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Anti-abuse laws pose no real threat to freedom of speech

Anti-abuse laws pose no real threat to freedom of speech Categories: Australasia, Op-eds     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

IT would be difficult to have missed the recent campaign in these pages and elsewhere against section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, which makes conduct unlawful where it is done because of someone's race/ethnicity and is reasonably likely to "offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate" them. F

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A dangerous deal on Iran

A dangerous deal on Iran Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The world is overwhelmingly united in agreeing on a number of points about the decades-old Iranian nuclear crisis. One is that Iran cannot be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons capabilities, in violation of both the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and six legally-binding United Nations Security Cou

Pause for a rethink will help West

Pause for a rethink will help West Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

US Secretary of State John Kerry and his colleagues among the P5+1 powers who are involved in nuclear negotiations with Iran are in full agreement: striking a bad deal in an attempt to curb Iran's illegal nuclear program would be worse than making no deal at all. This certainly applies to interim d

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The real obstacles to Israeli-Palestinian peace

The real obstacles to Israeli-Palestinian peace Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

A great deal has been said and misrepresented regarding Israel's recent announcement that it plans to build settlement units.  For example, Amin Saikal wrote in "Peace not on Israel's agenda" (16/8) that it was a "deliberate" attempt to "sabotage ‘current peace talks'". However, such a r

Risks aplenty in minefield of Mid-East peace talks

Risks aplenty in minefield of Mid-East peace talks Categories: Israel, Op-eds, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

ON Sunday, Israel's cabinet made the agonising decision to authorise the staggered release of 104 Palestinian prisoners - including notorious mass murderers convicted for acts of wanton terror - in order to satisfy a Palestinian precondition for peace talks that began this week in Washington. The r

Defend those who are bullied

Defend those who are bullied Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Op-eds     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Given the very real harm that victims of racial abuse suffer, it is not appropriate to tell them to just "shut up and take it". Not being offended may not necessarily be a right, but it is certainly not a duty. If we are serious about stamping out racism, we have to attach negative consequences to i

Asia ahead in courting hi-tech Israel

Asia ahead in courting hi-tech Israel Categories: Asia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

ISRAELI Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent visit to China was revealing. Despite Chinese criticism of alleged Israeli airstrikes on arms shipments in Syria, Beijing arranged a program that strongly hinted it regards Netanyahu as an important visitor.

Change drives Israel coalition

Change drives Israel coalition Categories: Israel, Op-eds, United States     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The new Israeli coalition government - sworn in after weeks of negotiations only two days before the US President' arrival - was indeed an achievement, and one the President should be able to appreciate. Just as Obama was elected on a platform of "hope and change" an appropriate way to describe the

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