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Deconstruction Zone: Farewell... Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

My first interview for AIR lasted barely ten minutes. That was in 1978, shortly after the Camp David Agreement was signed in Washington in September by Egypt's President Anwar Sadat and Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin.  Those were heady days, brightened by hope for subsequent peace agre

Media Microscope: A Farewell to Sanctions Categories: Australasia, Iran, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The significance of lifting economic sanctions on Iran under the P5+1 nuclear deal was given appropriate media coverage in mid-January. On ABC Radio National "Breakfast" (Jan. 18), Teheran University's Professor Mohammad Marandi told Fran Kelly Iran has "done everything they were supposed to do and

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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

Biblio File: Masters of Their Own Fate Categories: Media/ Academia, Middle East     Author: Joshua Muravchik

Karsh challenges the received wisdom... among Western commentators and leaders that the agonies of the Middle East are traceable to the rough handling of the region by the Western powers - first European colonialists, then American cold warriors.

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.

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

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

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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

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