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AIR New Zealand: Wellington Surprise

AIR New Zealand: Wellington Surprise Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Miriam Bell

Ardern's views on Israel are simply unknown. While she spent time in Israel as president of the International Union of Socialist Youth, she hasn't yet made any public comment about Israel-related issues. Balancing out these uncertainties is Peters who will become both Deputy Prime Minister and Fore

Iran and the Fall of Kirkuk

Iran and the Fall of Kirkuk Categories: Iran, Iraq     Author: Jonathan Spyer

Iraqi forces took Kirkuk city from the Kurds in mid-October with hardly a shot fired. Twenty-two Kurdish fighters were killed in the sporadic and disorganised resistance, while seven Iraqi soldiers also lost their lives. It is a remarkable setback for the Kurds, who just a few weeks ago held an inde

Three things to fix in the Iran Deal

Three things to fix in the Iran Deal Categories: International Security, Iran, United States     Author: Robert Satloff

Two years ago, I urged US Senators to vote "no" on the Iran nuclear deal. My goal was not to have them scrap the accord, which had numerous positive benefits, but to give President Barack Obama leverage to repair its serious flaws. "No," I argued, "doesn't necessarily mean ‘no, never.' It can

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Trump’s third way

Trump’s third way Categories: International Security, Iran, United States     Author: Clifford May

US President Donald Trump made a tough call on Oct. 13. European diplomats and an "echo chamber" in the mainstream media were insisting he "recertify" the nuclear weapons deal his predecessor concluded with Iran's rulers in 2015.

A New Deal for Gaza?

A New Deal for Gaza? Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Half a year after its arch-rival set out to choke it, Hamas appears to have effectively surrendered. What began with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas' decision in April to cease paying for Gaza's fuel shipments from Israel has now culminated in Hamas' ostensible agreement to relin

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The doomed Palestinian reconciliation plan

The doomed Palestinian reconciliation plan Categories: Fatah, Hamas, Palestinians     Author: Grant Rumley

The likeliest explanation for Hamas' sudden shift is the change in its leadership. Earlier this year, the results of the group's secret internal elections were announced as Ismail Haniyeh, a former prime minister in the unity government of 2007, and Yahya Sinwar, a hardline leader of Hamas' military

Biblio File: Banlieues and Bombs

Biblio File: Banlieues and Bombs Categories: Europe, Terrorism     Author: James Kirchick

Kepel is particularly knowledgeable about the history and process of radicalisation that takes place in his nation's heavily Muslim banlieues (the depressed housing projects ringing Paris and other major cities), and Terror in France is informed by decades of fieldwork in these volatile locales.

Assad's Pyrrhic Victory

Assad's Pyrrhic Victory Categories: Middle East, Syria     Author: Jacques Neriah

Syria is now an Iranian-Russian satellite whose existence as a state depends on the military presence of its patrons. Indeed, six years later, the Alawite regime is on life-support provided by Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and Iranian satellite proxies.

Noted and Quoted - October 2017

Noted and Quoted - October 2017 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Visiting Beirut-based British correspondent Robert Fisk was typically opinionated and ill-informed on Melbourne ABC Radio 774 "Conversation Hour" (Sept. 4). According to Fisk, "when I go to Israel... I have the habit as most Westerners do who want to believe that Israel is a good state, of going to

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Is Iran complying with the JCPOA?

Is Iran complying with the JCPOA? Categories: International Security, Iran, United States     Author: Tzvi Kahn

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared on Sept. 17 that Iran is in "technical compliance" with the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This assertion ignores multiple Iranian violations of the letter of the accord. It overlooks the lack of trans

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