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The Yom Kippur War - 40 years on

The Yom Kippur War - 40 years on Categories: Egypt, Israel, Syria, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

On October 6, 1973, as Israelis observed Yom Kippur - the holiest day in the Jewish calendar - the Egyptian and Syrian armies launched simultaneous surprise offensives against Israel across the ceasefire lines from the 1967 war. Four decades later, the consequences and lessons of the 19-day war are

Looking beyond Rouhani's charm offensive

Looking beyond Rouhani's charm offensive Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Since Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came to power in June, he has led a charm offensive aimed at breaking the coordinated Western front of sanctions and diplomatic isolation designed to halt Iran's clandestine nuclear program - which the International Atomic Energy Agency and others believe appea

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The UN Resolution on Syria’s Chemical Weapons

The UN Resolution on Syria’s Chemical Weapons Categories: Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On 27 September the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2118 that demands the eradication of Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014.  While the Resolution is a welcome development because it has high potential to significantly reduce Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons, it is imp

Tax dollars bring 9/11 "truther" and other extremists to ANU anti-Israel fest

Tax dollars bring 9/11 "truther" and other extremists to ANU anti-Israel fest Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The Australian National University has come under fire for hosting a conference purporting to focus on "Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories". ... Academics are, no doubt, free to invite whomever they choose to present on any issue and to air any views they se

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Viewing Australia's election from Israel and elsewhere

Viewing Australia's election from Israel and elsewhere Categories: Australasia, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

In Australia we have a new government, following the Liberal/National Party's (‘the Coalition') sweeping election victory on September 7. While Australians have been heavily focused on the election campaign, its aftermath, and the effect of the change of government in terms of a number of dome

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