The past month has devoted a lot of space to the best music and films of 2018, and far less to the past year’s human rights violations.
Of all the crimes committed by the Saudi regime, it has been this revenge killing ordered by the Saudi Crown Prince that has finally brought universal condemnation.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini used the occasion in Wellington to challenge the White House intensely, over Iran.
The price of oil at the pump is always a highly political issue.
Saudi Arabia seems out of control
Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now Donald Trump has singled out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East?
Well, as Auditor-General Lynn Provost has just found in her long-awaited report into the Saudi sheep deal: plenty.