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Treating Muslim children as terror suspects does not make Britain safer | Homa Khaleeli

8 hours 57 min ago
The government must rethink its divisive Prevent strategy. It’s forcing teachers to be suspicious of free expression and creating a culture of suspicion

In the last year, there has been growing unease around the government’s Prevent strategy. The UN special rapporteur, along with human rights groups and the government’s own independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, have voiced serious concerns. MPs and peers from the joint select committee on human rights have also called for an independent review.

Last summer, the government’s counterterrorism policy became a legal duty in schools and nurseries and for childcare providers. With just a few hours of training, a host of public sector workers were now expected to spot people who might be vulnerable to radicalisation, and refer them to the government’s deradicalisation programme, Channel.

Critics point out that it allows the government to label any views they disagree with as a sign of extremism.

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Eric Abetz praises article urging rethink on 'open borders to Muslim migration'

17 hours 12 min ago

Tasmanian Liberal senator describes article written by staff member as ‘great’ as the shadow attorney general, Mark Dreyfus, denounces it

Senator Eric Abetz has applauded an article written by one of his staff calling for an “open-border approach to Muslim migration” to be reconsidered.

The shadow attorney general, Mark Dreyfus, was critical, saying the comments amounted to supporting calls for a crackdown on Muslim immigration.

Related: Zed Seselja rejects Sonia Kruger's call to ban Muslim immigration

A great article from a member of my staff on why we need an open and frank discussion on the future of immigration. https://t.co/ciEBvB6LPo

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George Brandis warns against assuming all attacks are terrorism after Munich shooting

24 July, 2016 - 03:15

Attorney general says it is too early to be definitive about gunman’s motives after search fails to find Islamist-related material

The attorney general, George Brandis, is urging calm after the Munich mass shooting, saying the word “terrorism” should not be used too loosely.

He said it was too early to be definitive about the motives of the German gunman, especially when a search of the man’s home did not find any Islamist-related material, or any other political, religious or ideological material.

Related: George Christensen says Munich shooting validates 'admittedly incorrect' remarks

Related: ‘Strange and withdrawn’: what drove Ali Sonboly to launch Munich massacre?

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George Christensen says Munich shooting validates 'admittedly incorrect' remarks

24 July, 2016 - 02:30

MP shares post from website named ‘Jihadiwatch’ while pointing to unfounded claims Ali Sonboly was motivated by Islam

George Christensen has pointed to unfounded claims the Munich shooter was motivated by Islam to claim vindication of his own incorrect claims an incident at a Sydney police station was a radical Islamist terrorist attack.

The federal MP for the Queensland seat of Dawson on Saturday shared a blogpost that said the 18-year-old behind a mass shooting in Germany was an Iranian Muslim and that this explained his motivation.

Related: George Christensen threatens to vote against Coalition's superannuation changes

Related: George Christensen retracts 'radical Islamists' claim over Merrylands incident

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Is Cosa Nostra now selling deadly assault weapons to Islamist terrorist groups?

24 July, 2016 - 00:08
British counter-terrorism officials fear signs point to an ever-closer relationship between organised criminals and Islamists

A huge gun-running operation masterminded by the Sicilian mafia is being investigated by senior police officers for potential links to “terrorist activity across Europe and beyond”.

Anti-mafia prosecutors in Catania are investigating the possibility that Cosa Nostra is supplying assault weapons to organised crime syndicates from north Africa and firearms into the hands of extremists in western Europe.

Organised criminals are increasingly open to trading with extremists, complicating the battle against terrorism

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Repercussions of the Sun’s hijab attack | Letters

22 July, 2016 - 18:32

In Peterborough there are many secondary schools rated good by Ofsted. One is a large multicultural school with a high proportion of British Pakistani-heritage pupils. It encourages students to value education and strongly promotes diversity, creativity, ambition and a “can-do” attitude. One of the school’s alumni is Fatima Manji, the Channel 4 reporter attacked by the Sun’s Kelvin MacKenzie for wearing a hijab while reporting on the dreadful Nice attack (Anger at column on Muslim TV presenter, 20 July).

Fatima is a perfect example of the minority ethnic aspiration we are trying to encourage, graduating as she has to become a national broadcaster via school, university, and local journalism. So many members of ethnic minorities are criticised for not integrating or adhering to so-called British values. Mr MacKenzie’s views will make some from ethnic minorities angry and may make others give up trying, thus creating even more members of the disillusioned and alienated underclass that we should be eliminating, and that newspapers like the Sun are so quick to criticise.
Toby Wood
Peterborough

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Q&A: ABC backs screening process after News Corp criticises Khaled Elomar

22 July, 2016 - 03:35

The Australian highlights offensive Facebook posts but ABC says audience member who asked Pauline Hanson a question about Islamophobia was cleared by police

Q&A has defended allowing a Muslim engineer in its audience to ask Pauline Hanson a question after a front-page story in the Australian newspaper claimed he had not been properly screened.

Khaled Elomar was cleared by police and the program’s producers before being allowed to ask Hanson about Islamophaobia, the ABC has said.

Related: Pauline Hanson and Sam Dastyari clash over Islam on ABC's Q&A

Related: If I could peel back my brown skin, you'd see the Aussie bogan on the inside | Rana Hussain

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Australia once banned Catholics from mass and vilified the Irish. Haven't we learned anything?

22 July, 2016 - 01:19

As an Irish Australian, Nick Earls says that when it comes to distinguishing cultural difference from threat, ‘we should be better at this by now’

I was passing through airport security somewhere in North America in October 2001 when I realised it: I was no longer the face of terrorism, and might never be selected for one of those comprehensive “special clearance procedures” again.

Until then, that’s what a passport with a Northern Irish birthplace had got me – it happened often enough anywhere in the world, and was almost inevitable at airports in the UK. I’d be taken away to a side room, physically searched, swabbed for explosives and asked to unpack my suitcase entirely. Sometimes I even had to unball my balled-up socks. I’d adjusted to it being the price of travel for someone with a birthplace like mine.

Related: The most troubling thing about Pauline Hanson's view of Muslims? The facts no longer matter | Susan Carland

Related: TV host Sonia Kruger calls for end to Muslim migration to Australia

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George Christensen retracts 'radical Islamists' claim over Merrylands incident

21 July, 2016 - 14:03

MP posted on Facebook after early reporting of a ‘terror attack’, saying: ‘I wonder how quickly some idiot is going to inanely say this has nothing to do with Islam’

Conservative MP George Christensen has been forced to back down after suggesting an incident at a Sydney police station was a “failed terrorism attack” and linking it to radical Islamism.

NSW Police said a man drove at speed into the car park at Merrylands police station in western Sydney on Thursday night, hitting a roller door. It appeared some form of accelerant had sparked a fire inside the vehicle, police said. The man sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital.

Related: Man arrested after suffering serious burns in Sydney police station incident

#BREAKING: Police sources have told the ABC there has been an attempted terror attack directed against a western Sydney police station.

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Florida Muslim group vows to fight removal of Islamic center as voting site

21 July, 2016 - 13:00

Center calls elections department’s decision to remove center from approved sites discriminatory, after voters complained they would be ‘uncomfortable’

One of Florida’s largest Muslim advocacy groups says it plans to take legal action over the elimination of a prominent Islamic community center as a voting site for the November election.

Susan Bucher, the head of Palm Beach County’s elections department, caused outrage earlier this month by removing the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR) from the list of approved election sites after receiving calls from several dozen voters who said they would be “uncomfortable” voting there.

Related: Puerto Ricans in Florida: the 'outsiders' with a powerful swing vote

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If I could peel back my brown skin, you'd see the Aussie bogan on the inside | Rana Hussain

21 July, 2016 - 06:19

It’s jarring to hear over and over again that as a nation we need to make sure Muslims feel safe and welcome. You don’t need to welcome me, I was born here

Lately, throughout the many nauseatingly similar conversations about Muslims and terrorism and immigration, I’ve been hearing commentators on all sides of the debate talk about whether Muslims are “welcome” or not.

Often the phrase – though well-meaning – asks for the broader Australian community to make sure Muslims “feel welcome” in Australia.

Related: The most troubling thing about Pauline Hanson's view of Muslims? The facts no longer matter | Susan Carland

Related: Pauline Hanson might be mad as hell but we deserve more than slogans | Stan Grant

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Ipso: Mail Online wrong to use 'Islamic honour killing' in headline

20 July, 2016 - 14:18

Press watchdog upholds complaint that phrase suggested killing was motivated by Islam when there was no evidence

A headline referring to an “Islamic honour killing” wrongly suggested that the crime had been motivated by religion, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) has ruled following a complaint against the Mail Online.

The press watchdog said the phrase “Islamic honour killing” suggested that “the killing had been motivated by Islam, when there was no basis for saying that religion had played a role in this killing”.

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Kelvin MacKenzie, we’re sick of your toxic propaganda. Fatima Manji is admirable | Remona Aly

20 July, 2016 - 11:31
Complaints are pouring in after the Sun’s columnist criticised the headscarf-wearing newsreader. He’s manipulating an already volatile anti-Muslim climate

If anyone had steam coming out of their ears this past week, it was Kelvin MacKenzie. The human pressure cooker could not contain his indignation at having to watch Channel 4 news reporter, Fatima Manji, cover the tragic attack in Nice. In an article for the Sun newspaper, MacKenzie wrote that “I could hardly believe my eyes” when he saw the British Muslim correspondent who wears a headscarf doing her job.

Not only is it malicious to single out a news reporter in this way, MacKenzie’s abhorrent rant attempts to equate Manji’s headscarf to terrorist atrocities and to female slavery: “Was it done to stick one in the eye of the ordinary viewer who looks at the hijab as a sign of the slavery of Muslim women by a male-dominated and clearly violent religion?” he spouted.

Kelvin MacKenzie's attack on @fatimamanji today was religious hatred and a disgrace not just to journalism but to our wonderful nation

Related: The Sun's Kelvin MacKenzie is trying to smear Muslims, says C4 News presenter

THE TRUTH: I'm here to stay, Kelvin MacKenzie https://t.co/5cw82GpCKL

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Barnaby Joyce rejects Pauline Hanson's policies, saying every religion has ratbags

20 July, 2016 - 10:26

Deputy prime minister says comparing all Muslims to terrorists is like equating all Catholics with the ‘crazy criminals’ of the IRA

The deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, has rejected One Nation’s anti-Islamic policies, arguing that comparing all Muslims to terrorists was like equating all Catholics with the “crazy criminals” of the Irish Republican Army.

In a passionate defence of religious freedom, the Nationals leader emphatically disagreed with One Nation policies such as banning Muslim immigration and putting CCTV cameras in mosques.

Related: Pauline Hanson might be mad as hell but we deserve more than slogans | Stan Grant

Related: TV host Sonia Kruger calls for end to Muslim migration to Australia

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Pauline Hanson might be mad as hell but we deserve more than slogans | Stan Grant

20 July, 2016 - 01:54

Remember Howard Beale from the movie Network, the prophet of the angry and disillusioned? There’s a lot of Beale in Pauline Hanson

There is a lot of Howard Beale in Pauline Hanson. Remember Howard Beale? He was the fictional news anchor from the 1976 film Network. Australian actor Peter Finch won a posthumous Oscar for his portrayal of the crazed, bulging-eyed prophet of the angry and disillusioned.

“I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad,” he yelled.

Related: The most troubling thing about Pauline Hanson's view of Muslims? The facts no longer matter | Susan Carland

Related: The Pauline Hanson resurgence: as a Muslim, I'm surprised it took so long | Mehreen Faruqi

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Nice was a tipping point. France needs real action on terrorism now | Rachida Dati

19 July, 2016 - 13:08

It’s time for the French government to stand up to radicalisation in a constructive and unrelenting way that will secure the long-term security of the country

The Nice outrage is the fourth terrorist attack suffered by the French people over the last 18 months. We are now at a crossroads. How many more victims must there be before this carnage stops? And what practical steps must be taken to tackle this issue head on?

Related: The Nice attack heralds a new kind of terror – one we can’t define | Peter Beaumont

We must enable young people. We must break the cycle of despondency that leads to radicalisation

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The most troubling thing about Pauline Hanson's view of Muslims? The facts no longer matter | Susan Carland

19 July, 2016 - 06:29

It is horrifying to realise that nothing we do – short of denouncing our religion entirely - can change the unfair beliefs people have about Islam

The most troubling aspect of the current debate about Muslims in Australia is that facts are irrelevant.

So despite the fact that Australian Muslim leaders and spokespeople have publicly condemned terrorism and Islamic State again and again and again and again, Pauline Hanson can announce on Q&A that the “Grand Mufti won’t even come out and condemn the terrorist attacks that happened overseas”, and a Glen Iris mother can call ABC Melbourne local radio and say that Muslims need to start condemning terrorism.

Related: 'I'm proud of you': son's praise after father took on Pauline Hanson on Q&A

Related: TV host Sonia Kruger calls for end to Muslim migration to Australia

Related: The Pauline Hanson resurgence: as a Muslim, I'm surprised it took so long | Mehreen Faruqi

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Pauline Hanson questioned about the basis of her 'Islamophobia' on Q&A – video

19 July, 2016 - 03:22

On ABC’s Q&A, audience member Khaled Elomar questions the One Nation senator on her policies towards the religion of Islam, which include a ban on all Muslim immigration to Australia. ‘Ms Hanson, what is the basis of your Islamophobic feelings – hate, fear, or ignorance?’ he asks. Pauline Hanson responds by asking Elomar why terrorist attacks are occurring so regularly around the world

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'I'm proud of you': son's praise after father took on Pauline Hanson on Q&A

19 July, 2016 - 01:51

Khaled Elomar, who challenged One Nation leader on ABC show, says: ‘Australian Muslim youth are being told they are not welcome in their own country’

“I’m proud of you, and I’m a proud Australian,” Khaled Elomar’s 11-year-old son told him when he returned home after his exchange on Q&A with One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.

“In all honesty, I didn’t have to say a single word,” Elomar told Guardian Australia of his return home after his question on the ABC program on Monday. “My son stood at the door and said ‘I’m proud of you, and I’m a proud Australian’.”

Related: Pauline Hanson and Sam Dastyari clash over Islam on ABC's Q&A

Related: Pauline Hanson: Matthew Canavan warns against insulting her

Related: Radicalisation in Australia: Muslim leaders work to dissipate 'fixation' with Isis among youths

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Pauline Hanson: Matthew Canavan warns against insulting her

19 July, 2016 - 01:10

New resources minister says while he disagrees with Hanson, insulting the One Nation leader means insulting her voters

The new resources minister, Matthew Canavan, has warned that the political class should not “insult” Pauline Hanson and her voters despite vehemently disagreeing with them.

In an interview on Sky on Monday, Canavan said that some individual Muslims want to damage Australia but Muslims should not be treated as one group.

Related: Pauline Hanson and Sam Dastyari clash over Islam on ABC's Q&A

Related: Pauline Hanson's back, and the disaffection genie is well and truly out of the bottle | Katharine Murphy

Related: Pauline Hanson should not be a 'scorned species', John Howard says

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