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Ed: 30: August/2005

Scribblings: Conspiracy Theories

I want to spend a bit of time dissecting the comments of Sheikh Mohammed Omran, who said in a public statement on July 11, "I dispute any evil action linked to bin Laden.

Media Microscope: “It’s not you, it’s me.”

"It's not you, it's me," went up the cry repeatedly in the days following the July 7 London bombings. Across the airwaves and the nation'?s broadsheets, journalists and intellectuals alike got straight to the root of the problem.

Editorial: Terror and its Root Causes

Some people believe that Islamist terrorism is the fruit of unaddressed Muslim grievances that fester into support for violence.

At the Centre

I landed in Israel on Tuesday, July 12. Just before my plane touched down a suicide bomber blew himself up in Netanya, proclaiming his arrival in paradise, and Ã?Â?Ã?Â? as a certification of his entitlement to paradise Ã?Â?Ã?Â? announcing that he had taken the lives of five Jews with him.

Jihad in the Suburbs

In the aftermath of the July 7 London bombings, the globeÃ?Â?s democracies mourned those killed at the hands of Islamist extremists and revisited the problem of global terror and how to combat it.

Blind Spot

The responses of senior British officials following the London bombings last week are highly revealing. They contain within them clues to a decades-long failure of political judgment. This failure allowed the forces which produced the bombing to grow and proliferate on British soil, freely, under the noses of the authorities.

Last Chance for Justice

Over sixty years after the murder of Jewish teenager Peter Balazs in Budapest, the last of the accused has finally been arrested. If Australian courts find a Hungarian extradition request in order, Perth resident Charles Zentai will stand in the dock, accused of committing the murder along with two accomplices (the other two were brought to justice shortly after the end of World War II).

Native Sons

The July suicide bombings in London �� some or all of whose perpetrators were Muslims born and reared in Britain �� are likely to produce in the United Kingdom the same intellectual reflection on Muslim identity in Europe that is already underway in nearby countries. The French began this reflection in earnest ten years ago, after bomb-happy, lyc�©e-educated, French-born Islamic holy warriors terrorised France.