Sunday, 17 July 2016

David Icke and the Great Lizard Show

David Icke  is a one-time British football player who went on to become a sports commentator, only to take up the job of national spokesman for the Green Party in Britain.  He is now a full-time conspiracy theorist.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Chasing the chased.

Australia's hard-hitting policy of detaining asylum seekers in offshore detention centres has been shrouded in secrecy. Film producer and director, Eva Orner has finally lifted the lid on this sinister practice. It is not a ‘feel good’ documentary, or one for the faint-hearted. Ori Golan spoke to her. 



Friday, 8 April 2016

מה עוד נבקש,אמור מה עוד?

מה עוד נבקש,אמור מה עוד?
תושבים כותבים לזכר חבריהם שנפלו.
אילן חזיזה ז"ל נהרג בהיתקלות הטנק שבו נהג במארב מחבלים בלבנון.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Yom Hazikaron 2015.


I am writing this from Zambia. It is a world away from Israel; from the music and programs and articles that knit Israelis together on this day. Yom Hazikaron 2015, the day of remembrance for Israel's soldiers and victims of terror. It is a day that gives all of us who were born, raised and educated in Israel pause for thought on the human price we have paid for returning to our homeland; a terrible price. And our chronicle is still written in blood; our enemies still exact a terrible price. 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Postcard from a Grieving City


It has been a gruelling 48 hours in Sydney, as the city transforms from the safe haven we have always thought of it, to the scene of a most heinous crime.

A makeshift memorial in Martin Place for the siege victims is being continually moved to accommodate the expanding rows of floral tributes and cards.

I have lived in Sydney close to ten years now. This city has been my home by choice and I love it. I came here in January 2005 and I immediately fell in love. I love its freedom and its openness; I love its people, its cafés, its culture and its sun-blessed weather.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Trapped / Marcus and Julie Lee


"Dubai is a delusion of grandeur"
Australian couple, Julie and Marcus,  were offered a dream job in Dubai – the Las Vegas of the Middle East. It was an offer they could not refuse. So how did the dream turn into a nightmare? They can now, finally, share their story. Ori Golan.


Monday, 8 September 2014

When God things Happen to Bad People

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari (is now making a lot of money)


Robin Sharma has clearly made a fortune from this self-help book which purports to answer life’s key questions. That is very noble, but the major flaw in this story is that it reads like a fairy tale and assumes that the reader is an infantile dimwit. The dialogues are laughable, the 'insights' are a succession of clichés and the 'lessons' patently obvious. The stories are clearly the figment of his imagination and read like scenes from Hansel and Gretel.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Open Mike, finally closed.


Two weeks ago, Mike Carlton, a regular columnist at the Sydney Morning Herald, spent his words on the situation in Gaza. It is hardly surprising: everyone who is anyone is writing about it. Not an hour goes by without my inbox spewing another piece by someone wishing to share their wisdom, experience, insights and knowledge about ‘the situation’.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

From Russia, with love.

Sinkovsky is to violin what a duck is to water.
If, like me, you’re not a connoisseur of classical music but an irregular concert goer who can whistle the highlights of  the famous classical pieces, you’ll love Dmitry Sinkovsky. With his tight pony tail, piercing blue eyes and trimmed goatee, he is a consummate performer. In fact, Sinkovsky is a bundle of performers rolled into one: a counter tenor, a violinist and a gyrator. And, incredibly, he managed to turn the Sydney Recital Hall in Angel place, into something of a theatre. Or maybe a circus. It was entertainment of the kind I don’t recall ever seeing in what is a rather drab hall, with superb acoustics. Touring with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the programme featured works by Vivaldi for the violin. As soon as he takes to the stage one fact becomes clear: Sinkovsky is to violin what a duck is to water.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Our Hope is not Lost


I have just returned from a memorial service for the three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped while hitch hiking and murdered in cold blood: Gil-Ad Shaer, Eyal Yifrah, and Naftali Fraenkel. I am still in awe of this experience.