Te Kupenga on media release
The National Network of
Stopping Violence, Te Kupenga, issued a media statement for
White Ribbon Day 2012 earlier today (Sunday 25 November
Brian Gardner – the National Manager of
Strategic Relationships and Advocacy at Te Kupenga – was
quoted in the media statement which highlighted his
involvement as chair of the White Ribbon organising
committee and as a White Ribbon ambassador.
Gardner’s comments were on behalf of Te Kupenga – the
National Network of Stopping Violence – and were not on
behalf of the White Ribbon organising committee or the
Mr Gardner apologises for any
confusion which may have been caused by this error.
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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.
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