In what will be one of the more historic developments in the agonising saga of nuclear disarmament, the Marshall Is. has stunned the world by laying charges against nine countries for not fulfilling their obligations with respect to the cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament. This is […]
This coming week, I am part of a New Zealand delegation attending the 130th meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Europe. The delegation is composed of one National, one Labour and one Green MP. It is an annual visit by a NZ delegation, where issues of interest to 163 national parliaments are discussed. It is, […]
The duopoly that is passing for global governance right now has its positive side. The two largest militaries in the world, the US and Russia, are seriously coordinating their actions towards a common goal, however specific that might be: the CW disarmament of a UN Member State. In the Framework Agreement, the two powers express […]
On Friday the great news came through the Liu Xiaobo, jailed for his promotion of the Chinese democracy manifesto, Charter 08, had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Within 24 hours we had congratulatory messages from Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, the European Commission chief, Jose Manual Barroso, etc. Green co-leader […]
Liu Xiaobo, Chinese dissident and democracy campaigner, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China”. Liu is in jail for 11 years for advocating for democracy and human rights in China. NY Times reports that China threatened that relations with Norway would be damaged if […]
Moscow has worst heatwave since records began Muscovites are dying from extreme heat and smoke faster than their bodies can be stored, cremated or buried Morgues are overflowing and one crematorium in the Russian capital is working around the clock in three shifts “The cheapest coffin costs 6,700 roubles ($225) but there are only a […]
I was bemused by John Key’s statements on China’s ‘competitive edge’ yesterday, during an interview with Guyon Espiner on Q+A.
It seems the Labour Party has its own current version of the historic “Two Chinas” policy – but with respect to Tibet. Here are Labour MPs Raymond Huo and Phil Twyford, definitely not singing from the same songsheet.
I’m with Phil on this one.
What would you say if I were to tell you that a New Zealand company has been fined every year since 2004 for breaches of air pollution regulations — in China? What if I was to tell you this company, which has strong New Zealand links – including a former Prime Minister on the board […]
The Tibetan flags being waved on Parliament’s lawn may have alerted passers by to the presence inside of high level Chinese delegation. The delegation was visiting to “update” MPs on ‘economic and social developments in Tibet.” I was happy to attend the official luncheon and be ‘updated’ by Mr Quingba Puncog, a Tibetan who is […]