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By Nicholas Ross Smith (University of Auckland) I unashamedly admit that I did not vote in last year’s election, even though it’s meant having to put up with tedious carping from friends who believe that voting is essential to “having a say”. The main reason I passed on my right… Continue reading Nicholas Ross Smith | We need to re-emphasise the “demos” in Democracy: Making a case for sortition in New Zealand
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On the fourteenth of July, a deal was reached on the Iranian nuclear program. Both sides are boasting their diplomatic achievements. Seeing Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry, along with European Union and Russian diplomats, pose for a group picture at the United Nations building in Vienna might … Continue reading Nicolas Pirsoul | Nuclear deal with Iran: towards a new relationship between the West and the Islamic Republic?
It has been one year since the tragic downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Eastern Ukraine – which, in part, plunged Ukraine deeper into crisis with the following deterioration of the ‘War in Donbass‘ – and 20 months since the ostensible start of the Ukraine crisis. In an article I wrote in European Security … Continue reading Nicholas Ross Smith | Appraising the EU’s response to the Ukraine crisis
The recent terrorist attacks in Kuwait, Tunisia and France were horrific. A bomb set among worshippers, the shooting of beach-goers followed by a decapitation near Lyon: one condemns such atrocities and, hopes that, where possible, the perpetrators are brought to justice. Let’s be clear. Those who commit atrocities deserve to face justice. But we cannot … Continue reading Stephen Winter | Stripping the Citizen
Recently, Milo changed its formulation by removing an artificial flavor, causing outrage to some consumers who expressed their anger through the Milo’s Facebook page. Nestlé external relations manager Margaret Stuart mentioned that this formula change is happening globally due to research done into the nutritional needs of children. Apparently, this Nestlé strategic move was an … Continue reading Yadira Ixchel Martinez Pantoja | The displacement of government by food companies in response to public health issues
The recent news that up to 8,000 refugees were adrift in the Andaman Sea momentarily highlighted the plight of one of the most vulnerable peoples in the world. Most are Rohingya, a Muslim minority from Myanmar (also known as Burma) fleeing violent persecution by nationalist and Buddhist extremists. Ordinarily, such issues receive almost no attention … Continue reading Chris Wilson | Kiwi compassion in an age of mass killing and displacement
When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Tokyo in March this year, the revival of the old comparison between the alleged model student of historical apologies, Germany, and the unrepetant East Asian counterpart, Japan was on display in the Western media. In addition to recognizing the various Japanese official apologies for war and colonialism and the … Continue reading Patrick Flamm | German icons of leadership and remembrance: Lessons for Abe?
Despite the largely ceremonial role that the president plays in the Polish political system, the outcome of the Sunday’s election is very significant. After five years in office, the seemingly popular Bronisław Komorowski has lost to a little-known, albeit backed by the leading opposition party, Member of the European Parliament, Andrzej Duda. The scale of … Continue reading Zbigniew Dumieński | The defeat of “warm water politics”* in Poland?
The last eighteen months have been completely hellish for Ukraine. During my fieldwork in early October in 2013, I observed a palpable sanguinity among ordinary Ukrainians at the prospect of a brighter future under the proposed EU Association Agreement (of which many hoped full EU membership would organically flow). However, if we fast –forward to … Continue reading Nicholas Ross Smith | Seeds of the Ukraine crisis
On 9 May 2015, Russians celebrated the 70th Anniversary of their victory in the Great Patriotic War over Nazi Germany. However, the memorialisation of the Red Army’s celebrated march to Berlin has prompted discussion (outside Russia) of the mass rape of an estimated two million German women and girls by the occupying forces. April 2015 … Continue reading Stephen Winter | The Politics of Memory