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Women’s Rugby Needs a Real Trophy – How About the Bledisloe Cup?

By   /  August 31, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  14 Comments

I’m a guy who considers himself both a rugby fan and a feminist, but even I struggle to take women’s rugby too seriously because, to be completely honest, unlike the All Blacks, the Black Ferns don’t really matter. If they win, it’s great, but if they lose, oh well, never mind. Put simply, I like women’s rugby and I wish I was passionate about it, but the fact of the matter is, I’m not. So, how can we change that?

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Busting the myths around Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

By   /  December 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  26 Comments

Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has produced a lot of hot air; not only from the President himself, but from the mainstream media, which seems stuck more or less in the same narrative it’s been in for decades.

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Why Trump Might be Good for Palestine

By   /  February 26, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  7 Comments

Strangely, though, some Palestinians see cause for hope in a Trump Presidency. This might seem counter-intuitive, but there are some real, albeit highly cynical, reasons for believing this optimistic minority might be onto something. Here are three things to think about:

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The Palestine Marathon – Asserting the Right to Move Around

By   /  April 8, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  4 Comments

The fourth Palestine Marathon took place in Bethlehem last Friday and I was lucky enough to be among the 4,300 participants running a 10km, a full marathon or a half-marathon in my case. The event is organised by the Palestine Olympic Committee and a group called Right to Movement,

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An Open Letter of Welcome to Syrian Refugees

By   /  January 27, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  4 Comments

To the Syrians who arrived in New Zealand last week, I greet you with a warm “Marhaba” – you are all welcome in Aoteroa!

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Forget doubling the quota, let’s be bold and make it 40,000.

By   /  September 9, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  16 Comments

To match – in proportional terms – the refugees that Germany will take in this year, New Zealand would need to receive over 40,000.

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The final Millennium Development Goals report is out – sadly there is no cause for celebration

By   /  July 10, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  6 Comments

Without the China factor, the heralded poverty reduction target would not come close to being met

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