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The Last Word: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Prescription

The Last Word: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Prescription Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia     Author: Jeremy Jones

Between 1 October 1989 and 30 September 2011, I have logged incidents of "racist violence" against Jewish Australians and Jewish Australian institutions, including 566 of physical assaults or property damage, and 1,180 incidents of direct harassment and intimidation (mainly of families walking to or

Essay: Springing Forward or Falling Back?

Essay: Springing Forward or Falling Back? Categories: Egypt, Libya, Tunisia     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Historically, following many of the revolutions in the Arab and Muslim world, previous traditions hindering women's rights and limiting their role in politics and society have been reinstated. The deterioration in women's rights after the revolution in Algeria ended in 1962, and the Iranian Islamic

Gaddafi's Australian Groupies

Gaddafi's Australian Groupies Categories: Australasia, Libya     Author: Allon Lee

For those of a certain a generation, they are names from the past that cause equal measure of dread and derision. They are the Australian cheer squad that relentlessly extolled Colonel Gaddafi's virtues in full view of his tyrannical excesses. Australians from both the extreme left and far right we

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Disastrous Elections vs. Bloody Civil War in Egypt

Disastrous Elections vs. Bloody Civil War in Egypt Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism     Author: Barry Rubin

Only days before parliamentary elections, Egypt was in a huge crisis whose outcome will determine the future of almost 80 million people and perhaps the Arabic-speaking world's fate for decades to come. Will the army go ahead with elections that will be won by the Muslim Brotherhood and other radic

Arab Spring or Islamist Surge?

Arab Spring or Islamist Surge? Categories: Egypt, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Tunisia     Author: Benny Morris

Rioting in Tunisia and Egypt in early 2011 unleashed a tidal wave of unrest across the Arab world that was soon designated the "Arab Spring." Enthusiasts in the West hailed a new birth of freedom for a giant slice of humanity that has been living in despotic darkness for centuries. But historians in

Israel's Nuclear Nightmares

Israel's Nuclear Nightmares Categories: Iran, Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

"Something like this might really happen," warned the narrator of the 1959 comedy "The Mouse that Roared" while a nuclear explosion was displayed in the background. And then, before proceeding to the story about a remote duchy that saves itself from bankruptcy by stealing a doomsday bomb, the narrat

Warning Bell

Warning Bell Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Ephraim Asculai

The long awaited and much overdue Annex of the November 2011 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report was presented to the IAEA Board of Governors and the UN Security Council on November 8, 2011. Although the Annex contains much interesting and fresh information, its basic message that Iran


Europa Europa: The Party is Over Categories: Europe, Israel, Middle East, Saudi Arabia     Author: Douglas Davis

Europe is peering into the abyss. And the crisis is far from over. Indeed, it is likely to intensify in 2012 as financial contagion spreads from Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy to France, which holds large quantities of Italian debt, and then to Britain, which is exposed to substantial F

Deconstruction Zone: NGO No-Go Areas? Categories: Israel, NGOs     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Watching the debate, both in Israel and elsewhere, surrounding the proposed new NGO (Non-Government Organisation) laws in the Knesset, it is hard not to be struck by the hyperbole being employed. Some Israelis, primarily from the political left, are railing about "threats to the very foundation of I

Editorial: What Needs to be Done Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Speaking to CNN recently, Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak posed a terrifying scenario: "Who would have come to rescue Kuwait when it was taken by Saddam Hussein 20 years ago, if Saddam could have said credibly enough that he has three or four crude nuclear devices?" The answer of course,

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