May, 2018

Iran proves that Trump can’t recognise a good deal

, May 25, 2018

Donald Trump may have fulfilled his election promise to quit the Iran deal, but he certainly wasn't doing so to get out of a "bad deal".

This is apartheid, plain and simple

, May 17, 2018

Supporters of Israel hate the apartheid comparison, but which other government does it most resemble?

Secret cables reveal Bishop likely knew Gaza conflict would escalate

, May 15, 2018

Correspondence released by DFAT shows diplomats warned that more deaths were likely during upcoming demonstrations in Gaza. Turnbull and Bishop have remained largely silent.

#HaveDied: New York Times causes fury over report of Israeli killing

, May 15, 2018

Journalists are condemning headlines from both The New York Times and CNN which leave Israel out of the news entirely.

There’s fat chance the US, France and UK actually want Assad gone

, Apr 17, 2018

Is there any likelihood that the Atlantic alliance really wants Assad removed? It seems unlikely, considering they wouldn't know how to replace him.

Did the missile attack on Syria really happen?

, Apr 16, 2018

Western military attacks on Syria's chemical weapons sites serve little purpose, are entirely incoherent, and part of profoundly flawed interventionist urge that plays out as ritual that may as well be fake.

Syria would test any president. It is far, far beyond the abilities of Trump.

, Apr 12, 2018

As Trump contends with forever-mounting pressure at home, his already feeble hold on the Middle East continues to slacken.

Why did the US give the Saudi Crown Prince a rock star tour?

, Apr 12, 2018

Mohammed bin Salman seems to be engaging in a sectarian soft war, and the media are following along like puppy dogs.

On the paradox of American power, and Trump’s next move

, Apr 10, 2018

Syria and the state of the US' economy represent two key challenges for Trump in the short term. If only the president had any power to address such things ...

Australian government mute on Palestinian deaths

, Apr 09, 2018

Silence can be deafening.

Australia’s silence on Gaza killings part of our knee-jerk support for Netanyahu

, Apr 03, 2018

While condemning every killing of an Israeli by terrorists, Australia can't bring itself to say a word when Israeli soldiers deliberately kill unarmed protesters.

As a farcical election approaches, Egypt reckons with a second term of the Sisi regime

, Mar 20, 2018

With all legitimate candidates arrested or suppressed, and his one challenger vocally supporting him, it's a forgone conclusion that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will be returned to office in next week's election.

Strange bedfellows as Syrian government moves to support US-backed fighters

, Feb 20, 2018

The Syrian government has pivoted towards helping US-supported Kurdish forces in their fight against a Turkish invasion in Northern Syria, further muddling the region's complex web of alliances.

Israel ushers in a dangerous new era with attacks on Iran

, Feb 13, 2018

This is about much more than a downed jet.

The death of legendary Pakistani lawyer Asma Jahangir is a blow to human rights everywhere

, Feb 13, 2018

The death of Jahangir, who was a champion of women and human rights, drew calls to continue her work from across Pakistani's ideological spectrum.

Afghanistan is no closer to peace, despite what the US claims

, Jan 29, 2018

16 years on and despite peace talks, the corrupt Kabul government is still on the back-foot in its war with the Taliban.

How Australia Day echoes the 1948 exodus of Palestine

, Jan 25, 2018

The parallels between Australia and Israel are particularly obvious on January 26, writes Randa Abdel-Fattah.

Turkey sets the stage for its invasion of Kurdish Syria

, Jan 18, 2018

The long-anticipated Turkish invasion of Kurdistan is looking like it will soon be a reality, set to mark a new relationship with the US, which has been backing Kurdish fighters for years. And that's not the only aftershock the region will feel, writes Professor Damien Kingsbury.

Flinders Street attack begets online racist hatred, which tabloids feed on

, Dec 22, 2017

Hatred on social media -- and the tabloids that eat it up -- is born of ignorance, and the media has a responsibility to change that it, writes Irfan Yusuf.

Trump’s Jerusalem shock tactic serves no obvious purpose

, Dec 07, 2017

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.