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GUY RUNDLE | MIDDLE EAST | 10

Rundle: in a Yazidi refugee camp, a liminal people lost, pining for anywhere

After a last-minute and perilous escape from genocidal Islamic State, the remaining Yazidis are stuck in a refugee camp, waiting for somewhere to go.

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MIDDLE EAST | 3

Triple threat: Hezbollah versus Israel and the Islamic State

Hezbollah is an organisation divided as it fights two “existential threats”. Is this all just rhetoric? Freelance journalist Tim Robertson reports.

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What lies ahead for Peter Greste?

Peter Greste wants to explore working in long-form documentaries, and vows to fight for press freedom. Freelance journalist in Cairo Joel Gulhane reports.

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GUY RUNDLE | MIDDLE EAST | 5

Rundle: a tense Turkey holds its breath for election fallout

The Kurdish HDP has won a historic victory in Turkey. But the ruling establishment is not going down without a fight.

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GUY RUNDLE | MIDDLE EAST | 2

Rundle: Kurdish HDP party victorious in a resplendent Turkey

Crikey’s writer-at-large gets to know the Kurdish party the HDP as they pull in enough votes to curb the ruling AKP.

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BERNARD KEANE | MIDDLE EAST | 22

Recruitment, arms, motivation: what the West is doing for terrorism

The War on Terror is all about the West helping recruit terrorists and arming them. Mistake or design?

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MIDDLE EAST | 1

‘The end of the Middle East’: with IS closing in, Jordan on the brink

Jordan shares land borders with Syria and Iraq and is struggling to deal with the war. But things might get even worse if the Islamic State decides to try to expand its caliphate, writes freelance journalist Tim Robertson.

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BERNARD KEANE | MIDDLE EAST |

Keane: Australian neocons on the march back to Iraq

Australia’s neocons are calling for Australian troops to return to fighting in Iraq - ignoring how the war on Iraq they ardently supported gave us Islamic State and a feeble Iraq.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | MIDDLE EAST |

Children cast as ‘demon spawn’ in Abbott’s vaudeville anti-terror play

Won’t somebody please think of children? It’s a familiar refrain from conservative Australia. Unless, of course, those children happen to be Muslim. Those ones be damned.

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SALLY WHYTE | MIDDLE EAST |

Have the Greens changed course on Israel?

An “unfortunate miscommunication” during an interview with a Jewish media outlet had many wondering whether Richard Di Natale was shifting the Greens to a party platform less sympathetic to Palestine.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | MIDDLE EAST |

Mourn for lost Palmyra, but it is not yours

Islamic State’s destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra is heartbreaking. But its history and artifacts do not belong to the world; they belong to Syria alone.

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BERNARD KEANE | MIDDLE EAST |

Australia’s Iraq ‘stalemate’ still stimulating terrorist recruitment

Australia now finds itself embedded in a “stalemate” in Iraq, at best, while apparently determined to ensure disillusioned jihadis stay there.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | MIDDLE EAST |

Is this the real world? Bin Laden conspiracy theory makes plenty of sense

The US government loves to create its own reality, and the case of Osama bin Laden’s assassination is no different.

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The children of Gaza need more than aid

Yes, the situation in Gaza is grim and its people need food and shelter. But they also need a reason to believe in hope for the future, write Majed Abusalema, national leader of Students for Justice in Palestine in Norway, and James Rose, founder of The Kick Project.

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‘War destroys everything’: the long, painful process of rebuilding Gaza

The recent conflict with Israel has left the Gaza Strip in a shambles, with piles of rubble where apartment buildings used to be. Freelance journalist Nigel O’Connor finds out what life is like — and finds it’s about to get a lot worse.

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BERNARD KEANE | MIDDLE EAST |

The War on Terror according to the CIA: endless, self-perpetuating

While Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten peddle lies about terrorism, the head of the CIA says the War on Terror generates more terrorists and will last forever.

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‘Biscuit babies’: the curious practice of smuggling Palestinian sperm

What to do when a Palestinian family wants more children but the husband is in prison? Improvise, explains Nigel O’Connor, freelance journalist currently in the West Bank.

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GUY RUNDLE | MIDDLE EAST |

Rundle: what will become of Sanaa when the fighting ends?

One of the great masterpieces of the world is the centre of heavy fighting in Yemen. Who knows what we will find when the smoke clears …

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IRFAN YUSUF | MIDDLE EAST |

How the Western media supports terrorism

Daesh supporters post gruesome photographs on social media to spread propaganda. And the Western media have been very willing to help out with that.

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Why Jake Lynch was waving money around at an anti-Israel protest

Jake Lynch is a long-time supporter of Palestine, but he has shown no evidence of anti-Semitism, whatever his ideological enemies might say, writes Sydney University senior lecturer Nick Riemer

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CHARLES RICHARDSON | MIDDLE EAST |

Nothing really changes in Israel

The results from the recent Israeli election will likely reinstall a coalition government very similar to the last one.

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CRIKEY INTERN | MIDDLE EAST |

Is the West’s love affair with Israel over?

Israel has always had a special relationship with the West, particularly the United States. But recently the bloom seems to be off the rose, writes Crikey intern Brihony Tulloch.

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Assad’s mass surveillance scheme didn’t work, and neither will Abbott’s

Syria’s attempt to spy on its citizens did nothing to stop terrorism, and neither will Australia’s, writes Reem Sweid a Syrian-Australian social policy researcher.

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Don’t mention the war: Israeli pollies talk up a domestic agenda

Israel will go to the polls on March 17, and politicians on all sides are focused on cost of living, the economy and housing. And tellingly, no one is promising peace. Freelance journalist Nigel O’Connor reports from Israel

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