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Asia Watch: Mixed Messages Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Asia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Michael Shannon

There were, as usual, some mixed signals from Indonesia as Israelis and Palestinians alike paused to consider 60 years of the Jewish state. The lead negative item was an international anti-Zionist conference at the University of Indonesia in Depok, West Java, held to coincide with the anniversary ce

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From Tokyo to Tel Aviv Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's four-day visit to Japan in late February re-emphasised the increasingly warm and intimate ties developing between Israel and Japan in recent years. The growing warmth reflects interlocking economic synergies reinforced by more than a decade of practical Japanese support

Asia Watch: "Out, Damned Spot!" Categories: Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

It's a sad commentary on much of the Islamic world that anyone seen to have a connection, however tenuous, with Israel or Jews is tainted and obliged to furiously deny any such link. So it was when Anwar Ibrahim, de facto leader of Malaysia's People's Justice Party (PKR), felt compelled to refute

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Thai-ed Down Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Zachary Abuza

On 4 January 2004, a group of armed men raided a Thai Army camp. They were equipped with acetylene torches and bolt cutters; in all they made off with more than 300 M-16s, ammunition and other weaponry. It is the date most commonly used to mark the current manifestation of the insurgency in Thailand

Saying No to Jihad Categories: Antisemitism, Asia, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon     Author: Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

People are punished for crime, for creating anarchy and for subjecting humanity to horrifying terror. But, could we ever believe that someone would be arrested, tortured and imprisoned for 17 long months just for being in favour of global peace, inter-faith dialogue and ending religious hatred?

Beyond Bali Categories: Asia, Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Terrorism     Author: External author

On September 27, Gareth Evans -? president of the respected International Crisis Group (ICG) and former Australian foreign minister -? gave a keynote address in Australia in which he proclaimed, "JI no longer poses a serious threat in Indonesia or elsewhere". Four days later, three suicide bombers w

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