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The Last Word: Shadows of Terror

The Last Word: Shadows of Terror Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Terrorism     Author: Jeremy Jones

I have a very clear memory of September 11, 2001. Having represented the World Jewish Congress at the NGO Forum preceding the United Nations' now notorious "World Conference Against Racism" in Durban, South Africa, and been on the Australian Government delegation to the UN Conference, the Jewish com

Media Microscope: Legal Beagles Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Some media professionals were especially concerned over what potential changes might be made to foreign policy regarding Israel by an incoming federal Liberal/National government. The day before the federal election, James Carleton reported on how Labor and the Coalition differ on the legality of I

Essay: Time is on Israel's side

Essay: Time is on Israel's side Categories: Israel     Author: Efraim Inbar

The Jewish state has always attracted the attention of pundits and prognosticators. In recent years, a burgeoning literature of gloom that highlights Israel's imaginary or real flaws, and even questions its future, has emerged both within and outside the country... But while continuous political pr

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The Fate of the Fringe

The Fate of the Fringe Categories: Australasia     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz & Anthony Orkin

Last month, AIR profiled a number of minor fringe parties running in the federal election. This month, we return to see how they performed. The results and estimated preference flows used in this article are based on the ABC's Senate Election calculator and Australian Electoral Commission websites a

Israel anticipates some bad chemistry

Israel anticipates some bad chemistry Categories: Israel, Syria     Author: Amotz Asa-El

As the plot surrounding Syria's chemical weapons continued to thicken, Israelis of all walks crowded the narrow alleys leading to Jerusalem's Wailing Wall, where thousands were humming the season's ancient penitentiary prayers known as Selichot ("apologies"). News of the Russian-sponsored deal that

As Good as it Gets?

As Good as it Gets? Categories: International Security, Russia, Syria     Author: Chuck Freilich

On paper, the Russian proposal to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons looks like the optimal outcome. A military attack to punish Syria for its use of chemical weapons was never the objective, but a means to an end, which was to firmly establish the principle that the use of chemical weapons will not

Indonesia – The Model?

Indonesia – The Model? Categories: Asia, Egypt     Author: Giora Eliraz

From the very start of the Arab uprisings, more than two-and-a-half years ago, analysts looked to Indonesia, home of the largest Muslim community in the world, to better understand how transitions to democracy could be rendered compatible with Islam and applied to the Middle East. To be sure, Indone


Asia Watch: Race to the Bottom Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

A frequent complaint in Australian political commentary is that the level of debate here is pedestrian at best, especially at election time. Indeed, if hyperbole and distortion is the daily gruel of politics worldwide then it has a special flavour in Malaysia, where Israel is invoked on the slightes

Editorial: The Next Three Years Categories: Australasia     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The Coalition's decisive victory on September 7 opens a new chapter in Australian politics. The system, for all its flaws and quirks, worked once again. The Australian people were given an opportunity to hear from the parties and the candidates, weigh the pros and cons, and choose their preferred pa

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