Author Archive: Paul Comrie-Thomson

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Religion and the US President

Religion and the US President

by / 20/09/10 / No Comments

One of the most intriguing stories to come out of the United States recently is the controversy surrounding the proposal to build an Islamic community centre in Lower Manhattan, and the effect of this on perceptions of President Obama. Even more astonishing is many Americans’ (perhaps not unusual) reaction to this story—most notably Florida Pastor [...]

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Strength, unity and solidarity: collectives and activism in New Zealand

Strength, unity and solidarity: collectives and activism in New Zealand

by / 20/09/10 / [ 2 Comments ]

In a recent column in the New Zealand Listener, Bill Ralston quipped about the death of the neighbourhood pub, and the subsequent loss of a key forum for political and social debate. In his words, “the old neighbourhood pubs were more than just drinking holes. They were places where news was exchanged, fundraising done and [...]

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The incentive to fail

The incentive to fail

by / 13/09/10 / No Comments

Many of the huge bank bailouts in the United States stem from the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999. The Act, originally instituted in 1933 as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal policies, was designed to pull the US out of the Great Depression. Alongside the creation of Federal Deposit Insurance, the Act separated commercial [...]

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The Aussie election

The Aussie election

by / 06/09/10 / No Comments

New Zealanders are all too familiar with the extended negotiations following elections, due to our Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) electoral system. In 1996, the first election under that system, Winston Peters held a key role in deciding which party would govern, since a clear winner did not emerge. The negotiations went on for weeks. Australia, [...]

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A chat with Jack

A chat with Jack

by / 06/09/10 / 1 Comment

Salient feature writer Paul Comrie-Thomson talks to Jack Yan about his experience in the fashion industry and his hopes for Wellington’s very own fashion scene. Designer, publisher, consultant, and more recently, mayoral candidate Jack Yan is, not surprisingly, an extremely busy man. Born in Hong Kong in 1972, if Yan is successful in his bid [...]

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Olde Sarkozy

Olde Sarkozy

by / 16/08/10 / No Comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy continues to find himself making headlines for controversial moves, which have incited accusations of racism worldwide. While the president has always proclaimed a tough stance on immigration, these moves have picked up steam. Last year, Sarkozy called for the Muslim burqa to be banned in public spaces. The policy has since [...]

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Coalition Forces?

by / 16/08/10 / 1 Comment

Is the political relationship between National and the Maori Party a match made in heaven, or is it simply a marriage of convenience? Salient feature writer Paul Comrie-Thomson investigates. The coalition between National and the Maori Party, which has endured now almost two years, is an odd relationship to say the least. The coalition deal [...]

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What to do about Chris Carter

What to do about Chris Carter

by / 09/08/10 / [ 2 Comments ]

There is something about Phil Goff which makes him entirely unlikeable. It could be his weak attempts to appear down-to-earth in interviews, where his smarmy character exudes insincerity. Or it might be the holier-than-thou struts up and down the halls of parliament as presented on the evening news, which resonate a distinct distance from voters. [...]

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Top Secret America

Top Secret America

by / 02/08/10 / 1 Comment

Monday 19 July’s edition of The Washington Post saw the publication of the first of a three-part series looking at what investigative journalists Dana Priest and William Arkin refer to as “Top Secret America”. While the size of America’s intelligence industry has clearly ballooned following the 9/11 attacks, the results of this two-year investigation focus [...]

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The Absence of Hope: Reconstructing Haiti

by / 02/08/10 / No Comments

Salient feature writer Paul Comrie-Thomson takes a look at the relief efforts and aid failures in Haiti, six months after the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck. The Caribbean nation of Haiti was rocked on Tuesday 12 January this year by a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake, centred just 25 kilometres west of the impoverished nation’s capital [...]

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