Category: Terrorism Charges

The Hypocrisy Surrounding US Airstrikes in Syria


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim. The US military airstrike targeting the government-controlled Shayrat airbase in Syria last Thursday night has raised questions as to motivations of US president Donald Trump ordering the attack. The president did not seek congressional approval for the strike, which comprised 59 Tomahawk missiles. Raytheon is the company that produces the ...

Islamophobia: An Interview with AFIC President Keysar Trad


Practising Muslims pray five times a day. It’s one of the five pillars of Islam, referred to as Salat. When they do so they kneel down and prostrate themselves, resting on a small mat and facing in the direction of Mecca: the holy city of Islam. There were an estimated 1.7 billion Muslims around the ...

Terrorism by the United States Goes Unpunished


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim During his election campaign, much of Donald Trump’s rhetoric hearkened back to the United States’ isolationist policy of the early to mid-twentieth century. Today, it’s hard to believe that the world’s reigning superpower once tried to avoid getting involved in the globe’s most brutal bloodbaths. The US became embroiled in the ...

Beijing Launches “All-Out Offensive” Against Uyghur Minority


Beijing has unleashed an “all-out offensive” in the far western province of Xinjiang on the pretext of a terrorist threat from members of the nation’s predominantly Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority. Thousands of paramilitary personnel have been dispersed throughout the region, along with aerial patrols and satellite tracking of vehicles. Questions have arisen as to what specifically ...

Not Charged with Terrorism Despite Allegedly Making Death / Injury Threats to NYE Celebrations


40-year old Damian O’Neil was arrested at Sydney Airport after disembarking a flight from London to Sydney. He was charged with ‘sending documents containing threats to kill or or inflict grievous bodily harm’ under section 31 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) after police received a tip that he was posting online material which threatened ...

Sydney Terror Duo Sentenced to Twenty Years Imprisonment


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Sydney men Omar Al-Kutobi and Mohammad Kiad were sentenced to 20 years in prison last Friday for plotting a terrorist attack. However, under new laws passed through federal parliament earlier this month, the pair could potentially face indefinite detention. On February 8 last year, Al-Kutobi and Kiad went to ...

Take Off Your Veil or You Won’t be Heard, Judge Orders


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim Three weeks of court time was set aside to hear a case brought by Moutia Elzehad against the NSW Police Force for allegedly assaulting her in 2014 during a terrorism related raid. Mrs Elzehad is married to Hamdi Alqudsi who, earlier this year, was sentenced to six years in ...

Is Your Super Financing Terrorism?


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Australia’s financial intelligence agency (AUSTRAC) believes millions of our hard earned superannuation dollars could be financing terrorism. AUSTRAC says the possibility must be taken seriously, pointing out that only a handful of super funds disclosed more than half of all ‘suspicious matter reports’ (SMRs), suggesting that the majority of ...

NSW: Moving Towards a Police State


The last few years have seen several changes to the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act (LEPRA) and other legislation, designed to make it easier for police to arrest and exert control over members of the public. These changes stem from a review into LEPRA spearheaded by Premier Barry O’Farrell, who commissioned former ALP Police ...

France Refuses to Glorify Terrorists


Several French media outlets have pledged to stop publishing the names and images of attackers linked to Islamic State in order to prevent them from being glorified. The pact is part of a wider debate about how media reports may be contributing to terrorism, with the French government currently discussing changes to the law which ...