Oceania


Japan Scrambles Jets To Head Off Russian Bombers

Russia is turning its attention to its eastern borders. For instance, the United Press International reported that on 12 April 2017 the Japanese Air Self Defence Force scrambled multiple fighter jets to intercept the approach of three Russian aircraft’s in Japanese airspace. Russia deployed two Tupolev TU-95MS bombers down the […]


Overwhelming Generousity In The Pacific

A joint New Zealand Herald and World Vision effort to raise funds for those living in the remote Pacific has raised $216,000 to the Hidden Pacific campaign. The New Zealand Herald journalists Kirsty Johnston and Mike Scott, and World Vision ambassador Clarke Gayford travelled to Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Solomon Islands to […]


Hit And Run Or Hit And Miss? Is There Any Truth To The Allegations Of War Crimes Against The NZ SAS?

In March 2017, Jon Stephenson and political journalist/author Nicky Hager published Hit & Run: The New Zealand SAS in Afghanistan and the meaning of honour. The book explores an account of events detailing war crimes committed by the New Zealand Special Air Service (NZ SAS) in Afghanistan in 2010. It accuses […]


Is History Repeating Itself? Pondoland Residents Strive To Conserve Their Land In Fight Reminiscent Of 1960s Apartheid Struggle

With a year having passed since the murder of environmental activist Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe, the number of arrests and charges made remains unjustifiably at zero. Witnessed by his 17-year-old son at their home in Pondoland, Rhadebe was shot 8 times in the head. The brutal murder of Rhadebe and his […]


Could The New Zealand SAS Be Responsible For War Crimes In Afghanistan?

Last week, journalist Nicky Hager launched his latest book, Hit and Run, about New Zealand Special Air Service raids on villages in Afghanistan. The book centres around allegations that New Zealand SAS may have been involved in war crimes during deployment in Afghanistan. The book describes Operation Burnham, a New Zealand-led raid […]


Is The Idea Of Human Rights A Universal Concept Or A Representation Of Western Cultural Imperialism?

Human rights are the epitome of human dignity that we, as a human race, have long fought for and truly deserve. Despite the rise of continuous human rights battles around the globe, the ideology of ‘equal and inalienable’ rights stands firmly as the icon of human’s fundamental respect and morality. The […]