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New Zealand Is Wrong To Designate Hamas A Terrorist Group

Thu, 29 Feb 2024 17:44:19 +1300 | Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa

Today’s announcement by the government to designate Hamas a “terrorist” organisation is cowardly and wrong. The United Nations and most of the rest of world does not give Hamas this designation and neither should New Zealand. PSNA does not support ...More >>

Indonesian Vice President To Visit New Zealand

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 09:41:21 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Rt Hon Winston Peters Deputy Prime Minister Minister of Foreign Affairs Indonesia’s Vice President Ma’ruf Amin will visit New Zealand next week, the first here by an Indonesian leader since 2018, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has announced. ...More >>

New Zealand Foreign Minister Seeks To Block Chinese Influence In Southwest Pacific

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 09:24:11 +1300 | Socialist Equality Group

By John Braddock New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters undertook a four-day tour of three Pacific Islands states beginning on February 7, hard on the heels of a visit to Australia that saw a strengthening of security and defence ties between ...More >>

On Five Of Luxon’s Gaza Absurdities

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 11:43:04 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

Earlier this week, PM Christopher Luxon met with 48 public service CEOs to make sure they were on board with his plans to cut spending on public services so that National can proceed to give the revenue away to those New Zealanders least in need. ...More >>

US Must Uphold Judges’ Right To Speak Freely About Race & Gender Bias

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 05:29:45 +1300 | UN News

Judges in the United States must be free to speak about important issues that threaten judicial independence or affect the administration of justice, an expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council said on Monday. Special Rapporteur Margaret Satterthwaite ...More >>

Ukraine War: Political Affairs Chief Warns Against Rhetoric Fuelling ‘Already Dangerous Conflict’

Mon, 29 Jan 2024 15:50:19 +1300 | UN News

The UN “is not in a position” to verify reports surrounding the crash of a Russian aircraft near the border with Ukraine, the Organization’s top political affairs official said on Thursday, calling on the warring sides to avoid fuelling “the ...More >>

Haiti Crises Have Reached ‘A Critical Point’

Sat, 27 Jan 2024 14:53:05 +1300 | UN News

More than 8,400 people were victims of gang violence in Haiti last year, including killings, injuries and kidnappings – a 122 per cent increase over 2022, the UN Special Representative for the country told the UN Security Council on Thursday. ...More >>

ICJ Decision on Provisional Measures

Sat, 27 Jan 2024 13:52:31 +1300 | Embassy of Israel in Wellington

The charge of genocide levelled against Israel at the International Court of Justice is false and outrageous. It constitutes a shameful exploitation of the Genocide Convention that is not only wholly unfounded in fact and law, but morally repugnant. As the ...More >>

Rejection Of Two-State Solution By Israeli Leadership "Unacceptable," Says Guterres

Wed, 24 Jan 2024 09:27:00 +1300 | UN News

Top diplomats are debating the deepening crisis in the Gaza Strip and the whole Middle East in the UN Security Council , against the backdrop of Israel’s unrelenting military operation, mounting death toll and escalating global calls for an immediate ...More >>

Iran Urged To Halt ‘horrific Wave Of Executions’

Wed, 24 Jan 2024 09:20:13 +1300 | UN News

The United Nations on Tuesday underlined its condemnation of capital punishment following Iran's execution of a young man who was sentenced to death in connection with widespread protests. Mohammad Ghobadlou, 23, who reportedly had a mental health ...More >>

Deployment Of NZDF Stunning Hypocrisy And Dangerous Alignment

Tue, 23 Jan 2024 17:24:28 +1300 | Peace Action Wellington

“The decision to deploy six NZDF to be part of a US-led combat mission in the Red Sea is astonishing hypocrisy. The claim that this deployment is about 'defending lives' and 'de-escalating tensions' is absurd while 25,000 Palestinian civilians ...More >>

Military Deployment Dangerous And Naïve

Tue, 23 Jan 2024 17:23:16 +1300 | Green Party

The Green Party is deeply disturbed at the government’s decision to deploy New Zealand defence force staff to the Red Sea. “Aotearoa New Zealand has a proud history of being a voice for peace on the global stage. Now more than ever we need that voice ...More >>

NZ Business Trade Trip Ignored Israel’s Illegal Occupation Before Gaza Genocide

Fri, 19 Jan 2024 09:07:14 +1300 | Peace Action Wellington

“ Documents released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment show that 60 business leaders, led by Simon Bridges, were planning a trade trip to Israel immediately prior to the war. They gave no consideration to Israel’s illegal occupation ...More >>

Elections In Taiwan: Does The Island Choose Further Confrontation With China?

Mon, 8 Jan 2024 19:46:36 +1300 | Globetrotter

On January 13, the residents of Taiwan, an island off the coast of China, will go to the polls to elect a new president and parliament. These elections attract more international attention than one might expect for a country with only 24 million ...More >>

Circle Of Secrecy: The Iraq War’s Missing Cabinet Documents

Mon, 8 Jan 2024 18:48:02 +1300 | Binoy Kampmark

They are unlikely to be revelatory, will shatter no myths, nor disprove any assumptions. Cabinet documents exist to merely show that a political clique – the heart of the Westminster model of government, so to speak – often contain the musings of invertebrates, ...More >>

NZ Just Threatened The Houthis.

Fri, 5 Jan 2024 14:50:19 +1300 | Eugene Doyle

New Zealand has just signed our name to a letter threatening death and destruction to the Houthis of Yemen. More >>

The Economic Incentive: Blocking Israel’s Supply Chain

Tue, 2 Jan 2024 17:27:04 +1300 | Binoy Kampmark

If demography is destiny, as Auguste Comte tells us, then economics must be current, pinching reality. The Israel-Gaza conflict is invigorating a global protest movement against the state of Israel which is seeing various manifestations. From an economic ...More >>

Constitutional Violations: Julian Assange, Privacy and the CIA

Thu, 28 Dec 2023 18:47:59 +1300 | Binoy Kampmark

As a private citizen, the options for suing an intelligence agency are few and far between. The US Central Intelligence Agency, as with other members of the secret club, pour scorn on such efforts. To a degree, such a dismissive sentiment is understandable: ...More >>

A Growing Butcher’s Bill: Israel’s War Spending

Wed, 27 Dec 2023 19:34:30 +1300 | Binoy Kampmark

The Bank of Israel Governor Amir Yaron is worried. He is keeping an eye on the ballooning costs of his country’s war against Gaza and the Palestinians. Initially, the Netanyahu government promised to increase its defence budget by NIS 20 billion (US$5.48 billion) ...More >>

Red Sea Deployments: Canberra Says No

Tue, 26 Dec 2023 18:13:39 +1300 | Binoy Kampmark

The failure of the United States to convince the Australian government to send one vessel to aid coalition efforts to deter Houthi disruption of international shipping in the Red Sea was a veritable storm whipped up in a teacup. The entire exercise, ...More >>


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