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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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Journalism as it plays out on the ‘real’ human rights frontlines

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

The inaugural Pogau Award for courage in journalism: “Every year this award will always remind us about the human rights abuses never addressed in Indonesia since the 1965 massacre.”

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MUST READ: A culture of denial at WINZ is what has put staff at risk

By   /  February 18, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

A culture of denying people their rights has infected management layers at WINZ. Targets have been imposed on management for benefit denial and prosecuting those who have allegedly been overpaid for some reason.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – PLEASE, NO MORE WAR

By   /  February 1, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  15 Comments

Around the end of January this year, a US Navy SEAL team , using armed Reaper drones for cover, carried out a commando raid in Yemen, attacking what the Americans said, was a compound harbouring officials of Al Qaeda .

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What now for the Tongan Democrats looking ahead to 2018?

By   /  January 28, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on What now for the Tongan Democrats looking ahead to 2018?

People have a sense of some hope, some improvement. The “change of style” introduced by the Democracy Coalition to Tonga’s politics is something the people can still support despite the “hiccups”, says ‘Atenisi’s Dr Michael Horowitz.

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Ummm – Indonesia just suspended military co-operation with Australia – we might want to pay attention to that

By   /  January 4, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Just as Indonesia steps up it’s brutal exploitation in West Papua, they have delivered a bombshell decision to suspend military cooperation with Australia…

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Carry on Fidel Castro’s global legacy, says Cuban ambassador

By   /  December 4, 2016  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

Fundamental rights – the right to food, education and health – need to come before a narrow Western concept of human rights.

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The madness of our prison stance on Transgender prisoner

By   /  November 22, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

Our prison system has proven beyond any reasonable doubt that all they are good for is producing human beings more damaged than when they went in, we desperately need prison reform in this country.

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Man Trouble

By   /  November 9, 2016  /  Kate Davis, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

When a person on a benefit is sent to Manpower for a job it is like evicting a family from a secure house and giving them a tent in cyclone season. When the work dries up they are left drowning in debt and hoping for rescue sometime in the next thirteen weeks.

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The taxi industry is quietly being deregulated, taking most of its accountability with it

By   /  October 28, 2016  /  Aine Kelly Costello, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

Right now, the government are consulting on a raft of changes that deregulate the taxi industry. They’re selling them as a simplification of the rules which will be a win-win for passenger safety as well as emerging technologies. I am not convinced.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – Globalised Solidarity

By   /  September 28, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

The Standing Rock Sioux and those who have joined them have been met with violence from private contractors , including pepper spray and attack dogs, one of the contractors being the large British multinational security contractor G4S.

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Philippines president’s ‘hit man’ allegations spur renewed calls for killings probe

By   /  September 21, 2016  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

“Our job was to kill criminals like drug pushers, rapists, snatchers. That’s what we did. We killed people almost every day.” Allegations of a former hit man in Senate testimony about life with the new Philippines president.

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Street Harassment

By   /  September 21, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

There’s a hand on my arm. Gripping my arm, pulling me back. I sway slightly in my heels. Both adrenal glands, perched above my kidneys, deep in my viscera, squirt their load of adrenaline into my bloodstream. My pupils dilate, my heart rate and breathing increase sharply. All of a sudden I’m not sleepy, I’m not thinking about my day. I’m right here, right now. Deadly calm.

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