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The Last Word: QandA-ary

The Last Word: QandA-ary Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, International Jewry     Author: Jeremy Jones

I have known Cardinal George Pell for a number of years, discussed Middle East politics over a kosher meal he arranged for me in his home, worked with him on a range of matters of Catholic-Jewish concern and had any disagreements treated respectfully and graciously. In that light, watching him on AB

Essay: The Misnamed “Arab Spring”

Essay: The Misnamed “Arab Spring” Categories: Middle East     Author: Asher Susser

The tumultuous events that have swept through the Middle East during the last year or so were widely referred to in the West as the "Arab Spring". The media was awash with expectations of a secular democratic upheaval that was about to remove the dictators that had ruled much of the region for gener

Now on Air: Lunar TV

Now on Air: Lunar TV Categories: Australasia     Author: Allon Lee

Readers with long memories will remember the antics of the Citizens' Electoral Council (CEC) - the local followers of convicted American fraudster and conspiracy theorist Lyndon LaRouche, who have mostly disappeared from the headlines over the past decade. But since January, all that conspiratorial

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General Opposition Encountered

General Opposition Encountered Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Livni, with her well-to-do background, is history, at least as a prime ministerial contender. Humbly-born Mofaz, on the other hand, emerged from his sweeping victory as a force to reckon with, a battle-tested general who, while an underdog, can be counted on to fight for the premiership tooth and na

Collision Course in Egypt

Collision Course in Egypt Categories: Egypt     Author: Jacques Neriah

Fourteen months after the popular uprising that brought down the Mubarak regime, Egypt is heading toward a head-on collision between the Islamic forces and the secular military apparatus that has ruled Egypt since 1952, when a group of young officers led by Gamal Abdel Nasser revolted against the mo

Thailand's slow-burn insurgency heats up

Thailand's slow-burn insurgency heats up Categories: Asia, Terrorism     Author: Zachary Abuza

On March 31, a series of coordinated bombings, the likes that have not been seen since 2007, rocked the Southern Thai cities of Yala and Hat Yai. These attacks were spectacular and garnered both domestic and international media attention. While a wakeup call to the international community and the T

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Nukes on the Table

Nukes on the Table Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Dore Gold

The clock is ticking on the Iranian nuclear program. Last December, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta appeared on the CBS news program, "60 Minutes", and declared that Iran could have a bomb within twelve months. He added that the time frame might be shorter if the Iranians have "a hidden facilit

Scribblings: Israel and the Shoah

Scribblings: Israel and the Shoah Categories: Holocaust/ War Crimes, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Debate about Israel often leads back to the Shoah, the World War II Nazi Holocaust. The Holocaust is of course a constant background for many Jews both in Israel and out - an horrific presence, but also an important source of shared experience, and nation building, as well as the ultimate argument f

Editorial: Last Chance Diplomacy Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Following a period of increased international sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, the P5+1 nudged Iran back to the negotiating table on April 13. The two-day talks, held in Istanbul, yielded little but an agreement to resume talks in five weeks time, on May 23 in Baghdad. Whether you a

ANZAC Day and Yom Ha-Zikaron

ANZAC Day and Yom Ha-Zikaron Categories: Israel     Author: Or Avi-Guy

On the morning of April 25 people all around Australia will decorate their lapels with red poppies as they commemorate ANZAC Day. At the same time (give or take a few time zones) a much smaller nation, both demographically and geographically, will commemorate its own memorial day, as this year ANZAC

Old Sudanese habits live on despite peace accord

Old Sudanese habits live on despite peace accord Categories: Sudan, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The nascent State of South Sudan was not given much of a chance. It declared independence only nine months ago -- in what was hoped to be the end of a brutal, decades-long civil war. Nevertheless, the Sudanese regime seem intent on keeping the conflict going in perpetuity. As the Sudan Tribune

 Yom Ha’atzmaut

Yom Ha’atzmaut Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On Thursday, Israel will turn 64. It therefore seems appropriate to reflect on some of the remarkable achievements this small country has racked up in that relatively short time. Little Israel, a third the size of Tasmania, is now a global leader in technology, especially in cleantech. Without plen

Greek extremists turn up in Australia

Greek extremists turn up in Australia Categories: Europe, Far Right, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Greece is another European country that has recently seen the mainstreaming of the far-right and a resurgence of antisemitic rhetoric (see my earlier post on Hungary here). Previous AIJAC blog posts have discussed how the far right LAOS political party in Greece, which has an antisemitic track reco

"Pro-Palestinian" in name only

"Pro-Palestinian" in name only Categories: Jordan, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Jerusalem Post Palestinian affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh has recently been writing prolifically on the oppression of the Palestinian people. Unusually for an Arab writer broaching this subject matter, while he does have some criticisms of Israel, the Israelies are not the primary objects o

Hungary revisits blood libel conspiracy

Hungary revisits blood libel conspiracy Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Far Right, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Far-right political parties appear to be making a comeback in Europe, especially in Hungary and in Greece. In Hungary, the radical nationalist party commonly known as Jobbik - (‘The Movement for a Better Hungary'), has been growing in power and popularity and is considered by many scholars to

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