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Iran Sanctions bite, but will Teheran shift course?

Iran Sanctions bite, but will Teheran shift course? Categories: Iran, Updates    

There is growing evidence over recent weeks that the Iranian economy is in serious trouble, in no small part due to the international sanctions imposed because of Teheran's illegal  nuclear program,  - with a major plunge in the value of the Rial, Iran's currency, down

Women suffering across the Middle East - except  in Israel

Women suffering across the Middle East - except in Israel Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

While women are suffering from extremism throughout the Middle East, Israel remains an exception where all women, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity, enjoy equality before the law, and despite some shortcomings, the most substantial social equality in the region, comparable to virtually any c

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Media Week - Shalit - the Fairfax directors’ cut; Christians in Israel – the gospel truth; Headline misfire.

Media Week - Shalit - the Fairfax directors’ cut; Christians in Israel – the gospel truth; Headline misfire. Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

As a matter of course newspapers make changes to stories. Some of these can be spelling or cuts for length. But a number of questionable alterations were made to a story from the New York Times' Middle East correspondent Isabel Kershner that appeared in Fairfax papers noting Gilad Shalit's first ma

Turkey and the Syrian Civil War

Turkey and the Syrian Civil War Categories: Syria, Turkey, Updates    

This Update focuses on analysis of the growing tension between Turkey and Syria, in the wake of a series of confrontational incidents, including Turkish shelling of Syrian territory in response to a Syrian shell which struck Turkey, an earlier incident involving Syrian fire on a Turk

Australian anti-Israel activists must distance themselves from neo-Nazi sympathisers

Australian anti-Israel activists must distance themselves from neo-Nazi sympathisers Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Far Right, NGOs, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

A group supported by a cross-section of Australia's anti-Israel movement has been revealed to be pedalling overt antisemitic propaganda. On 1 October, Jewish Agency for Israel employee Avi Mayer stumbled across an alarming tweet by the Free Gaza Movement ('FGM'), the principal organisers of the inf

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Study weighs economic cost of a nuclear Iran

Study weighs economic cost of a nuclear Iran Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Many analysts have expressed concern about the potential costs, economic and otherwise, of a military strike to stop Iran's nuclear program - and rightly so. However, it is also important to take into account the heavy economic costs associated with inaction that would allow Iran to achieve nuclear

Huawei: US Congress, Canada backs Australian government claims that Chinese company is a security risk

Huawei: US Congress, Canada backs Australian government claims that Chinese company is a security risk Categories: Australasia, China, United States, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

In March this year the Australian government decided to block Chinese telecommunications company Huawei from bidding on the National Broadband Network (NBN) due to security risks.  Recently Canada stated its intention to exclude Huawei from helping it build a secure Canadian government communic

Israel goes to polls on January 22

Israel goes to polls on January 22 Categories: Israel, Updates    

As readers will probably be aware, Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu announced earlier this week that he will seek early elections, and later announced that he is requesting a poll take place on January 22. His speech, calling for the election, and citing an inability "at this time to

10th Anniversary of the Bali Bombings

10th Anniversary of the Bali Bombings Categories: Asia, Australasia, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Today marks ten years since the ‘Bali Bombings', which tragically killed 202 people, including 88 Australians and 38 Indonesians, and injured more than 240. For many Australians, the memory of the Bali bombings are now part of our collective national consciousness, an acute awareness of the e

Egypt's changing landscape

Egypt's changing landscape Categories: Egypt, Updates    

Egypt is back in the spotlight in this Update, which covers some important new developments in Cairo, the Sinai, and beyond that deserve closer attention. In Egypt after his US visit and speech at the United Nations last month, President Mohamed Morsi held his first interview with

Dr. Tal Becker's Australian media

Dr. Tal Becker's Australian media Categories: Multimedia, Updates     Author: Anthony Orkin

Australian-born Israeli peace negotiator Dr. Tal Becker received extensive media coverage on his recent visit to Australia. Here are links to some recordings from his interviews and events.

Media Week - And they called it Pappe love; Randa does the rounds

Media Week - And they called it Pappe love; Randa does the rounds Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Anti-Zionist historian Ilan Pappe told Geraldine Doogue on ABC Radio National's "Breakfast" program  (17/9) that the "mainstream Zionist leadership from the very beginning understood that... they could not have a Jewish state as long as the Palestinians remained in Palestine". The fact is that

Hamas admits: Gaza is not occupied, nor under siege

Hamas admits: Gaza is not occupied, nor under siege Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The summer of 2005 was especially hot in Israel, but not just because of the high temperatures and Middle-Eastern climate. That summer the heat was political, as Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip. It wasn't long before Hamas took over the strip. The showers of rockets into Israel proper never stop

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