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Ed: 33: March/2008

The Last Word: Australian Vision

The occasion of the Parliamentary apology offered to Indigenous Australians gives cause for reflection. When I attended the inaugural meeting of Faith Communities for Aboriginal Reconciliation on behalf of the Jewish community, I was overwhelmed by the high regard in which so many Indigenous leaders held Australian Jewry.

Media Microscope: Once more into the Breach…

The print media coverage of Israel's attempts to deter the daily rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza by temporarily cutting fuel supplies, and Hamas' breaching of the border with Egypt, featured much oversimplification and outright disinformation at Israel's expense.

Editorial: Sorry – An Inspirational First Step

Last month, Kevin Rudd used the occasion of his first parliamentary sitting as Prime Minister to make history: he apologised to Indigenous Australians, and particularly the Stolen Generations, for the policies and practices of past Australian governments.

Essay: Anatomy of a Conspiracy

The Darfur region of Sudan first made headlines in February 2003 with news of massacres, rapes, mutilations, and other atrocities perpetrated by the Sudanese government and its allied armed Arab militia, the Janjaweed, against civilians in the black Arab and non-Arab south.

Scribblings: Saddam’s Confession

The Wall Street Journal (Feb. 1) has pointed to some important revelations made on the American version of "60 Minutes" by George Piro. Piro is an Arabic-speaking FBI agent who was responsible for questioning Saddam Hussein between his Dec. 2003 capture and his handing over to the Iraqi government for trial in 2006.

AIR New Zealand: Columns and Calumny

Happily searching for a good merlot at the local supermarket, I sensed rather than heard the commotion in a distant part of the store. On listening more closely, I could hear a familiar voice saying something about Israel. Curiosity piqued, and clasping my bottle of wine, I headed towards the checkouts - where I found my partner engaged in a heated ?discussion? with a local political columnist.

Gaza Dilemmas

On Jan. 23, 2008, Hamas blew apart the Israeli-erected barrier between Gaza and Egypt, allowing for the free passage of Gazans into the Egyptian-controlled Sinai Peninsula. The destruction of the Rafah wall will undoubtedly affect regional politics into the foreseeable future.

Live by the sword…

On late Tuesday evening, February 12, 2008, Imad Mugniyah, the head of the military wing of the Lebanese Hezbollah organisation, was killed in a car-bomb attack in Damascus. Mugniyah's body was taken to Beirut, where he was buried two days later in an impressive ceremony organised by Hezbollah.

The Triumph of Pragmatism

In its first years, when Israeli politics was dominated by the Labor movement, the opposition comprised parties that preached the theoretical Right's main tenets in all countries: nationalism and capitalism.