The calculating chameleon

My following book review appears in today’s Weekend Australian newspaper: The Man Who Pushed America to War By Aram Roston Nation Books, 400pp, $49.95 Ahmed Chalabi, the chameleon-like Iraqi exile who fed bogus intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to the Bush administration and to willing media, told Britain’s The Daily Telegraph in 2004 that…

The Blogging Revolution lands

My following essay appears in today’s Weekend Australian newspaper: The young online tribe is more interested in discussing sex, drugs and rock’n’roll than political revolution, writes Antony Loewenstein Early last month, some Iranian members of parliament voted to debate a draft bill that aimed to “toughen punishment for disturbing mental security in society” by adding…

Academics expand Israel lobby case

My following review appears in the November Australian Literary Review: The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy By John Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt Allen Lane, 544pp, $49.95 (HB) When “realist” academics John Mearsheimer of Chicago University and Stephen M. Walt of Harvard published their essay, The Israel Lobby, in the London Review of Books…

Room for all views

My following article appears in today’s Australian newspaper: The Israel lobby’s attempt to silence contrarian voices is counterproductive and undermines freedom of speech Truly free societies are defined by the limitations placed on free speech. What is permissible or illegal often determines the way we view subversive, extreme or outrageous opinions. The US is the…

Deadly double standards sow terror

The following article appears in today’s Australian newspaper: Israel’s response to the abduction and killing of its soldiers is disproportionate and counter-productive, warns Antony Loewenstein Israel is fighting on two fronts and against two forces it helped create. Hamas and Hezbollah gained their political capital by resisting Israeli occupation in Palestine and Lebanon. The past…

Don’t let any lobby shut down debate

My following article appears in today’s Australian newspaper: Two distinguished US international relations specialists are being demonised for criticising Washington’s close relationship with Israel A recent academic study on the “Israel lobby” by political scientists John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen Walt of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government has caused a political…