(Financial Times) — Nestlé discovered that the secret infiltration of a non-governmental organisation is illegal. The company also learned that child labor is illegal too. Private companies monitoring activists activities is also illegal. Attac an anti-globalisation organisation that won the case against Nestlé says: ”we are continuing to critically observe the worldwide activities of multinational corporations.”
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, polynesia Asia-Pacific. 31.1.13~
try again: true freedom is when you are not afraid to tell the truth.
Aotearoa NZ’s story.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.1.13~
FREEDOM IS A CULTURE OF EMPOWERMENT, COURAGE, GENEROSITY OF SPIRIT – TE PIRINGA MAORI CULTURAL CLUB’S SONG ANTHEMS DEPICT IT NICELY
True freedom is when you have gratitude of expression in being empowered and seeking to empower others. Here’s a song that sings of that in New Zealand. Te Piringa with a song of thanksgiving in letting the weak say I am strong. I love it.
A very beautiful song with deep Kiwi meaning.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.1.13~
WHAT IS FREEDOM? GERMAN, CANADIAN, US THINKERS OF THE FRASER INSTITUTE’S STUDY – TOWARDS A WORLDWIDE INDEX OF HUMAN FREEDOM
German, Canadian and American researchers quite fancy New Zealand as a beautiful whenua (land) reports marketwire website, especially in offering an idea of new starts. That being an idea of freedom. Yahoo Finance also ran the story.
Last year, the Cato Institute listed New Zealand as having “high economic freedom” ranking third in the world after Hong Kong and Singapore in the yearly Economic Freedom of The World report. An interesting finding as the average wage in New Zealand is US$36k. Yet New Zealand is perceived as having high financial freedom by Cato.
This year, the Germans and Canadians of The Fraser Institute list why they feel New Zealand has high freedom levels. The Insitute claims to have, “the most complete index of human freedom” and is Canada’s leading public policy think-tank. It worked with Germany’s Liberales Institut to collate its thoughts. A summary of main points follows:
The authors of the book say the intention was to measure the degree to which people were free to enjoy classic civil liberties-freedom of speech, religion, individual economic choice, and association and assembly-in each country surveyed.
The nations in their study they like as being perceived as free are: New Zealand, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Ireland, US, Denmark, Japan, Estonia. The UK was listed at 18 and France at 33. (more…)
“Their intention is very clear: It is to take back that bit of space for public opinion, that freedom of speech hundreds of millions of Chinese Internet users have strived for,” said Murong Xuecun, a prominent Chinese writer.
–responding to news that all Chinese are required to register their names for the internet. Read Flora Ji‘s report.
I just think China’s government is more honest than other governments about it. I mean, it’s not look every government isn’t looking at what their citizens are doing online. How else do politicians look like gurus (or worse, when they do not – heaven forbid! We all look dumb, when that happens)… every time they turn up at a press conference. They need relevant stuff to say. This is often how they get their best ideas. (more…)
For five days, news crew (journalists) were abducted in Syria. Abductions are always scary to get through. Richard Engel, Aziz Akyavas and John Kooistra share their remarkable story of escape via The Holllywood Reporter. (more…)
A lot of readers are requesting Hosea Gear All Blacks News.
To find out the latest, click on the rugby star’s pic. Hosea is the All Blacks brotha leading the All Blacks rugby team’s Maori haka.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.12.12~
Google on it’s home page raises the question of:
Thankfully a journalist has already given good thoughts on this.
The Global Battle For Internet Freedom is examined in detail by Chris Barton.
“It’s a familiar narrative. People make decisions behind closed doors. Other people don’t like it. The secrets get leaked. All hell breaks loose. Think Wikileaks, the Trans Pacific Partnership and now the WCIT leak site. That’s the World Conference on International Telecommunications which is being held by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in Dubai this week.” (more…)
Celebrating freedom more: Medal of Freedom Recipients 2012 – USA
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.11.12~
This is a hard place and we’re not angels or saints: the big things are never easy and we don’t get everything right.
But we stand today, a proud people in a free land.
–Julia Gillard showing realistic leadership. 28.10.12~
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.10.12~
Humanitarians of us all: Harry Glazer‘s life and work is always going to be important.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.10.12~
Mo Yan, became the first Chinese writer to win the literature Nobel. The artist was awarded the Peace Prize while serving a prison sentence for opposing single-party rule. Photo: AP. Reporting Christopher Bodeen, Toronto Star.
Mo Yan’s Bo Xilai poem follows:
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.10.12~
‘The only way you can defeat [terrorism] is by deciding not to be afraid.’
–writer Salman Rushdie on taking heart in courage. NZ Herald.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.9.12~
The city of New Jersey USA, is going all out to affirm Coptic Christians says Reuters.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.9.12~
Pussy. Riot. Freedom–source: Pitchfork.com.
News: “Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday called for three members of the punk band Pussy Riot to be freed, a sign that the women’s release could be imminent since their case comes up for appeal on Oct. 1.”–words: Lyn Berry-ABNews.go.
[Photo caption: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The girls of punk band Pussy Riot are Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina sit in a glass-walled cage after a court hearing in Moscow].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.9.121~
At the time of writing many Maori leaders are meeting with The Maori King as one, to discuss the issue of water rights in New Zealand.
The coverage begins with an open letter by a politician named John to another man named John, NZ’s PM. The letter goes:
Kia ora, John
I’m down at Turangawaewae for the water hui, and I just wanted to clear up a few things before I go in. You see John, there’s quite a bit of confusion about how Maori are being pushed to help you with your asset sales problem, but there doesn’t seem to be much of a push from your side to help Maori with any of our problems – like poverty, low wages, massive unemployment, poor housing, benefit cuts … you know the rest.
We know things are hard for your Government right now, what with trying to sell off power companies when you don’t own the water that drives them – but really John, that’s something your officials should have sorted out a long time ago.
The consultation hui earlier this year showed clearly that Maori don’t support asset sales, there was that huge march on Parliament against it, and there’s that petition on the street right now with 250,000 signatures and growing, opposing asset sales as well. (more…)
Myanmar is changing: Myanmar government ends most media censorship.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.8.12~
Free your mind and the rest will follow.
Thought for today–En Vogue.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.8.12~
[Music - Stan Walker's music video is a beauty as it shows acres of land, as a concept raising the idea of where agricultural crops could be growing - for our baby panda nations populations of the world].
New Zealand Citizens World News From Aotearoa New Zealand: In New Zealand, we are most concerned about USA’s drought problems, driving up food prices worldwide.
This means that people who live in concrete jungle cities, with no access to a backyard to grow a garden, are very disadvantaged by this news. Held ransom, by the US drought on this issue when shopping.
As too, are the famine stricken nations of the world, we need to be more mindful of.
New Zealand needs to get stuck into agriculture more. We also need a new distribution supply firm (separate to the now German-owned Turners & Growers) to create new supply distribution chains from NZ. Grains, wheat, maybe even maize are what NZ should get more into. Alongwith growing some good stodgey potatoes and kumara (yummy sweet potatoes) to boot. We need to stockpile these crops. The produce should belong to NZ citizens, (our youth should own them), to mediate Peace in the world’s future and reduce wars and blood shed too. It is our children’s futures we all serve, if we are humble enough to actually view it with eyes wide open, looking out to a brighter world where there are dark clouds on our horizons we need to bring light to in our humble yet pivotal New Zealand future, destined to be world-changing people.
Anway, for the latest on the news: Melissa Stokes 12 o’clock news report gives some of our news views in NZ. We’re are a little bit Vincent Ward today with a tragic: vigil watch in New Plymouth. A bit rattled in Hawke’s Bay too. A plume bubbly at Tongariro as well. Busy.
Andrew Allison gives a rough NZX report too. (We’re pretending that NZ is still worried about the Eurozone, when really the bank is in our backyard to grow. We need to be less lazy, do some real work and feed the world). If every politician was allowed out of ‘school’ to spend two days a week in their own provinces, encouraging their home electorate folks to begin this work, NZ would be 100% wealthier in a years time. Kind of, be a cheerleader (or a top coach) of the real people in each province, is what our politicians redeeming qualities are, ahead.
I have a Generation Joseph section on this blog, (created as a blueprint for youth of NZ’s strong future), that addresses that situation from NZ for the world. I like Melissa and Andrew’s reports today. Also of interest is the story of schizophrenia and medical science. In the GFC years or world re-engineering, people wearing ties at banks developed schizophrenic economies. The economies looked like: One for them and another for everyone else. The rise of this disease with suits (that is still prevalent) was best summed up in the American pop anthem, Poker Face many chart hits ago now. So I love that story too. A fav.
And: you can’t go past the world’s “oldest” flash mob dancers either today. Age is nothing but a number, so I admire the humor of our Kiwi grey-power set actors rocking out in this clip too. In their own special way, these outrageous silver hori headed people are creating world history too. Ye-ah!
Live life each day to the fullest is their very groovy message at our 100th medal milestone for NZ. Always have fun is the Auckland City’s Lifemark Homes team‘s inspiring crazy message. “Give it death” they reckon!!! I love them! JH Peace!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.8.12~