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The Last Word: Unspeakable Cruelty Categories: Australasia, Iran, Islamic Extremism     Author: Jeremy Jones

When speaking with a leader of the Baha'i community in Australia recently, our conversation inevitably turned to events in Iran. In May 2008, seven leaders of this community were seized from their families, imprisoned and faced allegations of grave seriousness. For 15 months, there have been regular

Julia and Friends in Jerusalem Categories: Australasia, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Julia Gillard's visit to Israel last month was a success, though it barely made a splash in the local Israeli media. The Deputy Prime Minister's meetings with Israeli leaders were described as a "substantive exchange" and these are expected to stimulate an overall upgrading of diversifying bilateral

Editorial: Talking Terrorism Categories: Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Australia, the West and many other countries, including many in the Arab and Muslim world, are engaged, against their will, in a struggle with groups that use violence in the name of an ideology rooted in one interpretation of a major world religion. This reality must be stated clearly – it cannot

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AIR New Zealand: Durban Dissent Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Miriam Bell

Ever since I heard that a "Durban II" conference on racism was going to be held, I've watched with interest to see whether New Zealand would be involved and what sort of public dialogue might occur about our stance.

Poor Advice Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

In a March 9 Age piece, the ANU's Amin Saikal took it upon himself to advise Barak Obama on Middle East policy. He claimed the Bush Administration's policy had "denied Hamas its right to exercise power as the democratic choice of the Palestinian people." This is untrue.

Symposium: Perceptions of the Middle East and the Gaza War - Australia Categories: Australasia, Iraq, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Monographs/ Submissions     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The reaction of Australia's government, media, and elite, and public opinion to Israel's December 2008-January 2009 military operations against Hamas in Gaza was mixed. At the government level, both the Labor government as well as the Liberal opposition voiced strong, consistent, and principled supp

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