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Apartheid Israel – Violent News Gets More Clicks

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sian Robertson  /  7 Comments

By now you’ve probably heard about the deaths in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank following protests at al Aqsa mosque. That’s because violence makes for great headlines. What received almost no attention from English language media was a historic legal procedure.

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The biggest threat to NZ is not terrorism, it’s poverty

By   /  November 30, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sian Robertson  /  18 Comments

The government recently announced an extra $20 billion in military spending over the next 15 years. When the greatest threat to our sovereignty comes not from war and terrorism, but from unaffordable housing, health and education, how can we justify this?

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City of Peace to Host War Games

By   /  October 26, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sian Robertson  /  1 Comment

The naval training exercises are nothing more than a chance for the boys to show each other their toys. There is an inherent dishonesty and double standard when we can, as a nation, simultaneously celebrate war and bemoan the death and suffering that result from it.

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The Case for a Cultural Boycott of Israel

By   /  October 4, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Sian Robertson, The Liberal Agenda  /  29 Comments

Although we are a small country about as far away as you can get from Israel and Palestine, New Zealand has punched above its weight in the past in terms of calling out racist regimes, the most notable example being our protests against the 1981 Springbok Tour.

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Child poverty linked to tertiary education policy in recent report

By   /  August 28, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sian Robertson  /  31 Comments

“The issue of student debt is often cited as a deterrent, but perhaps a greater barrier to tertiary education is the immediate financial hardship while undertaking study.”

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New Zealand represented on Women’s Boat to Gaza

By   /  July 31, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sian Robertson  /  48 Comments

This year the Freedom Flotilla Coalition will launch an all-women fleet to challenge the nearly 10-year-old blockade of Gaza. In late September two boats, the Amal-Hope and Zaytouna-Oliva, will leave Italy and set sail for the coast of besieged Gaza to challenge Israel’s illegal blockade of the Palestinian territory. The Flotilla will aim to arrive […]

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Kia Ora Gaza Fundraiser

By   /  July 31, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Sian Robertson, The Liberal Agenda  /  6 Comments

Kia Ora Gaza have launched an appeal to contribute $25,000 to the Flotilla from New Zealand. Kia Ora Gaza have supported previous flotillas, and also been involved in international land convoys in 2010 and 2012. They donated three ambulances in 2010, and co-sponsored two ambulances for Gaza in 2015.

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