Irfan Yusuf —

Irfan Yusuf

Lawyer, author and commentator

September, 2009

Terrorism is about occupation, not religion

, Sep 08, 2009

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Why did these young Muslim men decide to kill thousands of people? Excerpts from their “martyrdom mission” video recordings all point to one simple theme: “Get out of our lands”.

The warped logic of banning al-Manar

, Aug 11, 2009

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There are many good arguments for and against allowing the Lebanese Hezbollah-run TV station al-Manar to be broadcast in Australia, writes : but those put forward by the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council aren't any of them.

Somali politics is just as much about clan as it is religion

, Aug 04, 2009

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Some reporting and analysis of today's raids in The Oz of an alleged terrorist group showed a laughable ignorance of Somali and/or Muslim cultures.

Costello shows little faith in the possibilities of education

, Jul 29, 2009

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Peter Costello thinks Christian schools should only have Christian teachers. Perhaps he could learn a thing or two from many of Australia's Muslim schools, says Irfan Yusuf.

NSW Libs at loggerheads as intra-factional action heats up

, Jul 28, 2009

The NSW Liberals' religious right want to roll back secularism. But if they do that, hey’ll effectively make the Party unelectable. They’ll also be answering Nathan Rees’ prayers.

Is Obama sucking up to Muslim and Arab nations?

, Jul 14, 2009

Barack Obama's visit to Ghana, his first tour of sub-Saharan Africa, didn't please everyone, writes Irfan Yusuf.

Your unpronounceable surname could cost you that job

, Jun 18, 2009

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A new study has found wide-spread labour market discrimination against people with foreign names when applying for jobs in Australia.

Iranian elections: of mullahs, women and Jews

, Jun 11, 2009

Iranian elections aren’t exactly perfect and neither is Iranian democracy, but Iran is far more democratic than other “moderate” states (as in pro-Western) in the Middle East, writes Irfan Yusuf.

Writers’ fest does blogging. Your thoughts?

, May 25, 2009

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To blog or not to blog? That was just one of the questions posed by moderator Rachel Hills to a panel of bloggers, journalists and one burnt-out ex-journalist at a Sydney Writers’ Festival gig on Sunday.