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UN critics join global outrage over Duterte’s Rappler ‘free press’ attack

By   /  January 27, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

Media freedom advocates claim that the Philippines is facing its worst free expression and security crisis since the Marcos dictatorship, with The New York Times denouncing the “ruthlessness” and “viciousness” of President Rodrigo Duterte’s disdain for democracy in his bid to close the critical Rappler.

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – Statement of abuse for Kelvin Davis

By   /  December 28, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

This is your prison system now and the violence and abuse used against me is an affront to basic decency. 

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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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EXCLUSIVE: Daily Blog Prisoner Rights Blogger in his own words being choked unconscious by Prison Staff

By   /  December 23, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

…The Daily Blog is calling upon the Minister to investigate how our blogger came to be beaten unconscious and forced into a transfer while he is making valid complaints agains the staff who are abusing him. 

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GUEST BLOG: Dr Liz Gordon – Time for new strategies for women’s equality

By   /  December 16, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

I can remember many years ago being told my one of my senior academic colleagues that I should not be so impatient for women’s equality – that it would come, but probably take about 25 years. Well, 25 years has been and gone and progress have been sporadic and regression all too common. In particular, men are still mostly in charge of things. In the private sector and the state, most CEOs are men, most board chairs are men and most of the voices heard are males.

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GUEST BLOG: Lachlan Forsyth – Why The Syrian Conflict Is Ours To Care About

By   /  December 12, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  23 Comments

How to comprehend the brutal conflict that has enveloped Syria for almost seven years?

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – An Israeli Interpretation of the Battle of Beersheva

By   /  November 12, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

How dramatic, how exciting! A carefully researched , authentic re-enactment by the Australian and New Zealand descendents of the Light Horse Brigade whose brave cavalry charge lead to the defeat of the Ottomans at the Battle of Beersheva fought on 31 October 1917. Note the horses, the uniforms, the flags!

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Update on my case against the NZ Police with the Human Rights Review Tribunal

By   /  October 23, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

It has become obvious to me from the outset that this entire process to hold the NZ Police to account for breaching my privacy and civil rights is made to be as difficult and impossible as possible so that people complaining give up rather than hold them to account.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – BACK TO SCHOOL , NOT FOR EVERYONE!

By   /  October 2, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

Jubbet Adh-Dhib is a small Palestinian village in the West Bank.  To get to school, children have had to walk several kilometres, on muddy rough trails. Moreover, they have  often been harrassed, sometimes violently,  by Israeli soldiers and ‘settlers’

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – Gaza on my mind

By   /  July 17, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

Why not say it as it is! Not an open air prison. It’s a concentration camp, a death camp. Now, today. The 21st century. A death camp for roughly 2 million men, women and children. Don’t forget the children.

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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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Why is NZ supporting US use of white phosphorus weapons?

By   /  July 3, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

New Zealand’s good name is being tarnished by comments in Iraq by Kiwi Brigadier, Hugh McAslan. In his role as deputy commander of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Operation Inherent Resolve, McAslan is supporting the use of white phosphorus weapons, which have been widely condemned, including by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

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The Nakba

By   /  May 16, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  50 Comments

Yesterday, 15 May, marks 69 years of the Palestinian Nakba, the catastrophe imposed upon the Palestinian people by the Zionist enterprise. On this day, in particular, the Palestinian people remember the massacres of Deir Yassin and Abu Shusha, among the many crimes against humanity perpetrated in order to found the Zionist state.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – HUNGER FOR JUSTICE

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

April 17 was the International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners. Some 1500 detained Palestinians began a hunger strike on that day, with the aim of calling the world’s attention to Israel’s illegal system of mass arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners.

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Open letter: Bring New Zealand-bound asylum-seekers stopped by Australian authorities to New Zealand for processing

By   /  March 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  Comments Off on Open letter: Bring New Zealand-bound asylum-seekers stopped by Australian authorities to New Zealand for processing

We are calling for the New Zealand Government to bring approximately two dozen people currently held at an immigration detention centre in Kapung, Indonesia, to New Zealand to assess their asylum claims in New Zealand itself.

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Auckland Pride Parade 2017 Photo montage by photographer Kina Sai

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  2 Comments

Kina Sai is an artist, musician, photographer and human rights activist. She went to the Auckland Pride Festival this weekend and took a snapshot of our largest Gay Pride celebration

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