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Ed: 34: July/2009

Editorial: Iran between two revolutions

The sight of hundreds of thousands of Iranians protesting the rigging of their recent presidential election instilled hope in many that the Islamic Republic of Iran might be going the way of the Shah. This is now looking less likely, but whatever happens it is clear that Iran is never going to be the same again.

Scribblings: Children to Martyrs

The magazine features imagery, poems and stories designed to encourage children to seek martyrdom, "liberate Palestine" and deplore Jews.

The June Revolution

We may well look back on it as the "June 12 Revolution" even if the regime cracks down on the supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the candidate who ran second to incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the dubious official vote tally.

Teheran’s Nuclear Calculus

Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi is well versed in answering the question commonly posed by innocents and apologists as to why Iran is not entitled to enjoy nuclear power like so many other countries.

Netanyahu’s new narrative

There was a strange sense of deja vu following Binyamin Netanyahu's much-hyped speech at Bar-Ilan University on June 14. It was not the first time, in fact it was the fourth, in which a hawkish prime minister had veered left after having built a whole career on embodying the Right.

Reacting badly

The Palestinian Authority leadership's hysterical, hasty and clearly miscalculated response to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech at Bar-Ilan University on June 14 is likely to boomerang because it makes the Palestinians appear as "peace rejectionists".

Terrorist Dollars and Sense

"Follow the money" is the dictum by which the United States has successfully uncovered many Islamist terrorism plots, according to counterterrorism expert Dr. Matt Levitt.

Fanning the Flames

What readers may not know is that Green Left Weekly is openly trying to promote extremism among Arabic speakers in Australia through a monthly Arabic-language insert called the Flame.

The Last Word: Cairo Dreaming

If US President Barack Obama's speech in Cairo on June 4 proves to be an historic event, I will be able to say without doubt where I was when he spoke. It was my privilege to be at a gathering of representatives of many of Sydney's Muslim and Arab communities, diplomats, analysts and journalists.