“Greg Bearup, in The Australian 17 December 2014, with the heading “A Convert from Malcontent to Murderer”
ON the afternoon of the September terrorism raids in Sydney and Brisbane, a group of Muslims gathered to protest in Lakemba. One of them was the Martin Place gunman, Man Haron Monis; a man who saw himself as a peace activist. He stood out that day as the only visible Shia in a crowd of Sunni Muslims.
Monis’s gripes against the West were those common to many Muslims around the world, including many moderates. “You don’t feel our pain. Your remote-controlled bombs kill our children and no one is ever held responsible. Why are the deaths of your innocents atrocities, while the death of our innocents are collateral damage?” Continue reading
Michael Roberts, reprint of an article written in May 2003 and published in the International Journal of The History of Sport , 2004, vol. 21, no. 3-4, pp. 650-663. This article remains substantially the same as the original draft in May 2003, but has been embellished by additions in April 2004. …. It is further embellished with hyperlinks that embrace subsequent processes and events, including the ISIS phenomenon and its repercussions. Insofar as lone wolf or lone cell extremism has embraced Australia as well (e.g. Man Haron Monis and Numan Haider) our reflections can be guided by the thoughts penned recently by Alan Dupont (2014) and yours truly (2014 and 2013).
Man Haron Monis NumanHaider–www.adelaidenow.com.au
In interpreting the reasons that induce a handful of Sri Lankan cricket fans within the migrant diaspora to indulge in confrontational abuse that extends even to members of the Sri Lankan cricket team, I suggested recently that a condition of marginalisation and alienation may be one of the factors promoting such excesses. This analysis was informed by my experience in the Australian setting. Here, however, I focus on Britain and England. This land now hosts a number of migrant peoples, each internally diverse, but present in sufficient numbers to provide voice. As such, Britain is a sociological laboratory for comparative studies. Within this terrain I extend my hypothesis to link migrant marginalisation and alienation not only to cricketing fervour, but also to Islamic fervour of the sort recently expressed by the suicide bombers Omar Khan Sharif and Asif Mohammed Hanif. This thesis is speculative and does not have the support of substantial empirical research on my own part.
FOR police and security officials responsible for stopping extremist attacks before they happen, events in the heart of Sydney yesterday were a reminder of the worst possible scenario. The use in the CBD siege of techniques used by lone-wolf operators was a chilling lesson in the risks faced by modern societies. Whatever the intention behind the siege, it triggered the extensive and complex response that authorities have developed to deal with terrorist operations.
Armed police outside the Lindt Café–Pic -Getty An injured hostage is wheeled to an ambulance after shots were fired during a cafe siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney- Pic- AP photo. Continue reading
From the tragic moment of Phil Hughes’s death by cricket ball bouncer, Michael Clarke became GOD. He dutifully, manfully and quite profoundly served as a grieving suffering god in the mourning ceremonies at Macksville, poignant moments that were beamed around the world. No quarrel here.
But he then deemed himself indispensable captain for the Australian team on the cricket field despite his lack of match practice and severe doubts about the capacity of his back (and its related extensions) to withstand the strains of the field. True, he had experienced this problem for years and managed it somehow; but doubts hung over his body’s capacity to overcome the problem. Continue reading
Mark Reason in STUFF, 8 December 2014 – http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/opinion/63759297/Reason-Hughes-death-highlights-crickets-hypocrisy where the title is “Phillip Hughes death highlights cricket’s hypocrisy”
The best way for cricket to respect the sad death of Phillip Hughes may be not a minute’s silence, but a lifetime’s silence. By all accounts Hughes was a quiet country lad, who did not brag. On the day of Hughes’ funeral, cricket’s sledgers, and that includes Australian captain Michael Clarke, may like to reflect on the vile abuse that they have used to ram home bowling that often bordered on assault.
A friend dropped me a line the other day to say how he was sickened by the hypocrisy swirling around cricket. An international sportsman himself in hockey and one of New Zealand’s great all-rounder achievers, Brian Turner wrote of how bowlers tried to hit him and of the puerile vitriol that accompanied it. It was bad then, it is worse now. Continue reading