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Jamal Khashoggi’s murder- a watershed moment in the history of assassination as a state weapon

By   /  October 27, 2018  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

A robust international response to the gruesome murder of Khashoggi might offer a watershed moment in the dark history of despotism in the Middle East.

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The weak “are slaughtered and are erased”- Where is the outrage at Netanyahu’s threat directed at Iran?

By   /  September 5, 2018  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

why is it that Netanyahu’s horrific rhetoric toward Iran doesn’t seem to attract nearly as much attention in the media as the disputed statement made some 13 years ago by the former president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

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Here is where Trump’s all-capital angry tweet about Iran came from

By   /  July 25, 2018  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

The war mongering US and Israel want us to believe the Iranian rulers are apocalyptic madmen bent on annihilation of Israel and the rest of the world.

This is simply not true.

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Petition urges the government to stop Super Fund from investing in illegal settlements on Occupied Palestinian Territory

By   /  June 12, 2018  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  55 Comments

A new petition to Parliament urges the Government to direct Super Fund to stop its investments in Jewish only settlements in the Occupied Palestine as soon as practicably possible- and to inquire into whether any other such investments exist.

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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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