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New Zealand takes its turn at the UN Security Council Presidency - with a Middle East-oriented agenda

New Zealand takes its turn at the UN Security Council Presidency - with a Middle East-oriented agenda Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Miriam Smallman

July 1 marked the start of a one-month presidency for New Zealand at the UN Security Council, an opportunity the country has no intentions of squandering. The small Asia-Pacific island nation has announced an ambitious agenda, one that includes tackling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and convincin

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Media Microscope: Testing Intelligence Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Reaction to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's announcement, during her visit to Iran on April 18-19, of a proposed intelligence sharing deal with Teheran to fight Islamic State and handle prospective Iranian asylum seekers was largely sceptical. On Channel Ten's "The Bolt Report" (April 26

In Parliament - June 2015 Categories: Australasia, Israel    

Christopher Hayes (ALP, Fowler) - May 14 - "Last year's Gaza War has had a profound impact on me - a conflict which saw Israel attempt to suppress Hamas rockets but resulted in the deaths of over 1,500 Palestinians, of whom 538 were children...I still find it hard to shake the image of the four boys


Noted and Quoted - June 2015 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley's edict that MPs travelling on subsidised study tours to Israel must spend equal time in the West Bank and Gaza prompted columnist Rowan Dean to imagine such a trip. "Arrived at Lod Airport, after circling around to avoid being blasted out of the sky by IS, Hamas, Hezbol

Terror Australis

Terror Australis Categories: Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Ely Karmon

Australia is not new to the threat of jihadi terrorism, but the 15-16 December 2014 hostage crisis staged by Man Haron Monis in Sydney shook the Australian people and was followed live across the world. Previous and recent arrests of young would-be Australian jihadists preparing terrorist attacks ha

Media Microscope: Dealing with it Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The P5+1's preliminary deal with Iran over the latter's nuclear program certainly kicked off a chain reaction of discussion and coverage in the media. Australian Financial Review International Editor Tony Walker's analysis on April 2 backed the deal because "anything that limits Iran's ‘break

The Last Word: Thought for Food

The Last Word: Thought for Food Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism     Author: Jeremy Jones

I admit it. I helped facilitate a situation where consumers can know the ingredients of food products which they are considering purchasing. The genesis of this campaign, which for some was apparently nefarious, came at a meeting held in NSW Parliament House on issues relating to anti-discriminatio

Editorial: A Trip to Teheran

Editorial: A Trip to Teheran Categories: Australasia, International Security, Iran     Author: Colin Rubenstein

After her controversial April 18 meetings in Iran, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop revealed that the two sides discussed future co-operation, including intelligence sharing, in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and on asylum seekers, as well as human rights issues.

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