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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.

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 Kingsbury July 3, 2017 10 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 Richardson June 30, 2017 28 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 Kingsbury June 21, 2017 3 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 Yusuf June 8, 2017 7 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

Crikey June 6, 2017 14 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

Crikey June 1, 2017 4 Comments

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

Meet the men running for the Iranian presidency

Meet the men running for the Iranian presidency

Crikey May 19, 2017 1 Comment

Iranians will decide their next president this week in what looms an important geopolitical decision, writes veteran foreign news reporter John Tulloh.

Old blog post informs decision to cancel Palestinian activist’s visa

Old blog post informs decision to cancel Palestinian activist’s visa

Max Chalmers May 4, 2017

And even the writer of the personal blog doesn't think Bassem Tamimi should have had his visa revoked.

Reclaiming Mosul would change everything

Reclaiming Mosul would change everything

Professor Damien Kingsbury February 27, 2017 4 Comments

And the Kurds will present an especially difficult problem.