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DECONSTRUCTION ZONE: Middle East Ostriches Categories: Iraq, Middle East     Author: Ted Lapkin

During the 1950s, Stanford psychologist Leon Festinger studied a small religious cult that was preaching a doctrine of impending global apocalypse. The appointed hour of doom came and went, and the rhythms of normal life continued without pause.

The Hatred Files Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

In January 2004, a prominent Christian leader in Sydney invited Jews and Muslims involved in Interfaith Dialogue to observe a Church service before adjourning for the opportunity to engage informally with his congregation and with each other.

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A Democratic Momentum Categories: Iraq, Middle East     Author: External author

Anyone with experience of the Arab Middle East will have found a civilisation that does not know what to do with itself. Freedom and democracy have been unknown quantities. The manners and grace of the past are almost irrecoverable.

60 years on Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, International Jewry     Author: Jeremy Jones

In the last week in January, the Australian media gave considerable coverage to the Shoah, the Nazi Genocide, as the world marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops.

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Essay: The Case for Democracy Categories: Iraq, Middle East     Author: External author

Neoconservatives hope that a democratic Iraq and Afghanistan can usher in a new age of Middle Eastern consensual government that will cool down a century-old cauldron of hatred. Realists counter that democratic roots will surely starve in sterile Middle East soil...

If not now, when? Categories: Iran, United States     Author: External author

In his January 20, 2005, inaugural speech, President George W. Bush declared, "America will not pretend that jailed dissidents prefer their chains, or that women welcome humiliation and servitude."

Battler President Categories: Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

When Israel's head of state, President Moshe Katsav, arrives for an official visit in Australia on Feb. 28, it will be symbolic of the excellent relations between Australia and Israel.

Editorial: Like a Sharm Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

There is reason for cautious optimism that the recent Sharon-Abbas Summit at Sharm-el-Sheikh might spell the end of the four-year conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Essay: The Right Questions Categories: Terrorism, United States     Author: AIJAC External authors

It didn't take long for interrogators in the war on terror to realise that their part was not going according to script. Pentagon doctrine, honed over decades of cold-war planning, held that 95 percent of prisoners would break upon straightforward questioning.

The Elected Categories: Palestinians     Author: External author

In the January 9 election to succeed Yasser Arafat as Chairman of the Palestinian Authority (PA), Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) emerged with a majority of 62%. About 75% of registered voters cast ballots.

Bomb Threat Categories: International Security, Iran, Iraq, Middle East     Author: Douglas Davis

The Middle East is on the brink of going nuclear, and the rest of the world is fiddling or looking the other way. The United States is draining its energies in Iraq, the Europeans are fussing over "soft power" diplomacy, and the UN monitoring agencies are dithering.

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Looking Ahead Categories: Iraq, Middle East, United States     Author: External author

The outlines of the second Bush Administration's approach to the Middle East began emerging from an American-Israel dialogue held in Washington in early December.

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