Is Islamic State back?

Is Islamic State back?

By Aviva Guttmann In the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic the crises of tomorrow can fester. A resurgence of Islamic State (IS) is likely to be one of them. In recent weeks, IS has carried out a spate of attacks on security forces in Iraq and different areas of...
Will COVID quieten Beethoven’s big birthday?

Will COVID quieten Beethoven’s big birthday?

By Nancy November Along with other Beethoven scholars, students, performers and fans, I expected 2020 to be big: The 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth would surely be loud, public, monumental, teleological, triumphant, heroic—like the music of the man himself....
How much do we trust our news media?

How much do we trust our news media?

By Gavin Ellis Public trust is a percentages game. A survey released last week tells us 53 percent of New Zealanders trust overall news sources most of the time. That isn’t a particularly high number, but it ranks well against other countries. We sit behind Finland...
How bad is the state of New Zealand’s rivers?

How bad is the state of New Zealand’s rivers?

By Troy Baisden The latest environmental report on New Zealand’s lakes and rivers reiterates bleak news about the state of freshwater ecosystems, and warns that climate change will exacerbate existing threats. Almost all New Zealand rivers running through urban and...