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Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak (Image: Wikimedia)

Five feet away from Hosni Mubarak

The former Egyptian president was the dictator’s dictator. And his regime can teach us a lot about the decline of democracy in the West.

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How Australia can get Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert out of Iranian prison

Without vocal public support and Australian government intervention, the academic is facing 10 years in an Iranian prison.

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#29Leaks helps lift veil on how Iran avoids sanctions

The story, pulled together from leaked documents, involves fake names, trading gold for gas, and a trip to Disney World.

A worker hangs an election campaign billboard for Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party. (Image: AP/Oded Balilty)

'Plucky little Israel' cracks apart as Netanyahu pulls a Trump

For a country that could once boast of leaders who subordinated their personal interests to a larger cause, it is quite a fall.

The deceased leader of ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (Image: SalamPix/ABACA)

War is being run like the writers' room of a Netflix series

The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi won't deliver 'Saddam spider hole' buzz for American audiences — but it's a hell of a callback.

The fourth day of protest in Martyrs Square, Beirut (Image: PA/Abd Rabbo Ammar/ABACA)

Silent no more: Lebanon unites against government corruption

Lebanon has been forced to endure years of austerity, poverty and unemployment. Its people have had enough.

Labor Senator Kristina Keneally (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

ISIS families highlight Labor's philosophical dilemma

The internal fight over repatriating the families of ISIS fighters highlights the ultimate problem facing the ALP.

Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers (Image: Wikimedia)

A brief history of the West abandoning the Kurds

Donald Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria is just the latest in a long line of examples of the West abandoning its Kurdish allies.

 Indonesian President Joko Widodo (left) and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin. (Image: AAP/Mast Irham)

How will Scott Morrison react to world election results?

Now our own federal election is done and dusted, let's look at how the outcomes of other elections around the world could affect Australia's interests.

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Labor is undivided in its decision to not talk about divisions

Labor's recent Israel problem doesn't so much hinge on the comments made or the beliefs held, but rather that there is conflict at all.