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Australia’s Budget 2012-13: Foreign Aid

Australia’s Budget 2012-13: Foreign Aid Categories: Australasia, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Australian Budget was announced on May 8, and in order to bring the budget into surplus the Government decided to delay its promise to raise foreign aid spending to 0.5 per cent of gross national income (GNI) by 2015/16, pushing this goal back until 2016-2017. This blog post looks at highlights

Media Week - Unbelievable, because it's wrong!; New Blood; Not so popular front

Media Week - Unbelievable, because it's wrong!; New Blood; Not so popular front Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

The Australian's John Lyons (5/5) reported on an Israeli law passed during the Second Intifada in 2003 designed to prevent terrorists exploiting family reunion laws to enter Israel. This has meant Israeli Arab Taiseer Khatib's wife, Lana, who is from Jenin on the West Bank, can only stay in Israel

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The Last Word: QandA-ary

The Last Word: QandA-ary Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, International Jewry     Author: Jeremy Jones

I have known Cardinal George Pell for a number of years, discussed Middle East politics over a kosher meal he arranged for me in his home, worked with him on a range of matters of Catholic-Jewish concern and had any disagreements treated respectfully and graciously. In that light, watching him on AB

Now on Air: Lunar TV

Now on Air: Lunar TV Categories: Australasia     Author: Allon Lee

Readers with long memories will remember the antics of the Citizens' Electoral Council (CEC) - the local followers of convicted American fraudster and conspiracy theorist Lyndon LaRouche, who have mostly disappeared from the headlines over the past decade. But since January, all that conspiratorial

 Iran and the Huawei controversy

Iran and the Huawei controversy Categories: Australasia, China, Iran, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Recently the Australian media has been focused on news that the Australian government blocked the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from participating in the national broadband network (NBN). While most commentators are discussing the cyber security concerns, few are raising Huawei's question

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Strange Australian commentary on the UN's controversial "peace plan" for Syria

Strange Australian commentary on the UN's controversial "peace plan" for Syria Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The Syrian Government's decision to accept UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan has been met with a lot of scepticism to say the least. A number of experts have been predicting that the initiative would only paper-over the Assad regime's continued violence and that there would

Aussie ex-pat brings Murray-Darling spirit to Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians

Aussie ex-pat brings Murray-Darling spirit to Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians Categories: Australasia, Israel, Jordan, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

On a family rip back to Australia, Gidon Bromberg, an Australian environmental activist now living in Israel, picked up a copy of Chris Hammer's book The River: A Journey Through The Murray-Darling. Bromberg was inspired by Hammer's description of the process that led to the Federal Government

Toulouse school's decision to cut security may have implications on Australia

Toulouse school's decision to cut security may have implications on Australia Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Europe, Media/ Academia, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

In this post last month, I argued that the Jewish community in Australia does have the unfortunate need for security at Jewish schools, which remain a target for terrorists, a statement that I later affirmed after the Toulouse attacks. This was to rebut statements made by former Australian Jewish Ne

Media Microscope: Bombing in the Rocket War Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

During the four days of violence starting on March 9 that saw hundreds of rockets fired from Gaza at southern Israel, the Israeli military's precision responses remarkably managed to limit Palestinian fatalities to 25, of whom 22 were terrorists. However, coverage of the conflict for the Age and Sy

The Last Word: RID-ing against Intolerance

The Last Word: RID-ing against Intolerance Categories: Asia, Australasia, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

A visit to Semarang, the largest city in Central Java, is in many ways an assault on the senses. The humidity, with searing heat and blustery winds, is unavoidable, as are the blinding colours and the food which comes in two varieties - syrupy sweet or hot and spicy. My recent trip, to participate

Terror attack on Jewish school in France a stark reminder of antisemitic threat

Terror attack on Jewish school in France a stark reminder of antisemitic threat Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Europe, Far Right, International Jewry, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Last month, I wrote in defence of the security concerns of Australia's Jewish community. With a heavy heart, I must note that these concerns have been unfortunately vindicated once again. Last night, a shooting attack outside Ozar Hatorah, a Jewish school in Toulouse, killed much-loved schoolteacher

The SMH’s quest to downplay the Iranian nuclear program

The SMH’s quest to downplay the Iranian nuclear program Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, International Security, Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Seldom has there been such a brazen attempt to pass off pantomime as intelligent debate. Saturday's edition of the Sydney Morning Herald's (SMH) weekly "The Question" section - which canvasses the opinions of four experts with presumed standing on a specific issue - addressed the topic of "Is the We

Israel wows Coalition lawmakers

Israel wows Coalition lawmakers Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases     Author: Gareth Nurunsky

SIX federal Coalition MPs who recently returned from Israel said they were full of praise for Israel's achievements, more understanding of its challenges and ready to spread the word. Bradfield MP Paul Fletcher, Tasmanian Senator David Bushby, Paterson MP Bob Baldwin, South Australian Senator David

Politicians report on Israel visit

Politicians report on Israel visit Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media Releases     Author: Henry Benjamin

The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council has hosted a meeting in Sydney at which three Australian members of Parliament told of their experiences on a recent visit to Israel. Liberal Bob Baldwin member for Paterson near Newcastle, Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Shadow Minister

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Media Microscope: Nuclear Reactions Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The recent international focus on Iran's nuclear ambitions generated a lot of heat and occasionally some light in the Australian media. A Sydney Morning Herald (February 6) editorial astutely warned "there is simply no precedent for a revolutionary Islamist regime getting its hands on nuclear weapo

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