For those who immediately lost their innocence on 9/11, I feel every act of organised terror since has not reached us as we’ve adjusted our eyes to the flash of violence.
The Bourke Street terrorist attack was a case of Melbourne real-life glancing in the rear-view mirror and finding Hollywood. Let’s not ruin the fairytale.
After an act of terrorism, we’re often met by the same words: the aggressor known to the authorities. The reality of counter-terrorism often walks along these lines.
What a week it was. Christchurch suffered Australian-grown terrorism, our children marched to make us see the obvious and one homeless teen beat the odds.
Make no mistake, the violence that visited New Zealand was Australian made. Far too long have we cultivated these voices for our own gain.
What a state of affairs. The last week of 2018 featured Italian flair reaching Sydney, one Dad’s loving micromanagement and many tourists not making it back from their holiday.
The week saw freed Bali Nine smuggler Renae Lawrence turn herself in for previous outstanding charges, an American missionary killed in India, and an enthusiastic father going too far to ensure his son’s football team’s win.
According to the official line, radical Islamic thought is the source of terrorism in this country. But what about mental health?
Highlighting domestic terrorism it over a larger, clearly more dangerous issue is why it continues to repeat. In 2018, sixty women are dead. Where’s our political exposure? Why are men not being told to dob in their own?
Mohamed Nizamdeen is a PhD student at UNSW. He was publically brought in under suspicion for enabling terrorism. The charges were dropped, and now his life is in tatters.
Yesterday, Peter Dutton blamed the Flinders Street attack on the Muslim community, the ALP and the openness of our borders. Fear might split us, but we’re better than that.
Yesterday, we had another near miss with terrorism in this country. The truth is that we haven’t been ‘lucky’.
The censorship laws in this country do not reflect our modern experience. Instead, our government is making our choices for us.
As it turns out, a Somali jihadist group has more of a problem with plastic bags than Tony Abbott does. He surely can’t stand for that.
They might have been chased out of the Middle East, but Islamic State is now setting up shop on our doorstep.
The news that police will soon be able to stop anyone at airports and ask for their ID was met with hideous criticism. However, the move seems to be grounded in logic.
Now that motives of the Toronto attacker are known, what it seems we unfortunately have is another internet-driven, moronic sub-set at our hands.
To combat a problem they see, the NSW police will track those they believe to be individual terrorists. Considering a lack of meaningful example, is this an overstep, or not?
The last work week of the year would unfortunately not go quietly, as Donald Trump eviscerated the taxation system, complicated violent sped through the Melbourne CBD and history was made at the end of a cuff.
Very quietly, the NSW parliament passed a bill that grants them the power to indefinitely extend the sentences of those they believe a risk of future criminal behaviour.
Welcome back to another week of your life that you won’t be getting back. But don’t think about that, North Korea has launched warheads over Japan.
Often wonder why activist goals never progress beyond angry feet and clever hashtags? Well, there are reasons, and lessons that could be learned from the world of Terrorism.