France’s Left Is Finally Fighting Islamophobia

Jacobin, 14 November 2019. Read the original here. For decades, Islamophobia has been central to the exercise of political power in France. Now, after years of paralysis, the Left is finally starting to fight it. On October 28, two elderly Muslim men were badly wounded when a gunman attacked a mosque in Bayonne in southwest… Continue reading France’s Left Is Finally Fighting Islamophobia

The Ramsay Centre and the reality of ideology

Overland, 28 March 2019. Read the original here. Along with all its other horrors, 15 March was a terrible reminder of the reality of ideology. With the ideas behind the massacre of fifty Christchurch Muslims a click away in the gunman’s manifesto, there was, for once, no shortage of commentators ready to pinpoint how racist… Continue reading The Ramsay Centre and the reality of ideology

After Christchurch universities have a responsibility: abandon Ramsay

Sydney Morning Herald, 19 March 2019. Read the original here. There has been much discussion since Friday of politicians’ and parts of the media’s responsibility for promoting Islamophobia. But what of the role of institutions like universities? Since June last year, a heated debate has been underway on whether universities should collaborate with the Ramsay… Continue reading After Christchurch universities have a responsibility: abandon Ramsay

Not just a culture war: the Ramsay Centre and Sydney University

With David Brophy. Overland, 19 September 2018. Read the original here. The best that can be said about the Ramsay Centre’s proposal to sponsor an elite course in Western civilisation is that it has revived a flagging discussion about the intellectual and political considerations that shape the humanities curricula of Australian universities. But instead of… Continue reading Not just a culture war: the Ramsay Centre and Sydney University

Jonathan Holmes’ Defence Of Offshore Detention Is Cultivated Racism In Action

New Matilda, 5 May, 2016. Read the original here. On Wednesday, following the horrifying self-immolations and spate of suicide attempts on Nauru, Jonathan Holmes used his Age column to break his previous silence on the Pacific Solution. The result? A gift to Peter Dutton, one of the most hypocritical and effective apologias for Australian brutality… Continue reading Jonathan Holmes’ Defence Of Offshore Detention Is Cultivated Racism In Action

Letter from Paris—from Charlie Hebdo to Paris killings: France’s ‘war on terror’ and the backlash

Solidarity online, 16 November 2015. Read the original here. Friday night’s horrifying carnage in Paris has caused justified revulsion around the world. But the unison response of French political leaders will only fan the flames of jihadist violence and retard the possibility of peace, whether in France or in the Middle East. The Paris attacks… Continue reading Letter from Paris—from Charlie Hebdo to Paris killings: France’s ‘war on terror’ and the backlash

Refined crusaders – war and its propagandists

Sydney Review of Books, 20 November 2015. Read the original here. France is high on war. After last Friday’s abominable bloodbath, François Hollande declared a ‘pitiless war’ of retaliation on Jihadism. It would seem that for the president,  terror can still, in 2015, be bombed out of existence, and military intervention remains the key to… Continue reading Refined crusaders – war and its propagandists

France, its war on terror, and the intellectuals

New Matilda, December 2 2015. Read the original here. With the immediate trauma of the Paris attacks receding, the West’s latest war on terror remains the object of substantial public consensus in France, both in its military and its domestic ‘security’ components. Fear, shock and panic are not the only reasons. The government’s choice to… Continue reading France, its war on terror, and the intellectuals

Right to Boycott: Against the Complicit Quietism of Mendes and Dyrenfurth

Nick Riemer and David Brophy ABC Religion and Ethics, 8 May 2015. Read the original here. With American support, a prosperous nuclear-armed state illegally pursues a brutal policy of ethnic cleansing. The local populations that, decades earlier, were dispossessed in a bloody colonial war are now the objects of relentless oppression. Protracted negotiations at the… Continue reading Right to Boycott: Against the Complicit Quietism of Mendes and Dyrenfurth

Geert Wilders is a lightning-rod for racists

New Matilda, February 21, 2013. Read the original here. What do you do when a famous racist politician descends on Australia in a fanfare of media? Geert Wilders’ current speaking tour makes the question topical, raising key issues about free speech, the political response to racism, and the utility of protest. No sooner had Wilders’… Continue reading Geert Wilders is a lightning-rod for racists