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Editorial: After Annapolis, The Work Begins Categories: Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

In a welcome development, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) successfully relaunched Middle East peace negotiations at November's Annapolis conference. The United States, the conference host, worked extremely hard to secure the attendance of the parties and much of the international community

The Sounds of Hate Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Far Right, Islamic Extremism, Op-eds     Author: Allon Lee

The concern over controversial Croatian rock musician Marko Perkovic’s upcoming Australian tour may surprise some but it is understandable because of the serious allegations surrounding him. Overseas reports claim Perkovic, 42, is openly sympathetic to the World War Two Nazi-collaborationist

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Annapolis critics ignore genuine peace efforts Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Adam Frey

At last month's Annapolis peace conference - attended by more than 40 countries, including 16 members of the Arab League - Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) successfully renewed peace negotiations after years of inactivity. Apparently that is not enough for Antony Loewenstein and Michael Sha

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Nukes or not, Iran remains a threat Categories: Iran, Op-eds, United States     Author: Bren Carlill

AMERICAN intelligence agencies believe Iran has halted its nuclear weapons program. Since an Iranian nuclear bomb would risk destabilising the entire Middle East, this sounds like great news. But it's worth looking beyond the headlines.

Chance for Peace Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

THE Annapolis peace conference in the United States marked a hopeful start to a renewed negotiating process between Israel and the Palestinians. Now that Israel and the Palestinians have committed themselves to a two-track process, the tough part begins.

Annapolis: The Devil's in the Details Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The Annapolis peace conference marked a hopeful start to a renewed negotiating process between Israel and the Palestinians. All of the parties said the right things, and the presence of many moderate Arab and Muslim states at the conference was a welcomed development. And as hard as it was to get ev

The Last Word: The Worst of Years Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

In late November, the US Justice Department released the FBI's 2006 Hate Crime Statistics. While few who follow the media will be surprised to read of 156 'Anti-Islamic' incidents, the 967 'Anti-Jewish' attacks in the same table provides a rare perspective.

Europa Europa: Blaired Vision Categories: Europe, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Middle East     Author: Douglas Davis

The tectonic plates are shifting in the Middle East. Shi'ites are challenging Sunnis; Saudis are squaring up to Iranians; Iraq is drifting inexorably towards fragmentation; Lebanon is sliding back into Syria's clutches; the Palestinians are in violent free-fall; major players in the region - galvani

Annapolis' Dual Track Strategy Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: David Makovsky

In recent weeks, the United States had reduced expectations that the Annapolis peace conference would culminate in a diplomatic breakthrough for all parties after almost seven years of terror, violence, and non-engagement.

How They Did It Categories: Iraq     Author: Kimberley Kagan

The surge of operations that American and Iraqi forces began on June 15 has dramatically improved security in Baghdad and throughout Iraq. US commanders and soldiers have reversed the negative trends of 2006, some of which date back to 2005.

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