Opinion

March 24, 2019
March 24, 2019

Post-Christchurch social reconstruction: Global the message, local the onus

It is not enough to alert the public of social cracks: how they can be repaired must be part and parcel of any de-constructing exercise.

March 17, 2019
March 17, 2019

Christchurch and 'social cracks'

It was not, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern noted, “one of the darkest days,” in New Zealand's history, but “the darkest”. New Zealand

September 15, 2018
September 15, 2018

Back to a future jungle?

Green is “the colour of nature and health,” according to Jacob Olesen, a Dane lover of colours.

August 19, 2018
August 19, 2018

Iconoclast Donald J Trump?

To any question whether the US president and commander-in-chief is working against the country, Donald J Trump's tenure already supplied an overwhelming positive answer, even before he...

August 11, 2018
August 11, 2018

Thinking the unthinkable: A 'Chinese' Century?

Henry Luce deserves more than the credit he gets for predicting the “American Century” (in Life magazine, February 1941). That was after the League of Nations was unceremoniously buried, but before...

August 5, 2018
August 5, 2018

From Russia With Fatal Love

Ian Fleming's trademark narrative has returned: Russia playing the same old game he wrote so much about (if one remembers James Bond, his boss, M, and their Soviet obsession).

July 28, 2018
July 28, 2018

Canada's US dilemma

Every time Donald J Trump berates Canada, the friendliest neighbour any country could have, those Gerry Rafferty/Joe Egan lyrics from a Stealer's Wheel song rings through my mind.

July 21, 2018
July 21, 2018

Losing that IQ feeling?

Homo sapiens could not have faced the erosion of their cutting-edge claims at a worse time.

July 14, 2018
July 14, 2018

Puff the plastic dragon

Puff was a mythological dragon, made famous by one of the original, 1960s, folk-rock bands, consisting of Peter, Paul, and Mary. He lived “by the sea”, and would “frolic in the autumn mist” in a...

July 7, 2018
July 7, 2018

World Cup and International Relations

As one of the most widely watched human activity, soccer's World Cup Championship unleashes raw competition between countries, raising emotions that cover almost every stripe we know and...