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ABC Middle East Correspondent talks reporting in war-torn countries

She is usually the one asking the questions, but last Tuesday Debbie Whitmont, an Australian television journalist and writer for ABC’s Four Corners news program, was the one answering the questions as she took part in a Q and A session at the University of New South Wales. Organised by the faculty of Journalism, the session saw the veteran journalist being ...

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Artist Marcelle Mansour: “Mothers should not feel guilty about pursuing their goals”

Award-winning Australian Palestinian visual artist and writer Marcelle Mansour has enjoyed a successful professional career that spans over three decades, but the mother of four (and grandmother of five) will make no excuses for being a working mum. Marcelle has been practicing visual arts since the early 1980s, creating representational art including portraits, murals, sceneries and abstract works and says ...

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Middle East prepares for meltdown as Sunni states bomb Yemen

Afshin Shahi, University of Bradford Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East and known to have more weapons than citizens, has been a security nightmare for some time – but its recent downturn has finally spurred its neighbours to military action. An unprecedented coalition of Sunni states has lined up to preserve what they consider as the legitimate Yemeni ...

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Tania Mihailuk MP: ‘We should not judge women on their life choices but on the contribution they make to society’

Bankstown’s first female MP, Tania Mihailuk, has been representing a large population of Middle Eastern Australians in the community since her election into public office in 2004. As a working mother of three and wife, Ms. Mihailuk calls herself a feminist with traditional values and her vision for a progressive society is a hope to see more young Australian women ...

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Former Australian Ambassador to Lebanon Reflects: ‘Lebanon is a Part of Me’

He has been held at gunpoint in Beirut, seen the brutal aftermath of war firsthand and even shakes his head at Lebanese disunity but as he reflects on his time as Australian Ambassador to Lebanon, Mr. Lex Bartlem OAM says he feels nothing but love for Lebanon and can’t wait to go back. Queensland born Lex Bartlem always dreamed of ...

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