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No Gangsters in Paradise

Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (111 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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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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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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Another amazing piece by mahmood!

If anyone is familiar with mahmood's work with vice and others then you will know how talented and authentic this man is.
This 12 part series was not only an extension of his already impressive portfolio of work but the first time we as readers or listeners have been given such an in-depth piece. Keep up the great work brother!

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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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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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Credibility

Plenty of people report on crime but haven’t lived it too, these are unbiased reports which are factual and thought provoking.

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New favourite crime pod

Been hanging for a new Aussie true crime series and this one has me hooked. The story is about a suburban gang in Sydney and the narrator knows his stuff.

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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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  • 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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  • 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.