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Brexit Happened, But What Happens Next?

I thought the eminently sensible British would vote Bremain but I got it wrong. It’s a perennial problem with referenda – people vote on emotions, half of those voting are of less than average intelligence, and a majority aren’t fully informed on the issue. In my opinion, that is what has happened here. While there were people on the Brexit side who analysed the situation and genuinely... read more


I’ve written about the appalling justice system in Saudi Arabia before in The Injustice of Sharia in Saudi Arabia and also specifically about the case of Raif Badawi, a blogger serving a sentence of ten years and 1,000 lashes simply for disagreeing with the type of governance that prevails in the country. More and more, people have begun to compare the fact that there is little difference between... read more

Auē Tēnei Wiki: Paris, France

What else? France has experienced their 9/11. The Friday 13th myth originated in France, and DAESH has made it a reality. I was happily supermarket shopping on a beautiful sunny morning when the first of seven suicide bombers detonated his vest yesterday morning New Zealand time. I didn’t know what had happened until several hours later when I sat down to eat my lunch. I turned on the TV expecting... read more

Worry of the Week – 27 September 2015: Women in Iran

For my Worry of the Week, I’d like to draw your attention to a film that was brought to my attention by Dermot C., a commenter on the Why Evolution is True website. It’s called Women on the Front Line and was produced last year by Sheema Kalbasi, directed by Hossein Fazeli, and written by the two together. It’s about the women’s movement in Iran and how it’s evolved since the... read more

Worry of the Week – 20 September 2015: Russians in Syria

Just when you thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse in Syria, they have. Putin is going to speak at the United Nations in a few days, and political commentators such as the Guardian‘s Natalie Nougayrède are predicting that his speech will be a call for all nations to unite behind Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad to defeat DAESH in particular and terrorism in the area in... read more

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