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What recent ISKP attacks reveal about US, Russian and Iranian intelligence agencies

March 27, 2024 | Oved Lobel

This is also a demonstration of the very different roles intelligence agencies play in Western countries as opposed to despotisms. In the former, the agencies exist in part to protect citizens from threats, while in the latter, they exist to protect the regime and to monitor, oppress, intimidate, kidnap or kill their own citizens domestically and abroad. Because of this remit and resource allocation, countries like Iran or Russia are not particularly capable of, or even very interested in, thwarting such attacks.

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Contrary to news stories, aid is getting to north Gazans without UNRWA’s help

March 26, 2024 | Ahron Shapiro

In addition to misleading headlines, most failed to provide important context that the IDF has been coordinating large amounts of aid through other channels, rendering UNRWA’s non-participation irrelevant. Moreover, the IDF says UNRWA had not actually even requested to send an aid convoy to north Gaza for some six weeks.  

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Four Corners “Forever War” episode reflected the endless crusade of its creator, John Lyons

March 15, 2024 | Ahron Shapiro

“The Forever War,” screened March 11, was an ABC “Four Corners” episode that focused on the current Israel-Hamas war which…

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“Anti-Zionism” is illegitimate and immoral regardless of whether or not it is antisemitic

March 12, 2024 | Oved Lobel

In the end, all forms of anti-Zionism amount to calling for the violent death and displacement of not only Jews, but Arabs in the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon, as well. The Jews are not going to dissolve their state and will use overwhelming and destructive force to defend it, as any people in a similar situation would.

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Ramadan and the Israel-Hamas ceasefire negotiations

March 8, 2024 | Ahron Shapiro

Hamas has all along been signalling that it sees no urgency for a Ramadan truce, and may indeed see Ramadan as signifying intensified war, not a time for arrangements to facilitate peaceful worship.

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As the Houthis threaten international shipping, spare a thought for the people of Yemen

March 4, 2024 | Alana Schetzer

The Iranian-backed Houthis are doing much more than attacking international shipping, however; they have been engaged in fighting a brutal, near decade-long war across Yemen that they instigated in 2014, and which has so far cost the lives of more than 377,000 Yemeni people

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UNRWA is NOT running out of money. Who says so? UNRWA does!

February 16, 2024 | Allon Lee

Despite many scare quotes from UN officials and hysterical commentators, UNRWA, the main UN agency for Palestinians, is not about to run out of money. Who says so? UNRWA does.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian meets his Sudanese counterpart Ali Al-Sadiq Ali in Tehran, Feb. 6 (image: Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

West ignores the Sudan war at its peril

February 14, 2024 | Oved Lobel

Giving the anti-Western axis virtual control of the Red Sea would be a strategic catastrophe and could soon make the already difficult mission of securing international trade against IRGC piracy and missile and drone attacks all but impossible. A Russian naval base in Sudan, which will likely be the result of the current war in Sudan without Western intervention, will allow the IRGC to rearm Hamas and PIJ with impunity. The United States and its allies therefore have a strong interest in finding ways to prevent that outcome.

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UNRWA and the Miseducation of the Palestinian people

February 12, 2024 | Tammy Reznik

Imagine the potential damage that could ensue from a curriculum based on hatred, division and the literal elimination of “enemies”… where the maps being used are carefully crafted to erase and delegitimise an entire nation of people. Sadly, we don’t need to imagine this – there is ample evidence that this very process is happening in the schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza and the West Bank.

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ABC misrepresents Hamas’ hostages-for-ceasefire offer, Israel’s rejection of it

February 8, 2024 | Ahron Shapiro

ABC reporting on breaking news in Israel last night (this morning, February 8, Australia time) regarding Hamas’ terms for a hostage-for-ceasefire deal proposal and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s negative response to it was so wildly inaccurate and misleading that it warrants such corrections, and soon.

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