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What is the Iran nuclear deal and why is Trump so huffy about it?

What is the Iran nuclear deal and why is Trump so huffy about it?

Charlie Lewis October 16, 2017 17 Comments

The "Iran Deal" has been long been described by Donald Trump as the "worst deal ever". So what does his refusal to re-certify the agreement mean?

Saudi Arabia gets a PR win for entering the 19th century

Saudi Arabia gets a PR win for entering the 19th century

Bernard Keane September 27, 2017 1 Comment

Great news that Saudi women will be allowed to drive, right? Pity it's a distraction from the regime's war crimes and massive human rights violations.

What leaders are really doing when they call Arab nations ‘regimes’

What leaders are really doing when they call Arab nations ‘regimes’

Crikey September 27, 2017 6 Comments

When we in the West refer to the “Assad regime,” we are not only discussing one particular dictator, but indulging a simplistic reading of the Arab world, writes Ruby Hamad

Rundle: could Israel’s ‘right of return’ ensnare Danby, Dreyfus and Frydenberg in the section 44 thicket?

Rundle: could Israel’s ‘right of return’ ensnare Danby, Dreyfus and Frydenberg in the section 44 thicket?

Guy Rundle September 4, 2017 19 Comments

The constitution specifically proscribes anyone who is "entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or citizen" from standing for parliament. What does that mean for those who could apply for Israeli citizenship under Israel's right of return?

Egypt’s government tightens authoritarian control

Egypt’s government tightens authoritarian control

Crikey August 29, 2017

With the Arab Spring and the attention of the international media now in the past, Egypt is still struggling with repressive governmental control and increasingly volatile attacks on human rights, writes freelance journalist Salma Islam.

Happy warmonger Trump joins the circle of a perpetual war

Happy warmonger Trump joins the circle of a perpetual war

Bernard Keane August 23, 2017 18 Comments

While the foreign policy establishment applauds Trump's conversion to military intervention, they never ask the question of why the War on Terror has been such a spectacular failure.

Labor’s Palestine recognition push is too little, too late

Labor’s Palestine recognition push is too little, too late

Bernard Keane July 31, 2017 5 Comments

The primary responsibility for NSW Labor's shift on Palestine is the determination of the Israeli government to destroy any possibility of a two-state solution. And it's probably already achieved that.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: the heartbreaking crisis I saw at the Syrian border

Hinch’s Senate Diary: the heartbreaking crisis I saw at the Syrian border

Derryn Hinch July 31, 2017 10 Comments

The area Derryn Hinch was in is on the Australian government's official no-go list for tourists, but he was there as part of a parliamentary delegation with Save the Children.

If Al Jazeera closes, we all lose

If Al Jazeera closes, we all lose

Crikey July 10, 2017 11 Comments

We will all know less about the world and hear only more Western-centric news if Al Jazeera is forced to close, writes journalist and media-watcher Christopher Warren.

Yes, Australia’s best bud Saudi Arabia is actively funding terrorism

Yes, Australia’s best bud Saudi Arabia is actively funding terrorism

Michael Sainsbury July 7, 2017 19 Comments

Malcolm Turnbull -- or, at the very least, his own Foreign Minister Julie Bishop -- is signing up as a paid supporter of the country that effectively funded al-Qaeda and IS.