Category: Foreign Affairs

Dr Muriel Newman

The Lockdown Week 2 – Concerns

With all of the indecision, contradictions, and failure to follow the lead of countries that have controlled the virus without destroying their economies, one can’t help but feel our leaders are making this crisis deeper than was necessary.


Jean-Dominique Michel

Covid-19: The game is over?!

The only strategy that makes sense is to screen massively, then confine the positive cases. Neither Hong Kong nor Taiwan nor Korea nor Singapore, territories with the lowest mortality rates for Covid-19, have imposed confinement on healthy people.


Professor Dale Fisher

Singapore’s coronavirus response worked – what we can learn

Looking at what Singapore does differently, the biggest one is Singapore doesn’t let positive patients back into the community.


Dr Matt Ridley

Why have so many of our recent viruses come from bats?

This is not the first disease bats have given us. Rabies possibly originated in bats. So did, and does, Ebola, outbreaks of which usually trace back to people coming into contact with bat roosts in caves, trees or buildings.


Dr Muriel Newman

Judicial Activism

Without a doubt Sian Elias’ Ngati Apa judgement was unprecedented judicial activism. And that’s the problem with judicial activism – the public are left to pick up the pieces. So here we are, almost 20 years later, facing multiple tribal claims for the country’s entire coastline. The first ones will be heard this year...


Melanie Phillips

It’s all about the narrative. Who controls it, wins

In Britain and much of the west, the risible pretence is maintained that the religion has nothing to do with Islamic extremism. From the moment this threat emerged in Britain more than three decades ago, the establishment has refused to acknowledge that what we are facing is Islamic holy war, rooted in religious doctrines which are as genuine as they are contestable.


Brian Giesbrecht

An Endless Cycle of Despair

Alongside a variety of administrative shifts allowing for greater Indigenous control over child welfare, the bill’s most significant item is adding a new duty of “cultural continuity” to the familiar tension between the best interests of children and the rights of parents in deciding whether a child should be apprehended.


Dr Bronwyn Howell

Consequences of the Christchurch Call: Social engineering by internet platforms?

When seventeen countries, the European Commission, and eight tech companies signed the “Christchurch Call” pledge in May, it was heralded as a triumph in the fight against the promulgation of violent extremist content online. The Call was led by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron.


Alex Berenson

The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, And Violence

Cannabis advocates have followed the same playbook. They press for medical legalization, then argue for recreational use. Linking legalization to medical use has proven the crucial step. It encourages voters to think of marijuana as something other than an intoxicant.


Dr Muriel Newman

A Sacrificial Lamb

The Prime Minister’s plan is to put so much pressure on farmers that she will drive them out of business – just as occurred in the coal industry, and oil and gas. So exactly how is she doing this? Here are five ways.