Interview with Wadah Khanfar – Islam, Middle East, Politics and Youth | The Call Out S02 E02


Wadah Khanfar is the former director general of the Al Jazeera Network. He began his career with the network in 1997, covering some of the world’s key political zones, including South Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq. He was appointed the chief of the Baghdad bureau, and later as the network’s managing director. In 2006, he became Al Jazeera’s director general.

During Wadah’s 8-year tenure at the helm, the network transformed from a single channel into a media network including Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Documentary and the Al Jazeera Center for Studies.

In this period, the Arab world witnessed historic transformation including Arab Awakening. Wadah, who resigned from the network in September 2011, has been named as one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 global thinkers of 2011 as well as one of Fast Company’s ‘Most Creative People in Business’ of the year. He is a board member of the International Crisis Group and Global Editors Network (GEN).

Host: Almir Colan @almircolan

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In the current political and social environment there is, has been, and will be much discussion about Islam and Muslims in the public sphere. Not all of this is accurate or based on correct information. Our primary aim at The Call Out is to do exactly that… to call out those instances of misinformation, inaccuracies and out right lies and deceptions about our community.

What we also hope to do is to foster some important, or at least what we think are important, events, topics, issues for our community that warrant a closer and more in depth discussion than we think currently happens.

We are not community representatives nor are we the ‘voice’ of the community. What we are, is conversation catalysts. We want to challenge existing discussions and start new discussions. We want to encourage the community, regardless of faith, to be better informed on critical issues and to Call Out those people in the public sphere who don’t think twice of using misinformation, deception or outright lies to continue to marginalise Muslims and use us as the lightning rod for their own self interest.



Shariah Law & Political Incorrectness | The Call Out S02 E01


Season 2. Episode 1.
As the focus continues to grow on Islam, Muslims and all that we stand for, we once again face into the issue of political correctness. Just as the banner of freedom of speech is often used to mask racism and bigotry so too is this issue of political correctness. Often the shrill of the most vocal islamophobes, with the rise of Trumpism, it has now become politically incorrect NOT to talk about Islam and Muslims.

In this episode of The Call Out, our first for the new year, we discuss the rise of Trump, the increasingly vocal right wing in Australia and the challenges any Muslim in the public sphere faces in responding to irrational and misleading claims. We consider what some of the underlying motives and hidden agendas may be and put some alternatives forward for how we should engage in these public debates.

Hosts: Ghaith Krayem and Almir Colan

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Episode 3: AFIC The Community Awakens


This episode of The Call Out will be the first of an ongoing series that will look at The Australian Federation Of Islamic Councils (AFIC), its history, effectiveness and future.

What we seek to do in this focus on AFIC is not to look at the behaviour of any individuals per se but the organisation itself. Further, we will put forward recommendations that we believe can be used to start a genuine process of review and reformation of the organisation.

While there are differing opinions on whether such a body is needed or not, our view is in the camp that says it is. Often it is the historical failures of AFIC that lead people to suggest we can get by without it. That is certainly true of the organisation as it has been but a properly functional and representative national body for the Muslim community we believe would bring significant benefits.

In this episode we essentially consider three aspects of the AFIC situation. Firstly, what is the purpose of a national peak body and how effective has AFIC been in recent years in meeting that purpose. Secondly, we look at the Structure of AFIC, explain the key components of how it operates and highlight some of the problems with the current situation. Finally, we discuss some important issues with respect to Governance. In each section we then provide recommendations to start the conversation off.

A summary of the recommendations we make in this episode is listed below: Continue reading

LIVE: AFIC – Recent Developments and Future Relevance | The Call Out LIVE


In this episode of The Call Out – Live we dig under the recent developments atThe Australian Federation Of Islamic Councils (AFIC) and question whether it is either representative or relevant in this day and age. Br Ali Kadri, the newly appointed Treasurer of AFIC, joined us to answer questions and give his views about the future of the organization.

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Episode 2: The Politics of Islamophobia – The Turkish Coup and other Key Events | The Call Out S01 E02


In this episode of The Call Out we take a critical look at the failed Turkish Coup and particularly the response of Western nations. We challenge the rhetoric around the primacy of democracy when a ‘Muslim’ leader is involved and highlight the apparent hypocrisy of western nations in this regard.

The example of the Turkish Coup has similarities with what occurs in respect to the racism faced by Muslims every day, albeit writ on the world stage, and we tie in the local events of the last week vis-a-vis Pauline Hansen and Sonja Krueger to demonstrate this.

In that discussion we touch on the debate that ensued this week as to how the community should respond to racism and put forward our case for challenging all instances of racism with strength and dignity.