There are clear lines of demarcation between free speech and the criminal offences associated with inciting racial disharmony, or obscene behaviour. Parenthetically, the question of whether it is the role of the State to proscribe standards of obscenity might be left for another day.
Romance scammers target everyone, the person does not have to be single and looking for love, they can be married, separated, divorced, widowed, deaf, blind and disabled. Victims can be correctional officers, scholars, military personnel, clergy, teachers, doctors, celebrities, nurses, cleaners… everyone is a potential victim of a scam. If you have an online presence, you can be targeted by a scammer. Romance scams are ever evolving, where new sites open and Wi-Fi is introduced to new countries, romance scammers will follow.
In what is turning out to be a train wreck of arbitrary decision making by authorities, an Ecuadorean judge authorised the seizure of Julian’s belongings, so that US prosecutors could help themselves to items including manuscripts, legal papers, medical records and electronic equipment. Tuck describes the situation as utterly bizarre.
Crime crosses borders, and governments struggle to keep pace with rapidly-shifting criminal practices. Drug trafficking is clearly one of these transnational crimes, and New Zealand isn’t immune from it.
In recent years, research has shown a clear connection between IUU fishing and forced labour. It has been recognised that both human trafficking and forced labour are social consequences of IUU fishing.
Iraq’s post-invasion government is attempting to ‘do justice’ behind a paper-thin rule of law. The clearest evidence of this is that courts are handing down death sentences after trials lasting only 10 minutes.
It seems obvious that New Zealand is trying to maintain its “clean and green” image at the expense of other countries like India and Niue. This is industrial-scale littering far from “tidy kiwi” behaviour.
New Zealand has the second highest rate of imprisonment in the world. The only country that has more of its population behind bars than us per capita is the USA - and they’ve acknowledged that it’s a problem.
Sir Bob Jones’ racist diatribe against Maori, and the response calling for him to be stripped of his knighthood and prosecuted for hate speech raise big questions about the role of free speech in New Zealand society.