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Biblio File: The “Bloodlands” Explained? Categories: Holocaust/ War Crimes     Author: Bernard Wasserstein

The term "Black Earth" is often used to designate the rich agricultural areas of southern Russia. But Timothy Snyder uses it in a broader sense to denote the frontier zones of east-central Europe contested between Stalin and Hitler in the Second World War - the "Bloodlands", as he called them in an

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Noted and Quoted - October 2015 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Beverley O'Connor interviewed radical Palestinian British activist Ghada Karmi who was attending the Melbourne Writers' Festival. Karmi backed the Palestinian Authority's (PA) call for the Palestinian flag to be raised at the United Nations, because "the Palestinians for so long have been left out

Asia Watch: In and out of focus

Asia Watch: In and out of focus Categories: Asia, China, Terrorism, Turkey     Author: Michael Shannon

Despite the saturation coverage and the massive police and intelligence effort, information on the perpetrators of the Bangkok bombing has been slow to emerge, with lines of inquiry centring on possible retaliation for the Thai government's decision to deport more than 100 Uighur refugees to China i

Ultra-Orthodoxy joins the Jewish state

Ultra-Orthodoxy joins the Jewish state Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

"Zionism is more ruinous than all the false messiahs who arose in our nation," wrote a group of prominent rabbis in response to Theodore Herzl's manifesto "The Jewish State".  Nearly 120 years on, this theological rejection remains nominally intact, while in every other respect - politically,

The End for Abbas?

The End for Abbas? Categories: Palestinians     Author: Kobi Michael

In August, Mahmoud Abbas announced his intention to resign from the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Executive Committee; his announcement was accompanied by the resignation of several senior PLO officials... The announcement came as no surprise to the Palestinian "street", which viewed it wi

Scribblings: The Palestinian alternative to a "One-State" solution

Scribblings: The Palestinian alternative to a "One-State" solution Categories: Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

I've written before in this space that international "pro-Palestinian" activists who demand a "one-state solution" appear very out of step with what polls show the Palestinians themselves want. The latest polling data, aptly summarised by David Pollock in this edition on the opposite page, again sup

How Dangerous is ISIS to Israel?

How Dangerous is ISIS to Israel? Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Middle East     Author: Efraim Inbar

ISIS has killed thousands of people since it declared an Islamic caliphate in June 2014, with the city of Raqqa as its de facto capital... In Israel, concern is increasing as ISIS nears Israeli borders. Yet, several analyses of the threat ISIS poses to Israel seem to be unnecessarily alarmist. ISIS

The Last Word: A Unique Gathering

The Last Word: A Unique Gathering Categories: Europe, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

Visiting the new POLIN Jewish Museum in Warsaw can be a challenging experience. In the heart of the destroyed ghetto, a site of immense evil, of persecution and deprivation, a walk through its many impressive exhibitions is a walk in the company of ghosts. With cultural, historical and political re

Essay: Words that Matter

Essay: Words that Matter Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Iran     Author: Ben Cohen

At the height of negotiations with the Iranian regime over its nuclear program, Western advocates of a deal found themselves rationalising the Islamic Republic's uncompromising belligerence towards Israel. They did so as part of their bid to persuade a sceptical public that the mullahs would honour

How the Iran nuclear deal came about

How the Iran nuclear deal came about Categories: International Security, Iran, United States     Author: Elliott Abrams

Over a decade ago, information was released showing that Iran had a large and hidden nuclear program. This information was not discovered by Western or Israeli intelligence, which is worth remembering when people say our intelligence will always discover whatever secret program Iran has under way. I

Making Sense of ISIS

Making Sense of ISIS Categories: Iran, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Syria     Author: Shirin Lotfi

Interview: Michael Weiss - co-author with Hassan Hassan of the New York Times bestseller ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror; Senior Editor at The Daily Beast and Editor of The Interpreter Shirin Lotfi: How did you come to write this book? Michael Weiss: I've been covering the Syria conflict since its

How to Destroy ISIS: Five Rules of Battle

How to Destroy ISIS: Five Rules of Battle Categories: Iraq, Middle East, Syria     Author: Michael Doran, Michael Pregent, Eric Brown & Peter Rough

On June 10, 2014, a little over a year ago, the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS) shocked the world by seizing Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. The government in Baghdad watched helplessly as its security forces crumbled and tens of thousands of residents fled their homes. Le

Deconstruction Zone: What Palestinians Really Want Categories: Palestinians     Author: David Pollock

The long-term Palestinian political perspective has long been a subject of much polemical speculation - but without much evidence on either side. Do most Palestinians hope for a small state of their own at peace with Israel, or do they still aspire to reclaim all of Palestine someday? 

Editorial: Containing the Damage Categories: International Security, Iran, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

By early September it was clear US President Barack Obama had secured the support of enough US Senators - 34, all of them from his own Democratic party - to guarantee that his promised veto of any Congressional rejection of the Iran nuclear deal - known as the JCPOA - would not be over-ridden. Indee

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