[This originally appeared in the Spinoff Ātea on 29 April 2018] Law professor Valmaine Toki is purported to have described the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues as a “huge Waitangi Tribunal.” Did she mean unpopular, underfunded and ignored or an opportunity for indigenous peoples to tell our story and achieve some semblance of… Read More Are indigenous people united under the United Nations?
[This was first published in The Spinoff Ātea, 16 December 2017] The deputy prime minister of Australia, Barnaby Joyce, is grumpy with Jacinda Ardern because she offered a place to 150 of those refugees that Australia illegally imprisoned and then abandoned on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. He was so grumpy that he threatened… Read More Manus Island: why we can’t keep our noses out of it
Amidst the exhausting and unending controversies in Trump’s presidency, the tone deaf phone call made by President Trump to the widow of La David Johnson has only stayed the distance because the President and his previously squeaky clean Chief of Staff have chosen to lie and degrade the widow and congresswoman Wilson who both confirmed… Read More The war you’ve never heard of: Africom and the death of La David Johnson
There has been a little more media coverage than usual of the Rohingya people in Myanmar as over 120,000 have recently poured over the border into Bangladesh as refugees and claims of ethnic cleansing and genocide within Myanmar have to come to light. The recent crackdowns and expulsions occurred after Rohingya militants attacked police station… Read More “The most friendless people in the world”: We need to act for the Rohingya now
One of the impacts of the last US election campaign was that a new lexicon entered our political world. Cuck, beta, snowflake, fake news, alternative facts became favourites of white supremacists and misogynists [I think this is more accurate than saying Alt-Right and Men’s Rights activists respectively]. Cuck: a weak and emasculated man, a conservative… Read More How using the language of angry men empowers angry men
I have just finished watching, and then reading, Donald J. Trump’s speech at his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States of America. It probably wasn’t a great use of an early Saturday morning. Trump is obviously no orator. When he uses a teleprompter, as he did today, he has all the presence… Read More Trump’s inauguration speech: the USA is exiting the world, stage left.
Amongst the fear, loathing, rage and acceptance of my Twitter feed (that was mostly my tweets), @LewSOS from over on kiwipolitico asked a compelling question that I have been pondering myself for a while. What can we do here in Aotearoa New Zealand to avoid our own Brexit or Trumpocalypse. What lessons are there? First… Read More How can we avoid a Trump or a Farage? Listening to each other for NZ political change
In the last couple of days, I wrote a couple of blogs about a Clinton presidency and chances in 2020. I wrote them in full expectation that Hillary would win the US election, which would present challenges, but challenges we could manage. You can read them here and here. You can read them as overly… Read More Alas, we have been overthrown: the Trump presidency
[Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong about the result of the election. For my reaction and response, have a read of this blog] When I worked at the Merivale Community Centre, we ran a few youth programmes. Whenever funders asked us for demographics, they wanted to focus on deficits, and there were plenty to… Read More Counterpoint: you shouldn’t be concerned about the US Election 2020
[Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong about the result of American election. For my response, read this blog here] My wife and I have been blessed with four children. During each pregnancy, whenever a well-meaning but misguided person would ask how she was feeling about the birth, my wife would comment that it wasn’t… Read More You should be concerned about the US Election… in 2020