Middle East specialist Prof Bill Harris sees no sign of a
''miracle'' to break recurrent cycles of violence involving
Gaza but says the United States remains ''critically
important'' to finding a solution.
The ''appalling'' shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines
passenger jet with the loss of about 298 lives highlights the
need to rejuvenate the United Nations and its
conflict-resolving machinery, Prof Robert Patman says.
Hundreds more lives can be saved if ''serious failings'' in
the New Zealand coronial system are addressed, including by
boosting resources, improving information sharing and
changing the law, a Dunedin academic says.