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Biblio File: Fine Wine from a Free Mind

Biblio File: Fine Wine from a Free Mind Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia, Middle East     Author: Amotz Asa-El

One of Australia's most versatile public intellectuals, Monk's unique background as literary critic, China expert, author, poet and founder of the Austhink consultancy, has fed an exceptionally erudite writer's journalistic crop while history journeyed from the Cold War's passage to the Islamist thr

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's powerful words on Australia-Israeli relations at Hebrew University award ceremony

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's powerful words on Australia-Israeli relations at Hebrew University award ceremony Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On November 22, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop received the "Torch of Learning" award from Australian Friends of Hebrew University in Sydney. On accepting the award, Ms Bishop delivered a strong speech in which she said, "Tonight, in accepting the Torch of Learning Award, I commit anew to the powerf

Israeli innovation inspiring Australians

Israeli innovation inspiring Australians Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

"Innovation" is a centrepiece of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's agenda for Australia - and the government is looking to Israel for inspiration. At the forefront of planning this agenda is Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy, who together with Robogals founder and 2012 Young Au

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

Abdolhossein Vahaji, Iran's Ambassador to Australia, told Fairfax's David Wroe (Sept. 12) his country supports the regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad because without him "the situation is going to be worse...who is going to take over?...ISIS is going to take over." Wroe sensibly noted, "the regime h

Media Microscope: The Knife's Edge Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The upsurge in Palestinian terror and Israeli countermeasures received mixed media coverage. Fairfax correspondent Ruth Pollard (Oct. 18) held both Israelis and Palestinians guilty of incitement, but largely downplayed Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas' responsibility.

The Last Word: A Date to Remember

The Last Word: A Date to Remember Categories: Australasia, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

October 28, 1965 is a date which should be respected and honoured. It was on this day, at the meeting of the Second Vatican Council, that the Catholic Church adopted the declaration Nostra Aetate, effectively acknowledging that close to two millennia of teaching of contempt towards Jews had brought

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

Beverley O'Connor interviewed radical Palestinian British activist Ghada Karmi who was attending the Melbourne Writers' Festival. Karmi backed the Palestinian Authority's (PA) call for the Palestinian flag to be raised at the United Nations, because "the Palestinians for so long have been left out

Letter: Ill-conceived motion Categories: Australasia, Iran, Media Releases, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Wendy Turner writes in defence of the Queensland Labor conference motion to recognise a Palestinian state (Letters, 3/9). This motion is one-sided, ill-conceived and counter-productive. Motions such as this are detrimental to the cause of Middle East reconciliation...

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

Voices arguing for and against the ALP National Conference passing a resolution calling for Australia to unilaterally recognise a Palestinian state - as urged by some in the party - enjoyed a good run in the media. On July 18, a pointer in the Age newspaper directed readers to its website where Lab

The Last Word: The beginning of a new era?

The Last Word: The beginning of a new era? Categories: Asia, Australasia, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

There is a wonderful Indonesian celebration known as Hallal bi Hallal. Shortly after the end of Ramadan, Indonesian Muslims, and their guests, gather to strengthen interpersonal bonds and make peace with each other, just as during Ramadan they had been concentrating on their relationship to, an

Essay: The Zeal of New Zealand

Essay: The Zeal of New Zealand Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Miriam Smallman

In October 2014, after a campaign of nearly 10 years, New Zealand won its fourth two-year term on the esteemed UN Security Council. Prime Minister John Key pledged that New Zealand would be a "small country with a loud voice." Indeed, it put forth an ambitious agenda, one that included working with

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