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Asia Watch: Strings Attached

Asia Watch: Strings Attached Categories: Asia, Saudi Arabia     Author: Michael Shannon

The arrival in Kuala Lumpur of Saudi King Salman and his delegation - an entourage of some 1,500 princes, ministers, officials, businessmen and security personnel, plus hundreds of tonnes of cargo to support a caravan of six jumbo jets - rendered such a spectacle that little room was left to ponder

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Iran's Korean Nuclear Backdoor

Iran's Korean Nuclear Backdoor Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran     Author: Refael Ofek & Dany Shoham

While the Vienna Nuclear Deal (VND) reached in 2015 is focused on preventing (or at least postponing) the development of nuclear weapons in Iran, its restrictions are looser with regard to related delivery systems (particularly nuclear-capable ballistic missiles) and to the transfer of nuclear techn

What Trump can do about Syria

What Trump can do about Syria Categories: Syria, United States     Author: Dennis Ross

Forging a coherent policy on Syria would tax any administration. One critical priority is defeating ISIS in a way that neither leaves a vacuum nor fosters deeper sectarian differences after liberating Raqqa.

Media Microscope: All at Sea over 18C Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

At the start of March, the report of the Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into Freedom of Speech - recommending changes to the process for handling 18C cases but offering no consensus on the changing the wording of 18C and 18D - seemed to mark the end of the campaign to gut Australia's race hatred laws

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A Very Big Deal

A Very Big Deal Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

The Israeli economy may have seen one bigger deal in its 69-year history, but Intel Corporation's takeover last month of Jerusalem-based Mobileye will go down as a landmark whose technological, economic and international significance transcends its financial size.

Europa Europa: Pathologies of Hatred

Europa Europa: Pathologies of Hatred Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, United Kingdom     Author: Douglas Davis

Sir Gerald Kaufman was more than just another veteran Labour politician. Having entered the House of Commons in 1970, he was the longest-serving parliamentarian of any political hue... And, as an Orthodox Jew, he should have been revered by the Jewish community. Instead, when he died last month aged

Trump's envoy found an anxious Ramallah

Trump's envoy found an anxious Ramallah Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Pinhas Inbari

US President Donald Trump's Special Envoy, Jason Greenblatt, arrived in Israel on March 13, 2017, to meet Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and to sound them out on restarting peace negotiations. His visit to Abbas' presidential office, the Muqata'a,

Ahok, Islamism and Indonesian Democracy

Ahok, Islamism and Indonesian Democracy Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Giora Eliraz

The results of Jakarta's first round of gubernatorial elections might be confusing to many casual observers of Indonesian politics - the Christian and ethnically Chinese governor, Bauska Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, came first. This happened even though Ahok has been, during recent months, in the

After ISIS falls, who will benefit?

After ISIS falls, who will benefit? Categories: Iran, Iraq, Russia, Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

On the surface, the wars in Syria and Iraq are continuing at full intensity. The fight between Iraqi government forces and Islamic State in western Mosul is proving a slow, hard slog... But while the tactical contests are continuing, the general direction of events in both the war against Islamic S

The assassination of a terrorist

The assassination of a terrorist Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Shmuel Levin

Last Friday night, four assassins lay in wait for Hamas military leader Mazen Faqha outside his beach-side home in Tel el-Hawa, a neighborhood in south-western Gaza City. The assassins had broken in to Faqha's garage a few hours earlier, after Faqha had left his house with his wife and daughter. Now

Six years of hell

Six years of hell Categories: Russia, Syria, United States     Author: Matthew Brodsky

Having reached the six-year anniversary, the death toll is now counted by the hundreds of thousands with a refugee crisis tallied in the millions. The catastrophe in Syria remains a dark stain on the soul of humanity that challenges previously held norms and assumptions.

Editorial: Multiculturalism and 18C Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Changing Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA) makes no sense. The Parliamentary Inquiry into this provision, to which AIJAC provided a comprehensive submission and then, by invitation, extensive oral evidence, did not conclude that changing 18C was the best course.

Dear Jason

Dear Jason Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: David Horovitz

Dear Mr. Greenblatt, I wish you only success as you set out on your bid to pave a path to progress on the Israeli-Palestinian front... But since this has not hitherto been your primary preoccupation, and since you are the first official dispatched here by the new President for the purpose of peacem

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