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

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

Bernard KeaneJul 31, 20175 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 HinchJul 31, 201710 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

Christopher WarrenJul 10, 201711 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 SainsburyJul 7, 201719 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.

The Middle East is a mess, but it's not about to collapse into war

The Middle East is a mess, but it's not about to collapse into war

Professor Damien KingsburyJul 3, 201710 Comments

Should we worry about Syria? Islamic State? Qatar? Saudi Arabia? Yes, but that does not mean total war is imminent.

Not to be hyperbolic, but Qatar-Saudi Arabia dispute could boil over into World War III

Not to be hyperbolic, but Qatar-Saudi Arabia dispute could boil over into World War III

Charles RichardsonJun 30, 201728 Comments

If you were serious about "regime change" to promote democracy in the Middle East, you would start with Saudi Arabia, not Iran.

After Islamic State is run out of Mosul, what then?

After Islamic State is run out of Mosul, what then?

Professor Damien KingsburyJun 21, 20173 Comments

Islamic State will almost certainly lose control of Raqqa. But that will not make the Middle East any less complicated.

Blaming one sect of Islam for 'producing the most terrorists' is idiotic

Blaming one sect of Islam for 'producing the most terrorists' is idiotic

Irfan YusufJun 8, 20177 Comments

In the fight against Islam, Wahhabism shouldn't be our focus, as we unpack its origins and how it relates to Islamic terror.

'The situation feels hopeless': 50 years of Israeli occupation

'The situation feels hopeless': 50 years of Israeli occupation

Antony LoewensteinJun 6, 201714 Comments

Palestinians remain under an Israeli regime of house demolitions, ever-expanding illegal settlements and strict controls over daily life, writes freelance journalist Antony Loewenstein.

'Tough-talking' Trump's new-found sycophancy to Saudi Arabia is hypocritical and pathetic

'Tough-talking' Trump's new-found sycophancy to Saudi Arabia is hypocritical and pathetic

Peter RodgersJun 1, 20174 Comments

Does this man know anything about history, including his own? Former Australian ambassador to Israel Peter Rodgers wonders at Trump's breathtaking ignorance.