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TPPA: From a Market Economy to a Market Society

By   /  March 29, 2018  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

By supporting the TPPA, NZ First, the Labour and the National party all said yes to protecting investors’ rights over and above the interests of an ordinary citizen. 

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Simon Bridges likely to treat Māori the way John Key treated state house tenants

By   /  March 3, 2018  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

I think having a Maori political leader is a very positive and hopeful step only if that leader uses his position and influence to dispel destructive stereotypes about Māori – not perpetuate them.    

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Iran unrests: why I remain skeptical

By   /  January 9, 2018  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  78 Comments

Like me, many other Iranians participated in the 1979 revolution without fully understanding the endgame or the nature of the forces that propelled it forward. The result of that blind participation was that people’s dream of a secular democracy turned into an oppressive theological nightmare.

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An open letter to Lorde

By   /  December 23, 2017  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  151 Comments

Dear Lorde, your decision will make a difference. Please stand on the side of justice.

In the wise words of Desmond Tutu: “If you are neutral in situation of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”.  

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Why Trump’s misnaming of the Persian Gulf has angered Iranians

By   /  October 16, 2017  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

It was not the decision to decertify the Iran’s nuclear deal that has left most ordinary Iranians incensed but the US President’s misnaming of the Persian Gulf as the Arabian Gulf. Many Iranians have taken to the social media to express their rage and disappointment at the President’s failure to refer to the Persian Gulf by its proper name.

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Gareth Morgan’s TOP: My Hopes and Doubts

By   /  September 21, 2017  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Although I remain interested in TOP’s policies and hopeful about their prospects in the upcoming general election, I am not without my doubts.         

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Child Poverty: Facebook Post Shows The Nats Don’t Care

By   /  September 13, 2017  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Maybe, the real problem is that privileged Young Nats have bought into the myth of meritocracy, believing that they own their successes and, by extension, the poor should own their failures.  

This cruel point of view completely disregards the cognitive ability and the circumstances that people are born into and the fact that most children born poor will remain poor and most people born rich will remain rich.

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Squatting statute of the Environment Minister Nick Smith is protest art at its best

By   /  September 4, 2017  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

Seven years on, Environment Canterbury (Ecan) is yet to return to full democracy but surely its chief executive Bill Bayfield can at least pretend democracy matters by not rejecting an artistic expression of a legitimate protest.

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White Wednesdays: an emerging resistance of Iranian women against the compulsory hijab

By   /  July 6, 2017  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

A new campaign designed to challenge the compulsory hijab law in Iran is encouraging women to show their support by wearing white headscarves in public every Wednesday.

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Iran’s democracy is a sham but here is why I voted in the Presidential Election

By   /  May 23, 2017  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

My friend and I cast our votes for the Iranian Presidential Election in Christchurch last Friday knowing full well the election was effectively rigged in advance by unelected clerics who had decided who could and couldn’t run.

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Commission gets it right by declining NZME/Fairfax merger

By   /  May 4, 2017  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

This week New Zealand Commerce Commission released its final decision to refuse the proposed merger of two of the countries biggest newspaper networks: NZME and Fairfax. This is a decision worth celebrating, as the proposed merger would have seriously weakened an already diluted quality of news and diversity of voices in New Zealand media.

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How to sabotage bad politicking

By   /  April 20, 2017  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on How to sabotage bad politicking

Appealing to the voters’ emotions, rather than their heads, is exactly what is wrong with politics today. Just think John Key, Brexit and Trump!

Good politicking is about demonstrating, clearly, how policies are actually going to make meaningful differences to the citizens’ wellbeing.

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In defence of Gareth Morgan’s TOP – a response to Chris Trotter

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

I think TOP is worth paying attention to and here are my main reasons:

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Gareth Morgan’s three-word response to why people should support his policies

By   /  March 15, 2017  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

Gareth Morgan’s knees are hurting. I can tell because he keeps bending down to rub them- and it is no wonder, he has been on his feet since 4pm and it is close to 9pm before he gets a chance to sit down and sink his teeth into a burger at Christchurch’s Smash Palace. Morgan is here as part of a roadshow to win hearts and minds- well maybe just minds, as he does not seem to do the hearts bit very well.

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5 things to take away from Marama Davidson’s remarkable journey on Women’s boat to Gaza

By   /  March 8, 2017  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

On Monday night, clad in a traditional Palestinian dress, which was presented to her by a Palestinian woman, Green MP Marama Davidson addressed a packed audience at Workers’ Educational Association in Christchurch.

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What Meryl Streep did not say

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

Yes, imitating a disabled person is a despicable act but if Meryl Streep was truly concerned about compassion, she should have talked about the devastation of war, extrajudicial killing, torture and drone strikes that murder and disable innocent civilians including women and children.

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