Ed: 42: August/2017
William Faulkner once mused that the past is never dead, in fact it's not even past. The story of the coup that toppled Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq in 1953 may not be dead, but it is unhinged from history. Tall tales by a scion of the American establishment - former CIA agent and presidential grandson Kermit Roosevelt - and reams of studies by left-wing professors have sustained the myth that the Eisenhower Administration ousted Mossadeq.
Over many years of Australian "60 Minutes" (Nine Network) reporting on the Israel-Palestinian conflict, truth and context have generally been in short supply.
Its June 25 episode was a typical morass of misrepresentation and manipulation - centered upon reporter Liam Bartlett's message that "Israel's continuing provocation" of settlement building and its "ongoing land grab" is creating "more hate, more violence, more death".
Victor Ripp's book, Hell's Traces, published earlier this year, is a travelogue to places that no longer exist and can never be known, to the epitome of the indescribable - the Holocaust.
Concerns have been raised regarding Iranian sanctions evasion after an investigation into ships carrying Iranian oil exports found many of them either turned off their tracking equipment or gave misleading information regarding the vessel's origin. Pottengal Mukundan from the International Maritime Bureau explained, "this tactic can be used to hide genuine details of a voyage so as to enable the breach of sanctions."
Macron had another message for the 800 people, including Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who attended the ceremony near the Eiffel Tower: "We will never surrender to the expressions of hatred," said Macron "we will not surrender to anti-Zionism because it is a reinvention of antisemitism."
Agitation in the ALP at federal and state level to recognise a Palestinian state was notable for the number of Labor figures who opposed it.
The US Congress, through a bill called the Taylor Force Act, is attempting to address a serious problem that has gone unchecked for decades: The Palestinian Authority (PA) is using Western aid money to pay salaries and benefits to terrorists and their families, including to terrorists who have killed Americans.
How do other countries handle security at sensitive holy sites? In Mecca there are more than 5,000 CCTV cameras and over 100,000 people employed to provide security during the annual Hajj. Like Israel, Saudi Arabia faces terrorist threats and has upgraded its security in recent years.
To get a sense of what really lies beneath the campaign to boycott Israel - which is about much more than just boycotting Israel - it can be helpful to see how this issue is presented in the Arab world, and how it plays out there.
In signing a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) that gave the state power to officially ban Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has made a bold and politically risky move to counter the rise of Islamist groups that spearheaded the political and legal downfall of Jokowi's protégé, former Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama.