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Australian youth feature prominently in ISIS propaganda.

Australia: Despite grants and groups extremism still poorly understood

By: Michael Safi Source: The Guardian Nine months – and at least four allegedly foiled plots – since the government first announced its $1.6m deradicalisation program, the first grants have been given to mosques, sporting groups and community organisations. Sums of up to $50,000 have been handed out to 34 groups so far amid hopes the scheme will help stem the flow of young Muslims to Syria and Iraq or disrupt an act of mass-murder at home. What fuels radicalisation is complex and poorly understood. But the sorts of programs being funded by the Attorney General’s Department paint a picture of how Australia’s Muslim communities view the phenomenon, and how they intend to fight it. Silma...

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Australia and Iran agree to share ISIL intelligence

Australia and Iran agree to cooperate against ISIS

By: Agencies Source: MWC News Australia and Iran have agreed to share intelligence to track foreign fighters associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS), the Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said. Legislators in Canberra urged caution after Bishop’s comments on Monday, which came during the first visit to Iran by an Australian minister in a decade. Her statement came after a meeting with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, President Hassan Rouhani and Ali Akbar Velayati, foreign affairs adviser to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Bishop said it would be an informal arrangement. “We have a common purpose with Iran in defeating Daesh...

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Sydney woman praised for defending Muslim woman 'harassed on train for wearing a hijab'

Sydney woman defends Muslim woman from bigotry

By: Heather Saul Source: The Independent An Australian woman has been described as a “hero” for challenging a train passenger who was allegedly being abusive towards a Muslim woman sat in the same carriage. Stacey Eden claimed an older woman was accusing the unidentified Muslim woman and the man sat next to her of being an Isis supporter because she was wearing a hijab. Ms Eden, from Sydney, said the alleged tirade began “a good ten minutes” before she started filming the woman, later uploading the video on to her Facebook page. Footage from the alleged incident on Wednesday began as the unnamed passenger asked the woman, who was also sat with a pram on the opposite side of the...

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