Search for missing Kiribati fisherman - Update #2
An RNZAF P3 Orion has completed an initial radar search of
the sea south of Tarawa Island, Kiribati, for three
fishermen overdue for three days in a 6m boat. No sign has
yet been seen of the fishermen.
The aircraft has now
landed on Tarawa Island and the search will resume at first
A further update will be issued
mid-morning, unless there are further developments in the
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Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand
The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.
To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.
The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>