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The Last Word: QandA-ary

The Last Word: QandA-ary Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, International Jewry     Author: Jeremy Jones

I have known Cardinal George Pell for a number of years, discussed Middle East politics over a kosher meal he arranged for me in his home, worked with him on a range of matters of Catholic-Jewish concern and had any disagreements treated respectfully and graciously. In that light, watching him on AB

Essay: The Misnamed “Arab Spring”

Essay: The Misnamed “Arab Spring” Categories: Middle East     Author: Asher Susser

The tumultuous events that have swept through the Middle East during the last year or so were widely referred to in the West as the "Arab Spring". The media was awash with expectations of a secular democratic upheaval that was about to remove the dictators that had ruled much of the region for gener

Now on Air: Lunar TV

Now on Air: Lunar TV Categories: Australasia     Author: Allon Lee

Readers with long memories will remember the antics of the Citizens' Electoral Council (CEC) - the local followers of convicted American fraudster and conspiracy theorist Lyndon LaRouche, who have mostly disappeared from the headlines over the past decade. But since January, all that conspiratorial

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General Opposition Encountered

General Opposition Encountered Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Livni, with her well-to-do background, is history, at least as a prime ministerial contender. Humbly-born Mofaz, on the other hand, emerged from his sweeping victory as a force to reckon with, a battle-tested general who, while an underdog, can be counted on to fight for the premiership tooth and na

Collision Course in Egypt

Collision Course in Egypt Categories: Egypt     Author: Jacques Neriah

Fourteen months after the popular uprising that brought down the Mubarak regime, Egypt is heading toward a head-on collision between the Islamic forces and the secular military apparatus that has ruled Egypt since 1952, when a group of young officers led by Gamal Abdel Nasser revolted against the mo

Thailand's slow-burn insurgency heats up

Thailand's slow-burn insurgency heats up Categories: Asia, Terrorism     Author: Zachary Abuza

On March 31, a series of coordinated bombings, the likes that have not been seen since 2007, rocked the Southern Thai cities of Yala and Hat Yai. These attacks were spectacular and garnered both domestic and international media attention. While a wakeup call to the international community and the T

Nukes on the Table

Nukes on the Table Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Dore Gold

The clock is ticking on the Iranian nuclear program. Last December, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta appeared on the CBS news program, "60 Minutes", and declared that Iran could have a bomb within twelve months. He added that the time frame might be shorter if the Iranians have "a hidden facilit

Scribblings: Israel and the Shoah

Scribblings: Israel and the Shoah Categories: Holocaust/ War Crimes, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Debate about Israel often leads back to the Shoah, the World War II Nazi Holocaust. The Holocaust is of course a constant background for many Jews both in Israel and out - an horrific presence, but also an important source of shared experience, and nation building, as well as the ultimate argument f

Editorial: Last Chance Diplomacy Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Following a period of increased international sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, the P5+1 nudged Iran back to the negotiating table on April 13. The two-day talks, held in Istanbul, yielded little but an agreement to resume talks in five weeks time, on May 23 in Baghdad. Whether you a

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