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july 24 2012 : The Magna Carta in 1215 was a milestone in civil and human rights.

Later Anglo colonialism introduced the concept of terra nullius, employed to justify the expulsion of indigenous populations in the settler-colonial societies.

Today domestically, recent US supreme court rulings have greatly enhanced the already enormous political power of corporations and the super-rich,

july 24 2012 : We welcome the involvement of the US in the TPP but not on all the terms that the United States would like to impose in negotiations.

NZ should not see the TPP as an agreement exclusive of other countries or as a means to contain China’s economic advance.

NZ for the first time in its history finds itself in a situation where its strategic security relationships based on co

july 25 2012 : The legal threat from tobacco companies over the Government's proposal for plain packaging has raised fears about the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

july 23 2012 : Schools are using video conferencing to enhance learners' ability to use foreign languages. ''As soon as you have real people involved, it brings a soul to the curriculum. That has been the biggest change: the change of motivation from students wanting to get [the language] right.''

Successive federal governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying and failing to

july 22 2012 : Is there a way forward for the TPPA? Maybe. But if that way forward involves stifling Kiwi innovation and crippling changes to IP law then we all lose, even with a few token agriculture concessions.

Last week a diverse range of organisations led by Internet New Zealand launched the Fair Deal campaign to raise awareness of many of these issues. Even the country’s mild-mannered

july 21 2012 : A global super-rich elite has exploited gaps in cross-border tax rules to hide an extraordinary £13 trillion ($21tn) of wealth offshore – as much as the American and Japanese GDPs put together – according to researcher James Henry former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey and an expert on tax havens, and released exclusively to the Observer.

These estimates reveal a stagg

july 14 2012 : The Maori Council's Waitangi Tribunal water claim has served notice that the taniwha of Maori customary ownership has been awakened by the Government's partial asset sales plan.

Tau said talk of who "owned" water was merely confusing, "because at the end of the day ownership in the Western ideology is not what we seek".

"We seek to be recognised in our role as kaitiaki or g


july 9 2012 : The New Zealand digital industry wants the Government to pay as much attention to its economic interests in the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations as it does to the agricultural sector.

Don Christie of IT company Catalyst says "IT is one of those sectors that politicians keep paying lip service to and saying that's where our future is - it's all the weightless economy. Bu
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