Drones Scottish Style Scottish Hogmanay celebration 5 minutes of brilliant viewing.
The start of a new year and a new government. Unprecedented threats hover over New Zealand. At the T-junction, will the government opt for caution, or risk bold initiatives? Choices 8 minute read
NZ No 4 The ten countries most advanced in achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals. NZ, followed by Sweden, comes in at No. 4 – after Norway, Denmark and Finland. 3 minute read.
Digital Yuan At last, an end in sight to the USA’s sanctions and its abuse of the monopoly power of the US Dollar. 3 minute read.
Democracy NGO Democracy Without Borders is probably the NGO most active in advocating more effective global governance. There is a brief intro., followed by a series of articles from which you can pick whatever interests you. 1-30 minute read.
Environment & Climate change
Hydrogen cars Japanese progress to a hydrogen fueled car in NZ. 2 minute read.
USA good news Some good news. Despite Trump, the USA is waking up to the dangers of climate change and the need for mitigation. 5 minute read.
Rain-maker Weather modification in China. 3 minute read.
Human Rights & Justice
BRI Possibly an overly-enthusiastic view of China’s Belt & Road Initiative and its ‘partnership,’ as opposed to ‘alliance’ diplomacy as instruments for lifting poor countries out of the capital/colonial poverty trap. 5 minute read.
Nanaia Mahuta Virtuoso performance: Al-Jazeera interview with Nanaia Mahuta – is NZ putting its economic interests above human rights in its dealings with China? 26 minute watch
Peace & Conflict Resolution
Drones US style If you can invent a new method of killing people in other countries, there is always a ready market in the Pentagon. 3 minute read.
Warmongering The Chinese threat explained. 2 minute read