Diplomacy

Old Scores and New Grudges: Evolving Sino-Japanese Tensions

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The deterioration in relations between China and Japan has spiraled beyond an island sovereignty dispute and risks an armed conflict neither wants. A November regional summit is a fence-mending opportunity – if the two countries’ leaders rise above nationalism and manage multiple flashpoints. Politically viable options to bridge the wide gap on the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute remain elusive. New frictions ... Read More »

Australian FM: Armenian Case Not Genocide

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WASHINGTON, DC – Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop informed the Australian Turkish Advocacy Alliance (ATA-Australia) that it was Australian foreign policy not to define the Armenian case as genocide, and that it was unconstitutional for Australian territories to promulgate their own foreign policy. The Foreign Minister’s policy affirmation was in response to the inquiry of Barrister and ATA-Australia Sydney President Ertunc ... Read More »

Gaza conflict takes toll on Hamas rocket stocks and tunnels

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IDF says it has destroyed 30-40% of militant rockets and six tunnel shafts; Hamas has killed 29 soldiers and disrupted flights After more than two weeks of intense fighting in Gaza, both Hamas andIsrael have racked up significant military achievements, albeit at the cost of hundreds of lives. Around 140 militants have been killed in Gaza over the past two weeks, amounting to around ... Read More »

Church serves as shelter for war-hit Palestinians

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Some 400 Palestinians fleeing Israeli raids that have destroyed their neighborhoods have taken shelter in a Greek Orthodox Church in Gaza City. Desperate Gazans escaping from Beit Hanoun and Shejaia, where more than 70 Palestinians – many of them women and children – were killed on July 20, have entered the Church of Saint Porphyrius after Archbishop Alexios opened the door. The church ... Read More »

Rouhani: More negotiations only solution for nuclear deal

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President’s remarks were his first on four-month extension until November of talks agreed last week after two sides said progress made so far was still short of a final breakthrough. TEHRAN – More negotiations are the only solution to Iran’s decade-long nuclear standoff with the West, President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday. Rouhani’s remarks were his first on the four-month extension ... Read More »

Not All Jews Support Israel

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To both Jews and non-Jews the idea of an anti-Zionist Jew can sound like a contradiction in terms—an abuse of Rabbi Hillel’s most famous ethical aphorism, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me.” But for Sam Weinstein, and for around 30 others, me included, tucked together in a small Jewish bloc at Saturday’s Gaza demo in ... Read More »

Palestinian boy clings to paramedic – story behind the viral photo

The Palestinian boy, who was caught in artillery fire from Israel, screams at the paramedic: “I want my father, bring me my father!”

<a href=’http:&#47;&#47;images.theage.com.au&#47;file&#47;2014&#47;07&#47;18&#47;5606521&#47;Israel-Palestine_deaths_WEB&#47;’><img alt=’Dashboard 1 ‘ src=’http:&#47;&#47;public.tableausoftware.com&#47;static&#47;images&#47;BG&#47;BGYNS2H5M&#47;1_rss.png’ style=’border: none’ /></a> A boy with cuts all over his body is using every ounce of his strength to cling on to a rubber-gloved medic trying to lay him on a hospital bed. What the haunting photograph does not capture are the Palestinian boy’s screams at the paramedic: “I want my father, bring me ... Read More »

US Secretary of State accidentally heard criticising Israel’s military action in Gaza

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(Hot mic moment at 11:07) The United States Secretary of State has been caught on a ‘hot mic’ apparently criticising Israel’s military action in Gaza. John Kerry was preparing for an interview when he was heard ‘sarcastically’ telling an aide Israel’s strikes had been ‘pinpoint’. ‘It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation, it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,’ he ... Read More »