech that causes harm than the ones we’re debating in relation to the Racial Discrimination Act. What about the anti-vaxxers?

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What the MH370 search will — and won’t — find

The search party for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight is now fuelled by satellite imagery rather than speculation.

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Blood brothers: the Sydney jihadists who took on Assad

A number of Australian Muslims have gone to Syria to fight against the Assad regime. Freelance Chris Ray, who recently returned from Syria, looks at the tale of two Sydney brothers.

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Razer’s class warfare: Nelson Mandela and giving violence a chance

Let’s stop banging on about forgiveness and peace. Nelson Mandela was locked up for being a terrorist — and sometimes armed rebellion is the only way to bring about change.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The Washington Post says “something’s not quite right” with the US’s financial situation. Understatement of the year?

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Oil and blood: Kenyan mall attack is Somali payback

The Al-Shabaab attack on a Kenyan shopping mall was retaliation for Kenya’s intervention in Somalia, writes United Nations adviser in Nairobi Robert Johnson. And there’s also the matter of oil …

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Crikey Clarifier: Australia’s counter-terrorism legal landscape

With the UK examining its counter-terrorism laws, freelance jouranlist Farz Edraki asks: are Australia’s counter-terrorism laws too restrictive and in need of reform?

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After 9/11, they may take their purses but never their freedom

The United States has traded liberty for security, with a vast domestic spying program and unprecedented security measures. Does that mean the terrorists have won?

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How Googling pressure cookers attracted a visit from the FBI

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Obama’s surveillance state revealed in detail

Two major revelations have exposed the extent of the Obama Administration’s mass surveillance of phone and internet use.

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The greatest threat to our rights is the Attorney-General’s Department

The record of the Attorney-General’s Department shows that, on national security, the department is the greatest threat to Australians’ rights.

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Woolwich killers get exactly what they want

The response to the Woolwich terrorists’ attack on drummer Lee Rigby was exactly what the killers were aiming for. Was it a crime or an act of terror?

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David Hicks freezeframed in the media’s perpetual present

On Wednesday, it was revealed David Hicks would be appealing against his conviction for supporting terrorism. Except it had all been reported six months ago, and no one bothered to check — or to get the story right.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

A new Pew Research Center survey of Muslims around the globe finds that most adherents are deeply committed to their faith and want its teachings to shape not only their personal lives but also their societies and politics.

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How the Boston bombings exposed the fragility of the American state

In the messy aftermath of the Boston bombings, there’s food for thought on the American state and the social media revolution.

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The curious radio silence from Russia on the Boston bombings

Russia’s President — and the media — have remained fairly restrained on the Chechnyan link to the Boston bombings. Freelance writer (and Russian speaker) Sasha Petrova asks why. Is it a moral victory for Russia?

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Boston and the expanding danger of Chechen Islamist jihad

Chechen Muslims have been increasingly melded with jihadist Islam, and now it seems the US has its own brush with homegrown Islamist terrorism.

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Democratising the exploitation of terrorism after Boston

Terrorist incidents in Western countries now produce a highly ritualised response, and that applies to social media as well.

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Muslim feet on Ground Zero: ‘people are starting to forget about us’

Is there still anti-Muslim sentiment in lower Manhattan? After the Boston bombings, Crikey visits the 9/11 memorial and Park51, the so-called “Ground Zero mosque”, to find out.

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