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Military Suicides Persist Including in Those Never Deployed

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:34:58 +1200 | Martha Rosenberg

It took academic, government and military researchers five years to say they don't really know what is causing military suicides--but whatever it is, it isn't the psychoactive drugs they are prescribing and pushing.More >>

Ukraine: A Federalist Future?

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:11:22 +1200 | Rene Wadlow

Can tensions in Ukraine be lowered without a federalist-constitutional restructuring of the State? On Thursday, 17 April 2014, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergy Lavrov, Ukraine's acting Foreign Minister Andriii Deshchytsia, ...More >>

Commentary on the Geneva Statement on Ukraine

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:38:14 +1200 | The Vineyard of the Saker

The Guardian published the full text of the Geneva Statement. This is what eight hours of negotiations produced: The Geneva meeting on the situation in Ukraine agreed on initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security for all citizens.More >>

Making sense of the latest Kerry Lavrov deal

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:01:46 +1200 | The Vineyard of the Saker

Ok, first the necessary caveats: 1) Kerry and Lavrov already had a deal on Syria, also made in Geneva, but then the USA reneged. 2) The EU also had a deal on the Ukraine with Yanukovich, who was overthrown literally the next day. 3) The USA, NATO and ...More >>

Why Israeli Officials Chuckle: ‘Stable’ West Bank Dilemma

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:19:54 +1200 | Ramzy Baroud

Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Ze’ev Elkin, is a member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and his predominantly rightwing cabinet. In a recent interview with The Economist, Elkin used the familiar tone of being conceited and oblivious to such ...More >>

Few Kiwis Were Aware of Balkans Crisis

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:22:31 +1200 | NZ Returned and Services Association

The author of the children’s book presented to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge this month has reflected on 1914 New Zealand, just before the outbreak of war. More >>

New Defence trucks delivered to units

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:00:48 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the first batch of new Medium-Heavy Operational Vehicles have been delivered to NZDF units. More >>

Syria: Aleppo Civilians Under Attack

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:23:42 +1200 | ICRC

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is appalled by a sharp escalation of violence in the northern city of Aleppo, where parties have in recent days carried out indiscriminate attacks against civilians and deliberately prevented them from ...More >>

UNICEF: Myanmar Children Face Growing Threats

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:52:26 +1200 | UN News

Recent fighting between Government forces and Kachin rebels in Myanmar, and the resulting displacement of thousands of people, has significantly increased the risks to young people, including possible recruitment, limited access to basic services and the ...More >>

Auckland’s Port stops to pay respects

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:43:30 +1200 | Ports of Auckland

Over 1,000 lights to be turned off across the Waitematā Seaport this ANZAC Day More >>

Werewolf Edition #47 : ANZAC Day Redux

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:09:50 +1200 | Werewolf

Hi and welcome to the 47th edition of Werewolf, published on the eve of Anzac Day. Its become a cliché to describe Gallipolli as the crucible of this country’s identity, yet hold on...Isn’t our national identity supposed to be bi-cultural...and wouldn’t ...More >>

Time to do the right thing for our veterans

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:55:43 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

Time to do the right thing for our veterans A Labour government will adopt the Law Commission’s recommendation to ensure all war veterans are eligible for a Veteran’s Pension, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.More >>

PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference - April 22 2014

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:41:26 +1200 | The Scoop Team

The Prime Minister met with reporters today to discuss: • The recent improvement in the economy with a growing job market • Income and wealth inequality • Easter trading laws • The New Zealander killed in a drone strike in YemenMore >>

NZDF-Supported Anzac Day Commemorations in France, Belgium

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:48:25 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will be increasing its support for official and locally-run Anzac Day commemorations in France and Belgium this year with a 10 person contingent, including a Māori cultural element, from New Zealand as well ...More >>

Anzac Day arrangements

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:10:35 +1200 | British High Commission

The British Government and Armed Forces will be well represented at a number of Anzac Day services across the length and breadth of New Zealand on Anzac Day – from Russell in the north to Dunedin in the south.More >>

Martin Doyle cartoon: Kiwi drone

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:54:11 +1200 | Martin Doyle

While killing others is wrong in normal circumstances, the rules do change significantly in war zones. Russel Norman's criticism of the drone attack on al Qaeda 'soldiers' in Yemen has not been persuasive.More >>

AHRC Condemns Attack On Hamid Mir

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:59:28 +1200 | AHRC

A prominent journalist and television anchor person, Mr. Hamid Mir, was attacked by plain clothed assailants on April 19 while on his way from Karachi Airport to his television station, the Geo News.More >>

UN Denounces Attack On University in Baghdad

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:36:42 +1200 | UN News

The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has denounced the “vicious and cowardly” suicide attack that took place yesterday against the Imam Kadhim University in the capital, Baghdad.More >>

Three Images the World Needed To See | David Swanson

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:06:26 +1200 | David Swanson

Employees of the U.S. government refer to people they murder as "bugsplat." They pretend that the men, women, and children they are killing with drones are just bugs, because they just look like little fuzzy creatures on a computer screen. Thank goodness ...More >>

Woodhouse to attend Anzac Day in Gallipoli

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:36:43 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Woodhouse to attend Anzac Day in Gallipoli Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse will travel to Turkey next week to attend the 99th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. During his visit, Mr Woodhouse will meet with his Australian and Turkish ...More >>

 

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