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Ed: 30: December/2005

AMIA Revisited

On November 9, there was an extraordinary development in an 11-year old case of terrorist mass murder. Argentina finally identified and named the Lebanese Hezbollah member, Ibrahim Hussein Berro, allegedly responsible for the suicide bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Aid Association (AMIA) Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires in July 1994.

Editorial: Israel’s Political ‘Big Bang’

November?s extraordinary political developments in Israel could have dramatic consequences for the Middle East as a whole.

The Earthquake

On Monday November 21, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced that he is bolting the Likud Party and forming a new Kadima (Forward) Party...

A Tale of Two Agencies

The plight of the Palestinian refugees is, at first glance, fairly surprising. Whereas the rest of the world?s refugees are the concern of the UNHCR, the Palestinians are the sole group of refugees with a UN agency dedicated exclusively to their care: The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which operates independently of the Convention on refugees.

Smoke Signals

Night after night, we have witnessed shocking scenes of violence and wanton vandalism in French cities. Hundreds upon hundreds of vehicles set on fire, institutions such as libraries and gymnasiums attacked and destroyed, urban populations afraid to venture out into the streets.

Scribblings: With the Grain

Revelations that the Australian Wheat Board (AWB) was allegedly complicit in the UN Oil-for-Food scandal should not come as too much of a shock to anyone who knows the history of AWB behaviour before and during the first Gulf War in 1990-91.