Archive for 'Islamophobia'
These are dangerous times. The Abbott government is strangling differences outside the narrow neoliberal mainstream. It is gathering extreme powers to itself under the lie of protecting Australia. It is othering significant sections of Australian society. It is trying to silence the Human Rights Commission and the ABC
The danger is real. That is why it is important to fight every attack of this rotten Liberal government. A good start will be the protests on 18 and 19 July across Australia against the Abbott endorsed (nudge nudge wink wink) Reclaim White Australia rallies.
James Supple from socialist group Solidarity has written an important and informative article on resisting the anti-Muslim and racist Reclaim Australia. He says in part: ‘The anti-racist counter-rallies were important to confront and expose the far right that is behind Reclaim Australia. But we will need to organise larger numbers if they mobilise again.’
Remember David Hicks, Mamdouh Habib and Muhamed Haneef. Remember David Eastman. Remember the tens of thousands of asylum seekers and their children we lock up for no crime. Remember all the Aborigines our rulers imprison and our police silence.
I have no truck with Hizb ut-Tahrir. However if we seriously believe in freedom of speech and association, and understand the sorry history in Australia and elsewhere of silencing people, including the left, then we have to defend the group against attempts to ban it. Je suis Hizb ut-Tahrir.
NO ONE CAN have anything but the profoundest condemnation for the attacks on the Paris offices of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. [However] the latest attack will lead to a greater backlash and greater levels of Islamophobia. But it is not Muslims who are the problem but the foreign policies that have helped create terrorism. That is what needs to change.
Why was this siege any different to all the other sieges that happen? Why did this dominate the Australian media to the exclusion of almost everything else for 24 hours? Why? Because it fed our fears. Or perhaps because it fed what the media and ruling class hope are our fears. If Man Haron Monis had been a white Christian barricaded in his home holding his wife hostage, it would have rated at best a few minutes on local television, and no or little comment in our newspapers. Of course Man Haron Monis wasn’t a white Christian.
I am posting this link to Tad Tietze’s article in New Matilda on the homegrown Jihadist threat because I want to draw readers’ attention to the issue and the debate.
Australia’s Prime Minister is dog-whistling to racists to physically attack women who wear burqas.
Murdoch fuelled white terrorist threatens to behead young Muslim students: the headline you won’t see
Counter terrorism expert Truth McOrwell has warned that this case exposes the grave dangers Australia faces. ‘From Vietnam, to Iraq, to Afghanistan, just to name a few in recent memory, the white community has a long history of violence overseas, she said. ‘It was only a matter of time before that violence came home.’
This government is pushing racism and Islamophobia to win support for its war in Iraq and to detract attention from its rotten austerity Budget. A war footing and jingoism are the breeding grounds for the ruling class to push fear of the other. The Labor Party is rushing in to support Abbott. As the war deteriorates and the economy worsens the anti-Muslim dog whistles from our politicians will become claxon horns. Opposing the war and fighting against the Budget are linked, and must join up with the fight to defend our Muslim bothers and sisters.