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Mmm, its the morning after the election and it was not the result that I had predicted for Labour . The final result was National: 46% / 58 seats; Labour 35.8% / 45 seats; NZ First 7.5% / 9 seats; … Continue reading
Dear America and Americans There are only 9 days before Donald J Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the USA. This is a prospect that appalls most New Zealanders as it does millions of others all around the … Continue reading
Civilised communities will be judged by how well they serve the interests of the weak and disabled-Reflections on the Sagamahira Tragedy.
I am deeply saddened and disturbed by Satoshi Uematsu’s murder of nineteen residents at a care centre for people with mental disabilities in the Japanese city of Sagamihara. I am, with this, sending love and deepest condolences to the families … Continue reading
Military Coups challenge the rule of law and basic democratic rights. But Counter Coups (especially those led by someone as ruthless and oppressive as Erdogan) are often more damaging because they generate states of emergency ( which often last a long time) and justify higher levels of state repression than the original coup. This seems to have been the case in Turkey over the past three days. Continue reading
Chilcot Vindicates the Global Peace Movement. Kevin P Clements We were right! The one and half million people who marched against the war in Iraq in London in 2003 and the millions who did the same all around the world … Continue reading
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Understanding the code words of diplomacy ICAN protest in front of Australian embassy during the OEWG. Photo: ICAN Those of you who attempted to follow the discussion in real-time over the last…
Time, Space and the Global Imaginary: Reflections on Elise Boulding’s Contribution to a Global Civic Culture and a Peaceful World.
In all this work on developing a global system that worked she promoted integrative rather than dominatory or coercive power(power with rather than power over others) . She also wanted a world where diversity was celebrated, where there was equality between men and women and adults and children. She wanted a world dedicated to the creation of conditions within which all 6.5 billion people on the planet were able to have their needs for recognition, security and welfare met and where they could all realise their deepest potentiality. She advanced all of these causes with integrity, passion, intellect and a deep commitment to the welfare of others. I miss her every day but her ideas sustain me and others as we grapple with the follies of the 21st century. Continue reading