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Charges dropped against Mubarak

Charges dropped against Mubarak

The former Egyptian dictator had charges dropped against him by an Egyptian court for the killing of 239 protesters during the 2011 uprising against his regime. Husni Mubarak and his officials were previously convicted and sentenced to life in June 2012 for the killing of civilians and the gross human rights abuses during his autocratic reign lasting 30 years. There have been demonstrations in several cities against the verdict on Egyptian streets and in universities with clashes with the security forces. The regime has forbidden unauthorised gatherings warning of harsh punishments for protesters. A number of people have been...

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Foreign fighters: terrorists or heroes?

With a number of young Muslim Australians fighting in conflicts in the Middle East and some joining the so called Islamic State IS with reports of atrocities, great concern has been raised at various levels of society in Australia.  With the debate on the impending National Security Bill, it is important to define foreign fighters and how the law will be applied to them. The Prime Minister last month gave an oversimplified definition of foreign fighters and how they will be treated. He said that if you have a dual nationality and you go and join the Pakistani army...

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CRC Chairman resigns under pressure

The Community Relations Commission Chairman Mr Vic Alhadeff submitted his resignation last Sunday that has been subsequently accepted by Victor Dominello, the NSW Minister for Citizenship and Communities. The Premier of NSW Mike Baird said that his government would take its time to select Mr Alhadeff’s replacement using the criteria that the person is “passionate about this great state, passionate with working with every community and passionate about bringing harmony. The furore erupted earlier this month when Mr Alhadeff sent an email accusing Palestinian militants of war crimes and justifying Israeli attacks on Gaza. Mr Alhadeff is also the...

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Muslims and the Media

While Muslims have been in slumber, a revolution took place in the field of  mass communication and transfer of information during the 20th century. Starting from the invention of the printing  press and right through to  the development of  radio, television, computers and satellites, we saw how these tools empowered those who could competently use them in moulding the attitudes and  behaviour of  individuals and societies. While Muslims were still busy with out-of-date Daawah methodologies of knocking on doors and sermonizing in mosques, others had harnessed these modern tools of communication and completely monopolised mass media. Thus in spite...

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