Opinion

Tolerance is bigotry’s counterpart in keeping Muslims divided

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Every time a controversy plays out, more conditions are added to our being ‘tolerable’. We deserve our rights – including to places to practice our faith without political interference  Jump to comments Everyone knows the game. It’s called “asking the Muslim question”. We’ve been playing it a lot this year. Can Muslims be trusted with a mosque in Bendigo? Are ... Read More »

Families can help with home-grown terror defence

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THE most important part of the federal government’s new range of counter-terrorism measures is also the least expensive. While the government is investing more than $60 million in advanced counter-terrorism tactics, including more than $11 million to create two Australian Federal Police investigation teams to stop Australian extremists fighting overseas, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called on families and communities ... Read More »

Rights and responsibilities

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AS the Human Rights Commission claims to be “open, expert, committed and impartial”, its president, Gillian Triggs, has some explaining to do. She should correct her claim that our detention centres are staffed by “armed guards” and apologise for making that assertion emphatically at last week’s Canberra hearing into children in detention. She might also retract her description of family ... Read More »

PM Netanyahu: ‘Show Me the Science!’

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Remember “Show me the money,” from the film Jerry Maguire? We ask Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “Show me the Science!” He asserts that bombardment of Gaza will continue… . “We are determined to continue the campaign with all means and as is needed. We will not stop until we guarantee full security and quiet for the residents of the south and ... Read More »

Let’s hope porn connoisseurs can stop anti-terror laws — as Muslims leaders won’t

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Australian conservatives thrive on hysteria. During the 1980s, the paranoia was about Iranian revolutionary Shiism and Soviet communism. The Iranians were kept under control by our buddy Saddam Hussein and his chemical weapons. But the Soviet influence was threatening our moderate democratic Sunni Muslim friends, like dictator General Zia-ul-Haq of Pakistan. I doubt too many Australian conservatives would have supported ... Read More »

George Pell’s logic on child sex abuse is flawed

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In his video appearance before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on August 21, the former Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, insisted that the Catholic Church should be treated like every other organisation in society. It should not be held responsible for the crimes of its priests in the same way as the “ownership or ... Read More »

Marta Harnecker: New paths require a new culture on the left

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Speech given by Marta Harnecker on August 15, 2014, accepting the 2013 Liberator’s Prize for Critical Thought, awarded for her book, A World to Build: New Paths towards Twenty-first Century Socialism; translated by Federico Fuentes – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal – I completed this book one month after the physical disappearance of President Hugo Chávez, without whose intervention in Latin America this book could not have ... Read More »

HIV study promising for multiple sclerosis treatment

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People who are HIV positive are significantly less likely to develop multiple sclerosis, according a study that may lead to new treatment for one of medicine’s most confounding diseases. Multiple sclerosis is an auto-immune disease that typically strikes women in their early 30s with neurological symptoms including blindness, paralysis and loss of feeling. There is no known cure. But a ... Read More »

Our boys in the Islamic state: Britain’s export jihad

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We’ve become the West’s leading producer of ‘foreign fighters’. Some day the chickens will come home to roost It is the now familiar nightmare image. A kneeling prisoner, and behind him a black-hooded man speaking to camera. The standing man denounces the West and claims that his form of Islam is under attack. He then saws off the head of ... Read More »