August 4, 2010

Ladder Awards: Geoffrey Palmer & John Key re UN Gaza Inquiry

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
July 29, 2010

Costs of modern violence at global and local levels

How sustainable is this form of modernity, beset as it is with economic and environmental crises?
July 27, 2010

Ladder Awards: effective Restorative Justice and publicity

Ladder award: St Thomas’s of Canterbury boys school for a highly effective Restorative Justice programme and to The Press for publicising it
July 21, 2010

From an Iranian nuclear standoff to a nuclear free world

World leader and villager roles to make diplomacy work – an update
July 19, 2010

Awakening grassroots energy by Richard K Moore

Richard Moore defines some obstacles to dialog in localization movements, and shifts the focus from problems to solutions.
May 30, 2010

Towards a peaceful or unpeaceful world? Supporting US-Iran liaison

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.
May 18, 2010

Iran accepts settlement brokered by Turkey & Brazil

“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
May 9, 2010

Israeli Embassy Reopened in Wellington – Opportunities for Conversations?

There are opportunities with Mr Tzur being here for New Zealand to open up more direct channels of communication to help understand the issues and to help progress Middle East peacemaking.
April 28, 2010

Turkey & New Zealand – From World War One Antagonists to Peacemaking Partners? (Part 1, 2010)

There was, and remains, an opportunity to forge a new kind of partnership for peace with the Turkey that New Zealand fought against in world war one.
April 22, 2010

Local nuclear-free zone campaigns supported nationally from a campaigner’s house

Now President Obama himself wants New Zealand to step up to take an active role in helping to improve global nuclear security. Larry Ross had often said that the best way for New Zealand to be a true friend to the United States was not to follow it down confrontational pathways that pointed towards nuclear extinction. It made more sense, rather, to ….
April 16, 2010

President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit, & NZ Villagers

President Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit where NZ Prime Minister John Key "rides high on nuclear-free NZ". It is of course wonderful indeed that a national leader can now so step on to the world stage to have laid on him a mantle woven by ordinary people acting very locally in his country 3 and 4 decades ago.
February 7, 2010

Turning Peace-movements into War Movements? – A Caution

Peace movement groups often take up one side of a conflict against another. Lately, in New Zealand at least, there has been much strong peace-movement feeling against Israeli actions and policies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.