Topic archives: militant Islamists

The political power play behind the whipping of gay men in Aceh

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.

Jokowi hanging by a thread as Indonesian general backs Islamists, rounds on Australia

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.

Devil’s in the details: did the <em>Tele</em> fall for a jihadi hoax?

Devil’s in the details: did the Tele fall for a jihadi hoax?

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 ...

Rundle: after <em>Hebdo</em>, the world enters political limbo

Rundle: after Hebdo, the world enters political limbo

January 14, 2015 43

Both the Right and the Left have eschewed any attempt to sensibly comprehend and politically locate the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Eight factors that shape how Muslims see the West

Eight factors that shape how Muslims see the West

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.

Rundle: attacking IS will bring the caliphate into being

Rundle: attacking IS will bring the caliphate into being

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?

Razer’s Class Warfare: we hide their dead — and ours — in a war we have no stomach for

Razer’s Class Warfare: we hide their dead — and ours — in a war we have no stomach for

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?

Rundle: Iraq on the brink will change the world, for good or ill

Rundle: Iraq on the brink will change the world, for good or ill

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.

Rundle: Brandis’ most important value is not free speech, it is whiteness

Rundle: Brandis’ most important value is not free speech, it is whiteness

July 3, 2014 18

George Brandis is a champion of free speech -- except, of course, if such speech is "dangerous" or "extremist".

Crikey Clarifier: what’s so dangerous about Uthman Badar?

Crikey Clarifier: what’s so dangerous about Uthman Badar?

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.

Rundle: as ISIS strengthens, the age of empires ends

Rundle: as ISIS strengthens, the age of empires ends

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.

Australian schools, get ready for an ideological onslaught

Australian schools, get ready for an ideological onslaught

June 13, 2014 6

The curious case of the "Trojan Horse" document in the United Kingdom has vital lessons for Australia's education system.

Rundle: Advance of militants in Iraq means the end of the West as we know it

Rundle: Advance of militants in Iraq means the end of the West as we know it

June 12, 2014 26

The recent arrival in Iraq of the ultra-Islamist group ISIS marks the end of the hegemonic West.

US intervention in Syria could escalate a bloody war

US intervention in Syria could escalate a bloody war

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?

Al-Qaida’s recruitment crisis

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?

Ethiopian troops return to Somalia

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.