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How Mike Carlton got it wrong

Philip Dalidakis shares his thoughts on Mike Carlton’s take on Gaza.

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Mike Carlton and Hamas’ complicity

Crikey readers have their say about Mike Carlton’s column on Gaza, and whether Australia should become involved in Iraq.

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Mike Carlton: Gaza is Israel’s Vietnam, with Hamas victorious

Benjamin Netanyahu has ensured that no Israeli will ever again know peace, writes former ABC war correspondent and naval historian Mike Carlton.

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Middle ground on both sides blown away in Gaza conflict

Another big casualty from Gaza conflict is the growing loss of “the middle” — moderates willing to engage with each other to resolve the greater Palestine-Israel conflict, writes Palestinian-based freelance writer Raffaele Piccolo.

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‘This is Gaza’: amid bombed-out buildings, hope and a helping hand

Freelance journalist Armando Cordoba writes from Gaza, where local grassroots groups are doing what they can to help the local people survive the war.

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Fairfax turns on Carlton as we increasingly shoot the messenger

Here and abroad, there’s a pattern emerging where the harshest punishments are reserved for those who expose crimes rather than those who may have committed them, writes Overland editor Jeff Sparrow.

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iSentia index: Gaza, Justin Bieber and Ricky Muir spark discussion

Social media came into its own this week, as international events continued to dominate the local news agenda.

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Critics fail to see the funny side of SMH and Oz Gaza cartoons

A Palestinian advocacy group slams The Australian, as The Sydney Morning Herald apologises for publishing controversial cartoons.

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Why the UN should send peacekeepers into Gaza

The UN has consistently declined to intervene in Gaza because Palestine is not a state and Gaza is a non-government terrorist organisation. But that is not good enough — peacekeepers are needed to keep civilians safe, on both sides, writes military ethicist Matthew Beard.

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When serving your country means abandoning your family

Crikey readers discuss politics, atheism and other issues of the day.

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On the freedom to be a bigot

Crikey readers talk freedom of speech and the ongoing Israel-Palestinian conflict.

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Israel still pulls business heavy hitters, but Palestine off the table

The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce has some big connections in the business world — and they are far too polite (and politic) to mention the current unpleasantness in Gaza.

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Israel: beacon of democracy or jackbooted occupiers?

Crikey readers talk the thorny issue of Israel.

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Rundle: the tortured moral philosophy of offshore detention

Degrading the distinction between action and the consequences of non-action undermines all morality. Crikey’s writer-at-large parses the moral arguments for offshore detention and the current bombing of Gaza.

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In the calculus of war, children’s lives not worth much

For children caught in conflict zones, death is but the most extreme consequence; other lifelong consequences are commonly absent from our awareness, writes UN adviser Robert Johnson.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: tweeting pictures of dead Palestinian babies helps no one but you

In an age of spectacular oversupply of both images and political perspectives, gore has lost its value. Sharing graphic images from the Gaza conflict turns private moments of death and grief into horror pornography.

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Photos: On the ground in Gaza

With bombs and rubble in the streets, Anne Paq captures life on the Gaza strip after the bombings.

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Egypt’s distrust of Hamas strains Palestinian ties

Could Egypt be doing more to broker a peace deal between Israel and Gazan militants? Rachel Williamson, freelance journalist in Cairo, says although Egypt used to support the Palestinian cause, its fear of Hamas has caused it to take a step back.

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Corporal punishment in schools should stay in the past

Crikey readers have their say on corporal punishment and BDS.

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‘The children cry and scream’ as violence in Gaza escalates

The murder of three Israeli teenagers and the retaliatory killing of a Palestinian teen have sparked a crisis in Gaza, with rocket and mortar attacks and a ground invasion possible. Freelance writer Nigel O’Connor talks to people on the ground.

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Gaza conflict re-opens debate: should junkets be junked?

At least two Australian journalists are reporting on the current Middle East conflict thanks to a lobby-funded study tour, but only one of them is declaring it in their articles. Is that ethical?

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Gaza conflict: this didn’t just begin with Israeli rockets

Why did the Gaza conflict come to a head now? The answer is found in the convergence of several recent events, writes academic and former Middle East resident Howard Karger.

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Israel’s Gaza offensive: how will Egypt, Syria and Iran react?

How will the key regional powers react to the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas? Deakin University’s Damien Kingsbury examines the options.

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‘Black week for a free press in Palestine’: journos, academic arrested

It may be the season in Palestine but we are a long way from last year’s Arab Spring uprisings, writes Nigel O’Connor, a freelance journalist and writer in Palestine.

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