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Trump’s Jerusalem shock tactic serves no obvious purpose

Trump’s Jerusalem shock tactic serves no obvious purpose

Crikey December 7, 2017 11 Comments

If Trump's recognition of Jerusalem is the first step in his 'ultimate deal' for Israel-Palestine, then he better hope the next step reverses it.

Hope for an end to Yemen civil war dashed with killing of former president

Hope for an end to Yemen civil war dashed with killing of former president

Professor Damien Kingsbury December 6, 2017 5 Comments

The killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was consolidating power in the capital Sana'a, will see the horror in Yemen return to a stalemate.

Rundle: old lies given new meaning in fraudulent Beersheba commemoration

Rundle: old lies given new meaning in fraudulent Beersheba commemoration

Guy Rundle November 1, 2017 21 Comments

The best thing you can say about Beersheba, a cavalry charge on a Turkish-held Arab town in Palestine, whose inhabitants had love for neither side in the conflict, is that at least it wasn’t, like Gallipoli, an invasion of a sovereign people in their homeland.

Kurdistan’s five hurdles to independence

Kurdistan’s five hurdles to independence

Professor Damien Kingsbury October 17, 2017 4 Comments

Official independence looks impossible in the short term.

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 24 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.