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Posted on Jun 7, 2017

The Far-Right and the Mainstream: What’s the Difference?

The Far-Right and the Mainstream: What’s the Difference?

 

Is the rise of the far-right in Australia  and other Western nations really and simply a rise of the “fringe”, or does the mainstream enable and effectively encourage the proliferation of this “new” phenomenon? Brother Shafiul Haq explains. 

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Posted on Mar 10, 2016

Turnbull and the Muslim community: between rhetoric and policy

Turnbull and the Muslim community: between rhetoric and policy

The Islamic Council of Victoria’s Vice-President Junaid Cheema wrote in the Guardian today of the Prime Minister’s visit to the ICV earlier this week.

He found the PM’s rather unremarkable acknowledgement of Muslim contribution to Australia “surreal”, a sentiment he projects onto Muslims in Australia generally, who, apparently, were also “gutted” and “flattened” by Tony Abbott’s remark last year about Muslim leaders needing to mean what they say.

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Posted on Nov 23, 2015

Mufti-gate and pejorative demands of Muslim condemnation

Mufti-gate and pejorative demands of Muslim condemnation

Senior Government Ministers were quick to hound the Mufti last week regarding his statement about the Paris attacks.

His alleged crime?

The omission of an explicit condemnation and the mention of the bleeding obvious: that attacks like those in Paris have causative factors that need to be dealt with.

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Posted on Nov 1, 2015

Shattering the ‘counter-terrorism’ narrative

Shattering the ‘counter-terrorism’ narrative

Australia graciously welcomed Muslims who came here escaping homelands afflicted with conflict or hardship. It gave them rights, freedoms, and a higher standard of living. Many chose to not fully integrate. Some, who practice a more extreme interpretation of Islam, brought with a cause of social tension and terrorism: radical Islam.

Originating from western halls of power, and duly parroted by mainstream media, this ‘war on terror’ narrative has been propagated for well over a decade now.

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Posted on Oct 21, 2015

Demands on Muslims to condemn paper over real culpability

Demands on Muslims to condemn paper over real culpability

The politics of condemnation is alive and well in Australian politics and media. In the wake of the Parramatta shooting, the old trope has been mobilised once more, interrogating Muslims and demanding their acquiescence to the government narrative on ‘terrorism’ and ‘radicalisation’. The problem of violence, they must accept, is ‘extremism’ within their own community.

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