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The Last Word: Rights and a Wrong

The Last Word: Rights and a Wrong Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

The Festival of Chanukah, which this year was celebrated in early December, has come to be identified with the concept of religious freedom. In many communal and public candle-lighting ceremonies, this theme was dominant, with the right to worship freely celebrated and restrictions on this freedom

Essay: Terror and Territory

Essay: Terror and Territory Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Michael Weiss

ISIS's global ambition [has always been] to export its holy war well beyond its immediate precincts or purview. The domestic pillar of ISIS's project is what it calls "remaining and expanding" - the pushing of the borders of the caliphate in the Levant and Mesopotamia and the swelling of the ranks o

No business like spy business

No business like spy business Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

As a veteran of Mossad operations, unlike some of his predecessors whose expertise was in other departments, Cohen is expected to crave action. Then again, over the past two years he has undergone a diplomatic internship as Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu's National Security Advisor.

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Diplomacy of Destruction

Diplomacy of Destruction Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Eran Lerman

Saeb Erekat is a unique phenomenon in the Palestinian orbit. For years, he has played the dual role of negotiator-in-chief for Palestinian-Israeli peace talks and propagandist par excellence for the regimes of Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas. History will yet record his abysmal diplomatic role in th

Nuclear Knowledge?

Nuclear Knowledge? Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: David Albright, Andrea Stricker & Serena Kelleher-Vergantini

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued on December 2, 2015 a long awaited report on its investigation into the possible military dimensions (PMD) to Iran's nuclear program under the IAEA/Iran Roadmap to resolving these issues... However, Iran did not provide the IAEA with anywhere

Scribblings: ISIS's Hatred of Music

Scribblings: ISIS's Hatred of Music Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In the Paris terror attack on November 13, why did ISIS target a concert by the American rock band Eagles of Death Metal at the Bataclan concert hall, where most of the 130 victims died? Was it just an easy target? Maybe, but there is likely another reason - one that has featured in hardly any of t

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Editorial: Israeli Innovation Inspires Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

This past month has seen a celebration of Israeli innovation in Australia. This focus culminated in the Australian Government's release of its new innovation strategy, in which Israel's experience was an obviously useful model in promoting Australia's start-up aspirations.

Stepped-up Islamic State terror campaign demands new strategies

Stepped-up Islamic State terror campaign demands new strategies Categories: International Security, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Op-eds, Syria, Terrorism, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The recent attacks are a reminder that terrorism can never be stopped through purely defensive means. It is therefore encouraging that Obama renewed his vow to destroy IS in his address. Unfortunately, however, there was little indication from Obama's address that the US is prepared to meaningfully

Israel’s Chief Scientist visits Australia

Israel’s Chief Scientist visits Australia Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

"Innovation" is a major policy priority for the Turnbull Government, and it is expected to launch its new statement on the subject this month. Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy recently said that the new policies would be "a complete game changer for our country".  Therefore, the tim

Behind the News - December 2015

Behind the News - December 2015 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia    

Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency reported on Nov. 16 that October had been the worst month for terrorism in Israel in over nine years. In all, the month saw 602 terrorist attacks committed, with 11 Israelis killed and 80 suffering moderate to serious injuries.

Asia Watch: Paying The Price

Asia Watch: Paying The Price Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Michael Shannon

A two-minute video posted on a shortlived Facebook account of Abu Sayyaf leader Muammar Askali provided enough evidence as to how a small, radical Islamist terror group in an obscure, isolated corner of the Philippines can survive and even thrive.

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