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The Last Word: Why Blame the Victims?

The Last Word: Why Blame the Victims? Categories: Antisemitism     Author: Jeremy Jones

Sydney is a vibrant multicultural metropolis, built by people from many nationalities, ethnicities, cultures and religions. In the main street of Lakemba, for example, South, West and East Asian, and Anglo-Celtic sounds and sights are part of the rich communal tapestry. Amongst restaurants, gift s

Media Microscope: Unpromising Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians     Author: Jamie Hyams

SBS TV showed a four-part drama, "The Promise", from Britain's Channel 4 and France's Canal+ and Arte France, which was characterised by rampant and crudely propagandistic political messages directed against Israel and Jews, selective, distorted portrayals of historical events, and the sanitising of

Essay: The Blindness of the Intellectuals

Essay: The Blindness of the Intellectuals Categories: Iran, Media/ Academia     Author: Alan Johnson

Don't listen to the nuclear nonsense, screamed one of the main left-wing weeklies, the New Statesman, only days after a sober and authoritative International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report had laid bare Iran's pursuit of a nuclear bomb. Why do some of our intellectuals find it so very difficult

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Hard Choices for Hamas

Hard Choices for Hamas Categories: Jordan, Palestinians, Saudi Arabia     Author: Pinhas Inbari

In December 2011, reports from several directions converged to suggest that Hamas is abandoning the sinking ship of Syria: that many senior cadres have already settled in Gaza and only the upper echelon of leadership that bears symbolic meaning still remains in Damascus. By and large those reports a


Shelly-Shocked Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

A decade after it last held power, and some two generations after losing its hegemonic sway over Israeli politics - the rehabilitation of Israel's Labor party seems finally underway. The election in September of Shelly (Rachel) Yachimovich as Labor Chairperson, the eighth election of a party leader

Egypt's Other Islamist Party

Egypt's Other Islamist Party Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism     Author: Eric Trager

The real surprise is the emergence of the Salafist al-Nour party, a deeply theocratic organisation that bases its ideology on a literal reading of the Koran and Sunna and, most astoundingly, didn't exist until a few months ago. Although Salafist political activity was, unlike the Brotherhood, comple

Liberal Egypt's Fall

Liberal Egypt's Fall Categories: Egypt     Author: Amr Bargisi & Samuel Tadros

When the Egyptian revolution came, we stayed home. We are young, liberal Egyptian activists who have dedicated our lives to bettering our country. But from the moment in January the crowds took over Tahrir Square calling for President Hosni Mubarak's ouster, we urged observers, particularly Western

AIR New Zealand: Surprises from a Predictable Election

AIR New Zealand: Surprises from a Predictable Election Categories: Australasia     Author: Miriam Bell

In a year punctuated by dramatic highs (the All Blacks finally winning the Rugby World Cup) and heartbreaking lows (the Christchurch earthquakes, the aftermath of the Pike River mining disaster), New Zealand's general election seemed to creep up and take many Kiwis by surprise. The lowest voter turn

Scribblings: Judaising Jerusalem?

Scribblings: Judaising Jerusalem? Categories: Israel, NGOs, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Both Palestinian groups and pro-Palestinian Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) often accuse Israel of seeking to "Judaise" Jerusalem. For instance, following their admission to the UN cultural organisation UNESCO in October, one of the things the Palestinian Authority said they wanted to do was sue

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