A U.K. February 2021 report by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, entitled ‘The Economics of Biodiversity’ outlines the ‘extreme risk’ the ‘world’, is being put by not taking into account the ‘rapid depletion of the natural world’. While the overarching intent of the paper is to be applauded in attempting to reduce species loss, the underlying … Continue reading “The unraveling of the web of life”
What are we to make, from across the sea, of Trump supporters invading the U.S. Capitol building while Congress members were voting to install Joe Biden as the next president of the United States? Is this ‘insurrection’?- a new civil war? a ‘revolution’?… In the mind-numbing complexities and anomalies that is American ‘democracy’, this new … Continue reading “The Capitol Invasion”
Tena koutou While the NZ Government’s decision to declare a climate emergency in New Zealand is to be applauded- currently there appear few mechanisms to achieve a carbon-neutral government by 2025. Prime Minister Jacinda Adern’s touted response to have all government vehicles electric, is a case in point of the contradictions in environmental policy. There … Continue reading “Recognising the Environmental Impact of Consumption”
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is apparently incensed about Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian’s posting of an image of an Australian soldier slitting the throat of a young Afghan boy. The ‘constructed’ image that Zhao Lijian used was based on an Australian government report into Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan, which found … Continue reading “An Australia We Can Believe In”
The U.S. president-elect Joe Biden, stated on Tuesday 24th November 2020 , that his newly chosen team “reflects the fact that America is back. Ready to lead the world, not retreat from it. Once again sit at the head of the table, ready to confront our adversaries and not reject our allies. Ready to stand … Continue reading “‘Leading the World’ with new wars we can believe in”
With the U.S. presidential election ( as of 6th November 2020) , hanging in the balance, we are reminded of the extraordinary and bizarre process this purportedly ‘exceptional nation’ has to find its new exceptional ‘president of the free world’. Not only do United States citizens only have a binary choice between two right wing … Continue reading “The ‘Exceptional Nation’ Votes!”
The decision by regional delegates of the New Zealand Green Party to endorse a coalition with the New Zealand Labour Party after the recent New Zealand elections, has resulted in the two co-leaders of the Green Party once again acquiring ministerial portfolios outside of Cabinet. Co-leader James Shaw is now ‘Minister of Climate’ and ‘Associate … Continue reading “Enough is really Enough”
I am a New Zealander- a ‘kiwi’ , a pakeha, a white male. In 1200 AD these island lands had never seen a human, the land was almost completely covered in dense forest (what we call ‘the bush”) . Only one mammal lived here- the bat- perhaps blown by storms from Australia over 4000 kilometres … Continue reading “‘Growth’”
As the tragi- comedy trial of Julian Assange in London wends its way to its inevitable conclusion: (extradition to the United States); the day to day accounts of those few people (noted below in the links) permitted by the Court to view ‘proceedings’, shows a client British state determined to kowtow to the United States, … Continue reading “Assange’s Show Trial”
The recent suspected poisoning by Novichok of Alexei Navalny , politician & anti-corruption campaigner in Russia, apparently demonstrates remarkable levels of incompetence by the Russian Federation & Vladimir Putin. It should be noted that while Navalny is certainly a thorn in the side of Vladimir Putin and his United Russia party from an anti-corruption point of … Continue reading “Navalny’s Novichok”
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