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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: violence, masculinity and class struggle edition

How can we stop the problem of street violence? Lock up all them men … what it means to be Australian … and why the hell do Liberal premiers seem to hate the environment so much?

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Crikey says: away from headlines, assaults are rising

The media drove a campaign to Do Something about violence in Sydney. It won, but Barry O’Farrell’s knee-jerk response ignores the real victims of violence in Australia. The data doesn’t lie.

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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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King hit or coward’s punch: the language of violence and why it matters

Assault victim Daniel Christie’s family has argued the term “king hit” should be changed to “coward’s punch”. Crikey intern Broede Carmody looks at the arguments for and against the change.

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How South Sudan fell apart so quickly — and how it might be saved

South Sudan has been in a vulnerable position since its independence in 2011, and there is no clear end in sight to the sectarian violence. How does the fledgling nation move forward?

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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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Women in PNG: blue ribbon for abuse, white for violence

Women in PNG are raped, beaten and murdered by partners, fathers and brothers. Ume Wainetti, national co-ordinator of the PNG Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee, has had enough.

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With Pistorius in court, South Africa examines its violent psyche

South Africa is captivated by the Oscar Pistorius murder case. But it should also be examining its predisposition to violence towards women and culture of fear. Qawe Mbalu, a Cape Town-born Australian designer, writes from Pretoria.

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What sparked the attack on the cartoonist?

Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks was attacked last week for depicting the prophet Mohammed as a dog. Why the sensitivity? Academic and broadcaster Waleed Aly explains everything to Crikey intern Matt de Neef.

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Female-female violent crime rate triples

When did females become so nasty to each other, asks Sarah McKenzie.

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The Independent | PEOPLE & IDEAS|

How lollies are turning your kids into violent adults

Following on from the iconic delayed gratification marshmallow test, comes the news that children who eat lollies every day during their childhood have more of a propensity towards violence as adults.

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The Sydney Morning Herald | AUSTRALIA|

The bloody cost of living 24/7

The sad truth about the prevalence of public violence is that it has more to do with our changing social habits than anything else, says Shaun Carney. The law can’t help; only slowing down can.

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Digging deep for the roots of urban violence

Respect: that is the demand beneath most of the violence that’s suddenly become more visible, mobile, and common.

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Sydney nightclubbers give voxpop gold

Ninemsn canvases insightful eyewitness reports from violence in Sydnety’s King’s Cross.

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APEC fear and loathing: we can’t protest here, it’s bat country

Despite water cannons, neo-Nazi provocateurs and legions of twitchy cops, the APEC protests actually manifested less violence than the average inner-city Saturday night.

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Tips and rumours

Andrew Metcalfe, secretary of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, will take up the role of head of ASIO from 1 July with current dep sec Bob Correll taking over as secretary of Immigration. Kava imports have been banned as part of the Federal Government’s “Child abuse response”. I live in the mining town of […]

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