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Biblio File: Fine Wine from a Free Mind

Biblio File: Fine Wine from a Free Mind Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Middle East     Author: Amotz Asa-El

One of Australia's most versatile public intellectuals, Monk's unique background as literary critic, China expert, author, poet and founder of the Austhink consultancy, has fed an exceptionally erudite writer's journalistic crop while history journeyed from the Cold War's passage to the Islamist thr

Biblio File: Masters of Their Own Fate Categories: Media/ Academia, Middle East     Author: Joshua Muravchik

Karsh challenges the received wisdom... among Western commentators and leaders that the agonies of the Middle East are traceable to the rough handling of the region by the Western powers - first European colonialists, then American cold warriors.

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Noted and Quoted - November 2015 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Abdolhossein Vahaji, Iran's Ambassador to Australia, told Fairfax's David Wroe (Sept. 12) his country supports the regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad because without him "the situation is going to be worse...who is going to take over?...ISIS is going to take over." Wroe sensibly noted, "the regime h

Media Microscope: The Knife's Edge Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The upsurge in Palestinian terror and Israeli countermeasures received mixed media coverage. Fairfax correspondent Ruth Pollard (Oct. 18) held both Israelis and Palestinians guilty of incitement, but largely downplayed Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas' responsibility.


Noted and Quoted - October 2015 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Beverley O'Connor interviewed radical Palestinian British activist Ghada Karmi who was attending the Melbourne Writers' Festival. Karmi backed the Palestinian Authority's (PA) call for the Palestinian flag to be raised at the United Nations, because "the Palestinians for so long have been left out

Noted and Quoted - September 2015 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Voices arguing for and against the ALP National Conference passing a resolution calling for Australia to unilaterally recognise a Palestinian state - as urged by some in the party - enjoyed a good run in the media. On July 18, a pointer in the Age newspaper directed readers to its website where Lab

Noted and Quoted - August 2015 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Middle East    

Columnist Rowan Dean blasted the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel as "anti-Semitic" and a "grotesque fraud", pointing out its hypocrisies. Hypocrisies include boycotting "Jewish businesses... and even a Jewish theatre" in this country "on the pretence of supporting th

Media Microscope - Nuclear Knockout Categories: Australasia, Iran, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Whatever the merits of the P5+1 agreement on Iran's nuclear program, its significance was not lost on the local media. ANU Professor Amin Saikal told ABC Radio Melbourne 774 "Mornings" host Jon Faine (July 15) that Iranian objections to military site inspections are reasonable to prevent "military

Biblio File: Bullies, Dissemblers and Slanderers

Biblio File: Bullies, Dissemblers and Slanderers Categories: Anti-Zionism, Media/ Academia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Fast forward to 2015, where the most vocal of those in the forefront of anti-Israel activity brand themselves as supporters of boycotts of, divestment from, and sanctions on, Israel (BDS).  While there may well be some individuals misled into believing peace, justice or some other worthy aspir

Noted and Quoted - July 2015 Categories: Media/ Academia    

Murdoch University lecturer Ameer Ali called on the West to engage Iran "as an equal partner in the fight against IS... or allow IS to become a reality with all unwelcome consequences." Ali essentially absolved Iran of any responsibility in the rise of IS, blaming Saudi Arabia for promoting "religio

Media Microscope: War Stories Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, United Nations     Author: Allon Lee

The overwhelming majority of the media coverage on June 23 of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) report into last year's Gaza war failed to observe that Israel was forced to fight an enemy deliberately operating inside civilian residential areas.

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Essay: The Middle East Studies Mess

Essay: The Middle East Studies Mess Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East     Author: Michael Rubin

Pundits and politicians whose introduction to the Middle East comes from Middle Eastern studies programs in Australian or United States universities might be surprised by the current shape of the region. After all, after preaching for decades that Israel and perhaps the United States were at the roo

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