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Frontline border workers to be vaccinated first as New Zealand approves Pfizer vaccine

Article – The Conversation

The approval of the first of four COVID-19 vaccines marks the first step in New Zealand’s plans for a Pacific-wide immunisation rollout. Read more »

Misplaced Attack On New Zealand’s Response To Covid-19

Opinion – Ian Powell

Peters Covid dunne-over misplaced Former longstanding minister, including associate health, in both National (mainly) and Labour led governments Peter Dunne has earned a deserved reputation for his measured and methodological approach to matters. I … Read more »

Foreign Correspondent: Battle Lines Drawn On Ending Yemen War

Article – Reese Erlich

The Biden Administration has a chance to undo a disastrous label and open the door for peace. By Reese Erlich One day before the Inauguration, the Trump Administration added Yemens Houthi movement to a list of foreign terrorist organizations. It … Read more »

Small But Mighty: How The Pacific Helped Ban Nuclear Weapons

Article – Emily Defina

It was 1995. Thousands of people marched peacefully hand-in-hand through the Tahitian capital of Papeete. The palm-lined streets were awash with songs of protest. On a nearby shorefront, Cook Islander warriors had just arrived by traditional voyaging … Read more »

How To Keep COVID-19 At Bay During The Summer Holidays — And Help Make Travel Bubbles A Reality In 2021

Article – The Conversation

How to keep COVID-19 at bay during the summer holidays and help make travel bubbles a reality in 2021 Read more »

Abuse On The Mainland: Australia’s Medevac Hotel Detentions

Article – Binoy Kampmark

Governments that issue press releases about the abuse of human rights tend to avoid close gazes at the mirror. Doing so would be telling. In the case of Australia, its record on dealing with refugees is both abysmal and cruel. It tends to be easier … Read more »

Australia travel bubble for early 2021 agreed in principle by Cabinet – Ardern

Article – RNZ

Cabinet has agreed in principle to establish a travel bubble with Australia early next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Read more »

Julian Assange: Covid Risks And Campaigns For Pardon

Article – Binoy Kampmark

Before the January 4 ruling of District Judge Vanessa Baraitser in the extradition case of Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher will continue to endure the ordeal of cold prison facilities while being menaced by a COVID-19 outbreak. From November … Read more »

Celebrating Vanuatu’s Path To Sustainable Development

Article – UN ESCAP

Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana   The Pacific Island Developing State of Vanuatu has emerged as one of the regions great success stories. Vanuatu has joined the ranks of Samoa and the Maldives as one of only six countries to graduate from being … Read more »

Humanity waging ‘suicidal’ war on nature, UN secretary general says

Article – RNZ

This year is on track to be the second hottest on record, behind 2016, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says. Read more »

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