October 1, 2010

Muddling into world war 3, or helping to prevent it?

Scenario 1: United States-Chinese crisis, nuclear redeployment and ships in New Zealand waters/ports… Scenario 2: neutral peace-broking and neutral zone of peace
August 23, 2010

Knowing who to vote for in an age of social media

Even actively interested people like myself don’t know whether to vote, or who to vote for, or if I vote, whether the person I help elect will do more harm or more good.
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 21, 2010

From an Iranian nuclear standoff to a nuclear free world

World leader and villager roles to make diplomacy work – an update
July 14, 2010

New Local “Currency” Systems by Edward Goldsmith and Perry Walker

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.
July 5, 2010

Clare Cooper Marcus on “The Needs of Children in Contemporary Cities”

"I asked students to write what I call an 'environmental autobiography.' An important component of this exercise was to draw and describe their most fondly remembered childhood places..."
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
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 23, 2010

The healing power of well-inhabited gardens

I realize land is becoming increasingly expensive; however I hope more people will see the benefits of the healing power of gardens and parks. I feel very thankful Nazareth House has such a place, for the sake of people such as my mother and the cicadas and many other inhabitants.
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.
December 28, 2009

Ladder Award: Prime Minister John Key & Envoy to Fiji Sir Paul Reeves

Prime Minster John Key is coming in on a deep and protracted problem that Sir Paul Reeves has been working on over a long period… Fiji had had three coups in almost 20 years when Commodore Frank Bainimarama led a fourth in 2006.