Australian free speech defenders silent on the issue of Palestine

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Rupen Savoulian

A few months ago, we wrote about the issue of free speech, and specifically the Australian politicians who were most zealous in their desire to defend this noble ideal. Several ultra-right wing political figures, Murdoch media commentators and free-market fundamentalist fanatics took up the cause of free speech when demanding the repeal of Section 18C, the provision of the Racial Discrimination Act that outlaws racially-motivated hate speech.

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Recruiting youth and child soldiers – from Africa to Manchester

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Rupen Savoulian

In the previous article, we looked at the use and simplistic portrayal of child soldiers in conflicts around the world. In this article, we examine the historical issues, and look at the contemporary problems of child soldiering.

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The use of child soldiers is nothing new in Western societies

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Rupen Savoulian

While we condemn militias in non-Western societies for recruiting child soldiers, the deployment of child soldiers is nothing new in the West.

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60 years after the Suez crisis, Britain still needs to learn the lessons from that conflict

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Rupen Savoulian

The Suez crisis marked the end of an empire, but the lessons of that historic episode remain to be understood.

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Section 18C is no threat to freedom of speech

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Rupen Savoulian

As Australians, we should be thankful for the government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The PM, in cooperation with other ultra-right politicians, anti-immigrant xenophobes and the NewsCorp media empire, have highlighted the reason why all of us are groaning under the weight of a tyrannical dictatorship curbing our freedom of speech.

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The Abdel-Magied Anzac controversy teaches us valuable lessons about ourselves

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Rupen Savoulian

Professor Michelle Grattan, journalist and expert commentator on Australian politics at the University of Canberra, wrote an article regarding the ruckus that erupted around the Anzac Day comment of Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied.

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Understanding Islamic State, death cults and empty slogans

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Rupen Savoulian

In Australia, politicians of all stripes are conducting a national conversation about the origins, rise and ways to challenge the fundamentalist militia Islamic State (IS).

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