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Irfan Yusuf

Irfan Yusuf —

Lawyer, author and commentator

The complicated calculus of terrorists v war criminals

The complicated calculus of terrorists v war criminals

Why have we been focusing all of our attention on lone-wolf terror suspects, while a man accused of horrific war crimes attracts scant mention?

Terror hysteria: <em>Herald Sun</em> plays judge, jury and executioner

Terror hysteria: Herald Sun plays judge, jury and executioner

What do you get when you cross a blatant disregard for facts and legal due process with a "feral Andrew Bolt column"? The Herald Sun, of course.

Should freedom of speech extend to God? A blasphemous debate

Should freedom of speech extend to God? A blasphemous debate

Freedom to lampoon religion and religious figures is still a criminal offence in most states and territories. Should it be? At a debate in Sydney last night, the strong feeling was no.

Why Muslim leaders must change the rhetoric

Why Muslim leaders must change the rhetoric

Many Muslims in Sydney haven't been this embarrassed since Shaykh Hilaly's infamous catmeat comments. It's time to change the rhetoric from Muslim leaders.

Ten years on, 9/13 a milestone for minorities

Ten years on, 9/13 a milestone for minorities

Today is the 13th day of September -- 10 years after an important milestone for the United States and the West. Ten years ago our way of life and our freedoms, our liberal democracy and our rule of law were all assaulted and violated. It is time to stop and reflect.

Those who judge judges, lawyers need a lesson in depression

Those who judge judges, lawyers need a lesson in depression

We need our legal profession to consist solely of stable, sane and depression-free individuals.

NSW election: the ethnic vote battle that is Lakemba

NSW election: the ethnic vote battle that is Lakemba

With the NSW election coming up on March 26, there will no doubt be plenty of attention paid to the so-called ethnic vote.

The media pigeonholing Muslims is not helping any cause

The media pigeonholing Muslims is not helping any cause

Yes, there's a lot that all ethnic and religious communities in Auburn and Lakemba community need to do, but to assume that gangland is defined purely by one religion is just ridiculous. Last time I checked, the Morans weren’t praying five times a day.

Al Jazeera English's Cairo performance: it's the new CNN

Al Jazeera English's Cairo performance: it's the new CNN

If the first Iraq War in 1991 made CNN’s reputation, surely its ongoing coverage of the Egypt uprising should cement AJE’s reputation as a world-class broadcaster.

Stuff the dirty dunnies, it's the religious violence that could halt Delhi

Stuff the dirty dunnies, it's the religious violence that could halt Delhi

Yes, many Indians are very embarrassed over the poor state of the dunnies at the athletes’ village in New Delhi. But they are more concerned about the threat of communalist violence.