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Poison Pen Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: External author

Michael Leunig once wrote that 'the pen is mightier than the sword.' But I fear that the cartoonist would be as dead as one of his ducks in pyjamas if he attempted to defend himself against a suicide bomber by stabbing with his quill.

All Shook Up Categories: Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Kadima, Israel's infant centrist party led by Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is currently predicted by polls to win a major victory in the general elections on March 28.

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Larger than Life Categories: Israel     Author: External author

Ariel Sharon was the man other Israelis always relied on to do the heavy work, which they knew might well turn into dirty work. A minority admired him without reserve for his daring and ability. The majority were usually critical and dismissive.

Everything but the truth Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Ted Lapkin

Last December, I received an invitation to attend a free preview screening of Steven Spielberg's new film, Munich. My shorthand reaction to the movie is that it was worth every penny that I paid to see it. But given Spielberg's moral ambitions for this flick, as well as the splash it is making in t

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Shock of Sharon Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

IT is still unclear whether Ariel Sharon will survive the serious stroke he suffered, but his life as Israel's Prime Minister would seem to be over.

Israel's democracy can pass this test Categories: Israel, Op-eds     Author: Ted Lapkin

TOTAL confusion. Only such a phrase can aptly describe the political impact of Ariel Sharon's health crisis. The Israeli Prime Minister's collapse from a massive cerebral haemorrhage injects tremendous uncertainty into a political system that is approaching a general election.

Crossing Over Categories: Europe, International Jewry, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

After almost six decades of exclusion and discrimination, it looks like Israel's ambulance service and humanitarian organisation, the Magen David Adom (MDA), meaning Red Star of David, will finally be able to join the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

No Exit Categories: Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Iraq     Author: External author

Yeah. Victory. Almost forgot about that one. Only time and continued effort will tell whether President Bush can retake the high ground in the debate over the Iraq war...

Centre Stage Categories: Israel     Author: External author

On a recent warm afternoon in Gilo, a working-class Jerusalem neighbourhood that borders the West Bank, a group of teenagers are smoking cigarettes outside a grocery.

Unhidden Agenda Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: External author

One wonders what will it take for the international community to understand that Iran seriously intends to use its nuclear power to attack the "infidels."

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Smoke Signals Categories: Australasia, Europe, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon     Author: Jeremy Jones

Night after night, we have witnessed shocking scenes of violence and wanton vandalism in French cities. Hundreds upon hundreds of vehicles set on fire, institutions such as libraries and gymnasiums attacked and destroyed, urban populations afraid to venture out into the streets.

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