[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?
TEDx Tauranga is on July 18, so I am a little addicted to TED Talks at the moment. In the scale of things, this is an inoffensive addiction. This evening I watched a TED Talk by Simon Anholt about the Good Country Index. If you have 15 minutes, I recommend his talk: We are in the… Read More This year, vote with me for a good country
Obama stood yesterday to speak to the UN General Assembly (http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/09/24-3). Like every other world leader, he was allocated 15 minutes. He spoke for 43 minutes. Now obviously he covered a lot of ground in that time, but some themes stood out; in particular his portrayal of the USA as “exceptional” for its capacity to… Read More Insecurity Council