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Why isn’t there a graduation ceremony for mothers?

By   /  December 24, 2016  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Surely the huge achievement that is raising a child deserves the same acknowledgement afforded to university graduates.

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Dear editors: you are wrong to reject Commerce Commission’s draft decision

By   /  November 30, 2016  /  Donna Miles, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

A group of more than 30 editors who penned a letter against the commerce commission’s draft decision to reject the merger between Fairfax and NZME, proved how easily commercial concerns could cloud sound journalistic judgment.

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TrumpMania: the demise of literacy and the rise of political spectacle

By   /  November 16, 2016  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

Anyone who is surprised by the result of the recent US presidential election should take a close look at WrestleMania, an annual sport entertainment event created by the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). The show’s content and its format explain a lot about Trump’s triumph in the US presidential election.

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Open Letter to Murray McCully

By   /  October 7, 2016  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

Marama, the proud mother of six tamariki, needs your support to pressure the Israeli government to release her and the other 12 peaceful international activists who were on board of Zaytouna when illegally intercepted by the Israeli Navy on international waters.

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Christchurch needs a mayor with the will to dream and courage to fight

By   /  September 28, 2016  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

The Christchurch earthquakes that violently shook the ground underneath our feet did not distinguish between the rich and poor, East and West.

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Burka and Burkini bans: counterproductive in essence and effect

By   /  August 31, 2016  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

If countries with Muslim minorities are serious about achieving a cohesive society, then they should look at the discrimination against their Muslim population.

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His name is John Minto and he has my vote

By   /  July 17, 2016  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

Now is the time for Christchurch to elect a leader with courage and convictions to stand up for the people, an intelligent and energetic person with an unwavering belief in justice and democracy.

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The Brexit Vote: The Painful Price of Inequality

By   /  June 27, 2016  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  38 Comments

My Facebook home page is awash with post-Brexit expressions of disbelief and horror. So many people appear aghast at the stupidity of the Britons who voted for a possible mass economic suicide.

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Urge Iran to Free Nazanin

By   /  May 27, 2016  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

I am writing this knowing full well that, one day, it might land me in an Iranian jail where Nazanin is at the moment.

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Key fails to mastermind an illusionary legacy

By   /  March 30, 2016  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

As any advertising agency would tell you, the purpose of a brand is to sell an experience and create an illusion.

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Film Director NZ Tour Reignites Support For Palestine

By   /  March 16, 2016  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  4 Comments

“5 Broken Cameras” is a documentation of resistance, lost childhoods and lives cut short by violence.

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Blind faith in Government a threat to our democracy

By   /  February 18, 2016  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

I read Steven Joyce’s “open letter to the TPPA protesters” with a great sense of incredulity.

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New US visa restriction a sop to Iran deal opponents

By   /  February 3, 2016  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

I watched 2015’s last Republican Party presidential debate and counted, in absolute amazement, as the word ‘Iran’ was mentioned about 25 times while the word ‘economy’ was mentioned only 9 times. ISIS was mentioned a staggering 108 times!

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Dick pic artist’s fame a sad commentary on the state of modern media

By   /  January 20, 2016  /  Donna Miles, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

If you think that cringe-worthy news don’t appear in New Zealand’s media, then consider the endless stories about Max Key or the news of a broken penis which was promoted via twitter by @NZStuff on the same day that the death of 2-year-old Emma-Lita Bourne was reported

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Why relative poverty matters too

By   /  January 7, 2016  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

In New Zealand, as in most developed countries, poverty is measured relative to 60% of the weekly median income. The question remains: why measuring relative poverty matters when it does not necessarily relate to hardship the way absolute poverty does.

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Season’s greetings to all Refugees

By   /  December 22, 2015  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

Dear Refugees

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