Jamie Whyte loses the plot and why this is Dame Devoy’s finest hour

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By Martyn Bradbury: If Whyte has his way, not only will he abolish the Maori seats, he will remove the Race Relations Commissioner. How would such an astoundingly racist move committed without the acceptance or agreement of the indigenous peoples who use those rights and see their up holding as vital for the peace of the country going to react? MORE >>

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2014 and 1914

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By   12 hours ago

Historian Nicholas Boyle (in ’2014, How to Survive the Next World Crisis’) foresees a big event happening this decade that will define the global geopolitical environment this century, much as World War 1 created the politics of the 20th century.

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Labour Commits To An End To Factory Farming

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For the first time in New Zealand history all of the left-wing parties and the major animal advocacy organisations spoke out in unison. Labour, the Greens, the SPCA and SAFE stood side-by-side and powerfully echoed the sentiment of thousands of Kiwis. The message is clear; factory farming isn’t our future.

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The 40 Percent Solution: Chris Trotter responds to Phil Quin.

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By   2 days ago

Unfortunately for Phil and his ilk, Labour’s rank-and-file have no desire to become a “40 percent party” if, as part of the process, they are required to give up all hope of ever again becoming an organisation brave enough to challenge and transform the existing economic and social order.

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Broken English, broken government, broken climate

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Bill English’s unguarded statements on climate change demonstrate just how out of touch the National Party leadership really is, and how important it is that they should be forced to face facts.

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Something Fishy About Nick Smith’s Game.

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By   4 days ago

For 20 years Smith has been attempting to convince voters that he is, indeed, one such point of resistance, one brave voice raised in opposition to the milk-before-water lobbyists of Fonterra and Federated Farmers. Now we know that it is not true.

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Unacceptable secrecy around labelling people terrorists

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By   4 days ago

It’s good to see the Sunday Star-Times attempting to get more information from government agencies about Daryl Jones, the Kiwi killed in a US drone strike in Yemen. The paper is right to complain about the government’s refusal to provide anything.

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A critical deconstruction of John Key – what’s behind the facade?

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By   4 days ago

The portrait is superficial and selective yet inadvertently revealing. Key’s attributes, as Roughan describes them, can also be perceived as shortcomings from a more critical standpoint. There is also another, less palatable side to the Prime Minister which his apologists neglect to mention.

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Pro-Israel, Pro-Palestine or ‘Pro-Peace’?

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By   5 days ago

In the past couple of weeks I have heard a lot of people say that they are neither Pro-Israel nor Pro-Palestine; they are pro-peace. This is a stand that I respect. Everyone is genuinely pro-peace in their hearts, but in this context I don’t really understand what this means.

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You won’t believe Mike Hosking’s latest column

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By   8 hours ago

How can someone openly taunting one of the candidates be even remotely suitable for the Public Broadcaster?

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More NZers trust Kim Dotcom than John Key

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By   12 hours ago

When asked by TVNZ who they believed – Kim Dotcom or John Key, an overwhelming number of people backed Kim over John…

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Jamie Whyte loses the plot and why this is Dame Devoy’s finest hour

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By   23 hours ago

If Whyte has his way, not only will he abolish the Maori seats, he will remove the Race Relations Commissioner. How would such an astoundingly racist move committed without the acceptance or agreement of the indigenous peoples who use those rights and see their up holding as vital for the peace of the country going to react?

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Latest Roy Morgan Poll: Labour jumps 6.5 points up to 30%, National tumble

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By   1 day ago

Latest Roy Morgan Poll: National down to 46%, Labour up to 30%, Greens down to 12%, NZ First down to 5%, Maori Party up to 1.5%, Internet MANA up to 2,5%, ACT, United Future and Conservatives stay unchanged.

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What is the nature of satire? Issues for the Human Rights Commission as they consider Al Nisbet’s cartoons

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By   1 day ago

So what is the Human Rights Commission to do? I think the HRC should look at the nature of satire for a solution.

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A brief word on why Murray McCully’s email didn’t work in New York

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By   1 day ago

So Muzza couldn’t respond to this issue for weeks because he couldn’t check his email in New York?

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The infallible NZ Police

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By   1 day ago

Any new Government coming in post September 20th must see reform of IPCA as a priority.

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Just how crazy is ACTs Whyte Supremacy?

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By   1 day ago

Two reasons why Jamie Whyte’s claim that Maori are as legally privileged as 17th Century French Aristocracy is possibly the most stupid thing anyone has ever said.

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Coalition for Better Broadcasting: Yet more changes at Radio NZ

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By   12 hours ago

Paul Thompson is a man who can move mountains and in moving Radio NZ into another decade, he may have set off an avalanche.

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Paul Henry; the issue is you, not flag-burning

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By   3 days ago

When people show more outrage at the burning of a flag than Israeli forces bombing hospitals, schools being used as UN Shelters and mosques–places of refuge–while Palestinians are still inside, you know we have a collective problem as a society in connecting with our own humanity.

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Oh now John Armstrong and Vernon Small want to talk about policy?

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By   3 days ago

The audacity of the mainstream media seems to know no end.

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Balance in the NZ Herald and has something gone terribly wrong at the Herald on Sunday?

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By   4 days ago

There seem to be some real question marks over the editorial direction of the Herald to be making some fundamental blunders like this. Their level of self mutilation is making the Labour Party Caucus look positively disciplined.

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Radio Live – off Mark

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By   5 days ago

The Top Marks lasted five weeks on Mediaworks radio station The Sound. This may have something to do with last being relevant in the mid-1980s when there were only two commercial FM licences in Auckland and they were on one of them.

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A feminist takedown of Whale Oil

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By   6 days ago

Whale Oil does it again. How many more times is he going to attack and discredit Tania Billingsley publicly? In a short blog published on Wednesday ‘Nothing to be sorry’ for Whale Oil also known as Cameron Slater, is defending John Key in his refusal to say sorry personally to Tania for his appalling handling of the Malaysian Diplomat case.

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Coalition for Better Broadcasting: MIKE HOSKING FOR PM?

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By   1 week ago

Yes indeed. Mike Hosking is for the PM. And now he’s able to do even more as moderator (or should that be immoderator) of TVNZ’s election debates. Here at the Coalition for Better Broadcasting we feel it’s pretty safe to say that this is not good broadcasting, in fact it’s terrible broadcasting.

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A Kanaky tale of mining skulduggery and environmental courage

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By   1 week ago

AN EXTRAORDINARY story of mining skulduggery and a courageous struggle by indigenous Kanak environmental campaigners has been captured in a poignant new documentary, Cap Bocage – described by the filmmaker as a tale of “when a mountain fell into the sea”.

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GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Privilege Lost

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By   2 days ago

I’m pulled three ways by the blog that Whale Oil produced a few months ago when I won the candidacy for Labour here in Whangarei. Having my genitals talked about, being called a man, having comments made about my teeth and hair so offended me that I avoided reading them until long after I’d been told of it.

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GUEST POST: Curwen Rolinson – A Vote For NZF Is A Vote For NZF – For Nationalists, not National

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By   2 days ago

I’m loving this “Duelling Banjos” thing me and Bomber have got going on at the moment

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GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood: Weekend at Bernie’s lll – ACT in Epsom

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By   3 days ago

While no one will be surprised by yesterday’s deal to prop up ACT in Epsom, the audacity of it is still astounding. ACT is a political corpse. Their sole MP has been found guilty of electoral fraud and bides his time in a helicopter looking down on the city he once ruled wondering whether he might go to jail next month.

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GUEST BLOG: Shasha Ali – I am an indigenous person but I will never call myself Palestinian

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By   5 days ago

The first one goes, the killing needs to stop. She goes, I am going to save my pocket money and donate it to the children in Gaza to save them. She goes, we thank you for your feelings but what we need now is action.

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GUEST BLOG: Curwen Ares Rolinson – New Zealand First – We’ll Be Back

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By   6 days ago

Our name, and our creed, is New Zealand First. And contrary to Bomber’s prediction, just like General Douglas Macarthur to the Philippines … We Shall Return!

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GUEST BLOG: Michael Wood – The Path Ahead

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By   1 week ago

Our movement has never won through moaning, we win by organising. If you don’t like the tone of the Herald – then organise 5 friends to write Letters to the Editor each week between now and the election. Not happy with the polls? Then contact your local candidate and offer to phone canvass or doorknock this week.

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GUEST BLOG: Joe Carolan : Positively Controversial

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By   1 week ago

Labour should set the agenda and purposely do something positively controversial once a week.

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GUEST BLOG: Chris Perley – Confessions of an ex-Public Servant watching the slow death of the Public Sector

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By   1 week ago

Neo-liberalism presents itself as the champion of freedom and choice and the individual, but its modus operandi is highly centralising and controlling.

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The Liberal Agenda: 30th July- 3rd August

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Wednesday GAZA: Setler colonialism, apartheid and resistance panel discussion Want to know more about what’s going down (and has been going down since 1948) in Gaza, and by extension the Palestinian territory?  Come along to this panel discussion. No boring speeches, just the hard facts and (geo)political context behind the Palestine/Israel ‘conflict’. Good for anyone […]

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NZIFF: New Zealand’s Best

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  Saturday night was New Zealand’s Best at the New Zealand International Film Festival. The collection of 6 short films are selected from over a hundred and are all of very high quality. They compete for a number of cash prizes and the audience were invited to vote on their favourites. Since I already had […]

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You, Me and the GCSB Public Meetings

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By   6 days ago

The GCSB and TICS legislation rushed through Parliament by John Key represent the largest erosion of civil liberties this country has seen since the 1951 Waterfront Lockout. In the post Snowden world we now know a mass surveillance state operating from Washington has crept into every corner of our digital existence.

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Why You Must Rally Against Factory Farming This Saturday, 12pm

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By   1 week ago

The national day of action this Saturday is critical because this is the FIRST TIME IN NEW ZEALAND HISTORY that a major party has agreed to ban all intensive factory farming practices.

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When Firstline are focusing on flag burning rather than dead Palestinian children – that’s why you must march this Saturday at 2pm against Israeli aggression

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By   1 week ago

This Saturday, Aotea Square, 2pm is that time to stand not only against Israeli aggression, but it’s tome to stand up against the pro-Israeli bias in our media.

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NZIFF Review: The Dark Horse – 6 stars

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By   1 week ago

The Dark Horse is this generation’s ‘Once Were Warriors’ minus the overblown symbolism. It is such an extraordinarily brilliant movie that manages to highlight the challenges of mental illness, homelessness, hope, poverty, the emotional fragility of men, domestic violence and the true impact of toxic masculinity in NZ in a way few others ever have.

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TDB New Zealand International Film Festival 2014 picks

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By   1 week ago

NZIFF is here, our picks this season are…

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Hot Air: Alister Barry presents the cold, hard facts about New Zealand’s response to Climate Change

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By   1 week ago

IF YOU SEE only one film in the 2014 NZ International Film Festival see Alister Barry’s feature-length documentary, Hot Air.

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Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, do gooders

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Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, do gooders

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Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, holidays

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By   2 days ago

Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, holidays

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The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it

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The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it

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Best National Party Billboard

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Best National Party Billboard

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Noam Chomsky on the TPPA

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Noam Chomsky on the TPPA

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Astronaut tweets photo of explosions over Israel and Gaza from space

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From aboard the International Space Station, German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted this image as the station passed over Israel and Gaza in what he called ‘his saddest photo yet’.

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‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’

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‘Victim’ vs ‘Terrorist’

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Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel

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Respected world visionaries of the past speak out on Israel

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Labour promises $2 boost in minimum wage

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MIL OSI – Source: Unite Union – Headline: Labour promises $2 boost in minimum wage Labour leader David Cinliffe From the New Zealand Herald By Derek Cheng Wednesday July 30, 2014 A $2-an-hour boost to the minimum wage, scrapping the 90-day work trial, and a Commission of Inquiry to set industry standards are part of […]

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THEY CAN’T ALL WIN OFF THE RACE-CARD – Harawira

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MIL OSI – Source: Mana Movement – Headline: THEY CAN’T ALL WIN OFF THE RACE-CARD – Harawira Posted on July 30, 2014 by admin in Hone Harawira, Press Releases“They can’t all play the race card and expect to win off it”, said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira, following comments by […]

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Labours policies a step change for working people

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MIL OSI – Source: CTU – Headline: Labours policies a step change for working people “After six long years of working life getting tougher in New Zealand workers have been given a real choice today with the announcement of Labours Industrial Relations policy package.” CTU President Helen Kelly said “In is just 152 days up […]

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Novopay's end must not be bulk funding's beginning

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MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Novopay's end must not be bulk funding's beginning Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | Press Release Teachers have endured two years of hell, never knowing from one week to the next if they’ll get paid or what they’ll get paid and they need to be assured that the […]

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Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins

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MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Headline: Green Party launches plan to protect our Maui’s dolphins Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | Press Release The Green Party today launched its plan to protect the world’s smallest and most endangered dolphin, the Maui’s dolphin. The plan is the third component of the Party’s environmental priority this […]

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USA: One year after her conviction Chelsea Manning must be released

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MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: USA: One year after her conviction Chelsea Manning must be released Exactly one year after Chelsea Manning was convicted of leaking classified government material, Amnesty International is renewing its call on the US authorities to grant her clemency, release her immediately, and to urgently investigate the […]

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EU must close all loopholes in the torture trade

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MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: EU must close all loopholes in the torture trade The European Union (EU) must urgently strengthen its laws to enable member states to immediately ban the trade in new devices and technologies that have no practical  use other than to torture, ill-treat or execute individuals, said […]

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Swaziland: Deplorable sentences against journalist and lawyer stifle free speech

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MIL OSI – Source: Amnesty International NZ – Headline: Swaziland: Deplorable sentences against journalist and lawyer stifle free speech The sentencing of a newspaper editor and a human rights lawyer to two years in prison on charges of contempt of court after a grossly unfair trial in Swaziland is an outrageous attempt to silence dissenting […]

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