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New Zealand General Election 2023 October 14

You might not have heard of the Heritage Foundation, an ultra-right US think tank that has evolved into a policy arm of the Republican Party, influencing its shift to more hardline conservative positions in recent decades. Its Index on Economic Freedom, an annual appraisal of 184 national economies, applauds those that are most friendly to business, especially concerning tax codes. In other words, the most right-wing economies …

The Death penalty and the Authoritarian Personality

Robert Dunham, Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington DC, discusses with Wayne Brittenden the ethical and legal situation of capital punishment globally — but particularly in the US, which is the only western democracy that — at least in 29 states — can still execute its citizens.

    How the US Overthrew Iran’s Democracy in 4 Days

    A little-known history that needs to be told, and the US National Public Radio does a fine job.

    As the Sufi poet philosopher Omar Khayyam put it: When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back.



      The chasm between your icons and what you probably don’t know about them

      Gardens and Politics

      What your garden reveals …

        The Population Bomb … And Much Else

        Paul Ehrlich

        The Population Bomb was a bombshell best-seller when it was unleashed in 1968. Author Paul Ehrlich, a renowned biologist, warned of the consequences of unchecked population growth and introduced the term Zero Population Growth (ZPG).

        The population then was less than half of today’s figure, yet the issue is barely mentioned now in the media and public discourse. Despite our greater awareness of climate change, peak oil and other related hazards, why did population slip off the radar?

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          Cognitive Dissonance: The Mind’s Manoeuvre from Uncomfortable Truths

          We’ve all experienced it! The mental conflict that comes when new information threatens your beliefs, assumptions or actions.

          Professor Daniel Meegan of Guelph University, Ontario, Canada, explains the defensive mind manoeuvres that we’re likely to make when such mental conflicts occur. In our present age of troubling uncertainties and existential crises, cognitive dissonance is also common among politicians.

          Is it necessary for our sanity, or a potentially dangerous cop-out? Professor Meegan takes an unblinkered look at how we phase out unwelcome information.

            The Secrets of National Songs

            Professor Erik Levi

            All you need to know about the making and meaning of national songs! Erik Levi, Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, talks about the musical devices that stir emotions in patriotic songs and takes a critical look at some interesting examples.

              Lenin and Ukraine

              Vladimir Lenin’s view on UKRAINE was vastly different from Vladimir Putin’s!

              What Big Oil knew about climate change, in its own words

              Four years ago, I traveled around America, visiting historical archives. I was looking for documents that might reveal the hidden history of climate change — and in particular, when the major coal, oil and gas companies became aware of the problem, and what they knew about it …