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Obama says “sorry” but…

Written By: - Date published: 9:47 am, October 9th, 2015 - 19 comments


Will New Zealand (John Key), as a signatory to the Geneva Convention Protocol I, support Medecins sans  Frontieres call for an independent fact finding commission into the bombing of their hospital,  and the deaths of Doctors and children and 37 injured? Or will he pretend he never got the letter?

The (gradual?) decline of American empire

Written By: - Date published: 12:20 pm, October 6th, 2015 - 93 comments


Col. Lawrence Wilkerson was Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell. And he says that the American empire is in decline.

Bashar al-Assad and other Bastards.

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, October 3rd, 2015 - 130 comments

Patrick Cockburn

What proper journalistic coverage of Syria looks like.

Speech to UN height of hypocrisy

Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, October 3rd, 2015 - 34 comments


Key’s little lecture to the UN would have been delivered with a lot more moral authority if it wasn’t built on the heights of hypocrisy.

Three minutes to midnight. John Key incoherent.

Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, October 2nd, 2015 - 90 comments

Bazza,  Bazza, got a moment, its me, John.

Same ole, same ole. Except, this time, US neoconservative imperalism might have a problem. Russia.

Stephenson beats his critics

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, October 2nd, 2015 - 27 comments

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Respected journalist Jon Stephenson has extracted an apology and payment from the NZ Defence Force for their attack on his work in 2011. He is owed an apology from John Key too…

All the left wants is a clean contest of ideas

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, September 15th, 2015 - 153 comments

Jeremy Corbyn

Josie Pagani yesterday chose as a left wing commentator to condemn Jeremy Corbyn’s politics as being based on narcissism where hard decisions never need to be made, and the unpopularity of a policy was evidence not of its failure but of its virtue.  She should have analysed his history before making these claims.  And in the interests of balance the media really needs to choose left wing commentators who will proudly stand up and support progressive ideals rather than repeat right wing attack lines.

Refugee crisis a taste of things to come

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, September 12th, 2015 - 74 comments


The current refugee crisis is but a taste of the climate refugee crisis to come. But it according to Key it’s fine, because it won’t be a problem in the next year or two.

Wellington rallies for refugees

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 11th, 2015 - 13 comments

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A great turnout at last night’s rally at Parliament to call for the government to double the quota for refugees.

Tony Abbott and the Syrian refugee crisis

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

Joe Hockey Tony Abbott

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.

In Our Back Yard – Manus Island and Nauru

Written By: - Date published: 12:04 pm, September 9th, 2015 - 12 comments

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As the photo claims, refugees are human beings. We can tell this from general expressions of resignation, desperation and misery.

But what about our own expressions of humanity?

Lost the Plot

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 pm, September 8th, 2015 - 91 comments


Winston’s solution to war and refugees.

Syrian refugees – National backs down

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, September 7th, 2015 - 71 comments

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The backtrack is under way.  Last week National was not budging on refugee numbers.  Today they will announced an urgent passage allowing for the intake of more Syrian refugees.  The focus groups have spoken. Update: and the announcement is for 600 new refugees over 3 years and $4,9 million in increased aid.

Geddis on Key’s guts

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, September 7th, 2015 - 10 comments

Angry John Key

Andrew Geddis on Key’s bravado when it comes to sending other people to fight in a war, and his prevarication when it comes to helping war’s victims.

Syria and Internationalism

Written By: - Date published: 4:02 pm, September 6th, 2015 - 90 comments


I wonder if the current public outpouring of sympathy for Syrian refugees is nought but a ‘fashion’, or whether it’s the beginnings of a renaissance for internationalism.

Happy Father’s day

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


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

National’s refugee backdown

Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, September 5th, 2015 - 82 comments

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In both England and New Zealand conservative Prime Ministers are looking to urgently backtrack from recent refusals to do anything further for refugees.

A flag that suits Key’s NZ

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, September 3rd, 2015 - 95 comments

Lyndon Hood in a work of bleak genius has come up with a flag that really suits Key’s NZ.


Market forces

Written By: - Date published: 11:17 am, September 3rd, 2015 - 70 comments


Rosemary Macleod on the flag and market forces. Danyl Mclauchlan on the refugee disaster, market forces, and Key. Is this our New Zealand?

How much does New Zealand spend on refugees?

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, September 3rd, 2015 - 52 comments

Syrian refugees

The Government is under increasing pressure to increase the number of refugees that it takes.  Amnesty International’s proposal to double the number could be met by less than the cost of a flag referendum.

Is Syria the first failed state because of climate change?

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, September 2nd, 2015 - 170 comments

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A climate change induced drought from 2006 to 2009 appears to have sparked the instability that has caused the Syrian Civil war.  The mass exodus of citizens that we are witnessing may be the first of many climate change induced events.

Key is relaxed about widespread refugee crisis

Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, September 1st, 2015 - 58 comments

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John Key has ruled out an emergency intake of refugees and claims that New Zealand is doing its bit and that bit is enough.

70 refugees dead in small truck on Austrian roadside

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 pm, August 28th, 2015 - 107 comments

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When European and NATO countries participate in destabilising and destroying nearby countries, the human tragedy doesn’t stay neatly confined to the other side of the border.

August the 6th, 1945

Written By: - Date published: 4:43 pm, August 6th, 2015 - 148 comments


Seventy years on…

Amnesty International calls for prosecution of Israeli war crimes in Gaza

Written By: - Date published: 12:05 pm, July 31st, 2015 - 13 comments


Amnesty International has release chilling video footage and analysis suggesting the Israeli armed forces committed war crimes against civilians during last year’s assault on Gaza.

Kia ora Gaza

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, June 30th, 2015 - 89 comments

Palestinian terrorists

Native Affairs reporter Ruwani Perera and cameraman Jacob Bryant have been arrested by Israeli forces for being part of a peace flotilla wanting to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza.  If Murray McCully wants to achieve peace in the Middle East he could start by demanding that they be released and that the delivery of aid to Gaza be allowed.

An open letter to Andrew Little

Written By: - Date published: 6:08 pm, June 26th, 2015 - 432 comments

Andrew Little

A respectful open letter to Andrew Little with suggestions for how to win the next election!

The third way according to Tony Blair

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, June 14th, 2015 - 70 comments


Supporters of Tony Blair’s third way and the need for Labour to be aspirational should reflect on recent reports of his huge wealth earned with taxpayer support while he has been engaged on official business.

A double standard for Saudi Arabia

Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, April 28th, 2015 - 119 comments


If Saudi Arabia’s justice system and human rights record is as bad as Amnesty says it is, then this is not a country that we should be seeking closer economic ties with. Why the double standard?

Anzac Day – 100 years

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 am, April 25th, 2015 - 35 comments


100 years ago today ANZAC forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. They are remembered.

Image from NZ History.

Andrew Little entrusted with delivering a Gallipoli medal

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, April 23rd, 2015 - 16 comments

Poppys anzac day

It was touch and go at Wellington Airport as the great-niece of a Gallipoli soldier raced to meet Labour leader Andrew Little to get him to deliver a medal to Turkey on her behalf.

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