“They are pushing the pornographic limits of their violence. It is about maintaining the attention of the West. It is cynical. And it is effective.”
When armed insurgents kidnapped the author in Iraq, they interrogated him on building a propaganda machine. A decade later, they became Daesh.
“Daesh are ardent propagandists, and their presumed ubiquity is partially illusory. It might be proof of desperation, rather than strength.”
The horror of Paris, among other recent terrorist attacks, has led to new assessments of the goals and methods of Daesh, and renewed confusion as to how to respond.
“It is no coincidence that the first man to die under the laws is an Aboriginal man.”
The death in custody of Aboriginal artist Kumanjayi Langdon has added grim testimony to a High Court challenge to the Northern Territory’s ‘paperless arrest’ laws.
“Extended education, longer retirement and the creation of a permanent benefits class have hidden the great shift. With Uberisation and automation that will rise to the point where it can no longer be ignored.”
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Indigenous head of state the answer
While I wholeheartedly agree with the Australian Republican Movement that Indigenous recognition in the constitution should take precedence over a plebiscite on the republic (Sophie Morris, “Turnbull …
Influential young director and screenwriter Ryan Coogler on bringing Rocky back to the big screen in Creed.
Summer’s here and the time is right … for cooling, tangy desserts.
A deaf, once-homeless cocker spaniel has become an unlikely weapon in the fight against dementia.
As house and rent prices soar out of the reach of many in Australia, Berlin provides an illustration of how things can be done differently.
The Lismore lad who’s been Association Croquet world champion since August 2013.
Electronic funds transfer at point of sale.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
One. (Bonus points: Adam Goodes; 2014.)
“By the way, I said ‘hung’ not ‘hanged’. I didn’t want her dead.”
The comedian clarifies what he meant when he suggested Pauline Hanson be hung from the Harbour Bridge. Australians – so sensitive about tense, and torturing women.
“Looks like you need a new outfit. You’ve worn that twice already.”
The Auburn deputy mayor critiques the attire of a Fairfax Media court reporter. Which gives some indication of how frequently he is before a judge.
“I don’t believe a woman is a man without a cock.”
The feminist author explains her problem with transgendered women. Elsewhere in her speech at Cardiff University she made clear being a woman was “not all cake and jam”.
“I think I release myself from this prison today.”
The actor confirms that he is HIV-positive. Or HIV-winning, as he would have it.
“If same-sex marriage is passed, we will enter in my view a whole new era, an era where gender will not matter anymore.”
The Tasmanian Liberal MP votes against state support for same-sex marriage. Because a world where gender did not matter – where pay was equal, for instance – is not a world worth living in.
“The thoughts of the entire country are with his family.”
The New Zealand prime minister mourns the death of Jonah Lomu. The rugby union great suffered a rare kidney disease.