- The Australian government is on a collision course with its Muslim advisory group over its claim that Hezbollah should not be considered a terrorist organisation.
- Developments in Iraq, the Middle East and the rest of the region affect politics and policies the world over. IPS tracks these events through its network of correspondents, providing independent accounts rather than those that suit governments.
- Israel's strategy --The most unsuccessful war: It is frightening to think that those who decided to embark on the present war did not even dream of its outcome and its destructive consequences in almost every possible realm, of the political and psychological damage, the serious blow to the government's credibility, and yes -- the killing of children in vain. The cynicism being demonstrated by government spokesmen, official and otherwise, including several military correspondents, in the face of the disaster suffered by the Lebanese, amazes even someone who has long since lost many of his youthful illusions.
- Hizbullah's capture of two Israeli soldiers on July 12 was a direct result of Israel's silent but unrelenting aggression against Lebanon, which in turn is part of a six-decades long Arab-Israeli conflict.
- Three quarters of 'Hezbollah' martyrs were originally secular leftists
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