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Huawei: US Congress, Canada backs Australian government claims that Chinese company is a security risk

Huawei: US Congress, Canada backs Australian government claims that Chinese company is a security risk Categories: Australasia, China, United States, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

In March this year the Australian government decided to block Chinese telecommunications company Huawei from bidding on the National Broadband Network (NBN) due to security risks.  Recently Canada stated its intention to exclude Huawei from helping it build a secure Canadian government communic

Israel goes to polls on January 22

Israel goes to polls on January 22 Categories: Israel, Updates    

As readers will probably be aware, Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu announced earlier this week that he will seek early elections, and later announced that he is requesting a poll take place on January 22. His speech, calling for the election, and citing an inability "at this time to

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10th Anniversary of the Bali Bombings

10th Anniversary of the Bali Bombings Categories: Asia, Australasia, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Today marks ten years since the ‘Bali Bombings', which tragically killed 202 people, including 88 Australians and 38 Indonesians, and injured more than 240. For many Australians, the memory of the Bali bombings are now part of our collective national consciousness, an acute awareness of the e

Egypt's changing landscape

Egypt's changing landscape Categories: Egypt, Updates    

Egypt is back in the spotlight in this Update, which covers some important new developments in Cairo, the Sinai, and beyond that deserve closer attention. In Egypt after his US visit and speech at the United Nations last month, President Mohamed Morsi held his first interview with

Dr. Tal Becker's Australian media

Dr. Tal Becker's Australian media Categories: Multimedia, Updates     Author: Anthony Orkin

Australian-born Israeli peace negotiator Dr. Tal Becker received extensive media coverage on his recent visit to Australia. Here are links to some recordings from his interviews and events.

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Media Week - And they called it Pappe love; Randa does the rounds

Media Week - And they called it Pappe love; Randa does the rounds Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Anti-Zionist historian Ilan Pappe told Geraldine Doogue on ABC Radio National's "Breakfast" program  (17/9) that the "mainstream Zionist leadership from the very beginning understood that... they could not have a Jewish state as long as the Palestinians remained in Palestine". The fact is that

The Last Word: A History of Violence

The Last Word: A History of Violence Categories: Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Jeremy Jones

I look forward to the time when the antisemitic ratbags who claim Islamic authority, together with those who seek to create a wider conflict with all Western society, are clearly and unambiguously told that they have no call on solidarity with co-religionists - and when the prominent voices condemni

The Cine File: The Camera Does Lie

The Cine File: The Camera Does Lie Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Or Avi-Guy

There is no doubt that "5 Broken Cameras" is a moving, emotional and powerful film. It tries to deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by telling the story of one Palestinian town, Bil'in, which became a symbol of what the film describes as the non-violent resistance against the security fence.

Bibi, Barack and Iran

Bibi, Barack and Iran Categories: Iran, Israel, United States     Author: Amotz Asa-El

In the spirit of September's Jewish New Year and Day of Atonement, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Iranian policy has become a focus of the season's soul-searching. A lot has happened since Netanyahu's return to the Premiership, two months after Barack Obama landed in the White House. What his

Pretexts and Propaganda

Pretexts and Propaganda Categories: Anti-Zionism     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced on September 13 that the Australian Government "fiercely, unequivocally, strongly oppose" the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. This followed a Government decision the previous day to oppose supporting a Senate anti-BDS motion advanc

"100 Jewish Donors"

"100 Jewish Donors" Categories: Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Middle East     Author: Zachary Novetsky

"100 Jewish donors." Google it, and 17,000 results follow; 1,490 just in Google's "News" tab. Strung together, those words sound altruistic. But place those words in the context of the attacks taking place against the United States' embassies, and the foundations are built for a grandiose conspiracy

The Politics of Rage

The Politics of Rage Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East     Author: Walter Russell Mead

Coming in the middle of the American campaign season and timed to coincide with the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the violence now shaking the Middle East has inevitably turned into a US domestic issue. If Americans and other Westerners are going to understand what's going on and proces

Scribblings: The Livingstone Formulation Lives Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Imagine if someone said the "Global Jewish Conspiracy" had been conspiring to take over the world through their control of politicians and the media, and of course using their money and power over banking to dominate the global economy. Moreover, they added, the Global Jewish Conspiracy had been sch

Editorial: Leadership Failures Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

What do the Palestinian Authority's (PA) deep-seated economic problems have in common with its unstinting hostility towards Israel and reluctance to work towards resolving the conflict? They are each symptomatic of a failure of Palestinian leadership. And, if you feel a sense of déjà

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Hamas admits: Gaza is not occupied, nor under siege

Hamas admits: Gaza is not occupied, nor under siege Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The summer of 2005 was especially hot in Israel, but not just because of the high temperatures and Middle-Eastern climate. That summer the heat was political, as Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip. It wasn't long before Hamas took over the strip. The showers of rockets into Israel proper never stop

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