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Dangers in the Iran Nuclear Deal

Dangers in the Iran Nuclear Deal Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds, Updates     Author: Glen Falkenstein

PRINCE Turki al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia's former intelligence chief, warned last month a deal that allows Iran a pathway to create a nuclear bomb could ignite a new arms race in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia and South Korea have already signed a memorandum of understanding on nuclear power. Nuclear wea

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Letter: Free speech protected Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Chris Berg (Opinion, 1/3) misrepresented an article I wrote with Michael Kapel published in The Age in 1994. In context, the line that Berg quotes does not say that newspaper articles would never be subject to the Racial Discrimination Act, as he implies...

Hamas remains the barrier to rebuilding Gaza

Hamas remains the barrier to rebuilding Gaza Categories: Op-eds, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

LAST October, the international community pledged a massive $7 billion to assist the Gaza strip's reconstruction after Hamas's July war with Israel. However, only about 5 per cent of the money has been delivered to Gaza so far and reconstruction is clearly slow. While some aid agencies based in Gaz

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Paris no excuse for revisiting 18C

Paris no excuse for revisiting 18C Categories: Australasia, Europe, Op-eds     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

ON January 7 there was an attack on free speech in Paris by murderous terrorists inspired by a jihadist ideology, not French laws on hate speech. Despite this truth, the attack on Charlie Hebdo and the horrific murders of 17 people have led some commentators in Australia to rehash the debate on sec

First Person: Time to wake up

First Person: Time to wake up Categories: Australasia, Op-eds, Terrorism     Author: Jeremy Jones

Armed hostage taking is extremely rare in Australia, and armed hostage taking accompanied by a banner that evoked images of Islamic State, al-Qaida or other groups known for their inhumanity, barbarity and callous disregard for morality and decency, is unprecedented.

Letter to The Age/SMH: Home demolitions Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

In Australia, a major purpose for imposing lengthy jail terms is to deter would-be criminals. But what if the would-be perpetrator intended to die in their attack, in the belief that they would go straight to paradise? What if they murdered in the knowledge they would become a hero in their communit

Washington’s goal now appears to be to legitimise Iran as a nuclear threshold state in exchange for a few concessions

Washington’s goal now appears to be to legitimise Iran as a nuclear threshold state in exchange for a few concessions Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran over Iran's nuclear program in Vienna have just missed another major deadline. November 24 was the date set for a final deal - after an extension in June - under the interim agreement signed late last year. Moreover, this latest extension, unlike the previous o

No to backburner, yes to a two-track strategy

No to backburner, yes to a two-track strategy Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Glen Falkenstein

Iran's securing nuclear weapons would destabilise a region already suffering from mass upheaval, in addition to having dire security implications for the rest of the world. Multilateral efforts to deter the sadistic actions of ISIS, a crucial priority, seem to have distracted from internat

Ceasefire talks offer chance of lasting peace in Gaza

Ceasefire talks offer chance of lasting peace in Gaza Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

All attention has turned to Australian military personnel being sent to Iraq to destroy the Islamic State. But crucial talks are set to commence soon on another critical battleground in the quest for Middle East peace. This week talks are expected to begin in Cairo to produce a long-term ceasefire

After the Gaza conflict: The view from Israel

After the Gaza conflict: The view from Israel Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Ahron Shapiro

I arrived at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport at the end of August, less than 48 hours after Gaza's rulers Hamas accepted an open-ended ceasefire effectively ending a two-month long conflict with Israel. Along with the signs giving directions to passport control and baggage claim were signs indicating t

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Letter: Apology falls short Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

In her belated apology for the use of photos of dead children from the Syrian conflict to represent purported Israeli slaughter in Gaza (29 August), Sonja Karkar of Australians for Palestine claims the statistics alone tell the story. There is no question that large numbers of civilians, including c

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