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Hezbollah’s health kick

Even as it yields sovereign portfolios to other parties, Hezbollah seems intent on directly controlling a key service portfolio itself: the Ministry of Public Health.

Behind the News – November 2018

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu, speaking at the UN General Assembly, outlined accusations that Iran was maintaining a secret atomic warehouse just outside Teheran, near Shourabad. 

Behind the News – September 2018

ROCKETS AND TERROR More than 180 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel on Aug. 8 and 9, 30 of which were downed by Israel’s...

After the US-UK-French attack in Syria

As reader are undoubtedly aware, on Saturday, 105 missiles were fired by American, British and French military units at Syrian chemical weapons research and storage sites, in punishment for the latest Assad regime chemical weapons attack in Douma on April 7, which killed at least 75 people. This Update looks at the significance of that attack for the future situation in Syria.

More on the Gaza “March of Return”

This Update follows up on the previous one in analysing the ongoing violence along the borders of Gaza - orchestrated under the rubric of the so-called "Great March of Return" - which began on March 30, had a second major flare-up last Friday, and is expected to continue until mid-May.

It’s time Australia recognised Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist...

THERE is a group that was ­described by a senior US ­security official 15 years ago as the "A-Team of terrorists" and has only gone from strength to strength in the years since then. This group perpetrates violent acts against civilians, calls for mass murder and, by its own admission, doesn't differentiate between its political and military arms.

Yet Australians are effectively free to fly this group's flag, fill its coffers and offer it material support, even as its operatives undertake terrorist ­activities in our region.

Deconstruction Zone: Lebanon’s Destabilising Fiction

If I were compiling a foreign policy wish list for 2018, high on the list would be ending the fiction that Lebanon is an independent country rather than an Iranian satrapy governed by Iran's foreign legion, Hezbollah.

Protests reveal state of the Iranian “revolution”

Teheran's costly policy of regional interference formed a focus for the protesters' rage. Slogans such as "Leave Syria, think about us!" and "Death to Hezbollah!" were heard. More general anti-regime slogans, including "We don't want an Islamic Republic" and "Death to the dictator" were also chanted by demonstrators.

Banning Hezbollah in its entirety debated in UK Parliament

On January 25, members of the UK Parliament supported a non-binding resolution in the House of Commons to proscribe all of Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation under UK terrorism legislation. Currently, in the UK only the military wing is defined as a terrorist organisation.

Hamas-Fatah reconciliation talks – a Hezbollah Model?

With Fatah-Hamas negotiations over a unity government and other arrangements for Gaza starting in Cairo today, this Update looks at the issues being discussed, the likelihood of success, and in particular, whether Hamas is seeking what has been described as a 'Hezbollah model". This would be a situation, like Hezbollah's in Lebanon, whereby the PA would run civilian services in Gaza, but Hamas would have all military power in the strip.