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Noted and Quoted - April 2016 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

SBS reporter Rena Sarumpaet's report on a series of multiple Palestinian terror attacks carried out on March 8 stated that "this latest flare up is a reminder of how paralysed peace talks are, critics citing a United States distracted by more immediate concerns such as Syria and IS." This is relati

Media Microscope: Welcome to Oz, Dr. Zarif Categories: Australasia, Iran, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's controversial visit to Australia prompted cautious support and stinging criticism of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop for extending the invitation and appearing at a joint press conference. On March 11, the Australian's foreign editor Greg Sheridan wrote, "the Ir

Lucy in the sky - and down to earth

Lucy in the sky - and down to earth Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israeli Arab journalist Lucy Aharish has been shattering glass ceilings all her life and looks certain to continue to do so. Ms. Aharish is an anchor on Israel's Channel 2 with her own interview show and until recently presented the evening edition on i24news. She is notable as the first Israeli Ara

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Media Microscope: Labor daze Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The NSW ALP's state conference in February was the latest forum to debate whether to ban party members from travelling to Israel on sponsored trips, or else require they spend equal time in Palestinian areas. Like other ALP conferences, the fixation of elements of the party on Israel generated a wa

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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

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.

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