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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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National’s Toxic Legacy

By   /  December 7, 2015  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

I believe that Prime Minister John Key and his Government’s most toxic legacy will be their systematic undermining of free speech, freedom of thought, and democratic rights of people.

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Increasing our refugee quota is a perfect response to ISIS

By   /  November 22, 2015  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

Now is the right time for New Zealand to follow France’s lead and defy ISIS by announcing a permanent increase in our refugee quota.

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Open Letter to the Australian PM

By   /  November 11, 2015  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Mr Turbull, it is time for you to hang your head in shame. The world is watching you and shaking their heads in disbelief. How many more deaths before your Government is prepared to act?

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The antiTPPA National Day of Action Nov 14th – why we need a TPPA that protects taxpayers not tax-dodgers

By   /  October 24, 2015  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  6 Comments

The anti-TPPA national day of action is on Nov 14th. Support New Zealand’s democracy and join a march near you.

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Forced Immigration and Identity

By   /  October 11, 2015  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  4 Comments

Deep in the basement, in the East wing of London’s impressive Somerset House, an important exhibition is drawing a small but steady number of visitors.

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