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Noted and Quoted - August 2015 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Middle East    

Columnist Rowan Dean blasted the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel as "anti-Semitic" and a "grotesque fraud", pointing out its hypocrisies. Hypocrisies include boycotting "Jewish businesses... and even a Jewish theatre" in this country "on the pretence of supporting th

AIR New Zealand: Turtle Bay Dreams

AIR New Zealand: Turtle Bay Dreams Categories: Australasia, Middle East, United Nations     Author: Miriam Bell

In theory, the United Nations is the epitome of effective diplomatic activity and relations. Yet, in practice, it is, all too frequently, an epicentre of vitriolic rhetoric, wilful misinformation, and unfortunate end results. There is prestige and status attached to seats on the various UN councils

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Media Microscope - Nuclear Knockout Categories: Australasia, Iran, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Whatever the merits of the P5+1 agreement on Iran's nuclear program, its significance was not lost on the local media. ANU Professor Amin Saikal told ABC Radio Melbourne 774 "Mornings" host Jon Faine (July 15) that Iranian objections to military site inspections are reasonable to prevent "military

The Last Word: Reclaiming Cohesion

The Last Word: Reclaiming Cohesion Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism     Author: Jeremy Jones

A mid-July contrast: In a number of cities and towns across Australia, small gatherings rallied to a call to "Reclaim Australia", and were generally confronted by counter-protesters calling for bigots to, well, go back to where they came from. Meanwhile, at the Parramatta campus of the Uni

Carr's offensive ANU speech

Carr's offensive ANU speech Categories: Australasia, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Former foreign minister Bob Carr gave a speech at Australian National University (ANU) on July 14, co-hosted by the Centre for Arabic and Islamic Studies and two Palestinian advocacy groups, Australians for Justice and Peace in Palestine (AJPP) and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). In it, he

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

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

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