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Victims are responding to the Christchurch mosque shooting with bravery and compassion, not anger and hate. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Finding dignity and grace in the aftermath of the Christchurch attack

At a time when we could expect anger, vengeance and resentment to take hold in a community so demolished by violence, Professor Mohamad Abdalla visited victims and found compassion and forgiveness.
Community members come together in Parkland, Florida, to mark the first anniversary of the killing of 14 students and three staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Cristobal Herrera/EPA

What Parkland’s experience tells us about the limits of a ‘security’ response to Christchurch

Parkland, Florida, where 17 people died in a school shooting on Valentine's Day 2018, was already a place of highly secure, gated communities, so the survivors instead united against guns and hate.
Protesters assembled at a Reclaim Australia rally in Sydney in 2017. Paul Miller/AAP

Right-wing extremism has a long history in Australia

Groups promoting right wing extremism, like the Antipodean Resistance and the Lads Society, have recently dominated headlines, but they are far from the sum of the extreme right in Australia.
The difference in the Christchurch attacks is that propaganda supplied by the perpetrator was available to the professional media, even as the story was breaking. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

Christchurch attacks provide a new ethics lesson for professional media

On the day of the Christchurch mosque shootings, several media outlets repeatedly failed the test of necessity in showing graphic footage.
A cacophony of hateful rhetoric has made it hard for those tasked with spotting the emergence of violent extremism to separate it from the background noise. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Christchurch attacks are a stark warning of toxic political environment that allows hate to flourish

There is deep sadness in the Christchurch attacks, but little shock. We need to address the permissive political environment that allows such hateful extremism to be promulgated so openly.

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