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nov 1 2012 : The broadening consensus: “Climate change amps up other basic factors that contribute to big storms. For example, the oceans have warmed, providing more energy for storms. And the Earth’s atmosphere has warmed, so it retains more moisture, which is drawn into storms and is then dumped on us.” Even those of us who are science-phobic can get the gist of that.

On Oct. 17 the giant

aug 2 2012 : Pacific Fibre project hits the wall. Director Rod Drury told it was made "very clear" by American authorities they would not permit significant Chinese investment in the US$400 million 13,000 km fibre-optic cable linking Auckland, Sydney and Los Angeles.

"The United States has previously expressed concerns about Huawei and other Chinese submarine cable suppliers f

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
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