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Paris no excuse for revisiting 18C

Paris no excuse for revisiting 18C Categories: Australasia, Europe, Op-eds     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

ON January 7 there was an attack on free speech in Paris by murderous terrorists inspired by a jihadist ideology, not French laws on hate speech. Despite this truth, the attack on Charlie Hebdo and the horrific murders of 17 people have led some commentators in Australia to rehash the debate on sec

First Person: Time to wake up

First Person: Time to wake up Categories: Australasia, Op-eds, Terrorism     Author: Jeremy Jones

Armed hostage taking is extremely rare in Australia, and armed hostage taking accompanied by a banner that evoked images of Islamic State, al-Qaida or other groups known for their inhumanity, barbarity and callous disregard for morality and decency, is unprecedented.

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Letter to The Age/SMH: Home demolitions Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

In Australia, a major purpose for imposing lengthy jail terms is to deter would-be criminals. But what if the would-be perpetrator intended to die in their attack, in the belief that they would go straight to paradise? What if they murdered in the knowledge they would become a hero in their communit

Washington’s goal now appears to be to legitimise Iran as a nuclear threshold state in exchange for a few concessions

Washington’s goal now appears to be to legitimise Iran as a nuclear threshold state in exchange for a few concessions Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran over Iran's nuclear program in Vienna have just missed another major deadline. November 24 was the date set for a final deal - after an extension in June - under the interim agreement signed late last year. Moreover, this latest extension, unlike the previous o

No to backburner, yes to a two-track strategy

No to backburner, yes to a two-track strategy Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Glen Falkenstein

Iran's securing nuclear weapons would destabilise a region already suffering from mass upheaval, in addition to having dire security implications for the rest of the world. Multilateral efforts to deter the sadistic actions of ISIS, a crucial priority, seem to have distracted from internat

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Ceasefire talks offer chance of lasting peace in Gaza

Ceasefire talks offer chance of lasting peace in Gaza Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

All attention has turned to Australian military personnel being sent to Iraq to destroy the Islamic State. But crucial talks are set to commence soon on another critical battleground in the quest for Middle East peace. This week talks are expected to begin in Cairo to produce a long-term ceasefire

After the Gaza conflict: The view from Israel

After the Gaza conflict: The view from Israel Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Ahron Shapiro

I arrived at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport at the end of August, less than 48 hours after Gaza's rulers Hamas accepted an open-ended ceasefire effectively ending a two-month long conflict with Israel. Along with the signs giving directions to passport control and baggage claim were signs indicating t

Letter: Apology falls short Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

In her belated apology for the use of photos of dead children from the Syrian conflict to represent purported Israeli slaughter in Gaza (29 August), Sonja Karkar of Australians for Palestine claims the statistics alone tell the story. There is no question that large numbers of civilians, including c

Letter: Ignoring the facts on Israel-Palestine issue Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Allon Lee

David Rothkopf is deluding himself if he thinks that it is only Israeli intransigence that has prevented the establishment of a Palestinian state ("A High Price", Review, August 22). An in-depth report by Ben Birnbaum in the New Republic on the recent failure of US Secretary of State John Kerry's p

Seeing the light: Hamas' terror tunnels

Seeing the light: Hamas' terror tunnels Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Glen Falkenstein

It takes us a little bit to our childhood fairy tales of demons... [the] environment I live in, the quiet, the green grass, the trees. It's not a pleasant thought that you sit one day on the patio drinking coffee with your wife and a bunch of terrorists will rise from the ground. Such is the realit

Hamas’ failed strategy

Hamas’ failed strategy Categories: Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Glen Falkenstein

This morning, Israel and Hamas agreed to a 24-hour extension of a five-day truce to negotiate a longer-lasting ceasefire, following weeks of conflict. Israel wants the Gaza Strip to be demilitarised, while Hamas wants unrestricted movement in and out of Gaza, no restrictions on goods coming into the

Mideast peace possible if Hamas chooses

Mideast peace possible if Hamas chooses Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Mark Leibler

As of this writing, the war that raged between Israel and Hamas over the past month appears to have ebbed. If it is over, it is only because Hamas finally made the decision that Australia and the world had been imploring them to do for weeks - that is, to stop committing the war crime of firing ind

Failure to condemn fuels anti-Semites

Failure to condemn fuels anti-Semites Categories: Antisemitism, Op-eds     Author: Jeremy Jones

LAST month in France, a mob surrounded a synagogue, yelling "Hitler was right!" and "Death to the Jews!" In Berlin, a demonstration ­allegedly concerned with the safety of the population of Gaza included the chant of "Jew, Jew, cowardly swine, come out and fight on your own". This week in Sydn

Support Israel if you care about Gazans' suffering

Support Israel if you care about Gazans' suffering Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The nightly television images of the suffering in Gaza are heartbreaking. A vital challenge is what can actually be done to stop the suffering there and in Israel and prevent it recurring. Gazans need far more than simply an end to the current fighting. They need leaders who put their interests fir

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