Switching sides

The Republican Jewish Coalition has placed the following advertisement in the US Jewish press: If “defenders of freedom” are using Lieberman as their new hero, they’re getting rather desperate.

Killing them softly

While Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has admitted that the “American liberation of Iraq … has turned into an occupation, with tragic consequences on the country”, the reality in Fallujah is horrifying: Iraqis in the volatile al-Anbar province west of Baghdad are reporting regular killings carried out by U.S. forces that many believe are part of…

The Nazis are coming, run to the hills

It’s amazing what nonsense journalists will sprout after taking a free trip to Israel. Case study number one, Sydney Morning Herald columnist Paul Sheehan: “”¦No question we will see another Kristallnacht because the Nazis are rising around the world”.…  Nazis are rising? Real Nazis? Or Iranian ones? Or perhaps he’s referring to al-Qaeda. Or Hamas.…

Were the British Sailors set up?

Since the capture of the British sailors by Iran, some interesting revelations have come to light. Tony Blair is adamant that the soldiers were captured on the Iraqi side of the border. Former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray tells us something different: The British Government has published a map showing the coordinates of the…

The homeland

What kind of society has Israel become? A bitterly divided and racist one, according to a new study: Over half of the Jewish population in Israel believes the marriage of a Jewish woman to an Arab man is equal to national treason, according to a recent survey by the Geocartography Institute. The survey, which was…

The clueless Senator

When it comes to discussing Israel/Palestine, politicians the world over are notoriously reticent to speak the truth about facts on the ground. In Australia, the only Jewish Federal MP, Michael Danby, seems incapable of mounting an argument that is more sophisticated than repeating press releases from the Israeli Foreign Ministry. Both major sides in politics…

Tough love

Supporting the troops is the unrelenting catch phrase of the war party, yet the war party continues to behave like an abusive parent towards the troops: TWO Australian soldiers who served in the first Iraq war have tested positive to depleted uranium (DU) contamination despite assurances from the Federal Government they had not been exposed,…

We can stop pretending now

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for the torture of prisoners in US custody overseas. The American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights First had brought the case on behalf of nine former prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan. The suit said Rumsfeld had tacitly or directly authorized a…

Not just our voices

After “victory” has been declared in Iraq – shame about the ways in which the US and Iraqi authorities treat journalists – what do Islamist websites say about the conflict? The invaluable Conflicts Forum regularly translates these sites and provides Western audience with an insight rarely given by our media: The “Council Assembly of Mujahidin…