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Why Trump Might be Good for Palestine

By   /  February 26, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  7 Comments

Strangely, though, some Palestinians see cause for hope in a Trump Presidency. This might seem counter-intuitive, but there are some real, albeit highly cynical, reasons for believing this optimistic minority might be onto something. Here are three things to think about:

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The Palestine Marathon – Asserting the Right to Move Around

By   /  April 8, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  4 Comments

The fourth Palestine Marathon took place in Bethlehem last Friday and I was lucky enough to be among the 4,300 participants running a 10km, a full marathon or a half-marathon in my case. The event is organised by the Palestine Olympic Committee and a group called Right to Movement,

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An Open Letter of Welcome to Syrian Refugees

By   /  January 27, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  4 Comments

To the Syrians who arrived in New Zealand last week, I greet you with a warm “Marhaba” – you are all welcome in Aoteroa!

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Forget doubling the quota, let’s be bold and make it 40,000.

By   /  September 9, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  16 Comments

To match – in proportional terms – the refugees that Germany will take in this year, New Zealand would need to receive over 40,000.

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The final Millennium Development Goals report is out – sadly there is no cause for celebration

By   /  July 10, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  6 Comments

Without the China factor, the heralded poverty reduction target would not come close to being met

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Just Another Day in the Holy City

By   /  May 25, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  2 Comments

Living in Jerusalem, you get pretty used to the sound of gunshots. So when several rounds were let off on the street outside my office this week, the meeting I was in continued uninterrupted.

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World Cup Soccer Down under? No, thanks!

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  10 Comments

I hope by 2030 that FIFA is a much better organization; one that cares for people and sport, rather than corporate profits and an elite groups of individuals who get to indulge in the baubles of global soccer governance.

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UK Leading the way on Foreign Aid

By   /  March 13, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  3 Comments

Prior to last year’s election, I posted a piece on New Zealand’s appallingly low level of foreign aid expenditure and the fact that few mainstream parties showed any interest in reversing this trend. Quite simply, it was just not an election issue.

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Freedom of speech is not under threat in Paris, so can we please change the narrative?

By   /  January 16, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  11 Comments

THE ATTACK ON CHARLIE HEBDO WAS NOT AN ATTACK ON THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

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NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state

By   /  October 16, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  9 Comments

Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine.

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NZ’s Foreign Aid: The Party Policies Compared

By   /  August 23, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  4 Comments

For the past two elections, I’ve cast my vote based on a single question, which party promises to give the most money in foreign aid? I also should declare my bias that as a humanitarian worker there is some self-interest here.

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A blog from the front lines of Palestine: It’s time for a new narrative

By   /  July 24, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  7 Comments

As I write, the war in Gaza appears only to be deepening. International calls for a ceasefire are, however, growing stronger and stronger. I sincerely hope they are heeded and that the senseless loss of life will end as quickly as possible.

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50 million reasons for some fresh thinking on refugees

By   /  June 24, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  7 Comments

The terrible fact that the number of refugees in the world has topped 50 million has been given widespread media coverage this week.

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Food labelling and the global poor

By   /  May 27, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  4 Comments

Today, New Zealanders waste more food than ever before. On average, we each throw away over a kilo of food per week – about $3 worth. Huge volumes of food are also wasted by retailers, restaurants and food producers. In addition to the economic loss, there is a substantial environmental cost with the estimated global footprint of food waste equating to over three billion tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

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The uncomfortable truth about rape in disaster zones

By   /  April 29, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  7 Comments

Rape has been a weapon of war for centuries. Kill the men, burn the village and rape the women is a centuries-old tactic; in recent times seen most brutally in Darfur. But, whilst sexual violence as a deliberate strategy is a well studied phenomenon, the potentially larger scale tragedy is not conflict-motivated rape, but post-displacement rape.

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Trickle Down Economics Doesn’t Work in Africa Either

By   /  February 18, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  9 Comments

We have been preached the importance of economic growth for decades only to see that growth result in measurable increase in poverty and a significant reduction in income equality.

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