May 24, 2017 6
News that gay men in Indonesia are being whipped by order of the sharia police has shocked the world, but we should look at politics, not religion.
January 9, 2017 4
General Gatot Nurmantyo has long been suspicious of outside actors and has not trusted Australia since its UN-sanctioned intervention in East Timor in 1999.
October 6, 2015 6
The Daily Telegraph has gone to town on a Facebook page put up by "jihadi scum". But the page might not be all that it appears ...
January 14, 2015 43
Both the Right and the Left have eschewed any attempt to sensibly comprehend and politically locate the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
January 14, 2015 20
While Tony Abbott would have us think the West's hands are clean, a look at our actions in the Middle East reveal plenty of cause for resentment, writes Scott Burchill.
September 19, 2014 11
Taking on the Islamic State will require the West to make some uncomfortable friends. Are we going to arm Hamas? Hezbollah? Is al-Qaeda or Assad our best hope now?
August 21, 2014 4
Islamic State militants have released a video of the murder of American journalist James Foley, while American drones slaughter children in secret. Who is the barbarian here?
August 12, 2014 13
Crikey's writer-at-large ponders the next stage in the crisis unfolding in Iraq -- a situation where the world will not come out as it went in.
July 3, 2014 18
George Brandis is a champion of free speech -- except, of course, if such speech is "dangerous" or "extremist".
June 25, 2014 14
The Festival of Dangerous Ideas has scrapped a lecture on "honour killings" -- murder of women said to have brought shame on their families. The talk's author now says the cancellation was due to racism, and he would never defend honour killings. Crikey intern Rachel Clayton looks at the facts.
June 24, 2014 6
Iraq is a shambles, a legacy of a failed imperialism. But it's not just the Middle East -- everywhere you look, empires and contrived states are falling apart.
June 13, 2014 6
The curious case of the "Trojan Horse" document in the United Kingdom has vital lessons for Australia's education system.
June 12, 2014 26
The recent arrival in Iraq of the ultra-Islamist group ISIS marks the end of the hegemonic West.
August 26, 2013 11
If it is proved the Syrian government used chemical weapons, the United States will likely intervene in the civil war. But would that help save lives or just make things worse?
September 11, 2009
Militant Islam just isn't pulling in the punters like it used to. Eight years since 9/11, the group's failed to have any big "hits" in the West since the 2005 London bombings, despite expanding its operations. Has it jumped the shark?
June 25, 2009
Less than a year after fleeing in the face of an Islamist insurgency, Ethiopian forces have come back to help prevent a moderate government from collapsing at the hands of militant Islamists.