With Geoffrey Palmer's appointment to head a UN inquiry re the Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, New Zealand's even-handed Middle East policy becomes something more than sitting evenly on both hands
Is there a way of stimulating the economy which doesn't add to a nation's debt? Is there a way of meeting needs that doesn't cost the earth? Although published in 1995, this piece - with comments added by John Turmel - is well worth revisiting.
Jane Jacobs, a well-known urbanist-activist and writer died in 2006. Now, four years later, a book What We See: Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs, a compilation of essays by 33 well known thinkers from around the world, has been published.
Sylvia Button's 7 minute film, "The Damage From Within" Sylvia says, "I created it to illustrate how healing ourselves is a prerequisite for being better equipped to care for our planet and all that surrounds us."
Sanctions against Iraq led to terrible strife and wrecking of the country. Everything must be done to prevent this sort of thing happening to another country. Already an arc of disorder and strife stretches from Pakistan across to Somalia.
“It appears that a nuclear-exchange deal with Iran is finally in the making. This raises the positive prospect of reduced tensions in the region and allays the threat of an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities that would have had seriously negative global repercussions.” Turkish Harryet Daily News 17 May, 2010
In the past fifteen years I have developed exercises which are part of a community-building and conflict transformation process I call, “Building the Beloved Community.” In one of the anchor exercises I call, “Guts on the Table,” I ask people to tell three stories.
Auckland University senior politics lecturer Jian Yang said, “China trusts New Zealand's perspective, which is believed to be unbiased and independent" and "now the Government has gained China's confidence, New Zealand must continue to encourage China to address emissions issues.’”