Ed: 41: January/2016
The transnational threat posed by Islamic State (IS) and its sympathisers remains a major concern in South-East Asia, although security agencies appear to be responding with some effectiveness.
Daesh - also known as ISIS, ISIL and/or Islamic State - consists of a bunch of medieval psychopaths (add adjectives, as required). But how does Europe, which is bearing the brunt of the refugee flight, solve a problem like Daesh? Not as easily as the current crop of Europe's political leaders seem to believe...
Angela Merkel overplayed her hand by opening her country's borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees, ostensibly from Syria. Merkel's problem is compounded by the fact that at least some of the refugees were involved in the multiple attacks on Paris, which persuaded President François Hollande to ratchet up France's bombing of Daesh training camps and command centres at its Raqqa headquarters, while appealing for support from his European partners.
In the 1930s British economists predicted that all of Palestine - including today's Gaza, Israel and the West Bank, had enough water to sustain 2 million people. Today, the area is home to more than 12 million people, a feat that Siegel attributes in large part to Israel's first-class water planning and management.
In his Weekend Australian column (Nov. 28) Phillip Adams wrote, "It's not new for Australian security agencies to keep an eye on radicalised teenagers... The young have always been susceptible to the clarion call."
This includes "... countless young Australian Jews [who] have headed to Israel... to fight Palestinians" but it "seems our increasingly worried, watchful spooks have no probs with this" unlike for "ISIS recruits."
...Australian Jews who have served in the armed forces of Israel, an Australian ally with common democratic values, are of little concern to "watchful spooks" because none of them have been known to plot against or murder civilians to fulfil a virulent anti-Western agenda.
Between Nov. 13 and Dec. 14, there were virtually daily attacks against Israelis involving the use of knives, guns, vehicles, rocks and various explosive devices, as the current wave of terrorism continued.
On Dec. 2, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Secretary-General Yukiya Amano released his report on the Possible Military Dimensions (PMD) of Iran's nuclear program.
The report's findings, whatever they turned out to be, were not supposed to impact the continued implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in any way - even if they were completely negative regarding Iran. From the outset, it was agreed that all that Iran was obligated to do was to cooperate with the IAEA investigation of its PMD, and nothing more.
Stepping into the Rami Levi supermarket at the Gush Etzion junction on consecutive Thursday nights nowadays feels like a scene out of the American old west... A wave of stabbing and shooting attacks at the junction in recent weeks has left five people dead and several more wounded, and everybody looking over their shoulders.
In early December, two widows of the Israeli Olympians murdered at Munich in 1972 revealed that the eight Palestinian terrorists beat the hostages who survived their initial assault. The attackers also shot Yossef Romano when he resisted, then castrated him. These horrifying details, sandwiched between the Paris massacre and the San Bernadino bloodbath, amid the latest wave of Palestinian violence, reinforced a fact that terrorism-deniers and Palestinian apologists deny: The world's tolerance for Palestinian terrorism, starting in the 1970s, made it the gateway crime to Islamist terrorism.
Former ALP foreign minister Bob Carr's increasingly deranged views of Israel were laid bare yet again.
The Australian's Christian Kerr reported (Dec. 4) Carr's baseless claims at a pro-Palestinian function in late-November alleging that "the people of Palestine are seeing street by street the character, the nomenclature, of Jerusalem being changed... The story of Jerusalem is now being fabricated.
Iran's attempt to advance a military nuclear program from the late 1980s is at the heart of its decades-long violation of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT). Its secret work on the development of a nuclear bomb encapsulates the deceptive behaviour that lost Iran the trust of the international community, and justified the demands that the P5+1 powers originally made in the context of the negotiations that eventually culminated with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the "Iran deal."