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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Shock me, already

Anthony Bubalo is a research fellow at the Sydney-based Lowy Institute for International Policy. He seems to write regularly about the Israel/Palestine conflict, yet is simply another policy wonk more interested in the political machinations within Israel than the average Israeli or Palestinian. His article in today's Sydney Morning Herald - on Sharon's political earthquake and the country's chances for peace - is a master-class in subject avoidance. Bubalo manages to ignore mentioning the occupation and the ever-growing settlements across the West Bank.

He is, in other words, perfectly predictable and therefore highly appropriate for the fence-sitting Herald.

7 Comments:

Blogger Glenn Condell said...

What ethnicity is Bubalo, out of interest?

You don't say.

Thursday, November 24, 2005 4:39:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

He's spent many years in the Middle East...working for the Aussie govt. In other words, perfect person for the Lowy Institute. Little time with the average person, much time with leaders and 'important' people.
Yawn.

Thursday, November 24, 2005 4:47:00 pm  
Blogger evan jones said...

And the Lowy Institute is funded by Frank Lowy, who is an unabashed supporter of ....
Yet another reflection of why Julia Baird, the SMH OPinion Page editor, is not up to the job.
Or, more accurately, is up to the job, which is to deny anything controversial like Israel's perfidy hitting her precious page.

Thursday, November 24, 2005 4:59:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Evan,
all true enough...but Baird is longer SMH op-ed editor. It's Brian Robbins.
The so-called coverage of the Middle East in the aussie papers is usually limited, strangely clueless and parochial.

Thursday, November 24, 2005 5:11:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

A.L.

Question: The SMH regularly cuts-&-pastes opinions from overseas papers such as the Guardian, the NYT and whatnot. Is this because there are pre-existing contracts in place? If not, why don't they carry the occasional piece by, say, Haaretz to fill the Mid-East "gap"?

Thursday, November 24, 2005 6:34:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Long answer, but...
They have 'rights' to many overseas papers, including the new york times, guardian, washington post. not haaretz, as far as i know.
and besides, this has as much to do with ideology, pleasing a certain lobby, the editors own bias etc.

Thursday, November 24, 2005 7:32:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Much has to do with sindication agreeements between sister puiblications.

Having said that, I agree with Al. The Daily Telegraph is less likely to use NYT editorials than the SMH.

Friday, November 25, 2005 1:37:00 am  

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