Voting in a referendum on October 14th Australians overwhelmingly rejected the most serious effort ever made to redress the flagrant injustices inflicted by colonising Europeans on that country’s indigenous “First People.” Australians were asked to vote on a constitutional amendment, the first in 24 years,
The award of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to Narges Mohammadi for her struggle for human rights in Iran was no surprise. By conferring the prize on Mohammadi,
The US is probably the richest country in world history but its citizens are dying earlier than those in both poor and wealthy peer countries. Life expectancy is falling rather than rising although the US has state-of-the-art medical and medical research facilities and spends more on health per
Cosco on Sunday morning in Medford, Oregon is busy but the warehouse housing the wholesale market occupies is so large it can handle crowds of deal-hungry folk.
After 50 years and a day, Israelis were woken to war. On Saturday, October 7th, Hamas launched an air, land, and sea operation from Gaza into Israel. This was the first such operation ever mounted by the Palestinians against their occupiers. On October 6th, 1973, Egypt and Syria launched a coordinated
During a recent lecture in Nicosia a prominent archaeologist spoke about the need for his colleagues to collaborate with professionals
The Egyptian authorities have paused bulldozing tombs in Cairo’s fabled City of the Dead after protests by public figures, cultural preservationists, tour operators, and global historians. Too little, too late. A wasteland of rubble is all that remains of historic and family tombs in protected heritage sectors of the
In the early hours of Sept.11, Storm Daniel’s downpour burst two fragile Libyan dams. A seven-metre wall of water swept through the centre of Libyan coastal city of Derna,
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s journey to China has achieved far more than deepening close relations between Damascus and Beijing. Having been ostracised and isolated during his country’s civil and proxy wars, Assad began his visit in Hangzhou where he — along with the leaders of South Korea,
The author, a well-respected observer of Middle East affairs, has three books on the Arab-Israeli conflict.