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Ed: 44: June/2019

Biblio File: Revisiting a Revolution

It is no surprise that with the approach of the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution we are witnessing a plethora of books and articles, as well as conferences and seminars, on Iran and its troubled neighbourhood. 

Noted and Quoted – June 2019

Deadly messages Australian media coverage of the ferocious barrage of more than 600 rockets fired from Gaza at Israel on May 4 and 5, which...

Deconstruction Zone: Palestinians need to get real about Israel

Neither Hamas, which alternates between firing rockets and begging Israel to admit to Gaza the supplies it needs to stay in power, nor the Palestinian Authority (PA), which is compromised by corruption and divided by factionalism, can find a viable policy either to defeat the Israelis or to make peace with them.

JCPOA’s flaws brought us here

The issues being faced now underscore the problematic nature of the JCPOA itself. They are a direct result of the blatant flaws in the nuclear deal – the fact that the deal dangerously legitimised Iran’s enrichment program after having sanctioned Iran for years for this very program.

The case for the Bahrain economic confab 

The focus on Ramallah’s refusal to engage with a US administration it views as hostile misses a very important point: the mere fact that the peace proposal’s rollout will take place in an Arab capital is nothing less than a sensation.

Behind the News – June 2019

On May 8, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that the country would cease observing the elements of the 2015 nuclear deal that limited Iranian possession of enriched uranium and heavy water in response to the tightening grip of US sanctions

Asia Watch: The ballot box and the mob

Although Indonesia’s election was decisively won by a moderate Muslim, incumbent President Joko Widodo, the divisive campaign and its aftermath revealed underlying currents that may portend trouble for the long-term.

Essay: That’s Entertainment – Israeli style!

Even after international pop’s moment in the Israeli sun, and even after considering zany singer Netta Barzilai’s victory last year and electrifying guest performance this year, Israel’s burgeoning status as an entertainment power is not primarily in music, but in cinema and television. 

Media Microscope: Lights, Camera, Boycotts

It was inevitable that Israel’s hosting of Eurovision 2019 would become another opportunity for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to advance its destructive cause. 

Europa Europa: Soft power, please

Last year, when the United States withdrew from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement with Iran and imposed sanctions on Iran, the European signatories stood by the pact – and urged the Islamic Republic to remain committed to the deal.