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We must protect people from harmful speech. But the cause of freedom must exceed the creation of religious exemptions. Shutterstock

Australia needs a better conversation about religious freedom

As the Ruddock review of religious freedom is about to report, we need a more sophisticated understanding of what religion is and the ways its expression can be curtailed - or can curtail others.
Israeli fire on Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border on Monday resulted in at least 58 deaths. Mohammed Saber/EPA

US can no longer be counted on to end Israel-Palestinian conflict

With its opening of a new embassy in Jerusalem and defence of Israeli actions in Gaza, the Trump administration has signalled its lack of interest in bringing lasting peace to the region.
Information warfare in cyberspace could replace reason and reality with rage and fantasy. Shutterstock

How information warfare in cyberspace threatens our freedom

Simulation models show just how effectively fake news and propaganda can shift opinions.
Mahathir Mohamad has said many times that he will hand over power to former enemy Anwar Ibrahim, if the latter can secure a royal pardon. AAP/CrowdSpark/Aizat Ady Ikram Abdull Ropha

Malaysians celebrate the return of Mahathir and hope for a brighter future

With the 92-year-old returning to the prime ministership, Malaysians have a sense of optimism that the suspected "kleptocracy" under former leader Najib Razak will come to an end.
Malcolm Turnbull has put Peter Dutton at the head of the Home Affairs super portfolio. AAP/Glenn Hunt

Explainer: how the Australian intelligence community works

The recent creation of the Home Affairs super portfolio has added another four agencies to the national intelligence community. Here's how they work together.
The challenge for legislators, courts and the wider community is to ensure any interference with privacy is minimal, rather than merely lawful. Shutterstock

Trust is the second casualty in the war on terror

It is vital for governments and citizens to discuss how much privacy should be sacrificed when issues of national security arise.