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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks during a meeting with the Russian president at the Kremlin in Moscow on June 14, 2018. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Saudi Arabia and the Israel-Palestine conflict: between a rock and a hard place

Saudi Arabia portrays itself as a leading supporter of humanitarian aid, especially to the Palestinians, but the country's leadership has an ambivalent strategy towards the Israel-Palestine conflict.
The federal government suspending the export licence of Emanuel Exports, the biggest exporter and the company responsible for the 2017 Awassi Express shipment that triggered the furore around the industry. AAP/Animals Australia

Government suspends licence of biggest live sheep exporter

The government action mean there is no trade at the moment after the other current exporter, Livestock Shipping Services, paused its trade over the northern summer.
This photo, provided May 10, 2018, by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows Israeli missiles in the sky as others hit air defence positions and other military bases in Damascus, Syria. (Syrian Central Military Media, via AP)

Israeli rocket experience shows bomb shelters matter as much as interceptors

Flashy interceptor systems attract media and government attention. But bomb shelters and warning systems are at least as important in the midst of missile strikes.
An American protester makes his feelings plain during the Iranian hostage crisis, 1979. Wikimedia Commons

Why does the American right hate Iran so much?

Ever since the shocking spectacle of the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis, American conservatives have reserved a special disdain for the Islamic Republic.
Mike Pompeo was confirmed as U.S. secretary of state on April 26. Leah Millis/Reuters

Pompeo confirmation makes Mideast war more likely

The new secretary of state once called the Iran nuclear deal 'unconscionable.' If he supports Trump's instinct to scrap the agreement on May 12, it could unleash violence across the volatile Mideast.

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