Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein trav­els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies such as G4S, Serco, and Halliburton cash in on or­ganized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining.

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More than us vs them

A positive step in the necessary work of promoting multiculturalism in Australia:

How do you describe a man with red hair and pale skin? Scottish appearance? Irish? Caucasian? How about Lebanese? They are all correct. What about a dark-skinned man with dark hair? Algerian, Portuguese, Greek or even Sri Lankan would fit the bill.

That’s the crux of the angst among ethnic minorities over the use of racial descriptors by police when searching for suspected criminals. Either the descriptor can be misleading or it unfairly stereotypes a community.

The use of controversial descriptors by police, such as “of Middle Eastern appearance”, will be reviewed by state governments in the wake of the Cronulla riots. 

The importance of avoiding stereotypes when discussing, reporting and investigating individuals cannot be underestimated. We live in an age when Islamophobia is encouraged and supported by much of the media and political establishment. For this reason alone – and with a growing Muslim population – much greater efforts are required to bring Muslims into the Australian mainstream.

34 comments ↪
  • Captain

    Well, there was an attempt to bring the Muslim leader Hilaly into the mainstream and now he is getting into Holocaust denial. No doubt the apologists here will find some reason to blame Israel and the Jooooos for that.

  • Addamo

    Holocaust denial Captain?

    Any evidence, or did you just feel the urge to use that charge – maybe your family doctor advised oyu to use that charge once a day to keep the beg bugs away.

  • Captain

    THE nation's Islamic leader, Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali, has dismissed the Holocaust as a "Zionist lie" in a series of fiery sermons in which he also lashed out at the West and the US-led occupation of Iraq.

    You can read it all here.

    Unlike your mate orang I don't need to make up quotes.

    Also, where is your evidence of the chemical weapons adumbo? It couldn't be propaganda again could it? Not from you, surely!!!

  • Captain

    So the nation's Islamic leader is a Holocaust denier. Hmmm, I wonder what I should be afraid of.

  • Addamo

    So the nation’s Islamic leader is a Holocaust denier. Hmmm, I wonder what I should be afraid of.

    You seem to be one who likes to remain afraid Captain, or certainyo on the lookout for someone to fear. Any chance there is the option of not being afraid?

    The last time i checked, Holocaust denial was not a lethal weapon.
    http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?ty

  • Captain

    But of course you condemn his Holocaust denial.

  • Captain

    Don't forget that this thread is about multiculturalism. I wonder how multicultural it is for Hilbily to deny the Holocaust?

  • Addamo

    But of course you condemn his Holocaust denial.

    Absolutely and in no uncertain terms.

  • Gustov_deleft

    Holocaust denial is indeed repulsive, and the sheik should be rightly condemned.

    That still doesn't change the fact that Australia has a strong multicultural tradition, which many cultures and religions have enjoyed, including many European Jews who now call Australia home.

    The point of course Captain, is that Jews used to be targeted because of their appearance, and regularly run out of neighborhoods, especially in the US. It would be ashame for such a vile legacy to repeat itself, don't you agree?

  • ed squire

    From El Capitain's link:

    Last night, the mufti stood by his sermons: "We are always saddened and always remember with great sorrow what Nazism did to the Jewish people," he said in a statement.

    "However, we do not wish to see these crimes repeated by other hands. "Some who see themselves as supporters of Israel do abuse the Holocaust whenever Israel is engaged in its indefensible wars and crimes against humanity.

    "People, myself included, are within their right to question the morality of exploiting the memory of the Holocaust."

    That is a weird thing for someone who denies the Gypsy-Jewish holocaust occurred.

    Something funny is going on here. Note also rthat he reportedly said this in FEBRUARY – and it wasn't reported, but NOW, when those supporting Israel's attacks on civilians need all the help they can get with publicity, it gets reported. Very strange.

  • Captain

    Gustov, it would be helpful if the Islamic leaders weren't so antisemtic. The Jewish community in Australia have been incredibly tolerant of people like Hilaly.

  • Comical_Ali

    The "moderate" sheik Hilaly – who is the mainstream leader & sole representative of Australia's 300,000 strong muslim community – also previously went on the record to state that "the Jews are the cause of all wars."

    Concidentally, no apologies or retractions were made from the good sheik or any member from Australa's muslim community.

    The importance of avoiding stereotypes when discussing, reporting and investigating individuals cannot be underestimated. We live in an age when Islamophobia is encouraged and supported by much of the media and political establishment.

    Heaven forbid.

  • ed squire

    Comical_Ali Jul 16th, 2006 at 12:23 am

    The “moderate” sheik Hilaly – who is the mainstream leader & sole representative of Australia’s 300,000 strong muslim community – also previously went on the record to state that “the Jews are the cause of all wars.”

    Hey Comical, can you provide some documentation establishing that the Sheikh said this? I just did a google search and I only get 3 hits for the whole planet … and two of them are you (the other one – a crackpot named 'Kidon' – is also probably you). So did the Sheikh say it, or did your anti-semtic self say it? Just a little documentation would be good.

  • Captain

    Fast Eddy, this is quoted by Alan Ramsey of SMH:

    A Sydney Morning Herald journalist, Alan Ramsey, wrote that these included comments that Jews are the underlying cause of all wars, use sex and abominable acts of sodomy to control the world, and that Jews had a malicious disposition toward all mankind.

    But it is a well established fact.

    I mean what is there to fear from such unrestrained hyperbole from the leader of the country's Muslims?

  • Captain

    Oh and by the way, the source: he was caught on video.

  • Captain

    Funny think is, the queue of those moderate Muslims that he has misrepresented does not seem to have materialised in any refutation. So maybe he does represent the majority. What would that mean?

  • JohD

    Last night, the mufti stood by his sermons: "We are always saddened and always remember with great sorrow what Nazism did to the Jewish people," he said in a statement.

    "However, we do not wish to see these crimes repeated by other hands. "Some who see themselves as supporters of Israel do abuse the Holocaust whenever Israel is engaged in its indefensible wars and crimes against humanity.

    "People, myself included, are within their right to question the morality of exploiting the memory of the Holocaust

    Seems that Hilaly did not deny the Holocaust at all, but questioned the exploitation of Jewish War dead. Do you deny that Jewish war dead are exploited for propaganda purposes?

  • JohD

    Heck, do you deny that YOU exploit the Holocaust in order to butress your hate campaign/s?

  • orang

    And, acknowledging that all races and cultures are equally valuable to Australia, John Howard and Alexander Downer in a joint communique have announce that Qantas will be dispatching 10 747's to the Lebanon to begin an evacuation to save the several thousand Leb Aussies stranded and in grave danger of being blown up by Israel.

  • orang

    Ha ha …had you going there for a minute.

    OK hands up those who believed Howard would send planes to save Lebs.

    Just as I thought – none.

  • Captain

    He said the Holocaust was a Zionist lie. Thats pretty self explanatory.

  • Comical_Ali

    "Heck, do you deny that YOU exploit the Holocaust in order to butress your hate campaign/s? "

    As (to directly quote you) with the term "zionazi?"

    Seems that Hilaly did not deny the Holocaust at all, but questioned the exploitation of Jewish War dead. Do you deny that Jewish war dead are exploited for propaganda purposes?

    Hilaly and other Muslim leaders represent a beacon of tolerance, unlike da joos who (in your own words), preach hatred, abuse their children with hatred and call for death of all infidels.

  • orang

    "da joos"…..Hahaaa that's so funny Comical, what a card you are. Truly.

  • Captain

    give orang a banana please someone, his blood sugar level is dropping.

  • orang

    "…his blood sugar…" A maggot stand up comedian. It just might work!

  • Captain

    orang, you should go to Beirut, you could get a real education!

  • ed squire

    Captain Jul 16th, 2006 at 11:06 am

    Fast Eddy, this is quoted by Alan Ramsey of SMH:

    A Sydney Morning Herald journalist, Alan Ramsey, wrote that these included comments that Jews are the underlying cause of all wars, use sex and abominable acts of sodomy to control the world, and that Jews had a malicious disposition toward all mankind.

    But it is a well established fact.

    So Captain, your source is in fact third hand hearsay. You "proof" you give is a report from far right-wing WorldNetDaily website, which is in turn taken from a report by Alan Ramsey of the SMH, which is in turn a report from that ever-unbias rag, the Australian Jewish News. And there the trail ends. The AJN, with its ever-unbias – ehem – "translators", made the claim but provided no actual evidence to back it up. So, do you have any actual evidence to back up your slander … or should we just rely on your ingrained racism and bigotry as proof of truth?

  • Captain

    Eddy, I don't know what you would accept as evidence. It is such an old well worn story. He didn't even deny that he said it. The comment was in 1988, in a speech at Sydney University that was entirely devoted to "the nature of the Jews." He was videod doing this.

    Believe me, he does a lot more to damage his own reputation than I ever could. My favourite was seeing him holding a nazi swastika at an anti-Israel rally.

    It is you who is doing the slandering. As you would know, ad hominem arguments are particularly weak and indicate the vacuousness of your position.

    By the way, you are providing actual evidence of your own very obvious shortcomings.

  • Captain

    Actually Eddy, have a read of this!

    Have a quiet read of it and get back to me. And tell me, have you watched the videos yet?

  • Captain

    Cat got your tongue? I mean this is the representative of Australian Muslims. What am I supposed to think?

  • JohD

    I can't understand what the point of the link to a sermon from Hilaly is supposed to signify? I didn't read all 12-15 pages of it, but clearly those Jews were disobedient to God, according to the Quran, and the Old Testament. 'A stiffed neck people', and all that. Oh, I get it; the Quran, and Old Testament (the Tanakah?) is anti-Semitic. uh uh .. OK.

    That this is the opinion of a 'representative of the Muslim Community in Australia' should make you think … let's face it, you don't need any reason for your bigotry at all, you just have to be you. So let me guess … those Muslim should be slaughtered wherever they can be found, preferably with high-grade weapons. After all, they are quite unfriendly towards Jews, and nobody should be allowed to be unfriendly towards Jews.

    Let's face it comic, Muslims will never accept Israel. It is not going t happen. Israel will forever be a garrison colonial State – until one day, it will be overrun. So quit trying to get us to feel sorry for you, we are sorry already. We won't forget to send postcards. Who knows, we might even erect a memorial when it it is gone. Pity about all the people that will perish in the process; and all because the Jews wanted a homeland, just like the Bikini Islanders.

  • Captain

    an's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khomeini, praised Hizbullah's rocket attacks and called them, "an attack on the Zionist tumor spreading in the region."

    In a television interview, Khomeini added that "the Zionists see Lebanon as meat in their teeth, however recent days and the strong actions of Hizbullah have showed them differently." (AFP)

    Ah, more good ole Nazi speech from those peaceful Iranians.

  • JohD

    I suppose there is an equivalence between Zionism & Terrorism. You see them as terrorists, a cancer speading; they see Zionism as a cancer. So a politician in Iran talking about the 'Zionist' poison has the same effect as a politician in Australia talking about the terrorists poison.

    From my point of view, Zionism cannot exist without terrorising the population of Countries opposed to it, as well as the Arabs living under Israeli rule. Clearly there is a connection between Zionist terror, and Arab terror. Like I said, the latter is infinitely worse than the former, because it is State rather than private terror. State terror is responsible for the slaughter of millions of people.

  • Addamo

    I agree JohD, Zionism, like most other combative ideoloegies, relies on the existence of an enemy and perpatuation of existence of dangers. This is exhibited in the Zionist connudrum of being powerful (especialy via lobby's in Washington) and having the 3rd most powerful army ion the world, but still believing that Israel is a victim.