Home Ed: 43: December/2018

Ed: 43: December/2018

Biblio File: Wall to Wall

The theme that we are morally obliged to demolish the barriers dividing us is that of Tim Marshall’s new book, which, while cleverly constructed and elegantly argued, devalues the protective function of walls and at times unfairly impugns the motives of those who build them.

Europa Europa: The Fall of Liberalism?

The liberal world order established after World War II may be coming to an end, challenged by populist forces without and within...

Essay: Verses and Reality

The question of the Koran’s attitude toward Jews is not merely a theoretical-academic matter. Because of the centrality of the Koran in the life of Muslim communities past and present, this question has had a fundamental influence on the formation of attitudes toward Jews

Noted and Quoted – December 2018

PM Scott Morrison’s review into Australian backing for the Iran nuclear deal saw the Age newspaper (Oct. 20) ... canvassing the opinions of only those supportive of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This included Wendy Sherman, who was the Obama Administration’s chief negotiator of the deal

Teheran targets dissidents abroad

The Iranian regime has been intently pursuing foreign assassination plots again for some time, in tandem with domestic maneuvers intended to ward off persistent political protests and intensified media pressure at home.

Deconstruction Zone: Visit Occupied territories with Airbnb

Travellers looking for a vacation on the wrong side of an internationally-recognised “green line” needn’t fret now that global rentals agency Airbnb is boycotting properties in Israeli communities in the West Bank – they can use Airbnb’s services in the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” instead

Asia Watch: The next round in Thai south

In the wake of a Thai-Malaysian leaders summit and the appointment of new negotiators, official pronouncements of a “new era” in the peace process sound premature.

Scribblings: By their tweets you shall know them

There is evidence that the traditional human rights non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW), have gone badly off the rails – especially, but not only, with respect to Israel

The False Prophets of the JCPOA

It seems like a good time to revisit some of the warnings issued by supporters of the JCPOA when criticising the US withdrawal from the deal in May 2018... their prophecies of doom were mistaken

How Netanyahu reversed course on early elections

In a rather dramatic turnaround, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has raised the stakes against a key political rival and scuttled efforts to hold early elections which seemed inevitable.