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June 5, 2018

Trump’s flip-flopping on North Korea is starting to make me dizzy. Indeed, I am tempted to start calling him Donald Haviana Trump now, as homage to this most irksome of traits. In the space of a couple of a months Trump has gone from threatening a nuclear holocaust, to making thinly veiled requests for a […]

May 26, 2018

CW: Discussion of violence A few weeks ago, I wrote an article in Salient in relation to the #neveragain movement sweeping the United States, after a tragic high school massacre claimed the lives of 17 children. I wrote then about how I remain sceptical that any changes would be made to gun laws in the […]

May 21, 2018

As Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were busying themselves opening the United States’ newest Embassy in Jerusalem — with a speech saying “peace is within reach”, no less — a largely peaceful protest in Gaza turned to bloodshed when Israel Defense Force (IDF) snipers opened fire on protesters. According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, […]

May 14, 2018

As the clusterfuck that is the Syrian Civil War continues to rumble away, more dangerous forces are beginning to stir in the region. In particular the decades-old rivalry between Tehran and Tel-Aviv is beginning to come to the fore. With so many pieces moving at once on this geopolitical chessboard, this rivalry could almost be […]

May 7, 2018

Let’s admit it, the Korean saga is the herpes of world tension — it just won’t go away, and is unlikely to now, even with Mr Trump’s scintillating deal making skills. Despite the favourable noises emanating from Pyongyang right now, I for one would like to call bullshit on the idea that North Korea will […]

May 7, 2018

A new start-up, founded by three Victoria University students, aims to match unused parking spaces with those who need them. The founders hope that the start-up, called “Parallel”, will make more parking spots available which might otherwise be inaccessible, and that it will help to get people involved in the shared economy where they can […]

April 30, 2018

On 13 April the US, France, and the UK decided to launch a fusillade of over 100 cruise missiles at various sites in Syria, in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma on 7 April. The strikes were, according to the UK’s Minister of Defense Gavin Williamson, to “degrade […]

April 16, 2018

A recently released report by the Motu Research Institute has shed new light on the Government’s removal of student allowances for postgraduate study and how this has affected New Zealanders. The report outlines the 2013 decision by the Government to remove allowances for students going into postgraduate study, other than honours degrees, and details the […]

March 26, 2018

CW: gun violence Americans have a bit of a thing for guns – and apparently for using them on school children – with 17 youngsters killed in a hail of gunfire in February. Now after such an event you’d assume there would be a period of deep introspection by the powers that be, to find […]