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I am a Sixty One year old Academic Specializing in International Management (Cultural Differences), Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Accounting and Finance. An inactive Major Australian Army Reserve I am Interested in Middle Eastern Politics as a result of having a Lebanese born wife.
I am also a Former Mayor of The City of Greater Dandenong who is interested in both Global Politics and Financial Issues.
(24 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 18, 2009 Are War Crimes Socially Acceptable?
On 1st February this year the current legal Prime Minister Olmert of Israel vowed to respond with 'disproportionate' force in response to Hamas rocket attacks during a cabinet meeting.
'Disproportionate' force is currently listed as a war crime.
We can now expect Israeli defence forces to act with 'disproportionate' force at some time in the future.
If we are silent we are in effect condoning this future war crime.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, February 9, 2009 How different understandings of contracts frustrate Middle East peace efforts
If we are to achieve a settlement in the Middle East then it is imperative that both sides to the agreement are aware that any agreement will be coloured by the different public legal traditions and be interpreted differently in the Islamic world as to how it will be interpreted in Judea/Christian world.
A failure to appreciate the very real differences in legal interpretation will doom any such agreement to failure.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 12, 2008 Palestinians its time to seize your future.
Palestinians time to influence your own destiny by voting to be annexed by Israel.
Such a vote would force Israel to end its deliberate obfuscation of the status of the territories and clarify its ultimate intentions.