Kurdistan’s five hurdles to independence

Kurdistan’s five hurdles to independence

October 17, 2017 4

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?

October 16, 2017 24

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

September 27, 2017 1

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’

September 27, 2017 6

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?

September 4, 2017 19

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

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

August 23, 2017 18

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

July 31, 2017 5

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

July 31, 2017 10

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

July 10, 2017 11

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.