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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 »

For Arab Christians and secular Arab nationalists, Isis may be the death knell

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In a Middle East rebuilt on intolerant ideologies, there is likely to be little place for beleaguered minorities  Jump to comments The past decade has been catastrophic for the Arab world’sbeleaguered 12 million strong Christian minority. In Egypt revolution and counter-revolution have been accompanied by a series of anti-Copt riots, killings and church burnings. In Gaza and the West Bank Palestinian Christians are ... Read More »

U.S. Lifts Ban on Flights to Israel as Gaza Death Toll Tops 700

A Palestinian woman sits in a debris-strewn street as she looks at houses damaged in an Israeli air strike that killed two children, Gaza Strip July 24, 2014. Suhaib Salem/Reuters

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700. A truce remained elusive despite intensive mediation bids. Palestinians said residents of two southern villages were trapped by tank shelling, ... 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 »

Global law and decency: our double standards on MH17 and asylum seekers

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Following the shocking news of the destruction of flight MH17, foreign minister Julie Bishop wasted no time in boarding a plane for the United Nations in New York. Australian diplomats engaged in intense late-night negotiations over a form of words that would secure unanimous assent for the Security Council resolution calling for an international investigation. Prime minister Tony Abbott appeared on domestic media ... Read More »