Gaza: Hamas says 18 suspected informants executed

Hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians resumed, scuppering efforts at a long-term ceasefire

Hamas sources in Gaza say 18 people suspected of collaborating with Israel have been executed. The killings came after an Israeli airstrike left three senior Hamas leaders dead on Thursday. Officials in Gaza say at least two more Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes overnight, and Israel said more rockets were fired from Gaza. More than 2,070 Palestinians, mostly civilians, ... Read More »

Why conspiracy theorists won’t give up on MH17 and MH370

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A huge criminal investigation is underway in the Netherlands, following the downing of flight MH17. Ten Dutch prosecutors and 200 policemen are involved in collecting evidence to present at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. The investigation may take time to find the real perpetrators, but that hasn’t stopped conspiracy theorists from speculating. Human beings are pattern-seeking creatures. We ... Read More »

Is Nuclear Arms Control Dead?

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Amid the wider sense of a global crisis in security, from Iraq to Ukraine to the South China Sea, there is a deeper long-term threat: the risk to nuclear arms control. In this worsening climate of great-power tension and mistrust, the nuclear arms-control regime long in place between the United States and Russia is in danger. And without it, efforts to stop the spread of ... Read More »

Changes to Australian Security Laws Will Make Illegally Obtained Evidence Permissible In Court


Politicians are preparing to scrap decades worth of laws that protect citizens from wholesale spying and guarantee the right to a fair trial—and they haven’t even read the legislation they want passed. A public hearing was held yesterday (Monday 18 August) in a squirrely back room of Parliament on the raft of legislation being hurried through as part of the National ... Read More »

Israelis and Palestinians agree to keep talking in effort to win long-term Gaza truce

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Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly said Menachem Klein is a political scientist at Hebrew University. He is a political scientist at Bar Ilan University. This version has been corrected. JERUSALEM — Israeli and Palestinian officials agreed just before a midnight deadline Monday to extend the Gaza cease-fire for an additional 24 hours to try to complete a deal that could lead ... Read More »

Ukraine crisis: Kiev moves on last rebel stronghold

A member of the 'Azov' Battalion gets a farewell hug during a ceremony sending soldiers to eastern Ukraine

The war has left cities in the east without electricity or water for weeks while under heavy bombardment Ukrainian forces have advanced into one of the last remaining separatist strongholds in a significant breakthrough in the civil war. At the same time, they lost yet another warplane to a missile strike and a rebel commander declared that reinforcements of 1,200 ... Read More »

Tensions in Asia are Rising: How Strong is the U.S.- Australia Relationship?

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With the annual Australia–US Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) recently concluded in Sydney, it’s a good time to reassess the broader Australian–US strategic relationship. I want to frame that assessment here by employing a SWOT analysis. The methodology is clunky but simple enough to allow a set of insights about the relationship’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. I’ve allowed myself three of ... Read More »

US administration and Tony Abbott have ‘meeting of minds’ on climate change

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The Abbott government has discussed with the Obama administration the subject that was supposed to be unmentionable between them – climate change. A senior US official said ”there was a meeting of the minds on the significance of the challenge” when the two countries held their annual Ausmin consultations in Sydney this week. The subject was not mentioned at the ... Read More »

The Most Wanted Man in the World

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. (photo: Guardian UK)

he message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you.” ¶ ES is Edward Snowden, the most wanted man in the world. For almost nine months, ... Read More »