Julie MacArthur | Forget Trump, NZ must up its own climate change game

President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement last week does not spell the end of the climate accord by any means, but it is significant. Unlike 2001 when the US failed to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, the global community is now far more unified on climate action. Countries … Continue reading Julie MacArthur | Forget Trump, NZ must up its own climate change game

Ido Yahel | Qatar and the Quest for Supremacy in the Sunni World

The Sunni world was set into turmoil when, on June 5, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen, and Libya announced that they are severing their diplomatic ties with Qatar, because of its alleged support of terrorism and its interference in their internal affairs. Apart from the severance of diplomatic relations, the six … Continue reading Ido Yahel | Qatar and the Quest for Supremacy in the Sunni World

Europe – From Macron to Renzi: the Centre fights back | Mike Rann

Emmanuel Macron’s decisive victory-65% to 35% -over Marine Le Pen has calmed fears of a Eurozone crisis and boosted the hopes of centrists and of business in Europe that the momentum for populist parties has been stalled, at least for now. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman was quick to describe Macron’s win as a “victory … Continue reading Europe – From Macron to Renzi: the Centre fights back | Mike Rann

Dark Clouds or Silver Linings : Trump’s Impact on New Zealand | Stephen Hoadley

While most New Zealanders feel negatively towards US President Donald Trump, his policies may produce winners as well as losers here. The following eight dark clouds may have silver linings from which to take visual comfort even as the downpour approaches. Trump’s utterances encourage right-wing populism, nationalism, selfishness, disdain of ‘establishment’ experts, and alt-truth.  They … Continue reading Dark Clouds or Silver Linings : Trump’s Impact on New Zealand | Stephen Hoadley

Stephen Winter | Inquiring into Abuse in Care

Widespread reports suggest that during the mid-20th century more than 100,000 children were put into state institutions, where many suffered abuse and neglect. In response, between 2008-2015, New Zealand operated a Confidential Listening and Assistance Service, chaired by Judge Carolyn Henwood. This was a low-profile process in which 1100 survivors of state care could describe … Continue reading Stephen Winter | Inquiring into Abuse in Care