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No Gangsters in Paradise

Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (390 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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AMAZING!!

Such an insightful amazing story. Mahmood did an amazing job. Look forward to hearing more in the future!

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real

Really enjoyed this , a great description of western Sydney gang life. would definitely recommend to young men thinking of joining the life.

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An important history

A very well written and told story of an important and sad part of Australia’s past. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it and clearly remember the events it described. It changed my mind about life sentences.

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Thought Provoking

Increased my understanding on this subject in a thought provoking way. well researched and written

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Wes Baker
  • 18-02-2020

Highly recommend

A really compelling listen. Fascinating insight into an issue that continues to be played out today - of the media playing on people’s insecurities & fanning the flames of Islamaphobia. Well researched & well produced.

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  • S.Sugden
  • 31-01-2020

Exceptional.

This is a truly remarkable series that provides a rounded insight into gang violence within the Lebanese Community in New South Wales, Australia. The listener is afforded the privileged perspective from within and outside the Gang Life. The details and the interviews included in each episode, accompanied by an unbiased and informative narrative, present a picture to the listener unrivalled by that of the media.

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  • 25-01-2020

Biased and dangerous

What started out as an insightful look into the different cultural aspects of Australia, quickly became a sob fest for criminals.

“When you lock people up you impact their families, you leave behind mothers and brothers..” .... you mean, like the family of your victims? No sympathy here.

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  • lou
  • 07-01-2020

really good

really enjoyed this podcast. had hard time with the names at first but after a few episodes you know the players

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  • Frankie
  • 04-01-2020

compelling listening

interesting, informative and thought provoking on a subject I knew very little about. More please.

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  • Sammie
  • 27-12-2019

intriguing, eye opening

loved it, it was a real eye opener and one that actually does make you rethink and want to be a better person, to show more compassion and empathy. I loved it

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