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‘The Fear Has Gone’: Conversations with Iranian protestors

A version of this article appeared in The Australian, weekend edition, 26-27/11/22 ‘At about 10.30, we got a warning that an attack was coming.  So we had to disperse.  I ran home to Reyhana.  I was about five meters from … Continue reading

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The Best Books about the Human Impact of War

The Shepherd website recently invited me to compile a list of the best books on the human impact of war, in my judgement. This is a subject of considerable interest to me. I have lived around active conflict, first as … Continue reading

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Iranian Kurds fear massacre as regime threatens incursion

Jerusalem Post, 14/10 The crisis in western Iran is intensifying. As Sanandaj and other cities burn, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Saturday issued a curious statement threatening a military incursion into Kurdish northern Iraq. The statement read: “In … Continue reading

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Iran mobilizes proxies to fight growing protests

Protesters in Iran accuse regime of using Arab militiamen to suppress demonstrations • IRGC fires at Iranian Kurdish bases Jerusalem Post, 1/10.  Claims have surfaced in recent days that pro-Iranian regime Arab militiamen are to be found among the forces … Continue reading

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Increased Israeli air activity over Syria: Why Now?

Jerusalem Post, 17/9 The rising tempo of attacks reflects a more general readiness for confrontation as region enters new phase A notable uptick in Israeli air operations against Iran-linked targets on Syrian soil has taken place over the last month, … Continue reading

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Six months of War in Ukraine

Jerusalem Post, 3/9 Launch of Kherson offensive marks opening of new phase in the conflict The Ukrainian armed forces this week launched an offensive in the Kherson region, located in the south east of Ukraine.  Ukrainian media is reporting that … Continue reading

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Now and in Other Days

The war came in high summer. Paul Randawa was living in Florentin.  War was the last thing on his or his friends’ minds.  The beach and the bars, and late night parties and clubs were what everything was revolving around. … Continue reading

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The Iranian Hand Behind Hadi Matar’s Knife

Jerusalem Post, 20/8 Iranian regime and pro-Iranian media outlets reacted with enthusiasm to the attempted murder of British-Indian author Salman Rushdie last week.  Officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran have maintained a studious silence. But the main mouthpieces of both … Continue reading

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Erdogan’s Secret Prisons in Syria

Jerusalem Post, 15/4 Nadia Hassan Suleiman remembers well the day she was arrested.  It was in Afrin City, north west Syria, in June 2018.  Her husband, Ahmed Rashid, had disappeared two months earlier.  She had received a voice message from … Continue reading

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Understanding the Latest Wave of Terror in Israel

The Australian, 16/4 Four terror attacks in the space of just over two weeks, with a total of 13 deaths  have brought the fraught atmosphere of the Second Intifada days back to the streets of Israel’s cities.  The tension is … Continue reading

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