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Chris Ford: The Citizens Initiated Referendum: a definite mandate for no more sales

Last week's Citizens Initiated Referendum result was definitive in its verdict: those New Zealanders who voted, voted no to any further asset sales.

Chris Ford: Len Brown part of nasty political war that will heat up come next year

Auckland Mayor Len Brown is the victim of a nasty political war that will only heat up as the 2014 General Election approaches.

Chris Ford: On Michael Laws and eugenics

Michael Laws has come out yet again and practically called for a mass eugenics campaign against people with learning disability and, in this case, Down's Syndrome.

Chris Ford: The Mandela funeral signer - comments on his mental health disability are discriminatory

The mystery South African sign language interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie has come out and blamed his poor performance at Tuesday's State Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela on the fact that he was having a Schizophrenic experience.

Chris Ford: Nelson Mandela 1918-2013: The long road of struggle is over

Nelson Mandela's long road of struggle has come to an end.

Mandela died this morning, New Zealand Time, in South Africa aged 95. His passing has been long expected but when I heard the news (via a Green Party email loop) at around midday, it was still a shock.

Chris Ford: John F. Kennedy 50 years - a moment of change for America?

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. This day, aside from September 11, 2001, was one of the most shocking and significant in post-war American history.

Chris Ford: Air New Zealand sale the last act of arrogance prior to referendum

The sale of  some of the Government's shareholding in Air New Zealand - and only days out from a referendum on the issue - is an arrogant act by National.

Chris Ford: CHOGM - the real elephant in the room is the human rights issue

President Rajapaska of Sri Lanka gave John Key an elephant for attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka at the weekend.

Chris Ford: Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan - a climate change fuelled tragedy

It's evident that Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan is a climate change fuelled tragedy.

Chris Ford: Shame on Sri Lanka for detaining Jan Logie and Lee Rhiannon!

Shame on Sri Lanka for temporarily detaining New Zealand Green MP Jan Logie and Green Australian Senator Lee Rhiannon!