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Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Diggers of the Gaza graveyard

We are used to thinking of Gaza as a war-torn stretch of ground. A place where life goes grimly on in the face of an intractable conflict. A graveyard not only for civilians caught in the crossfire, but…

Bishop’s Gambit in Tehran

We get the English word ‘chess’ from the Persian word Shah (king). The linguistic identification of this part of the world with chess belies its Indian origins, but in a country where the ancient nobility…
Australian journalist Peter Greste has finally been freed after 400 days in an Egyptian prison. EPA/Khaled Elfiqi

Peter Greste released: good news from the Middle East

The release of Peter Greste from an Egyptian prison is surprising only in that it happened without too much telegraphing of the exact date. A deportation-style resolution of the case had been on the cards…
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has passed away at age 90. EPA/Ahmad Yusni

Death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah: a succession story

The passing of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia will change little in the kingdom and its relations with the West. The monarch had been ailing and reclusive for some years and his anointed successor (and…

Libya Fades to Black

Just over a week ago Turkish Airlines announced that it was no longer flying to the Libyan town of Misrata, a provincial centre about two hundred kilometres east of Tripoli. Whilst it is unlikely that…
Indian army soldier after siege of Kut.

The forgotten Anzacs: ‘honoured guests’ of the Sultan

As we undertake our annual remembrance of Australians at war, some attention should be paid to those personnel who were taken captive by the enemy and then faced long years in brutal conditions. Enduring…
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Who were we fighting at Gallipoli?

In the annual discussion of the Gallipoli campaign Australians are subjected to a variety of hyperbole and parable as commentators and reporters offer up the same old chestnuts for want of something else…
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It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home

“Argo: the movie that shows how Hollywood solved the Iran Hostage Crisis”. So said the increasingly well-preserved Richard Wilkins the other morning as he gushed through the usual Oscars fluff on the Today…
Ansar Dine Rebels.

The Unknown Undrones

The use of unmanned aircraft in the War on Terror has been extensively covered by the media and academic hacks like me. We are accordingly quite used to stories of Predators loitering in the skies of Helmand…
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Stealth fighter monkeys from outer space

If you’re looking for rapid aerospace engineering and technology progress forget about those laggards at Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, NASA, and EADS. You’ll be wasting buckets of billions and waiting years…