keywords: Extremists

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The trouble with free speech

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 12 March 2009
    2 Comments

    A French satirical paper was sued for portraying Muslims as terrorists and labelling them 'jerks'. The editors would have us believe it's a case of free speech versus censorship. But there's more to it than that.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Minorities stomped as India flirts with fascism

    • Irfan Yusuf
    • 01 October 2008
    15 Comments

    Conventional wisdom tells us democracies are inherently stable, yet an extremist spirit has emerged in mainstream Indian politics. The silence among Australian Christians about the suffering of Indian Christians is as deafening as that of Australian Muslims towards Muslims in Darfur.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    US military strikes blunt Pakistan honour

    • Mustafa Qadri
    • 17 September 2008
    3 Comments

    The tribal peoples of northern Pakistan distrust foreigners due to centuries of interference that have left them marginalised. The casual nature with which US forces excuse civilian casualties suggests an abject ignorance of this history.

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  • RELIGION

    WYD hope for Third World pilgrims

    • Margaret Rice
    • 15 July 2008
    3 Comments

    When it comes to international aid, Australians pride themselves on their generosity. There is a similar dimension to events such as World Youth Day, which play a formative role in the lives of young people from developing countries.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Jewish West Bank Settlements a bad but reversible mistake

    • Philip Mendes
    • 10 March 2008
    13 Comments

    Over the years, many simplistic arguments have been advanced in an attempt to justify the West Bank settlement project. None of these arguments had any substance in the 1980s, and they have even less validity now.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Legal fusion the way forward

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 12 February 2008
    7 Comments

    The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams might have tread more carefully when he suggested Britons might learn to live with some form of Sharia law in their midst. He was simply reiterating the obvious: thatlegal systems and obligations often have mutually sustaining andre-enforcing values.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iraq's Asia Cup victory hides reality of ungovernable society

    • Scott Stephens
    • 08 August 2007
    5 Comments

    The press coverage of Iraq’s surprise victory in the Asian Cup final was — as Ernst Bloch might have put it — full of utopian sentiment. The win was, admittedly, a remarkable achievement, but one that hardly accounted for the sheer exuberance of the outpoured emotion that followed.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Let's share the burden of overcoming Muslim extremism

    • Saeed Saeed
    • 25 July 2007
    3 Comments

    Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer said recently: "Muslim extremists are a Muslim issue - not ours." The fault with this view is that it transfers ownership of this challenge from the elected leaders to a minority group who simply don’t have the resources to deal with such a global crisis.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Musharraf throws dice in bid to hold power

    • Suzanna Koster
    • 11 July 2007

    This week's operation against the radical clerics has prompted messages of support for Pakistan's General Musharraf from western allies. But in the eyes of the common Pakistanis the president has lost credibility forever.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    JI's Al Qaeda link a myth

    • Dewi Anggraeni
    • 11 July 2007

    There may be ideological sympathy on the part of Indonesia's Jemaah Islamiyah for Al Qaeda, but there has been no direct affiliation between between the two groups since 2003. Al Qaeda, it seems, has dismissed JI as ineffectual—they keep getting caught.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Palestinian family facing years of upside-down politics

    • Jan Forrester
    • 27 February 2007

    Makloube—which means 'upside down' in Arabic—refers to steaming hot cauliflower, eggplant and meat upended on a bed of rice. It's also a metaphor for the political reality in which ordinary Palestinians will be locked for many years to come.

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  • RELIGION

    Muslim at the heart of an Indonesian Christian office

    • Greg Soetomo
    • 27 February 2007
    2 Comments

    When I reflect on this conversation, I am also struck by how different what I see in daily life is from what I read and watch in the media about about Muslim militants, the clash between Christians and Muslims, fundamentalism, or terrorism. Every age has its own false ideas. In our time, it is the notion that identifies Islam with hostility and aggression.

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