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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Gaza conversations

    • Ben Coleridge
    • 08 January 2009
    1 Comment

    We were invited to share a meal with a Jewish family in Haifa. They welcomed us, and conversation was happy and inviting. Inevitably, the topic of conflict between Israel and Palestine reared its head. The atmosphere was transformed.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Thoughts from a Gaza voyeur

    • Peter Matheson
    • 08 January 2009
    4 Comments

    An overweening trust in military muscle has led Israel into this campaign; it is hard to overlook the parallels with the Shock and Awe curtain-raiser to the Iraq debacle. It seems there is an unspoken assumption that Palestinian lives are not so important as Israeli ones.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Abuse comments fuel sectarian prejudice

    • Irfan Yusuf
    • 25 July 2008
    21 Comments

    Sheik Hilaly compared rape victims to 'uncovered meat'. Bishop Anthony Fisher stated parents of abuse victims were 'dwelling crankily on old wounds'. Unequal criticism of the remarks suggests sexual assault has been appropriated as a cultural or sectarian wedge.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Talking to the enemy

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 04 June 2008
    8 Comments

    Jimmy Carter's meeting with exiled Hamas leader Khaled Masha'al contradicted US policy of not negotiating with terrorists. Hamas carries a popular mandate to establish Palestine as a sovereign state. Peace is not going to reign in Palestine or Israel if Hamas is excluded from negotiations.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Jewish West Bank Settlements a bad but reversible mistake

    • Philip Mendes
    • 10 March 2008
    13 Comments

    Over the years, many simplistic arguments have been advanced in an attempt to justify the West Bank settlement project. None of these arguments had any substance in the 1980s, and they have even less validity now.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Bush constructing legacy as peacemaker

    • Kylie Baxter
    • 29 January 2008

    Legacy was never far from the surface during the State of the Union address delivered yesterday by President George W. Bush. For him, the temptation to solve the complex Palestinian-Israeli conflict has proven irresistible.

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  • MEDIA

    Al-Jazeera suffers both US and Arab hostility

    • Michael Mehr
    • 13 December 2007
    3 Comments

    At al-Jazeera's Doha newsroom, employees are reminded that the channel must show 'the opinion and the opposite opinion'. Arab governments are not amused, and many have closed its bases in their territories. Yet Foxtel and other major providers in Australia and the US still decline to carry al-Jazeera.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    What Paris did next

    • James Massola
    • 13 June 2007
    7 Comments

    The big news recently has been Paris Hilton, the heiress and celebrity who is famous for being famous. Hilton has been in the news because she was sent to jail for drink driving. One wonders what all this has contributed to the sum of human existence.

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  • RELIGION

    Islamic elites’ construction of Islamic martyrdom

    • Abraham Rushdi
    • 27 February 2007
    1 Comment

    The full text of "The selling of Islamic martyrdom and why some buy it", by Abraham Rushdi.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Palestinian family facing years of upside-down politics

    • Jan Forrester
    • 27 February 2007

    Makloube—which means 'upside down' in Arabic—refers to steaming hot cauliflower, eggplant and meat upended on a bed of rice. It's also a metaphor for the political reality in which ordinary Palestinians will be locked for many years to come.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Military power no way to uphold human dignity

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 24 December 2006

    Suicide bombing, kidnapping and rocket attacks are morally indefensible. They commonly demean the humanity of those who indulge in them and those who suffer them. From 25 July 2006.

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  • RELIGION

    The selling of Islamic martyrdom and why some buy it

    • Abraham Rushdi
    • 23 December 2006
    1 Comment

    There is a strong argument that the Qur'an does not sanction the use of martyrdom operations. But it must be asked why radical interpretations of the Qur'an resonate with some Muslim communities.

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