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Syria burns as the UN turns its gaze to Israel

Syria burns as the UN turns its gaze to Israel Categories: Israel, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

As everyone digests the harrowing reports of nerve gas being used by the Syrian regime against its own people, and the US boosts its military posturing, one story that has seemingly been pushed to the side is the increasing irrelevance of the United Nations. ... After more than two years of ditherin

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Essay: Winging It

Essay: Winging It Categories: International Security, Lebanon, Terrorism     Author: Jeni Willenzik

During a meeting of the European Union (EU) Foreign Affairs Council on July 22, a consensus was reached among the 28 foreign ministers representing each of the EU's member states. After months of discussion, it was agreed to ban Hezbollah's military wing. In doing so they joined Australia, Canada, t

The Cine File: In the World of Shadows

The Cine File: In the World of Shadows Categories: Israel     Author: Or Avi Guy

Watching all six living former heads of the Shin-Bet - Israel's internal security service - talking candidly, and even humbly, about their experiences during their service, there is no escaping the feeling that something very unusual and special is happening. If for no other reason, this makes the

As Egypt bleeds

As Egypt bleeds Categories: Egypt, Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

"We must get possession of Egypt," wrote Napoleon two years before he sailed to Alexandria and marched on Cairo. More than two centuries later, Egypt's military leaders likely thought something similar as their soldiers opened fire on Islamist demonstrators, leaving Western diplomats alarmed, Egypti

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On the Fringe

On the Fringe Categories: Australasia     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz & Anthony Orkin

Also running in this election are a plethora of minor parties - some of them single-issue lists; some of them attempting to provide a voice for under-represented constituencies; some of them quirky; some of them built around a well-known local identity. However, others represent voices of political

Asia Watch: Temple Bombed in Jakarta Categories: Asia, NGOs, United Nations     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Jakarta was rocked on August 4 by a bomb exploding at the Ekayana Buddhist Centre - injuring three people among the 300 who had gathered to hear a sermon. A note found at the scene stated: "We respond to the screams of the Rohingya", indicating the attack was in response to violence against Rohingya

Scribblings: The Other Settlements Categories: Antisemitism, Egypt, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

As has become routine, there were widespread statements of condemnation from various international players after Israel announced in mid-August that it would be approving just over 2,000 new units in east Jerusalem neighbourhoods and certain large settlements. Never mind that every single one of the

Editorial: Showdown in September Categories: Australasia     Author: Colin Rubenstein

On September 7, Australians will be privileged again to make their democratic choice regarding the country's future direction. That choice also challenges members of Australia's Jewish community, who, like their countrymen, must decide between competing parties and candidates, each coming to the tab

The Egypt Policy Dilemma

The Egypt Policy Dilemma Categories: Egypt, Updates    

This Update discusses the major policy dilemmas posed for Western leaders - and especially the US - by the situation in Egypt in the wake of the bloody crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters by the military government there over the past week and a half. First up is

The real obstacles to Israeli-Palestinian peace

The real obstacles to Israeli-Palestinian peace Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

A great deal has been said and misrepresented regarding Israel's recent announcement that it plans to build settlement units.  For example, Amin Saikal wrote in "Peace not on Israel's agenda" (16/8) that it was a "deliberate" attempt to "sabotage ‘current peace talks'". However, such a r

Whither Egypt?

Whither Egypt? Categories: Egypt, Updates    

The tense, confused and often violent situation in Egypt took as significant turn for the worse Wednesday with an army crackdown on sit-in protests supporting ousted Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi which seems to have reportedly left hundreds dead. While it is too early for

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