Ed: 32: October/2007
As has become traditional in the lead-up to a federal election, the Australia/Israel Review posed a series of questions to Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd focusing on international security, the Middle East, and domestic polices of special interest to the Australian Jewish community.
In mid-September, a series of congressional hearings and media interviews by Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the multinational forces in Iraq, and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, US Ambassador to Iraq, offered insights into the US strategy in Iraq, and several yardsticks by which future progress there may be evaluated.
Urbane and articulate, Waleed Aly is Australia's most accessible voice of the Muslim community. Married to a convert to Islam, the Melbourne born and educated lawyer, has worked up a tremendous profile in the media despite his relative youth.
There has been some controversy over $1 million in Saudi funding for Griffith University's Islamic Research Unit, following a story in the Australian on Sept. 17.