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Noel Cheer: Will The Middle East Melt Down?

Will The Middle East Melt Down?

The situation today has been built, and is still building, on centuries of animosity, complicated by western meddling -- and muddling -- that started a century or so ago.

Why does Israel disregard UN resolutions? Why is the governance of Palestine fractured? Will there ever be a "two-state solution" with guaranteed borders for Palestine? Will there be a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear capability?

To give us something of a fix on all that, the guest this week In Conversation with Noel Cheer on Triangle Television is Senior Lecturer in Politics at Massey University, Dr Nigel Parsons.

Triangle Television, Wednesday 14th of November at 7:00pm. It will be repeated on Thursday 15th of November at 12 noon.

Triangle Television, the home of original public broadcasting, can be received in the Auckland region on UHF Channels 41, 42 and 52.

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In Conversation with Noel Cheer receives funding from New Zealand on Air. This has enabled Triangle Television to introduce viewers to over 200 New Zealanders on Air during nearly 6 years of unbroken weekly broadcasting.

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Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

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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>>

 

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With Conditions: Ruataniwha Consents Approved In Draft Decision

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Gordon Campbell: On Royalty And Its Tourism Spin-Offs

Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal Firm. Far more congenial representatives have now emerged... More>>

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Privacy (Again): ACC Demands Excessive Privacy Waivers

Labour: “This is just another example of ACC under National deliberately acting to deny treatment and compensation... Those who did fill in the form have effectively been victims of yet another ACC privacy breach. This time Judith Collins knew it was happening..." More>>

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