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The unexpected oil crisis

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, January 16th, 2016 - 186 comments

empty oil barrels

The world is currently facing a problem that even a few years ago was unthinkable.  Oil is cheap and demand has dropped out of the market.  What are the geopolitical implications of this?

The major world risks in 2016

Written By: - Date published: 12:37 pm, January 5th, 2016 - 13 comments

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Ad reviews Eurasia’s appraisal of global risks the world faces in 2016.

Barbaric Death Cult or friend and ally?

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, January 4th, 2016 - 49 comments

Barbaric death cult ISIS Saudi Arabia

Spot the difference.

Treachery and silly season political snippets

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, December 23rd, 2015 - 61 comments

John Key Paula Bennett

There’s still a few MPs “on duty”. Their function is to maintain the semblance of active government and to roll out a bunch of announcements they hope will escape full scrutiny.

International law and the Turkish shootdown of the RuAF Su-24

Written By: - Date published: 8:49 pm, November 27th, 2015 - 117 comments

RuAF-Su-24-in-flames

Assuming the Russian jet did enter Turkish airspace for 17s, was there really no recourse for  Turkey other than using lethal force?

Corbyn’s Isis Crisis

Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, November 27th, 2015 - 89 comments

Corbyn

UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn faces his first big test. Can he command the majority in Labour over Syria? Or should he accept he is on the wrong side of history?

Graph of the day

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, November 23rd, 2015 - 13 comments

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Ground troops to Iraq – PM please explain

Written By: - Date published: 2:10 pm, November 19th, 2015 - 26 comments

George W. Bush

PM please explain, what the hell good would sending a few Kiwi ground troops to the ongoing disaster of the Middle East achieve? Is it the whole cost of being in the club thing again?

Imperator Fish: the Terrorist Test

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, November 19th, 2015 - 22 comments

terrorism that does not make sense

Following from a tweet from Josie Pagani Imperator Fish has designed this handy quiz so that protesters can work out if they prefer ISIS to the TPP.

Paris 3 – common sense from Democrats

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, November 16th, 2015 - 161 comments

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The fallout from the Paris attacks continues. The American political reaction is as important as it is predicable.

Just another coverup

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, October 14th, 2015 - 7 comments

truth-lies

The Nats changing lines on the Taji report look like just another routine coverup of just another routine lie. At least, I hope so, because not knowing / caring about the report would be worse.

The Taji report

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, October 13th, 2015 - 17 comments

truth-lies

An American report which came out shortly before Key’s visit to our troops at Taji camp in Iraq is strongly critical of conditions there, and of the efficacy of the training process. Key claims he didn’t know, yet another of his outbreaks of “convenient ignorance”.

The Ankara massacre

Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, October 12th, 2015 - 35 comments

ankara turkey protest

Terrible news from Turkey where over a hundred protesters have been killed by explosions at a peaceful protest organised to seek an end to the violence between the Kurdish separatist PKK militants and the Turkish government.

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.

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?

Happy Father’s day

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

father-son

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

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.

Key is relaxed about widespread refugee crisis

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

refugees are human beings-1

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

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

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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.

The decontextualisation of ANZAC Day

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, April 21st, 2015 - 68 comments

Poppys anzac day

Everyone else is giving their reckons on the treatment of ANZAC Day this year, as we commemorate the centenary of the first year of World War I. So here are mine.

ANZAC 4 SALE

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, April 21st, 2015 - 37 comments

anzac

Has the spirit of ANZAC Day become subsumed by the commercial imperative?

Our Iraq war policy explained

Written By: - Date published: 10:52 am, April 16th, 2015 - 31 comments

john key scary face

The government is doing a poor job at explaining our Iraq war policy, but never fear, we have the answers.

Key the “statesman” strikes again

Written By: - Date published: 3:37 pm, April 15th, 2015 - 71 comments

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Key admits he’s using our troops as vote-bait

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, March 18th, 2015 - 30 comments

George W. Bush

Yesterday the mask slipped and John Key admitted the real reason our deployment to Iraq is only for two years: so he can win an election.

Why are we going to war?

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, March 4th, 2015 - 125 comments

PALESTINIAN-ISRAEL-PRISONERS DAY

National’s justification for going to war against ISIS suffers from two fundamental problems, it is supporting an Iraqi regime that is corrupt and working against the best interests of all of its people, and there is no plan to convert Iraq into a sustainable state.

David Lange had guts

Written By: - Date published: 7:26 am, March 2nd, 2015 - 132 comments

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Slane: National’s clubs

Written By: - Date published: 1:26 pm, February 28th, 2015 - 25 comments

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Public support for the Iraq deployment (In which the insightful and knowledgable Mike Hosking springs to the defence of the embattled PM!)

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, February 27th, 2015 - 87 comments

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Despite the best efforts of Mike Hosking, the poll numbers tell us that Kiwis have lost their historical appetite for this kind of misadventure.

Get some guts

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, February 26th, 2015 - 114 comments

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After the formal speeches on the Iraq deployment John Key set off on an extraordinary spittle-flecked rant against Labour. His “get some guts line” is going to haunt him for the next 3 years.

Petition – Not In My Name

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, February 26th, 2015 - 5 comments

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A petition to oppose sending troops to Iraq has gained over 9,000 signatures in its first 24 hours. You can sign the petition here.

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