Brunei makes its Hollywood debut - Extreme Sharia spreads in Southeast Asia

Brunei makes its Hollywood debut – Extreme Sharia spreads in Southeast Asia

May 12, 2014 | Glen Falkenstein

It takes a lot to get noticed in Hollywood. Most dream of getting their names up there with the likes of Ellen DeGeneres and Jay Leno. Most, but not Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei. In 2013 the Sultan proposed a new penal code in line with strict implementation of Islamic or ‘Sharia’ law including harsh penalties such as stoning and amputation for offences including theft and homosexuality.

Hamas’ response to Palestinian unity deal: Urging kids to “shoot all the Jews”

Hamas’ response to Palestinian unity deal: Urging kids to “shoot all the Jews”

May 12, 2014 | Or Avi Guy

After Fatah and Hamas announced a Palestinian national reconciliation deal , Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and other Fatah officials tried to argue that the deal means that Hamas would de facto recognise Israel, at least within pre-67′ borders. It quickly became clear that Hamas had some very different ideas and views regarding the unity government, and very publicly contradicted the Fatah claims.

Israel at 66

Israel at 66

May 9, 2014

Israel marked its Independence day (Yom Hatzmaut) on Tuesday, and as usual, the occasion sparked some navel gazing about where the Jewish State is today, 66 years after its foundation. This Update features some of the most interesting examples.

‘I Abducted Your Girls’ - Boko Haram and the new face of Islamist terror

‘I Abducted Your Girls’ – Boko Haram and the new face of Islamist terror

May 8, 2014

On April 14 militants from Boko Haram, a Nigerian based terrorist network, kidnapped 276 girls from their school in Chibok village, Northern Nigeria. That same day a bomb blast rocked the Nigerian capital Abuja killing 75, followed by a second bomb blast on May 1 in Nyanya killing 19 and injuring 34.

Buzzwords and Blunders: John Kerry's 'Apartheid' Comment

Buzzwords and Blunders: John Kerry’s ‘Apartheid’ Comment

May 2, 2014 | Glen Falkenstein

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned a room of world leaders last Friday that Israel was in danger of becoming an Apartheid state, according to The Daily Beast. He reportedly said: “A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens—or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state.”

Israeli strategic experts on the latest nuclear negotiations with Iran

Israeli strategic experts on the latest nuclear negotiations with Iran

May 2, 2014

This Updates offers analysis from three leading Israeli strategic experts on the state of the nuclear negotiations with Iran, its prospects over coming weeks, and especially the significance of reports that progress had been made on some aspects of a nuclear deal, such as the fate of the plutonium-producing Arak heavy-water reactor Iran is building.

The latest Fatah-Hamas deal

The latest Fatah-Hamas deal

May 1, 2014

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement agreed to a unity deal with Hamas, which rules Gaza, last week – an agreement which appeared to rule out an extension of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks whose scheduled end-date was Wednesday. This Update deals with the details, background, and implications of the deal, as well as the motivations of the players involved.

Bob Carr's "slick" manipulation of the facts

Bob Carr’s “slick” manipulation of the facts

April 11, 2014 | Ahron Shapiro

During an interview with Radio National’s Fran Kelly on April 10, former Foreign Finister Bob Carr raised a previously unreported story involving a vote in the UN General Assembly involving Israel. Carr used the story in an attempt to bolster his claim that then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard had been influenced by Australia’s pro-Israel lobbyists to stymie any criticism of Israel.

A fairer interpretation of the evidence and facts of the case, however, creates a different picture – one of a rogue foreign minister being reined in for attempting to unilaterally downgrade Australia’s relationship with Israel, without any policy consultation, justification or coordination with his prime minister.

An antisemitic answer to the question: How long is a piece of string?

April 7, 2014 | Allon Lee

A report last week by Barak Ben-Shem in the Times of Israel analysed an outbreak of antisemitic comments that followed an application by Jews to the local council in the small English town of Bushey, seeking permission to establish an “eruv”. It recalled a similar occurrence in the Sydney suburb of St. Ives in 2010.

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Media Week – Lyons on a map; Low on logic

April 4, 2014 | Allon Lee

Reporting on Ehud Olmert’s conviction on bribery charges, John Lyons noted the former Israeli PM’s efforts to reach peace with the Palestinians (Australian, April 1).

Yet Lyons’ recent “Stone Cold Justice” documentary on ABC TV‘s “Four Corners” ignored Israeli offers of Palestinian statehood.

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