For decades, journalists and scholars alike have lamented the downsizing of the newspaper industry. Most of us know that democracy functions better when it has access to accurate, reliable, fact-checked, rational information from which we—as citizens—can understand government policy and decide what is best for us. Bad information can logically lead to bad decisions. It’s … Continue reading Maria Armoudian | Building a Better New Zealand Media
A lot of people are getting a lot fatter than is good for their health. If you want to know why, Robyn Toomath’s new book Fat Science is a fine place to look. Toomath is an endocrinologist with decades of treating the effects of obesity, notably Type 2 Diabetes; she was also a co-founder of … Continue reading Martin Wilkinson | Fat Science, Thinner Policy
Approximately one year ago, on 24 July 2015, the New Zealand High Court issued a ground-breaking judgement. Taylor v Attorney-General (2015) declares the Elections Act to be inconsistent with New Zealand’s Bill of Rights Act (NZBORA). NZBORA describes the human rights and fundamental freedoms necessary to a free and democratic society, including the ‘right to … Continue reading Stephen Winter | Responding to the Judicial Declaration of Inconsistency
While most post-Brexit coverage has so far focussed on the unfolding domestic repercussions within the United Kingdom, it is equally important to turn to the rest of Europe where many issues remain unclear. Most seriously, the looming Brexit raises questions for the EU and its stated objective of building a closer, a peaceful, free, democratic, … Continue reading Patrick Flamm | The EU is kaputt, long live the European republic!
The dust is finally beginning to settle after the UK’s decision via referendum to leave the EU. However, somewhat bizarrely, the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote has given us few concrete ideas about what the Brexit will look like, with many different models and proposals being touted by the key players, both on the … Continue reading Nicholas Ross Smith | History tells us that Britain should not be fooled into thinking it can go alone
Despite the views of David Cameron, a majority of MPs, the UK business community, finance houses, and legal fraternity, and most leaders in the Western world, Britain’s voters have defied them all to return a Leave vote. The dire economic consequences for Britain, Europe, and New Zealand have been well forecast in the Herald and … Continue reading Stephen Hoadley | So Brexit. Now What?
I awoke to RNZ Morning Report delivering news of the tragic killing of British MP Jo Cox. Even before many facts had been verified around the media there was rapid commentary and blogging about whether the killer was a far-right assassin or crazed loner or both, about a stress on mental illness minimising the threat … Continue reading Geoff Kemp | Jo Cox’s university challenge
The United States health care system is a non-system amalgamation of public and private health insurance options. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) (more commonly known as “Obamacare,”) did not rationalize the system. Instead, the ACA built on and around existing systems, expanding insurance options for 47 million uninsured people. If you can imagine the American … Continue reading Michael Doonan | United States Health Care Reform
On the evening of Tuesday 7th June 2016, Hillary Clinton became the presumptive Democratic nominee. She had accumulated 1,812 elected (pledged) delegates even before the New Jersey and California results were in, and these, along with the 571 super-delegates, meant she had surpassed the 2,383 delegates needed to secure the nomination. Although Sanders and … Continue reading Hillary makes history | Jennifer Curtin
New Zealand finalised its National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security in support of the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2015 at the same time as it sought a seat on the United Nations Security Council. Like many other member states, New Zealand has been tardy in preparing … Continue reading Suzanne Loughlin |“Punching above our weight” in Women, Peace and Security? Not without linking the local and the global