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No Gangsters in Paradise

Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (130 ratings)

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Summary

Please note: This series contains mature themes and 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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Brilliant and sad

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

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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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amazing

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

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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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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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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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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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compelling listening

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

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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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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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