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Vote for Us or Burn in Hell

Vote for Us or Burn in Hell Categories: Palestinians     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

It is election season in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Palestinians are preparing to cast their votes in the local and municipal elections, scheduled to take place on October 8. The upcoming elections will be different from the last one, held in 2012 only in the West Bank, when Hamas boycotted the v

Free speech warriors are missing the point about 18C

Free speech warriors are missing the point about 18C Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Clause 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has recently been subject to intense criticism on ideological grounds, but many opponents misrepresent the actual operation of the Act. These efforts have been overwhelmingly rejected by a broad cross-section of Australia's diverse communities - reflected

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Why Khamenei thinks he won

Why Khamenei thinks he won Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Jay Solomon

Since the completion last year of a landmark deal limiting Iran's nuclear program, the country's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has lashed out again and again at the US for its supposed failure to live up to its end of the bargain. But a speech he gave on Aug. 1 in Teheran took his anti-Ame

Game of Chicken?

Game of Chicken? Categories: Palestinians     Author: Ghaith al-Omari

On July 15, Hamas made a surprise announcement that it planned to acquiesce to holding the Palestinian municipal elections scheduled for October, generating hopes that this vote could revitalise the stagnant political scene. Indeed, an October election would mark the first territory-wide Palestinian

Editorial: Lessons of the Gaza scandal Categories: Israel, NGOs, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Over the past couple of months, a vile scandal has been in the process of unravelling in Gaza. At its core are charges that Hamas - the terror group that rules the territory - has infiltrated charities, NGOs and even UN agencies to steal aid.

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At Fairfax, Hamad gets gold medal for propagandising

At Fairfax, Hamad gets gold medal for propagandising Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Fairfax columnist Ruby Hamad recent blog is an impassioned plea to ignore what she calls the "symbolic" Olympic Truce principle - of setting aside conflicts for the sake of the games - and instead embrace the demonisation and singling out of Israeli athletes at the Olympics, because, in her view, t

The Syrian situation and policy alternatives Categories: Syria, Updates    

This Update contains some recent information on the ongoing, bloody Syrian civil war. It also contains some analysis suggesting Western policy, led by the US, is not working - with some proposed alternatives provided by knowledgeable sources.

Behind the News - August 2016

Behind the News - August 2016 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria    

Meanwhile, on July 17 the Izz a-Din Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, announced that it had opened its annual summer camps which incorporate military training, and that this year's theme is "soldiers of Jerusalem". More than 30,000 Gaza youths are expected to attend the camps, which, the Brigad

Opposition to protections from racist harassment and bullying “is ill-conceived, ill-informed and ill-timed”

Opposition to protections from racist harassment and bullying “is ill-conceived, ill-informed and ill-timed” Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Interfaith Dialogue, Updates     Author: Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones, Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council's Director of Community and of International Affairs, who has unparalleled experience in the operation of the Federal Race Discrimination laws, has responded to comments by a number of cross-bench senators who have called for the abolition

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