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The Real Problem with Pauline Hanson

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Another week, another audacious and controversial statement by One Nation leader Pauline Hanson. The recent terrorist attack in London prompted her to repeat her proposal for a “Muslim ban”, and present her own hashtag #Pray4MuslimBan instead of the sympathetic #PrayForLondon. Her statements temporarily reignited the debate about Muslim immigration and how we ought to respond to terror attacks – threatened and actual. But yet again, the debate was superficial and highly polarised, and quickly fizzled. Hanson’s statements are inflammatory and…

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Israel-Hamas war, 2014

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David Werdiger has written a number of pieces during the Israel-Hamas war of July/August 2014 that consider various aspects of the conflict: No Room for Restraint is a rally against the constant demands that Israel show ‘restraint’ in responding to the attacks against its civilian population. Israel is the New One-percenter discusses how the left have over-reached in their search to treat all conflicts as equal between the two parties. That’s not a Knife deals with the incorrect…

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You might be a racist

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The world owes comedian Jeff Foxworthy a debt of gratitude for his funny and clever stand-up routine “You might be a redneck”. While some rednecks might take pride in the label, other labels, particularly “ist”s, are rapid argument enders. No-one wants to be labelled a racist. Indeed a recent blog post gives a guide to supporters of Israel who do not want to be labelled a racist. This looks like a follow-up to the earlier…

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9/11: The day the words changed

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They say that on 9/11, the world changed. It certainly did change much about our world, and has reshaped the relationship (or lack of) between the west and the Muslim world. It continues to impact our daily lives – just ask anyone who has travelled by air, or look at the way the collective memory of American citizens leads them to react to events like earthquakes or large-scale accidents. New Yorkers seem to be living…

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Obama’s Cairo Speech

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You’ve probably heard a lot about Barack Obama’s speech to the Muslim world in Cairo last week. Plenty was said before and after, and it may come to be a watershed moment in US-Muslim relations. Now some of you might’ve read the speech, or watched it (it’s quite long), but for those who haven’t (and those who have), here is an abridged version that will give you the gist of what all the fuss was…

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Deconstructing the Left

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I might have finally understood the Left. These days, the stance of the Left is best explained by one of my favourite jokes – the social worker joke: Two social workers are walking down the street late at night. As they turn a corner, they see a man lying in the gutter. He is bruised and bleeding, his clothes torn, and moaning with pain; clearly he has been attacked. He sees the two people and…

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Fraser loses his balance

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It’s an interesting life, being the former leader of your country. If you are blessed with a natural charisma, like Bill Clinton, you can quickly switch to the lecture circuit, and earn six figures for each appearance. Then, you can just as quickly spend this money helping your unelectable wife fight for the Democratic party nomination against the only other unelectable candidate. In the meantime, John McCain sits back and watches, gleefully picking furniture for…

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Education is the Difference

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I am a student again. Recently, I decided to embark on a post-graduate degree. When considering my options, I attended an information evening at the university to hear about the course I was considering. When asked questions about the difference between this course and similar ones at other universities, the speaker responded with a message that still remains with me: “Whether you choose to do the course with us or elsewhere is your choice, but…

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