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Did ancient Americans settle in Polynesia? The evidence doesn’t stack up

Article – The Conversation

New research claiming indigenous Americans traveled to Polynesia is sensational, but the science is flawed and ignores other evidence. Read more »

Renewed calls for the Cook Islands to take on indigenous name

Article – RNZ

There are renewed calls in the Cook Islands for an indigenous Mori name to replace the country’s colonial era moniker. Read more »

New research shows the South Pole is warming faster than the rest of the world

Article – The Conversation

Over the past 30 years, the South Pole has been one of the fastest changing places on Earth, warming more than three times quicker than the rest of the world. Read more »

Wasteful, Secret And Vicious: The Absurd Prosecution Of Witness K And Bernard Collaery

Opinion – Binoy Kampmark

This week has not been a good one for the Australian legal system. For those who feel that an open justice process requires abuses of power to be exposed and held to account, it was particularly awful. It began with the Q&A program on the … Read more »

In Many Countries The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Accelerating, Not Slowing

Article – The Conversation

Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating . While some countries such as Australia and New Zealand have managed to flatten the curve, in many other parts of the world the number of cases has continued to reach new highs. Read more »

Three-year Battle Over South Auckland Nightclub’s Liquor Licence

Article – Steve Forbes – Local Democracy Reporter

A group of Manukau business owners have been fighting for more than three years against a nightclubs plans to renew its liquor license after a shooting and ongoing compaints about the behaviour of its patrons. The Vavau Lahi Night Club in Manukaus … Read more »

Secret Trials Down Under: Witness J, Witness K And Bernard Collaery

Article – Binoy Kampmark

There a few more spiteful things in political life than a security establishment attempting to punish a leaker or whistleblower for having exposed an impropriety. Such a tendency has no ideological stripe or colouring: it is common to all political … Read more »

Resetting Towards An Economics Of Solidarity

Article – Pacific Network on Globalisation

The COVID19 pandemic has upended economies the world over, while there is financial pain there is also an opportunity for the reorganisation of national and global economics. Fiji’s economic fault lines have been exposed under the pressures of COVID-19, exposing … Read more »

Foreign Lives Matter

Opinion – Keith Rankin

Foreign lives matter, especially (but by no means only) when they are our foreigners. As intimated on 15 March 2019, our foreigners include all non New Zealand citizens in New Zealand, at a given point in time (the ‘present’). And our foreigners include … Read more »

Goldmining As Our Metaphor For Economic Activity

Opinion – Keith Rankin

Imagery: Metaphors, Symbols, Analogies As a species, people use symbols to facilitate understandings of the complexities of the world. In the last millennium in Europe, the highest subjects of learning were ‘classical studies’ and ‘theology’. It was … Read more »

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