Irfan Yusuf —

Irfan Yusuf

Lawyer, author and commentator


Should freedom of speech extend to God? A blasphemous debate

Should freedom of speech extend to God? A blasphemous debate

November 8, 2013 21

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

September 19, 2012 9

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

September 13, 2011 12

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

June 22, 2011 8

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

NSW election: the ethnic vote battle that is Lakemba

March 1, 2011

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

February 18, 2011 7

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

February 4, 2011 8

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

October 1, 2010 1

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.

The real Delhi: not as dirty, scary and chaotic as the media thinks

September 28, 2010 1

Over the past few weeks, we’ve read Western sporting officials declare that Delhi’s Commonwealth Games won’t work because the city (and in particular the athletes’ village) is “filthy”, “uninhabitable” and “seriously compromised”. It's only half the story.

Northern Qld politics no place for wusses, sheilas

August 19, 2010 1

Politics in central Queensland mining town of Mackay isn’t a game for wusses. Or women for that matter.