The dark legacy of the post 9/11 Afghan war

This year is the 20th anniversary of the post 9/11 Afghan war. I was recently asked to speak at an event organised by the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. It was held during an exhibition of amazing Afghan/Australian artist Khadim Ali. In the Q&A, Khadim spoke along with a number of Afghans from…

The ongoing torture of Julian Assange

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is one step closer to being released after a UK judge found that he couldn’t be extradited to the US. Maybe. There’s still a long road ahead:   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Antony Loewenstein (@antloewenstein)

On illegal Israeli colonies in the West Bank (and their legality or otherwise)

The Trump administration recently announced that illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine don’t violate international law (a view held by virtually nobody). I was interviewed by international broadcaster TRT World about the decision: Despite the enormous pressure from Israel and divided leadership, most Palestinians still want to stay in their homeland at any cost. “The truth…

A day in the life of the occupied Jordan Valley

My investigation in global broadcaster TRT World: The Palestinian shepherds in the Auja region of the Jordan Valley were scared. Living under Israeli occupation and harassed daily by both the Israeli army and Jewish settlers, they wanted to herd their sheep across the green, rolling hills. On the day I recently visited, the Palestinians were…

The growth of Israeli and far-right global ties

In the last years (and in fact for many decades), the Israeli government has become increasingly close with the global far-right. Why? They often share “values”, dislike/hate Muslims, nations want Israeli defence equipment and the Jewish state needs international support for its never-ending occupation of Palestine. I wrote about this extensively in 2017 and I’ve…