The apocalyptic ravings of the Prime Minister will soon have to subside, leaving behind nothing more than a threadbare re-election strategy, writes Ben Eltham. In 1964, the celebrated American hist... http://winstonclose.me/2015/06/25/tony-abbott-terrorism-and-the-politics-of-paranoia-written-by-ben-eltham/

The apocalyptic ravings of the Prime Minister will soon have to subside, leaving behind nothing more than a threadbare re-election strategy, writes Ben Eltham. In 1964, the celebrated American hist... http://winstonclose.me/2015/06/25/tony-abbott-terrorism-and-the-politics-of-paranoia-written-by-ben-eltham/

It’s ON between Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull – the political equivalent of nuclear war. Escalating hostilities have come to a spectacular head over Wednesday’s story in The Australian. It reported…

It’s ON between Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull – the political equivalent of nuclear war. Escalating hostilities have come to a spectacular head over Wednesday’s story in The Australian. It reported…

Good questions are being asked and not answered. Here's how they do it.

Good questions are being asked and not answered. Here's how they do it.

Chris Nelson booted from Liberal Party after alleged Nova Peris Facebook posts

Chris Nelson booted from Liberal Party after alleged Nova Peris Facebook posts

None of this seems particularly newsworthy, does it? So why are they standing up, in a week when there is plenty of other news for press gallery journalists (not to mention the public) to digest? Why not hold the press conference closer to the date of the introduction of the legislation?

None of this seems particularly newsworthy, does it? So why are they standing up, in a week when there is plenty of other news for press gallery journalists (not to mention the public) to digest? Why not hold the press conference closer to the date of the introduction of the legislation?

School prayer groups a ‘doorway to extremism’: adviser

School prayer groups a ‘doorway to extremism’: adviser

Right-wing extremism is emerging as an equal, if not greater, threat than Muslim radicalisation in Australia and multiculturalism is "close to death" at a federal level, academics have told a conference on social cohesion.

Right-wing extremism is emerging as an equal, if not greater, threat than Muslim radicalisation in Australia and multiculturalism is "close to death" at a federal level, academics have told a conference on social cohesion.

Polling this week suggests most Australians feel less safe than they have for a decade. The Coalition polls strongly on the issue of national security. If you are campaigning partly on the promise of keeping Australia safe, does it not suit your political objectives if Australians feel unsafe?  And how do you do that? You talk about terrorism, incessantly.

Polling this week suggests most Australians feel less safe than they have for a decade. The Coalition polls strongly on the issue of national security. If you are campaigning partly on the promise of keeping Australia safe, does it not suit your political objectives if Australians feel unsafe? And how do you do that? You talk about terrorism, incessantly.

Peter Greste says Q&A with Zaky Mallah 'didn't cross the line' to incitement Australian journalist who spent 400 days in an Egyptian jail says government is shooting the messenger in slamming the program

Peter Greste says Q&A with Zaky Mallah 'didn't cross the line' to incitement

Peter Greste says Q&A with Zaky Mallah 'didn't cross the line' to incitement Australian journalist who spent 400 days in an Egyptian jail says government is shooting the messenger in slamming the program

The Government had already flagged late last week that it intended to move away from the divisive language used by Abbott, which reportedly had led to Muslim groups feeling marginalised and distrustful of government. The PM put this into practice on the weekend, following the police shooting of a young gunman who had killed a police employee.

The Government had already flagged late last week that it intended to move away from the divisive language used by Abbott, which reportedly had led to Muslim groups feeling marginalised and distrustful of government. The PM put this into practice on the weekend, following the police shooting of a young gunman who had killed a police employee.


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The hysteria over Zaky Mallah on Q&A would make Joseph McCarthy proud | Richard Ackland | Comment is free | The Guardian

The hysteria over Zaky Mallah on Q&A would make Joseph McCarthy proud

The hysteria over Zaky Mallah on Q&A would make Joseph McCarthy proud | Richard Ackland | Comment is free | The Guardian

The Zaky Mallah History Wars | What Zaky said, roughly, was if you curse young troubled Muslim kids here in Australia, they’re more likely to leave Australia and go fight for ISIS overseas. No-one can argue with this, it’s a no-brainer. It stands to reason. It cannot be contested as a proposition.

The Zaky Mallah History Wars | What Zaky said, roughly, was if you curse young troubled Muslim kids here in Australia, they’re more likely to leave Australia and go fight for ISIS overseas. No-one can argue with this, it’s a no-brainer. It stands to reason. It cannot be contested as a proposition.

John Marsden TWTWB  'Women, War, Sex and Kevin Rudd' 10.0.09QandA

John Marsden TWTWB 'Women, War, Sex and Kevin Rudd' 10.0.09QandA

As the bloc’s 12 oil ministers meet in Vienna, the march of Isil jihadists in   the Middle East is putting Iran and Saudi Arabia on a collision course with   explosive consequences

Opec under siege as Isil threatens world's oil lifeline

As the bloc’s 12 oil ministers meet in Vienna, the march of Isil jihadists in the Middle East is putting Iran and Saudi Arabia on a collision course with explosive consequences

Exclusive: Here's what we learned about Australia's social media fight against Islamic State.

This Anti-ISIS Twitter Account Slid Into My DMs Without Asking

Exclusive: Here's what we learned about Australia's social media fight against Islamic State.

Mike Baird's Muslim engagement could work where Tony Abbott is failing NSW’s and Victoria’s deradicalisation programs seem similar to the federal government’s offering, but Muslim leaders say there is a world of difference

Mike Baird's Muslim engagement could work where Tony Abbott is failing NSW’s and Victoria’s deradicalisation programs seem similar to the federal government’s offering, but Muslim leaders say there is a world of difference

But people have noticed one case study in particular that’s under the “violent extremism” heading - the story of “Karen”, an environmental activist who radicalised after listening to alternative music.

But people have noticed one case study in particular that’s under the “violent extremism” heading - the story of “Karen”, an environmental activist who radicalised after listening to alternative music.

Bill Shorten: demonising disaffected Muslim youths will not stop radicalisation – video | Australia news | The Guardian

Bill Shorten: demonising disaffected Muslim youths will not stop radicalisation – video

Bill Shorten: demonising disaffected Muslim youths will not stop radicalisation – video | Australia news | The Guardian

Helen Razer: report on Muslim radicalisation misrepresented by media | Crikey

Helen Razer: report on Muslim radicalisation misrepresented by media | Crikey

Patrick Cockburn · Why join Islamic State? At this point, Faraj says he met many foreign fighters from Britain, Turkey and France, some of whom had learned Arabic well. He wasn’t impressed by them: ‘I know many fighters from the Gulf states, Europe and Australia who are fighting for arms, fame, women and money.’ When he asked volunteers from Europe why they were in Syria some told him that their lives were miserable at home or that they had simply been bored. Many had found ‘spiritual…

Patrick Cockburn · Why join Islamic State? At this point, Faraj says he met many foreign fighters from Britain, Turkey and France, some of whom had learned Arabic well. He wasn’t impressed by them: ‘I know many fighters from the Gulf states, Europe and Australia who are fighting for arms, fame, women and money.’ When he asked volunteers from Europe why they were in Syria some told him that their lives were miserable at home or that they had simply been bored. Many had found ‘spiritual…

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