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Indonesia – exporter of Islam

With identity politics, particularly Islamic politics, proving an effective and influential vehicle for his potential political rivals, it’s likely that Jokowi is increasingly feeling the need to demonstrate and bolster his own Islamic credentials

How Israel Became a Television Powerhouse

You don’t often see perfectly chilled martinis served at conferences in Israel, but the TLV Formats Conference was an event that was out of the ordinary... Hundreds of buyers from television networks around the world came to Tel Aviv to snatch up new Israeli shows

AIR New Zealand: Missing in action

Wellington has yet to condemn Hamas’ rocket attacks or other actions. This has the New Zealand Jewish community and supporters of Israel worried. 

Biblio File: The Other Refugees

History has been deeply unkind to the Jewish communities of the Middle East and North Africa, and so too has the historical record.

Noted and Quoted – September 2018

Tears for the truth  Olfat Mahmoud, who was born in 1958 in a Lebanese refugee camp for Palestinians displaced during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, visited...

Essay: When Anwar met Menachem

Forty years on, the accords produced during that 13-day summit shine as a ray of light in an otherwise turbulent Middle East. 

Life under a rocket barrage

There are no more than 15 seconds from the moment the rocket warning siren sounds until a projectile impacts on the city, during which residents have to get themselves – and their families – into bomb shelters or reinforced rooms in their homes.

Asia Watch: Choice of necessity

In an election that will feature the same contenders as last time, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and opponent Prabowo Subianto both waited until the August 10 deadline to surprise many with their choice of presidential running mates. 

Media Microscope: Fanning the flames

The Cassandras were out and about in August, warning that multiculturalism has failed in Australia.  Formerly One Nation Senator Fraser Anning, now in Katter’s Australian...

From Adversaries to Friends

A number of Gulf states are becoming increasingly frustrated by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ refusal to negotiate with Israel according to former Israeli Ambassador...