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A Sheikh’s Travels

Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilaly, a senior Australian Sunni cleric and a former Mufti of Australia, recently travelled to Lebanon and met with two leaders of political movements with ties to terror organisations.

Hezbollah and Australia

Hezbollah is a Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim political party, militia, transnational terrorist and organised crime group. Australia only designates Hezbollah’s “External Security Organisation (ESO)” as a terrorist organisation, despite its closest allies agreeing that Hezbollah in its entirety poses a danger. 

Deconstruction Zone: Who is helping the Palestinians battle coronavirus?

While Israel is working overtime with Palestinians to curb and prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Arab states appear to be doing what they do best when it comes to helping their Palestinian brothers: nothing at all.

When is a ban not a ban?

It is time Australia listed Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation in the interests of national security and to ensure consistency with our closest allies.

Essay: Victory begins with Defence

"The air defences have racked up some 2,000 interceptions. Imagine what would have happened if those missiles had fallen and each one of them had killed someone. We would have been at war long ago.”

Lebanon’s new Hezbollah-dominated government

This Update deals with the formation of a new government in Lebanon after three months of political vacuum there - a government that is ostensibly technocratic but is actually dominated by individuals affiliated with the Shi'ite terrorist group and Iranian proxy Hezbollah

How Hezbollah neutralised UNIFIL

Following the Second Lebanon war in 2006 UNIFIL was expanded and its mandate redefined and enlarged... Thirteen years later it is clear that UNIFIL has failed miserably in fulfilling this mission.

Is Iran losing the Middle East?

Could uprisings in Iraq and Lebanon, coupled with US sanctions, permanently impair Iran’s influence in the region?

Lebanon’s chaos offers little hope 

Tribal and sectarian animosities have been poisoning Lebanon for decades, perpetuating its existence as a failed state that is subject to the whims of corrupt crime bosses. If there is one thing that always trumps the desire for social justice and better economic policies, it is the hatred for and fear of a rival tribe

The Killing of Baghdadi/ Lebanon in Chaos

This Update deals with both the killing of Islamic State head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by US special forces last weekend and the ongoing mass demonstrations in Lebanon, which led to the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Tuesday. 

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