The New Zealand attacks

The world is reeling after yet another mass shooting targeting innocent Muslims, this one – just as the dreadful attack in Quebec two years ago – as they prayed. The carnage in two New Zealand mosques during Friday prayers left at least 49 dead.

Below is a collection of articles from The Conversation network about the New Zealand attack and the murderous Islamaphobia that many believe is being fuelled by right-wing political rhetoric.

And in case you missed it: Landon J. Getz and Graham Dellaire of Dalhousie University have a compelling piece about the need to slow down science with it comes to gene editing.

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Scott White


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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has travelled to Christchurch after yesterday’s terror attacks. NZ Prime Minister's office

The psychology of fear and hate, and what each of us can do to stop it

Stephen Croucher, Massey University

Research shows that many members of dominant groups perceive minorities and immigrant groups as a threat, which builds up to fear and hate. We can all do something to change that.

Grieving members of the public following a shooting at the Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch. EPA/Martin Hunter

Why overhauling NZ’s gun and terrorism laws alone can’t stop terrorist attacks

John Battersby, Massey University

My research focuses on terrorism in or affecting New Zealand. Until yesterday, my phone didn’t ring often because few were interested in anything I had to say. Since yesterday, it has not stopped.

Multiple people have been killed in the New Zealand city of Christchurch after at least one gunman opened fire on worshippers at two mosques. Martin Hunter/AAP

Why news outlets should think twice about republishing the New Zealand mosque shooter’s livestream

Colleen Murrell, Swinburne University of Technology

People are sharing the gruesome video posted by the Christchurch mosque gunman. What is the responsibility of news agencies in such a situation?

Members of the Armed Offenders Squad push back members of the public following a shooting at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch. AAP/Martin Hunter

Christchurch mosque shootings must end New Zealand’s innocence about right-wing terrorism

Paul Spoonley, Massey University

Most New Zealanders see immigration as beneficial for their country, but extreme nationalist politics have been part of communities for a long time.

Queensland Senator Fraser Anning has been condemned for his comments in the wake of the fatal Christchurch mosque massacre. MICK TSIKAS/AAP

Can a senator be expelled from the federal parliament for offensive statements?

Anne Twomey, University of Sydney

The short answer is no. But the longer answer is that it has a complicated history (and the best remedy remains at the ballot box).

Experts have called for a moratorium on clinical research with CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing. of the germline — that is changing heritable DNA in sperm, eggs or embryos to make genetically modified children. (Shutterstock)

CRISPR gene editing: Why we need Slow Science

Landon J Getz, Dalhousie University; Graham Dellaire, Dalhousie University

CRISPR gene editing should learn from the Slow Food movement. Scientists must allow time for critical conversations and perfecting of techniques before rewriting the source code of humanity.