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Biblio file: The US and Asia’s China Syndrome

Biblio file: The US and Asia’s China Syndrome Categories: Asia, China, United States     Author: David Feith

The United States has repeatedly been surprised by major developments in Asia, sometimes catastrophically so. Think Pearl Harbor... the victory of Mao Zedong's Communists in the Chinese civil war... the Korean War... Vietnam... or the rise of a Chinese superpower competitor from the depths of Maoist

Noted and Quoted - May 2017 Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East    

An SBS TV "World News" (March 30) report from Greg Dyett was marked by its lack of context. Reporting on the March 29 Arab League summit in Jordan backing the 2002 Arab peace initiative, Dyett said it "calls for a complete Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territories." Viewers weren't told the

Essay: Resisting the Past

Essay: Resisting the Past Categories: Palestinians     Author: Alex Joffe

On the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the Palestinians have launched a campaign calling for an official British apology and compensation. This effort illustrates the ways in which honour, internationalisation, symbolism and playing on Western guilt shape the Palestinian culture of den

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Behind the News - May 2017

Behind the News - May 2017 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Syria    

In the wake of the April 4 chemical weapons attack on the Syrian rebel held town of Khan Sheikhoun, the former head of chemical warfare in the 5th Division of the Syrian army, Brigadier-General Zaher al-Sakat, who in 2013 defected from the regime, has stated that the regime has large amounts of chem

Deconstruction Zone: Losing the rational Israeli

Deconstruction Zone: Losing the rational Israeli Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: David Brinn

I asked him if the painful concessions he mentioned included recognising that likelihood as part of a land adjustment of the pre-1967 war lines. Rajoub answered by raising his voice and saying absolutely not, all settlements were "a malignant cancer." Whose fault is it that they exist, he demanded

Iran pushes the nuclear envelope

Iran pushes the nuclear envelope Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Jenna Lifhits

Top Iranian officials are boasting that the JCPOA nuclear deal, signed in 2015, enabled the country to make progress in developing advanced centrifuges, and broad production of some advanced models has already begun in the year since the deal was implemented, according to Iranian media.

AIR New Zealand: Campus speech controversy

AIR New Zealand: Campus speech controversy Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia     Author: Miriam Bell

In reality, there is a high degree of misunderstanding about what freedom of speech means. All too often, people seem to think the principle only applies if they agree with what is being said - with anything else being re-defined as "hate speech". This tendency has been further complicated by the g

Syria strike sends global message

Syria strike sends global message Categories: Middle East, Russia, Syria, United States     Author: Amos Yadlin and Assaf Orion

On the level of the world powers, the US attack demonstrated Trump's willingness to employ military force independently for the purpose of upholding international norms and enforcing previous resolutions, even after Russia and China vetoed a resolution in the Security Council in this regard.

Asia Watch: A ‘dark horse' surges ahead

Asia Watch: A ‘dark horse' surges ahead Categories: Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

Elections to determine the leadership of a major South East Asian city have not traditionally attracted much international attention. But Jakarta's gubernatorial race of 2017 was always going to be an exception, touching upon deep national undercurrents of religious and ethnic identity and interests

Settling in on settlements

Settling in on settlements Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Elliott Abrams

Israeli settlement activity was in the news in early April because the Trump Administration had been steadily defining its policy. What has emerged is a good policy: sensible, flexible, and realistic... Obama policy had made construction in the settlements a sore point for eight full years. This w

Rouhani likely to survive hard-line challenge

Rouhani likely to survive hard-line challenge Categories: Iran     Author: Mehdi Khalaji

Although the entry of high-profile hardliners could make the race more interesting, the current President remains the favourite in Iran's May 19 election, which could also help determine the next Supreme Leader.

The Last Word: Blood Libels

The Last Word: Blood Libels Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Holocaust/ War Crimes     Author: Jeremy Jones

The publication of a novel which, in effect, advocated this lie as truth, written by a person purporting to be of Ukrainian descent claiming to be an authentic, neglected voice, brought debate on this malevolent ahistoricity to the mainstream media. Eventually, the author, Helen "Demidenko" (real s

Another French Revolution

Another French Revolution Categories: Europe     Author: Anshel Pfeffer

The exit polls clearly indicating that Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen were through to the second round of the French presidential election were barely in before the main right-wing party's candidate, third-place Francois Fillon, as well as fifth-placed Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon, conceded.

Marwan Barghouti’s great gamble

Marwan Barghouti’s great gamble Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Avi Issacharoff

At least 1,187 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons began an open-ended hunger strike on Monday, April 17. At the same time, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in demonstrations proclaiming solidarity with the strikers, sparking clashes with Israeli security forces in some places.&nbs

The 14-Year Revolution

The 14-Year Revolution Categories: Turkey     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Speaking from the depths of the 1,150-room palace he inhabits, Recep Tayyip Erdogan soothed a Turkish TV interviewer that he had no intentions of becoming an Ottoman-style sultan. "I want to be like Queen Elizabeth," he said. That was in 2015. Now, following a referendum fraught with national, reli

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Nuclear Lessons

Nuclear Lessons Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran     Author: Emily Landau

The Trump Administration is currently reviewing the North Korean nuclear situation, with the aim of generating a fresh approach to stop this determined proliferator. On his trip in mid March to Asia (Japan, South Korea and China), US Secretary of State Tillerson noted that twenty years of diplomatic

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