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Joseph Kony's Sudanese connection

Joseph Kony's Sudanese connection Categories: Africa, Sudan, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Stop Kony 2012, a video by US-based NGO 'Invisible Children', has become a viral sensation overnight and has seemingly coopted thousands if not millions to the cause of hunting-down Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. While the organisation behind the video is questionable, there is no doubt that

Obama and Bibi and Iran

Obama and Bibi and Iran Categories: Iran, Israel, United States, Updates    

The past few days saw an intense period of discussion about the Iranian nuclear crisis in Washington involving both US President Obama, and visiting Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu. The three focal points of analysis were Obama's Speech to the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee

Iran election 2012: Khamenei vs Ahmadinejad

Iran election 2012: Khamenei vs Ahmadinejad Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Amid Iran's nuclear standoff and reports of its human rights abuses, the Iranian Parliamentary elections on March 2 garnered suprisingly little outside interest. This was because the whole event was simply a contest amongst various strains of extremists - with reformists largely excluded from takin

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British Prime Minister confirms Iranian nuclear threat as Obama warns Romney that it is no game

British Prime Minister confirms Iranian nuclear threat as Obama warns Romney that it is no game Categories: India, Iran, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The Guardian's Patrick Wintour and Julian Borger have reported that British Prime Minister David Cameron has explicitly stated that Iran is intending to develop nuclear weapons. This comes just months after the same newspaper revealed that the British military has begun putting in place prepara

Reactions to Obama's AIPAC Speech

Reactions to Obama's AIPAC Speech Categories: Iran, Israel, United States, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On March 4, US President Barack Obama delivered a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) annual policy conference. In his speech Obama emphasised his strong support for the State of Israel, and policy on Iran. This blog post looks at a variety of resposes to the speech.

Inside Hamas/ Israel's Iran dilemma

Inside Hamas/ Israel's Iran dilemma Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update features two new and penetrating analyses of the ructions and political disagreements currently roiling Hamas, as well as an important new expression of Israel's dilemmas vis-a-vis Iran's nuclear program in the lead up to Israeli PM Netanyahu's trip to Washington next wee

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The SMH’s quest to downplay the Iranian nuclear program

The SMH’s quest to downplay the Iranian nuclear program Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, International Security, Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Seldom has there been such a brazen attempt to pass off pantomime as intelligent debate. Saturday's edition of the Sydney Morning Herald's (SMH) weekly "The Question" section - which canvasses the opinions of four experts with presumed standing on a specific issue - addressed the topic of "Is the We

Is Human Rights Watch abandoning Women's Rights?

Is Human Rights Watch abandoning Women's Rights? Categories: NGOs, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The last sentence in Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth's introduction to the organisation's 2012 annual report, titled "Time to Abandon the Autocrats and Embrace Rights," reads: "It is a global responsibility to help see a positive conclusion to the Arab people's brave efforts to de

Israel wows Coalition lawmakers

Israel wows Coalition lawmakers Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases     Author: Gareth Nurunsky

SIX federal Coalition MPs who recently returned from Israel said they were full of praise for Israel's achievements, more understanding of its challenges and ready to spread the word. Bradfield MP Paul Fletcher, Tasmanian Senator David Bushby, Paterson MP Bob Baldwin, South Australian Senator David

Antisemitism and sexism still rife in Arab media

Antisemitism and sexism still rife in Arab media Categories: Antisemitism, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The Middle East Media Research Institute or MEMRI is an organisation that combs the media in the Middle East and translates interesting items into English. Unfortunately, MEMRI's research consistently exposes the extreme hatred that is fed to peoples throughout the Middle East through their state-co

Are the ultra-Orthodox poised to take over Israel?

Are the ultra-Orthodox poised to take over Israel? Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

What's wrong with being religious in Israel? Nothing at all - though there is of course much controversy in Israel at the moment over the exemption from the draft for most ultra-Orthodox young men following a Supreme Court ruling last week, and other issues, including views on women's rights. But t

Politicians report on Israel visit

Politicians report on Israel visit Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases     Author: Henry Benjamin

The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council has hosted a meeting in Sydney at which three Australian members of Parliament told of their experiences on a recent visit to Israel. Liberal Bob Baldwin member for Paterson near Newcastle, Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Shadow Minister

The Last Word: Seeing is Disbelieving

The Last Word: Seeing is Disbelieving Categories: Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

A few weeks ago I was sitting in a Muslim-owned café in an east Jerusalem suburb, discussing the complexities of Middle Eastern affairs with a Greek Orthodox Palestinian nationalist. Hours earlier, I had met with a young, American-born Jewish woman, a high achiever academically who seemed to

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Media Microscope: Nuclear Reactions Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The recent international focus on Iran's nuclear ambitions generated a lot of heat and occasionally some light in the Australian media. A Sydney Morning Herald (February 6) editorial astutely warned "there is simply no precedent for a revolutionary Islamist regime getting its hands on nuclear weapo

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