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Why do they hate us?

Written By: - Date published: 11:09 am, July 21st, 2016 - 73 comments

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658 deaths due to terrorism in Europe and the Americas. 28,031 terrorism deaths in the Middle East and rest of the world.

BREXIT Sitrep

Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, July 17th, 2016 - 72 comments

BREXIT

BREXIT has brought into sharp relief the cleavages in British politics. The ordinary members of the UK Labour Party are consolidating their take back of Labour from entitlement minded Blairite Third Way careerists.

Military coup underway in Turkey: Erdo-gone?

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, July 16th, 2016 - 135 comments

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The attempted military coup appears to have been quickly and effectively put down by pro-Erdogan forces.

Nice attack

Written By: - Date published: 11:14 am, July 15th, 2016 - 160 comments

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As is being widely reported, a truck has been used as a weapon to kill around 60 people in Nice, as crowds celebrated Bastille Day. Many shots were fired and the driver is dead. Motives are not yet known, and (at time of writing) no group has claimed responsibility.

Farexit

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, July 5th, 2016 - 98 comments

Farage ma te wa

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has announced that he is standing down as leader. Although he will continue to be a Member of Parliament of the very institution he campaigned for the UK to leave.

UK Labour now what?

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, July 2nd, 2016 - 73 comments

get corbyn

What will happen to the UK Labour Party? The chances of a split into a pro Corbyn activist based and Union based Labour Party and a MP dominated careerist party appear to be very high.

Borexit; Now it’s Just Getting Weird.

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, July 1st, 2016 - 98 comments

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Boris Johnson has sensationally quit the race to lead the UK Tory Party. And Jeremy Corbyn has had a worse day than usual. Where will it all end?

Chilcot, Corbyn and the UK Labour Party caucus.

Written By: - Date published: 10:23 am, June 29th, 2016 - 62 comments

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Three dots.

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Muppet of the month

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, June 29th, 2016 - 38 comments

Nigel Farage twat

The UK Labour Party caucus provided some tough competition but for utter hypocricy UKIP leader Nigel Farage is clearly the political muppet of the month.

A Socialist perspective on Brexit, the European Union and the coup on Corbyn

Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, June 29th, 2016 - 27 comments

Lexit the left leave campaign

Details of a public forum to be run tomorrrow evening by Socialist Aotearoa to discuss Brexit, a Marxist critique of the European Union, and the very British coup against Jeremy Corbyn.

Remembering our personal political power

Written By: - Date published: 12:32 pm, June 27th, 2016 - 23 comments

Dont keep calm psychopaths

Even in times of upheaval there are things we can do. Here are 11 post-Brexit ways to act right now.

Political carnage in England

Written By: - Date published: 6:12 am, June 27th, 2016 - 131 comments

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Deep divisions in both Labour and the Conservatives and a possible breakup of the UK. Interesting times.

Corbyn Coup; Hilary Benn is Sacked for Disloyalty

Written By: - Date published: 2:52 pm, June 26th, 2016 - 129 comments

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Jeremy Corbyn is fighting back against those plotting to force his resignation. But is it too little too late?

Brexit remorse

Written By: - Date published: 10:18 am, June 26th, 2016 - 250 comments

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Should a referendum be binding when the promises that secured the result are immediately dumped?

BREXIT: where it was won and lost

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, June 25th, 2016 - 78 comments

BREXIT

Scotland, Northern Ireland and London voted to stay in the EU. Every other region voted BREXIT. The Midlands and Yorkshire overwhelmingly so.

Brexit: Cameron Resigns

Written By: - Date published: 7:40 pm, June 24th, 2016 - 225 comments

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Top Tory David Cameron has resigned in the wake of the Brexit vote. The buffoon Boris Johnson is tipped to take over at No 10 Downing St.

Should I stay or should I go?

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, June 24th, 2016 - 24 comments

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Brexit or bremain whatever happens today the United Kingdom will never be the same.

Brexit or Bremain

Written By: - Date published: 6:06 am, June 24th, 2016 - 123 comments

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Britain is in its final hours of voting in the historic and contentious EU referendum. Will it be Brexit or Bremain? Update: Brexit it is.

Brexit

Written By: - Date published: 1:51 pm, June 15th, 2016 - 54 comments

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Brexit is looking more and more likely, and the consequences are difficult to predict…

Going electric

Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, April 19th, 2016 - 70 comments

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Old Zeeland showing New Zealand the way.

The secrecy uprising

Written By: - Date published: 2:59 pm, April 15th, 2016 - 29 comments

Uprising

It is clear from John Key’s irresponsible  reaction to accusations of NZ being a loosely controlled tax haven, that we are becoming an international target. Contrast that with European reactions, and then have a look at the David Brin’s prophetic reasons for the fictional Helvitica War…

Simplicity

Written By: - Date published: 11:57 am, April 9th, 2016 - 62 comments

France

Good shit happening in France.

Le Pen, Trump, dark times

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, December 10th, 2015 - 73 comments

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As the world meets in Paris, in desperate need of sanity and unity, the tides of political madness seem to be rising everywhere.

Hilary Benn: we never should walk by on the other side of the road

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, December 4th, 2015 - 147 comments

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UK MP Hilary Benn has given one of the finest speeches Westminster has heard in years in the debate over Syria. It will go down as a defining moment in the fight against Daesh and proves that bombing alone is not the answer. Watch it. It’s how politics can be, when done right.

Paris 2

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, November 15th, 2015 - 203 comments

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From Hollande’s reaction it seems likely that the terrorists will accomplish their goal.

Tony Abbott and the Syrian refugee crisis

Written By: - Date published: 8:49 am, September 10th, 2015 - 74 comments

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In the UK, in Australia and in New Zealand conservative governments have initially refused to accept more refugees then in a matter of days they have changed their view.  At the same time they have announced increased support for refugees they have announced military action against ISIS.  Makes you wonder if this is based on Crosby Textor advice.

Happy Father’s day

Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, September 6th, 2015 - 4 comments

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For father’s day how about a gift of a donation to charities helping the refugees pouring into Europe?

Most allegations against Julian Assange dropped

Written By: - Date published: 6:39 pm, August 18th, 2015 - 94 comments

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Most of the allegations against Assange have been dropped but Swedish authorities still refuse to question him in London. And Assange still hasn’t been charged with a single crime.

Treaty of Versailles – Greek edition

Written By: - Date published: 11:42 am, July 14th, 2015 - 101 comments

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Just like there clearly are first class Euros and second class Euros, it is just as clear that there are first class Europeans and second class Europeans. Nothing is settled and the chance of further conflict is high.

#ThisIsACoup

Written By: - Date published: 10:08 am, July 14th, 2015 - 137 comments

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Twitter has responded to the savage terms of the deal that Greece has signed with other EU countries by the mass use of the hashtag #ThisIsACoup.

Slash Greek debt now!

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, July 8th, 2015 - 222 comments

Battle of Berlin

Europe must agree to slashing Greece’s debt so that economic growth can begin again. Germany should understand this better than most.

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