Category: News and Views

US coalition’s bombing of Syria is illegal at international law and counterproductive

Green MP and lawyer Golriz Ghahraman writes: The campaign launched by the US with France and UK is a breach of international law. These bombs will kill and maim more people, bringing irrevocable suffering to an already traumatised people, writes Green MP Golriz Ghahraman The harrowing reality of Syria’s war, with chemical weapons, a trapped

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Bryce Edwards: Political Roundup: The Hit & Run inquiry opens up a can of worms

New Zealand’s military conduct in its longest running war ever – in Afghanistan – is finally getting an official government inquiry. This has the real potential to open up a can of worms. So far, the announcement of the Government’s inquiry into Operation Burnham has been met with a great diversity of reactions. Nicky Hager

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The Guardian: Hollywood director Taika Waititi says New Zealand is racist

Waititi says while his homeland is ‘the best place on the planet’ it was ‘pretty shit growing up poor in the country’ Acclaimed Hollywood director Taika Waititi has criticised his home country of New Zealand as “racist as fuck”. In a wide-ranging interview with Dazed and Confused magazine, the director of Thor Ragnarok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and

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NZ Herald: Tim Keating to step down as NZDF chief, says departure not linked to Operation Burnham

Defence Force chief Lieutenant-General Tim Keating is stepping down from the role, but says Operation Burnham had no influence in his decision. He won’t seek reappointment at the end of his term on June 30. Keating revealed his decision in an email to staff today, saying it had been his absolute privilege to have served

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1News: Sensible Sentencing Trust criticised for ‘disgusting’ comments on fatal police shooting

The Sensible Sentencing Trust has been criticised for its response to the fatal police shooting north of Auckland. A 29 year-old man was shot dead by officers in the early hours of Saturday morning after he approached with a machete. Trust spokesman Garth McVicar wrote on Facebook: “One less to clog the prisons! Congratulations to

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Radio NZ: PM’s science advisor: ‘New prisons are not the answer’

New Zealand’s justice system is broken and building new prisons is not the answer, a report from the Prime Minister’s chief science advisor says. It comes as the government decides whether to build a new 3000-bed mega-prison in Waikeria in rural Waikato. Peter Gluckman released the report authored by Justice Sector Science Advisor Dr Ian Lambie on

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NZ Herald: Kim Dotcom fights for content of GCSB interceptions

Kim Dotcom’s legal team is today fighting a decision barring him from knowing what private conversations the GCSB intercepted while monitoring him. The Government Communications Security Bureau has previously admitted illegally intercepting private communications between Kim and Mona Dotcom, and his Mega colleague Bram van der Kolk, as part of the extradition case being built

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Newsroom: Family Court’s handling of violence under scrutiny

The use of parental alienation in New Zealand’s Family Court system is being examined by an international expert on violence against women. Teuila Fuatai reports.  A visiting Canadian law professor says New Zealanders need to challenge the use of “parental alienation” – and subsequent minimisation of domestic violence – in the Family Court. Professor Elizabeth Sheehy,

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