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No Gangsters in Paradise

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Please note: this series contains mature themes and graphic imagery. Listener discretion is advised.

At the turn of the millennium, Western Sydney was a terrifying gangland. At the heart of the frenzy was the Darwiche-Razzak family conflict – a Romeo-and-Juliet style tragedy complicated by honour codes, politics and drive-by shootings. Journalist Mahmood Fazal draws on his own experiences as a gang member to tell the inside story of Sydney’s Lebanese gang wars, to pinpoint why young Muslims just like him commit their lives to violence.

Fazal delves into the city’s cultural divide, the special police task force that dealt with the conflict, and what life is really like behind bars. Tough questions emerge from the investigation: Why did these young people re-enact in Australia the experience of a Middle-Eastern war they never knew and which their parents hoped to leave behind? What role did prejudice play in the police’s response to the conflict? And how did Eddie Darwiche get his hands on ten rocket launchers?

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great story and well researched

great story, awesome narration. I found the episodes to take away from the story and think I would have preferred full book style vs multiple episodes.
A fair bit of re explaining elements of the story/constantly explaining the innocence of non gang related family members etc I understand is a very important message the author is portraying but for me it kinda took away from mood at the most gripping moments.
Still plan on listening again! and will re evaluate on second time through.

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We need to get some more stuff done ✅

I’m not sure what I was going to get when I saw this book by it touched on so many subjects that we all need to understand is it so hard to break down all barriers that makes this community a better place for our community to learn more about one another .
Great Listen thanks .




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A fantastic podcast with some minor bias flaws

I feel this was a very well researched, and superbly presented podcast. Mr Fazal has done an incredible job with this and I feel it is more than worthy of listening too.

However some flaws stem from a slight bias of the views of Mr Fazal himself. In episode 8 he proclaims that the justice system was too harsh by giving life without parole towards three notorious criminals who murdered an innocent woman in an attack on a rival gang and presents that the murder of one person does not equate to no chance for redemption, he forgets about cases like the Anita Cobby Murder where the criminals were all sentenced to life without parole for the murder of one innocent woman. Does he feel that those evil men who murdered Anita deserve redemption too? I would doubt that.

I do agree with some points that Mr Fazal makes such as the negative stereotype of many peace loving Muslim people and that an entire community cannot be blamed for the actions of a select few. I do believe that the vast majority of Muslim men and women are peaceful law abiding people who do much good for our country and I do not believe that the entire Muslim community should be made to apologize for the actions of extremists, that is very unfair to the vast majority of innocent people.
But Mr Fazal does seem to gloss over issues that do affect Muslim communities in a negative way such as failing to assimilate into Australian culture and he does not really give any ideas as to how communities can be more open to changing with the times and working with law enforcement to stop the gangs.
He seems to be content by simply blaming society and not looking more deeper into the issue from all sides.

An excellent podcast but some of the views presented by Mr Fazai are more of an opinion rather than a critical thinking view.
I still give 5 stars for the good work, but please be aware that there are biases in this podcast.

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Bingeworthy series!

I would recommend giving this a listen even if you're not into crime podcast/audiobooks. It's a very well put together piece. Mahmood Fazal does a wonderful job of giving an introspective outlook on the hardships faced by young Muslim men growing up in the suburbs of Australia.

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great listen

A brilliant insight into a world all too often misrepresented by media and assumptions.
very interesting, I binged it! loved it

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So much more than a gangster story

I'm not really much of a fan of 'gangster stories' but this podcast is so much more than that. It's about family, a city divided, migrants adapting to a new world and the context of religious belief. Glad I gave it a shot!

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incredible and unbelievable but true

a beautifully told story, about the devastatingly sad impacts of marginalisation, a punitive and cruel justice system, and the cycle of violence faced by young men.

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other side of the story

it definitely was good to look at this story from another Point of view. a good read

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Mahmood Fazal is quickly becoming my new favourite writer.

Goes in deep and explores highly sensitive and emotive topics with respect and absolute authenticity. More than just a glorified tale of gangsters, Fazal searches for an understanding about how this sad story came about and how ignorance and racism fuelled the fire.

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Hard to stop listening.

Very well put together and very hard to stop listening. Shows the hardship that went with growing up in the Western Suburbs of Sydney for the Muslims.
Definately worth a read

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  • Peter Odukwe
  • 22-10-2019

Brilliant and sad

A thought provoking series made from the heart. It's grim and very sad but gripping.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-11-2019

Excellent

The creators of this pod cast managed to deliver very interesting listening, whilst educating the listener of this harrowing and often sad reality for immigrants who call Australia their home.

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  • stacy
  • 15-11-2019

amazing

this would make a great tv series its gripping and the score is great too

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  • S. O.
  • 05-12-2019

wasn't expecting to be so good

the voice of the narrator's is not the best, as in the beginning was hard to keep focus. but the story grips you. is good story, sad, strong and almost out of fiction situations. give this a try

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  • cakepixie
  • 04-12-2019

Interesting topic, not great presentation

I listen to a lot of true crime stuff, I normally have no issue staying engaged with podcasts that are heavy on detail and difficult to listen to because of the content. This is a really interesting premise and clearly well researched. Unfortunately, it's lost in some poor scripting and narration. There's a fair amount of repetition in the script and the narration is quite monotone.

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  • Dorota Ostaszewska
  • 05-11-2019

interesting but a bit biased

Interesting story and very good performance. Unfortunately the author sometimes explains in a excusing way the drug dealers behaviour or the way the muslim community behaved(cultural differences, religion etc.), but does not do that for the police, media or public. The handling of the situations by the police or media is shown in a neutral or critical way, but the community is always shown in a good light.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-2019

hard to stay listening

I'm struggling not to loose my self from this story as the author voice becomes a merrr sometimes.
the storey is interesting and would recommend the the storey

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