Author Archives: Hugh

Paddle Now Newsletter No 44.

Human Rights & Justice: the Julian Assange case is usually taken and tolerated as being just another example of great- power willingness  to ignore the rights of individuals when it comes to raisons d’état. I have no intention to go into the detail of this long-prolonged attempt by the USA to terrify the Fourth Estate […]

Paddle Now Newsletter. No 43.

After a surfeit of recent Paddle Now newsletters leading on the theme of deteriorating East-West relations, I had intended to devote this one to environmental matters.  However, while going back over the recent Biden-Putin summit, I took the time to read a full transcript of the speech Biden directed to the American people on his […]

Newsletter No. 42. The G7.

World leaders gathered on the beach in Cornwall for a photo on Friday, the first day of theG7 summit. Included in the summit were : Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister; Charles Michel, president of the European Council; US President Joe Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s prime minister; Boris Johnson, the UK’s prime minister; Mario Draghi, Italy’s […]

Newsletter No. 41.

  It was not until the Eighteenth Century that the idea dawned in Christendom that not all God’s creations were immutable. Enlightenment science proved that a large number of species, though created by God, had subsequently become extinct. Science soon followed this belief-shattering discovery with the theory of evolution: that different species would prove more […]

Newsletter 37.

Newsletter No. 37 大道之行也,天下为公,选贤与能,讲信修睦。故人不独亲其亲,不独子其子,使老有所终,壮有所用,幼有所长,矜、寡、孤、独、废疾者皆有所养,男有分,女有归。货恶其弃于地也,不必藏于己;力恶其不出于身也,不必为己。是故谋闭而不兴,盗窃乱贼而不作,故外户而不闭,是谓大同。 To translate in English: “ The Great Way is— the world belongs to all; choose the virtuous and capable; build trust and goodwill; care for not only your own folks, love your own children, but also in society— the old has care, the strong are useful, the young can grow, the […]

Newsletter 36.

 Semenivka, Ukraine, 2016. A house destroyed in the fighting.  Red Cross  the International Red Cross in Eastern Ukraine “Destroyed houses are common in Donbass. There are villages left completely destroyed, after the most intense battle. The ICRC employs teams of local residents with necessary skills, who have lost their job due to the conflict, to […]

Newsletter No.35.

Newsletter No 35. The Earthly Paradise by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Museo del Prado The Paddle Now newsletter is addressed to those striving for an Earthly paradise: the fifty or so civil society organisations that represent the instruments by which New Zealand activists endeavour to engineer beneficent change in global affairs.  Without international cooperation (effective […]