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‘No credible threat’ from the virus of radicalisation

Radicalisation of young Muslims can be stopped easily — by not attacking Muslim countries. But Western governments persist in treating it as a kind of virus.

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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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Keane: Iraq intervention part of a war without end

The deteriorating Iraq situation and our response to it merely perpetuates a War on Terror that will always curb our freedoms.

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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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Aussies dead in drone strikes — and Brandis does not care

The government has no view on whether the killing of two Australians by US drone strikes in Yemen was illegal, inappropriate or concerning, George Brandis reveals.

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An Australian killed, to the studied indifference of his government

An Australian has been killed overseas. But the federal government is strangely incurious about it, and has nothing to say about it. Its ideology is getting in the way.

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US embassy alert shows war against al-Qaeda offshoot wages

The unprecedented closure of US embassies across the Middle East and Africa shows al-Qaeda and its deadly offshoots are still active and at war with America and its allies.

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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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America’s self-fulfilling war rhetoric — and Obama’s challenge to dismantle it

Barack Obama says his objective is to “continue to fight terrorism without keeping America on a perpetual wartime footing.” If he succeeds, he will have earnt his Novel peace prize, writes Charles Richardson.

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Defence spending: the most expensive ‘free ride’ in history

Australia is not “free-riding” on the US. Instead, we’re doing what everyone else, including the US itself, is doing and cutting unnecessary expenditure. Only US contractors lose.

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War on privacy: committee sends Roxon back to drawing board

Nicola Roxon’s efforts to establish a process for expanding national security powers has suffered a hiccup, with the powerful Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security asking her to redraft it.

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Busy times in national security as the DHS comes to town

The government has moved to expand national security powers as we integrate further into America’s War on Terror.

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Axis of Evil still relevant 10 years on

David Frum helped to write George W Bush’s iconic “Axis of Evil” speech a decade ago. That speech was heavily criticised at the time, but Bush’s claims have all been proved true, says Frum.

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War on terror: how to calculate if it has been worth it

There’s a way to calculate how much value we’ve got from our war on terror spending. The result isn’t encouraging.

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The winners from the war on terror

Our $16.7 billion spending on the war on terror had ended up in some interesting hands — and hasn’t necessarily reduced the threat of terrorism.

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Common sense is cheap, which is why it has no lobby group

Crikey readers have their say.

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What has the war on terror cost taxpayers, and did they get value for money?

Spending on the war on terror is higher now than at the height of 9/11 hysteria. Budget papers show the Howard, Rudd and Gillard governments have spent more than $15 billion on the war since 2001.

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The strange twilight nature of the war in Afghanistan

Prime Minister Gillard’s and Opposition leader Abbott’s words on Lance Corporal Andrew Jones and Lieutenant Marcus Case showed the strange twilight nature of the war.

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One lawyer, countless miscarriages of justice

For more than three decades defence lawyer Gareth Peirce has represented high profile defendants in war on terror cases, arguing they have been miscarriages of justice. She’s all too often been proved right, writes Colin Murphy.

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America wrestles its conscience post-bin Laden

Hillary Clinton stood shoulder to shoulder with Kevin Rudd earlier today in Washington, two life-long opponents of the death penalty, praising the extra-judicial killing of an unarmed man. But it changes everything when it’s Osama bin Laden.

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How the war on terror may finally succumb to ridicule

There’s been a bit of talk in the last couple of weeks about what a blow the wave of Middle Eastern revolutions has been to al-Qaeda and its terrorist agenda.

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Drones in Pakistan halt terror attack on Europe

Remember how the Eiffel Tower was evacuated recently? Plans for a Mumbai-style terror attack on Britain, France, and Germany were intercepted by international intelligence organisations and then foiled by missile drones on Pakistan militants last week.

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USA: now at war with Pakistan?

Officially the US and its international troops in Afghanistan are not fighting a war in Pakistan. But with air strikes launching into Pakistan last week, Pakistan is angry with the cross-border invasion. The Atlantic Wire wraps the latest.

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The War on Terror ends, the War on Al-Qaeda begins

The US National Security Strategy was announced last week, finally bringing an official end to the War of Terror. The war strategy shows Barack Obama as a very different president to his predecessor, writes Waleed Aly.

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