Written By: - Date published: 9:47 am, October 9th, 2015 - 19 comments
Will New Zealand (John Key), as a signatory to the Geneva Convention Protocol I, support Medecins sans Frontieres call for an independent fact finding commission into the bombing of their hospital, and the deaths of Doctors and children and 37 injured? Or will he pretend he never got the letter?
Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, October 3rd, 2015 - 130 comments
What proper journalistic coverage of Syria looks like.
Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, October 2nd, 2015 - 90 comments
Same ole, same ole. Except, this time, US neoconservative imperalism might have a problem. Russia.
Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, September 15th, 2015 - 153 comments
Josie Pagani yesterday chose as a left wing commentator to condemn Jeremy Corbyn’s politics as being based on narcissism where hard decisions never need to be made, and the unpopularity of a policy was evidence not of its failure but of its virtue. She should have analysed his history before making these claims. And in the interests of balance the media really needs to choose left wing commentators who will proudly stand up and support progressive ideals rather than repeat right wing attack lines.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 11th, 2015 - 13 comments
A great turnout at last night’s rally at Parliament to call for the government to double the quota for refugees.
Written By: - Date published: 8:49 am, September 10th, 2015 - 74 comments
In the UK, in Australia and in New Zealand conservative governments have initially refused to accept more refugees then in a matter of days they have changed their view. At the same time they have announced increased support for refugees they have announced military action against ISIS. Makes you wonder if this is based on Crosby Textor advice.
Written By: - Date published: 12:04 pm, September 9th, 2015 - 12 comments
As the photo claims, refugees are human beings. We can tell this from general expressions of resignation, desperation and misery.
But what about our own expressions of humanity?
Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, September 7th, 2015 - 71 comments
The backtrack is under way. Last week National was not budging on refugee numbers. Today they will announced an urgent passage allowing for the intake of more Syrian refugees. The focus groups have spoken. Update: and the announcement is for 600 new refugees over 3 years and $4,9 million in increased aid.
Written By: - Date published: 4:02 pm, September 6th, 2015 - 90 comments
I wonder if the current public outpouring of sympathy for Syrian refugees is nought but a ‘fashion’, or whether it’s the beginnings of a renaissance for internationalism.
Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, September 5th, 2015 - 82 comments
In both England and New Zealand conservative Prime Ministers are looking to urgently backtrack from recent refusals to do anything further for refugees.
Written By: - Date published: 11:17 am, September 3rd, 2015 - 70 comments
Rosemary Macleod on the flag and market forces. Danyl Mclauchlan on the refugee disaster, market forces, and Key. Is this our New Zealand?
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, September 3rd, 2015 - 52 comments
The Government is under increasing pressure to increase the number of refugees that it takes. Amnesty International’s proposal to double the number could be met by less than the cost of a flag referendum.
Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, September 2nd, 2015 - 170 comments
A climate change induced drought from 2006 to 2009 appears to have sparked the instability that has caused the Syrian Civil war. The mass exodus of citizens that we are witnessing may be the first of many climate change induced events.
Written By: - Date published: 9:04 pm, August 28th, 2015 - 107 comments
When European and NATO countries participate in destabilising and destroying nearby countries, the human tragedy doesn’t stay neatly confined to the other side of the border.
Written By: - Date published: 12:05 pm, July 31st, 2015 - 13 comments
Amnesty International has release chilling video footage and analysis suggesting the Israeli armed forces committed war crimes against civilians during last year’s assault on Gaza.
Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, June 30th, 2015 - 89 comments
Native Affairs reporter Ruwani Perera and cameraman Jacob Bryant have been arrested by Israeli forces for being part of a peace flotilla wanting to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza. If Murray McCully wants to achieve peace in the Middle East he could start by demanding that they be released and that the delivery of aid to Gaza be allowed.
Written By: - Date published: 6:08 pm, June 26th, 2015 - 432 comments
A respectful open letter to Andrew Little with suggestions for how to win the next election!
Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, June 14th, 2015 - 70 comments
Supporters of Tony Blair’s third way and the need for Labour to be aspirational should reflect on recent reports of his huge wealth earned with taxpayer support while he has been engaged on official business.
Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, April 28th, 2015 - 119 comments
If Saudi Arabia’s justice system and human rights record is as bad as Amnesty says it is, then this is not a country that we should be seeking closer economic ties with. Why the double standard?
Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, April 23rd, 2015 - 16 comments
It was touch and go at Wellington Airport as the great-niece of a Gallipoli soldier raced to meet Labour leader Andrew Little to get him to deliver a medal to Turkey on her behalf.