Should journalists be part of the solution, and not part of the problem?
Freedom of the press describes the right to gather, publish, and distribute information and ideas without government restriction. This right encompasses freedom from censorship, but does our media really have complete freedom in New Zealand? We need to ask this question when we see the government’s response to Nicky Hager’s investigative journalism, and Channel 7 is removed from TV in spite of having half a million viewers. A journalist was recently no longer required by the Herald after writing an honest critique of the TPPA, and what happened to Campbell Live and why?
David Robie, Professor of Communication Studies and Pacific Journalism, Director of the Pacific Media Centre, journalist and author asks these questions and more.
After seven years of negotiations on the TPPA, Ministers from twelve countries have reached agreement, but all is not lost as it has not been signed and sealed. Even though Tim Groser and other governments Ministers reached agreement, the TPPA has not been finalised. There are further steps before ratification and many ways that the TPPA could still fail.
Under the US Fast Track law, President Obama has to give 90 days notice to Congress before he can sign the TPPA, and must make the text public 30 days into that period.
Meanwhile, members of the US Congress and the corporate lobbyists who are ‘cleared advisers’ will get to see the deal. They will be seeking to change what they don’t like and making new demands. That will be the first of many opportunities for them to seek to rewrite the ‘final’ deal. So the earliest that the TPPA could actually be signed is next February, and that would assume that all governments agree with the final tweaking. So there is time to mobilize!
See below for details on the nationwide marches on Saturday November 14th 2015.
James’s aim is to bring community based grassroots organisations into fruition at the same time optimising conscious choices as to how we work and meld together as self actualised team members.
He sees an immediacy in doing this.
He brings people together to mesh them into a team, by using practical components including self reflection and meditation so as to have real grounded intentions. Be it through engineering to horticulture, he works to share skills and create products.
However, his message is that to make things happen we have to do them at grassroots level - here and now. His local project up in central North Auckland on the East coast is that in 18 months time he will show people that they can come and start working immediately as a localised opportunity in action. He maintains that if the community is not on board with their heart it simply does not happen, as he found out when working up in Shanghai, China for a year and that another important quality is that we have to be an active part of our community with no separation. To be inclusive is so important.
It is the 20th year anniversary of the yacht flotilla to the Mururoa atoll to halt French Nuclear tests.
New Zealand has always been an outspoken critic of Nuclear testing and nuclear weapons. In total, 175 explosions took place at Moruroa and Fangataufa, in French Polynesia - 41 of which were atmospheric.
In 1973,the New Zealand and Australian governments took France to the International Court of Justice in an attempt to ban the tests. France ignored the court’s ruling that they cease testing.
Glen Atkinson is a philosopher, biodynamics and agricultural expert, published author and was the astrologer for the NZ’s Womens Weekly for many years. He discusses his recent theories with John Coombs of Global Health Clinics.
Glen offers various solutions to the current challenges facing individuals and society. These include simple health issues, with reference to the work of Dr Rudolf Steiner, Astrology, and some of the key planetary dynamics currently influencing our planet.
Glen's theories include new advancements on the energetic qualities of the Torus, practical fractal significances and how the periodic table of chemical elements can be viewed in a more dynamic and easy to comprehend manner which directly correlates to our health and active consciousness.
Glenn's work with agricultural forces through his BD Max products have been developed over 40 years and include simple homeopathic solutions to help produce a better quality of organic nutrients and manage plant resistance to various pests and temperature fluctuations.
This conversation touches on esoteric knowledge as well as simple practical chemistry and social dynamics.
Glen has written 5 books which are available free on his website www.bdmax.co.nz
Glen also produces a range of synergised homeopathic human health products, which are available online or through Global Health Clinics.
For more information on the work of Global Health Clinics and practical health solutions to your daily needs please go to www.globalhealthclinics.co.nz