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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

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

Taxi chats could be dangerous

After a long week in Parliament I often have a pleasant chat with the taxi driver taking me to the airport. So I was disturbed Read More

Auckland Burmese celebrate democracy leader’s 66th birthday

Yesterday I spoke at an Auckland celebration of the 66th birthday of Burmese democracy leader (and Nobel Peace Prize winner) Aung San Suu Kyi. She Read More

Criticism of judge-only trial in Urewera case

The Court of Appeal decision to uphold a judge-only trial in the “Urewera 18” case was slammed by Fran O’Sullivan in today’s Weekend Herald column. Read More

New G-G welcome, but selection process questionable

From my experience Jerry Mateparae is a decent fair-minded chap. It is hard to judge how he will go as the new Governor-General because I Read More

Lows and Highs in Christchurch

Last week I spent some time in Christchurch, with family and friends, and went door-to-door distributing food and advice with the Green team in the Read More

Key lets down the Egyptian people

Most New Zealanders have been inspired by the huge mobilisation of Egyptians against the Mubarak dictatorship. “Mubarak must go now” has been the cry from Read More

Wikileaks gives impetus to Waihopai protest

It was good to be part of the protest outside the Waihopai spybase on Saturday. It is a bit out of the way, so the Read More