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Morrison and Jerusalem - a special sort of dunce
We have to hand it to Scott Morrison. He has been at the heart of two major shifts in Australian political life. One made him Prime Minister, the other overturned a sensible long-standing approach on Jerusalem. Yet the new PM struggles to offer a coherent e...
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Morrison and Jerusalem – what a way to run a foreign policy!
On 15 November,  The Sydney Morning Herald  reported the Morrison government as telling Indonesian ministers there was “less than 5 per cent” chance that Australia would pursue the idea of relocating the Australian Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusal...
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Postcard from Doha: blockaders, bovines and billions
I stopped over in Qatar recently, coinciding with the first anniversary of the blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, intended to punish Qatar for flouting Saudi ambitions.    A year on, the blockade shows no signs of ending. The Saud...
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Israel-Palestine: vale the two-state solution, where to now?
As millions around the globe
contemplated New Year resolutions on 31 December 2017, Israel’s ruling Likud
party came up with one of its own. Its Central Committee overwhelmingly endorsed
a resolution seeking to extend Israel’s legal jurisdiction to its sett...
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The Beetroot Bull (or reflections on a certain non-maritime incident involving mistruths and hypocrisy)
The
Beetroot Bull There was movement at the station for the word had passed
around That the beetroot bull from Armidale had got away He’d sired many a calf he had, not bothering about consent     And Me-too cows had gathered to the fray There was Mabeline f...
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Australia and capital punishment – rhetoric and reality In pursuing Australia’s ultimately successful bid for election to the UN Human Rights Council, Foreign Minister Bishop declared that Australia would be ‘unrelenting’ in its efforts to abolish capital p...
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Trump’s sugar hit in Israel mugged by reality
Arriving in Israel on 22
May, Donald Trump told the Israeli President that he’d ‘just got back from the
Middle East’. Not the most geographically informed start to the visit but from
then on it was all schmooze, to the obvious delight of Trump’s hosts.
Rema...
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Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia and the Hypocrisy Olympics
The breathless hypocrisy
of Donald Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia should leave us all reeling. The
fact that the new president could make his first overseas journey to the very country
he previously castigated, rightly, as the mother lode of 9/11 is b...
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Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the US: the conniving and the confused
  Saudi Arabia’s ultimatum to Qatar says much
about the Kingdom’s dreams of regional hegemony, its proxy war with Iran, and
its glaring double-standards over ‘interventionism’. It amounts to a demand for
Qatar’s total surrender. Qatar faces meaningful pain ...
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