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Jayantha Somasundaram, in Island, April 2019, where the title is“Palestine: Where Britain lost the war against terror”
What happened in British mandated Palestine in the run-up to Israeli statehood in May 1948 is a classic example of the triumph of terrorism. The British captured Palestine from the Ottomans during World War I and were mandated by the League of Nations (the precursor to the United Nations) to progress Palestine towards independence. Out of a population of 700,000, the religious breakdown in Palestine was about 500,000 Muslims, 90,000 Jews and 70,000 Christians. Up to the first century AD Palestine had been Jewish-majority, then a Christian-majority society (second to the eleventh century) and thereafter Muslim-majority. (DellaPergola)
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Paul Maley, in The Australian, 25 March 2019, where the title is “How Aussie Spies won Propaganda War against ISIS”
In late-2016, as coalition aircraft pounded Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq, the Australian Defence Force’s Commander of Joint Operations, David Johnston, issued a secret order to the Australian Signals Directorate. For the first time, Defence wanted ASD to use its vast cyber capabilities not for intelligence gathering or targeting — the agency’s traditional missions — but to take down and destroy Islamic State’s propaganda machine. What followed was a two-year campaign in which a small team of offensive cyber operators working out of a squat, grey building in Canberra’s Russell Defence precinct, waged war on Islamic State’s information warriors.
In this Nov. 18, 2017 photo, construction workers carry a generator as a bulldozer remove debris from destroyed shops in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq. Along the neighborhood’s gutted roads, a handful of people are beginning to rebuild but the task ahead will take years _ and billions of dollars. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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David Vine, associate professor of anthropology at American University, talks about the 800 military bases the U.S. maintains around the world and questions whether they are necessary. Maintaining these bases costs U.S. taxpayers $100 billion per year. Prof. Vine spoke at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC.
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