Author: Dr Daud Batchelor

Unjustified stand against Qatar

The Ramadhan spirit was abruptly impacted from breaking of brotherly ties with Gulf neighbour, Qatar, by a Saudi-led alliance including UAE, Bahrain and Egypt.  They cut transport links, applied economic sanctions, barred Qatar flights from entering their airspace, and criminalised the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas resistance. This action is seen as against Islamic teachings and has negative repercussions for the Muslim world. The four states are urged to re-establish normal relations. There is no good in disunity, which is severely condemned (al-Qur’an 3:103): “Hold fast, all together, by the Rope of Allah, and be not divided among yourselves …...

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Murdoch Media’s misleading Islamophobic stance continues

Rupert Murdoch’s father, Sir Keith Murdoch, endeared Australian hearts by exposing British incompetent leadership in the WW1 Gallipoli landings, which resulted in appalling loss of life of the ANZACS. Is this why successive governments facilitated excessive control of newsfeed by the Murdoch media?   Australia has the most concentrated mass media ownership in western countries, with News Corp controlling two-thirds of major newspapers and Foxtel (50%) too. “Australians have less different voices to use upon which to make their decisions than almost any other place in the free world”. News Corp’s flagship paper, The Australian, often misleads Australians with...

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Rohingyas suffering genocide: Australia should act

The taxi driver taking me to my Yangoon Hotel in 2014 pointed out the affluent dwellings of the city’s Muslims as we passed by. Appearances suggest amicable relations exist with the Muslim minority in the capital.   Opposite is the case in Rakhine state (Arakan) bordering Bangladesh where actions of Myanmar and local governments reflect a wish to extinguish their Muslim communities. Queen Mary University crime experts recently concluded that Myanmar state policies are ‘genocidal’ and Aung San Kyi’s government has “entrenched persecution of the Rohingyas”. The Economist reported that many believe Rohingyas are the “most persecuted people on...

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Worst global refugee crisis: US to blame

Most probably the recent UN declaration that the world is experiencing the worst-ever recorded refugee crisis, with 65 million persons displaced, is the successful outcome of United States-Israeli destabilisation strategies against Middle Eastern countries.  Muslims comprise the greatest majority of displaced persons.  As a revenge response of massive, indiscriminate violence to the 9/11 attacks, “The US has fuelled the conflicts in all five nations [Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen] from which most refugees are fleeing, and is directly responsible for the violence in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya” (Norton, 2015). “Smoke, mirrors and deception” is the essence of warfare.  Let...

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Call for divestments and justice for Climate Change victims

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan’s think-tank estimated that 300,000 deaths result annually from human-induced global warming, the world’s greatest humanitarian challenge. Poorer countries are particularly disadvantaged. In 2011, US agency NOAA reported prolonged drying in the Middle East believed linked to climate change (image: drier areas, 1971-2010). The 2006-11 drought contributed to unrest that stoked Syria’s civil war by devastating 75% of Syria’s farms reducing millions to extreme poverty. Many migrated to cities that became dissident hot-beds and ultimately led to their mass emigration as refugees.  Melting ice caps and glaciers and thermal expansion, expected to raise sea-levels 0.3-1...

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