In these tumultuous times where Islam and its ideas are being criminalised, one can’t help but wonder what the future holds for Muslims in Australia. Unfolding events as well as historical lessons point to Muslims having to effectively grit their teeth in a new, permanently tense reality. With reference to a seldom-discussed and ugly part of Australia’s recent history, it is high time to ask where this worrying trajectory could possibly lead. Through a look at the concentration camps that Australia operated through World Wars 1 and 2, br Hamzah Qureshi explores this sobering question as the heat rises on Muslims in Australia. (more…)
In 2015 the Myanmar government ordered 16 JF-17 fighter jets worth 35 million dollars each from Pakistan at a total price of more than half a billion US dollars in a bid to expand its defence capabilities. The JF-17 was co-developed by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and China’s Chengdu Aerospace Corporation.
Muslims are far from the first “troublesome” minority community to be denigrated and demonised in the West. With a brief (pictorial) look at how Jews in Europe were framed in the last century, br Hamzah Qureshi looks at the parallel between their depiction then and that of Muslims in the west today. (more…)
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. (more…)
As Syria continues to burn under the tyranny of Assad and his thugs, the attempt to (mis)represent Assad as the victim and saviour of Syria in the propaganda war also persists. Part of the latter are its “cultural” aspects, one of which hit our shores recently in the form of the Sham Film Festival. Organised and run by Assad apologists and supporters, this Sham(eful) film festival seeks to push the narrative of the Assad Regime. (more…)