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Chogm fails to challenge Sri Lanka on human rights

Human rights was the loser at this year’s Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ conference (GHOGM). Endorsing Sri Lanka to host the next (2013) conference was a slap Read More

NZ Defence Force reports dodge most important torture questions

Yesterday Defence Minister Wayne Mapp released two NZ Defence Force statements on prisoner treatment in Afghanistan which raise more questions than they answer. The two Read More

Pacific Islands Forum lets down French Polynesia

The final Pacific Island Forum communique was a disappointment for French Polynesia’s president, Oscar Temaru. The president had come here, with a delegation of eight, Read More

Book reinforces Green criticism of NZ deployments to Gulf and Basra

Nicky Hager’s Other People’s Wars, shows that New Zealand was more involved in the Iraq war than most people think. The book’s reinforces the points Read More

Paul Reeves the peacemaker

Sir Paul Reeves is rightly being remembered for his wide-ranging contribution to New Zealand society. I wish to remember him as one of our foremost Read More

Campaign for Fiji democracy throws up unlikely bedfellows

New Zealanders who support a return to democracy in Fiji are divided whether Tevita Mara, a former Fiji army chief, now a critic of the Read More

Climate change adaptation in Cuba

I didn’t hear any climate change denial in Cuba. In fact, the environment ministry people outlined to me a detailed climate change adaption programme. They Read More

Community gardens the in-thing in Havana

Back in the 1990s the Cuban economy was in deep trouble. The Soviet Union collapsed, as did its trade with Cuba. Cuba didn’t have much Read More

Loosening the Cuban economy

There’s much enthusiasm for the dramatic economic changes announced by Cuba’s Communist Party last month. Most people I spoke to said they were well overdue. Read More