July 8th 2006

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: No quick fix for suffering Aboriginal communities

EDITORIAL: Quarantine subverted by free trade agenda

QUARANTINE: Senate blasts AQIS over citrus canker outbreak

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: WA's Liberal Opposition shoots itself in the foot

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Where did all the culture go? / Don't cry for me, Nigeria / Water on the brain

THE WORLD: Has the United Nations any future?

BIOETHICS: Should lesbians be allowed artificial insemination?

THINKERS: Thoroughly modern Mill - John Stuart Mill

IRAN: Can the West tame Iran's nuclear ambitions?

MEDIA: Propaganda masquerading as news

Something rotten in academia (letter)

Muslims who reject extremism (letter)

Under the influence? (letter)

WONDER WOMAN: The myth of 'having it all', by Virginia Haussegger

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Muslims who reject extremism (letter)

by Dermott Kelly

News Weekly, July 8, 2006

My question is directed to Dr Sharif Shuja, who wrote the article, "Islam: Why Indian Muslims reject extremism" (News Weekly, October 22, 2005).

He said that Indian Muslims rejected extremism because they had equal opportunity in Indian society and because they had many positive role models.

What, then, is his explanation for the home-grown terrorists in Britain, Canada and Australia? Is it a lack of equal opportunity and positive Muslim role models in these societies, or because these societies lack the moral conservatism of Indian society?

Dermott Kelly,
St Georges, SA

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