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I protest against Gaza offensive

Written By: - Date published: 8:51 am, July 18th, 2014 - 200 comments
Categories: capitalism, International, us politics, war - Tags:

This is just too awful to let go without saying something.

The power is all with the Israel government.  They have superior weapons, wealth and superpower support, against, what is in effect, a captive population.  Non-combatants live in this small area, trying to go about their lives, and many of them are dying – children playing on a beach, families in their homes.

Gaza aggression

People have been warned to leave their homes as the Israeli command planned to invade.

Too much bloodshed.  And a step way too far.

Al Jazeera reports:

Israeli tanks entered Gaza on Thursday night after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a ground invasion, a major escalation in a ten-day offensive that has already killed more than 230 Palestinians.

Witnesses in Gaza reported heavy bombing from jets, warships and artillery stationed along the border, with much of the firing was directed at northern Gaza. The electricity was cut off across a large swathe of the strip, though it was unclear why.

A statement from Netanyahu and Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon described the invasion as focused on destroying tunnels connecting Gaza to Israel.

[...]

At least 231 Palestinians have been killed so far, including 39 children, and more than 1,700 injured. One Israeli has been killed by rocket fire from Gaza.

I urge all NZ politicians and parties not to support the Israeli invasion.

isarel air strike on Gaza

 

Update: Protest tomorrow (Sat 19 July) Aotea Square, Auckland, 2pm. [h/t Tiger Mountain]

“Olive branch” march to protest Israeli brutality in Gaza

Palestine Human Rights March – this Saturday 19th July, 2pm, Aotea Square.

Palestine solidarity groups have organised an “olive branch” march in Auckland this Saturday to protest the never-ending brutality against the people of Gaza by the Israeli military.

Olive branches are a sign of peace but there will never be peace without justice for Palestinians.

We will be pointing out that the problem is NOT rockets being fired from Gaza against but Israel’s brutal military occupation of the West Bank; its medieval siege of Gaza; ongoing theft of Palestinian land; detention without trial of thousands of Palestinians and the refusal of Israel to allow the return of Palestinian refugees who were driven from their land and homes when Israel was formed.

The march will be promoting a boycott of Israel as the best way to bring pressure on this rogue state. Just as pressure from an international boycott brought an end to the apartheid regime in South Africa we must do the same to bring an end to Israeli apartheid against Palestinians.

The march will also visit Television New Zealand and The New Zealand Herald to protest the on-going biased reporting of the conflict. For example Palestinian fighters are frequently referred to as “militants” “Islamic militants” or “terrorists” while Israeli fighters are “soldiers”.

200 comments on “I protest against Gaza offensive”

  1. Tracey 1

    Sigh!

  2. Harriet 2

    “….I urge all NZ politicians and parties not to support the Israeli invasion…..”

    Are you serious?

    No one will stop them. Israel’s new friends at the UN are all African countries as they too, are being invaded by Muslim terrorists.

    Israel is going to occupy the West Bank like Macarther occupied Japan.

    They’re in for the long haul as no one else can give the place security from Hamas and other terror organisations.

    • greywarbler 2.1

      @ Harriet
      An unfortunate pseudo/name you have for this subject.

      ‘Harry it’ must have been the decision made long ago by Israeli armed forces, who also are in the political seat, when viewing the Palestinian problem. And Hamas now that it seems the most obdurate against the Israeli state bulldozer. (Remember one of their drivers running over a protester with one?)

      Your use of the words ‘terror organisations’ is macabre. I would be in terror from the Israeli decimation of my neighbours and my house and service infrastructure and my land and crops, and even the sky isn’t clear and free because of drones and other flying armaments.

      And when the Gaza side retaliate to show they still exist defiantly, from their weakness, they have rained on them a deluge in a ratio of damage of 1000 to 1.

      • Chooky 2.1.1

        +100 GW….and I keep thinking about the four little boys playing on the beach….trying to wrest a normal childhood and some joy despite the terror of the might of Israel threatening and confronting their families …blown to smithereens!….It is a disgrace…and I know Jews who also think this!…we must ALL speak out about these ‘crimes against humanity’!

        • freedom 2.1.1.1

          images from the scene of the attack on the kids at the port
          http://i.imgur.com/ku28eKa.png

          From local news sources it seems the kids were not playing on the beach but collecting metal to sell as scrap, as they do to help their families survive. But at no time has the IDF claimed the children were mistaken for carrying weapons and how could they, as none are visible.

          These children were shot at from aircraft, not by snipers or local police, but from hi tech jet fighters designed to annihilate their enemy. In what world can this be justified?

          • SPC 2.1.1.1.1

            The children on the beach were hit by fire from a ship.

            • freedom 2.1.1.1.1.1

              thanks for the correction SPC, I obviously got my wires crossed.
              I wasn’t just relying on info off the image. I heard elsewhere the attack was an airstrike. If memory serves it was a [reputable?] MSM source.

              • Colonial Viper

                The Israelis have the best optics and sensors available. Multiple surveillance drones overhead. The kids were kicking ball a couple of hundred metres from a hotel international journalists were staying at, on an open, uncluttered beach.

                Therefore the death of the children can have come about solely from deliberate Israeli malice, or utter Israeli incompetence. Given what you know about the skill level, experience and training of the Israeli Offensive Forces, you can pick one.

      • Vicky32 2.1.2

        ” they have rained on them a deluge in a ratio of damage of 1000 to 1.”
        As shown by the casualty figures which as of today are 235 Palestinian dead to 1 Israeli. This is appalling.

    • big bruv 2.2

      Very well said Harriet.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 2.2.1

        Sure, the Palestinians will be safe in Israeli hands :roll:

      • the pigman 2.2.2

        You know there are many right-wing nutjobs who will defend National, its incompetent suite of Ministers and governance of New Zealand to the hilt, yet still don’t try to defend the indefensible in terms of Israel’s policy towards Palestine. I have to give them credit for that.

        The ones who extend their belligerence to blindly supporting Israel though, give me the absolute creeps. It takes a special kind of psychopath…

    • North 2.3

      So let’s all stand and salute Zionist Apartheid shall we Harriet ?

      And then let’s all go down to the nearest beach with four little boy dolls and plant them in the sand head first. Just in commemoration.

      And then take some child members of your family and imprison them with nearly two million others in the patch of land Titirangi to Glendowie and south about 12 kilometres each end. That is Gaza. All 365 square kilometres of it. Let the US funded high-tech ‘shooting-fish-in-a-barrel’ commence.

      And when they’re rushed to hospital……oh sorry, no hospital.

      Until then……you’re a disgusting Zionist-Nazism Exceptionalist. A baggage squatting in a lounge room somewhere draped in the sinister death cloak of Zionist ‘righteousness’.

      • srylands 2.3.1

        That is crap. Israel is the only democracy in the region surrounded by psychopaths. If you have been there you will know that the people have a well founded fear of their neighbours doing them harm. If you have not been there I suggest you do so before you pontificate like a left wing 17 year old in a student newspaper – because that is exactly how you read. Israel will destroy or isolate Gaza and occupy the West Bank by force forever.

        • bad12 2.3.1.1

          SSLands, only if you consider ‘forever’ to be the next 10–15 years, i fully expect at some stage that the Palestinians and their supporters will overrun Israel at some point in the not too distant future…

          • Gosman 2.3.1.1.1

            Unlikely I would suggest given both history over the past 70 years and the state of the Arab world at the moment. That is unlikely to change much in the next 10 to 15 years.

            • Pascals bookie 2.3.1.1.1.1

              well, the whole strategy of ‘stability in the middle east’ has taken a pounding over the last decade, thanks largely to policies you supported. Bets are pretty much off. Whatever arises from the wreakage of Iraq Syria and Lebanon will determine what Israel’s neighborhood looks like.

              One thing is for sure is that there are millions of people growing up now in an environment of radicalised sectarian warfare. When the current 18 year-olds hit their late twenties we might find that AQ looked unambitious, and naively simplistic in it’s methods of 4gw. In the same way that we look back on the PLO and the MB now.

              • Gosman

                Whatever emerges from the mess in Iraq, Syria and to a lesser extent Egypt is unlikely to be stronger than what was there before and certainly in no position to challenge the Israeli military.

                • Pascals bookie

                  ” unlikely to be stronger than what was there before”

                  in what sense of ‘strong’?

                  “certainly in no position to challenge the Israeli military.”

                  In what sense of ‘challenge’?

                  The ‘what’ that arises from the neocons great plan to remake the middle east will have it’s largest effects not in arsenals, (which aren’t that important in modern warfare, take a look around), but in identity.

                  ISIS will come and go, just as OBL’s band has pretty much gone. But that’s what they do, it’s the new normal, if you like. Each new movement builds on the last, achieves something different and makes the next thing not just possible, but not far from ‘necessary’.

                  Something must replace the states that have become illegitimate. And given that the borders no longer hold the place in the minds that they once did, (which was never as starong as it was here anyway).

                  There is a big difference, for example, between Palestinian refugees demanding a Palestine rather than moving to Jordan, and announcing that they wish to join, or become, an emirate of the Caliphate.

                  Israels plan hasnpt changed, they still play the game of squeezing the moderate pal authorities, and balaming them for not being able to control the radicals. The next lot may not be Palestinian nationalists, like Hamas are.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    Gossie is quite right though IMO – Israel is absolutely fine with Syria, Iraq and Egypt having been politically fragmented and thrown into disorder. Some commentators have argued that Israel co-operated with Saudi Arabia in some cases as their aims became co-incident i.e. disrupt Persian influence in the ME.

                    • Pascals bookie

                      Sure they are. They were happy to support Hamas back in the day as a conservative religious alternative to the secular PLO too. Worked swell right?

                      Doesn’t change the facts. The states that are falling apart were no threat to Israel, and haven’t been for 50 odd years. Look at Saudi Arabia. Well equipped military, islamist, rich, no threat whatsoever to Israel because ‘stability’ enriched the rulers and that’s all they care about. Same went for Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Libya.

                      The coming state(s), in whatever form they take, will not be like that. Look at the demographics. Look at their ‘baby boomer’ cohort (much younger than ours, median age through the ME is under 30), and the politics they have grown up under.

                      Violently sectarian, ‘democracy’ hopes discredited, literally battle hardened in internecine war that the west doesn’t even begin to understand the tactics of. We still blather on about air supremacy and training standing armies in the face of the complete failure of either to effect anything faintly resembling victory over the last decade. Fuck, people still saying the surge worked because it reduced violence for a time. derp.

                      They won’t be put back in a box, there’s no box to put them back into, they all got broken.

                    • greywarbler

                      Pascals Bookie sounds right on. I am sure that people like David Kelly RIP who had spent time trying to understand and inform themselves on the ME, advised against the sort of action that the west has undertaken with the zest of boys reading war comics.

                      And probably boosted by scenarios in computerised war games at the Pentagon and in other blinkered nation sites. Where the goodies win and the baddies run away screaming.

                      Fighting needs energy. People have energy unless they are starved. Then also energy is used in brain impulses, and the emotions of hate, revenge, disgust, rejection and retaliation at their religion and fellows being disrespected, injured and tortured. Then there is the simple desire for freedom from invaders, and to kill the enemy.

                      Oil may run out but the bank of insults and anger has built up so much that it will be irrelevant. Urgent action to stop it increasing is needed but the fascist neo lib machine rolls on because too many people make their money and good money too, from plying these destructive policies. Why change, when the supine usa government makes over to Defence a budget of :-

                      http://useconomy.about.com/od/usfederalbudget/p/military_budget.htm
                      Apr 5, 2014 – The FY 2015 US Military Budget is $495.6 billion, second only to Social Security. The true cost is $738.8 billion.

                      http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/military-spending-cuts/u-s-military-spending-dwarfs-rest-world-n37461
                      The usa spent more on defence in 2012 than the next 10 high spending
                      countries spent on defence combined.

                      http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-wars-in-afghanistan-iraq-to-cost-6-trillion/5350789
                      US Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq to Cost $6 trillion | Global …
                      http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-wars-in-afghanistan-iraq…trillion/5350789
                      Feb 12, 2014 – It asserts: “Another major share of the long-term costs of the wars comes from paying off trillions of dollars in debt incurred as the US government failed to include …

                      US to Spend $1 Trillion on Nukes | The Diplomat
                      thediplomat.com/2014/01/us-to-spend-1-trillion-on-nukes/
                      by Zachary Keck – Jan 8, 2014 – The U.S. will spend $1 trillion over the next 30 years maintaining and ..

        • freedom 2.3.1.2

          Q: what are they like dealing with free speech by Jews inside Israel?

        • Daveosaurus 2.3.1.3

          Israel is the only democracy in the region

          False. To name but one country in the region, Turkey is more democratic than Israel.

        • Pascals bookie 2.3.1.4

          “Israel is the only democracy in the region surrounded by psychopaths.”

          “a well founded fear of their neighbours doing them harm”

          “Israel will destroy or isolate Gaza and occupy the West Bank by force forever.”

          Hmmm.

          If they are to occupy the west bank forever, as the current PM claims is necessary, then the claim that they are democracy and not some sort of apartheid state becomes pretty hard to defend.

          Also, it in turn fully justifies Palestinian militancy, does it not? Would not Palestinians also have “a well founded fear of their neighbours doing them harm”?

          Crap indeed.

          • Colonial Viper 2.3.1.4.1

            Not just a fear that their vastly more powerful neighbour wants to do them harm; its a grim daily reality.

      • SPC 2.3.2

        There are hospitals in Gaza.

      • Fear all 2.3.3

        In my life time the shock of the 6 day war in 1967 was enough to let me know that we are looking at modern day FASCISM TREAD CAREFULLY
        because our protests are on very dangerous territory that being our own conscience in speaking out against the Zionist rot that has been supported by all the powers that are in our history and how complicent have we been in supporting it thru history ? without damaging ourselves in the eyes of the oppressed in this war

    • Murray Olsen 2.4

      Does the training to be a Hasbara agent take very long? Is the pay good?

      The worst terror organisations in the area are Mossad, Shin Beth, the IDF, Likud, the even further right parties, and the settlers organisations. No one can give Israelis security from these except themselves. A disease is infecting their society and its name is fascism. I am on the side of the Israelis and other Jews who recognise this, the side of the Palestinians who are being murdered, and the side of humanity.

      I am boycotting Israeli goods. I am still considering a full boycott of Israeli academia. The Zionists running things now are like the AWB in South Africa. Netanyahu is as bad as Terreblanche. South African apartheid was stopped, and Israeli apartheid will be as well.

  3. Tiger Mountain 3

    C’mon Aucklanders, show solidarity with the Palestinians–2pm, tomorrow (Sat 19th) Aotea Square, other centres check your networks.
    http://auckland.scoop.co.nz/2014/07/olive-branch-march-to-protest-israeli-brutality-in-gaza/

    People around the world are saying that Israel’s butchery must stop.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153067675439546&set=gm.171106636392903&type=1&theater

    • karol 3.1

      Thanks, TM. Will add it to the post.

    • Hutty 3.2

      It will be the same ‘rent a crowd’ protesters who turn up to every protest and that will put the majority of Aucklanders most off. The only thing the police should bring is water hoses to give ‘rent a crowd’ its first shower in months

      • blue leopard 3.2.1

        Aww look a wee Key clone how sad there are people in this country that are so devoid of the ability to think for themselves that their only response is to slavishly play ‘copy The Leader’.

        I guess freedom is either misunderstood or considered to be over-rated by some.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2.2

        Oh look, a right winger labeling people then advocating violence against them :roll:

        • Gosman 3.2.2.1

          Left wingers are just as capable of the same. Your place on the political spectrum is usually no indicator of whether you are a douchebag or not.

  4. ianmac 4

    Listening to the effect on the families of the tragic deaths in the Canterbury car crash I thought how this must be for the families in Gaza when they too loose family members to unnecessary violence. Mums. Dads. Kids including babies. Theirs is tragic as well and there is nowhere to run to.

    • Chooky 4.1

      +100…yes agreed ianmac …but it is worse for the Palestinians and their children because ” there is nowhere to run to”….and the Israelis are doing this deliberately…it is no accident!.

      By Robert Fisk:

      “Israel-Gaza conflict: Medical charity likens work to ‘patching up torture victims in an open-air prison
      Comments by senior Médecins Sans Frontières official expose ethical dilemma of humanitarian work in conflict zones”……..

      http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/israelgaza-conflict-medical-charity-likens-work-to-patching-up-torture-victims-in-an-openair-prison-9613296.html

    • North 4.2

      Hah ! Major difference here Ianmac. Palestinians are not actually human, or if minimally so, much much less so. Wipe out 70 times as many in 10 days, injure thousands ?

      “Hmmm…….noted. Though I have to say……when you elect terrorists to govern you……..”

      “Oh did you see all those poor people at that wedding in Tel Aviv scrambling for cover when the sirens started……” Imagine it !

  5. Jenny 5

    The British Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron accurately described Gaza as the world’s largest prison camp.

    In Gaza the racists that run Israel have trapped over a million virtually defenceless Palestinians leaving them no possible escape, Latest reports are of Israeli ground troops targeting the tunnels under the border of Isael’s ally Egypt, to finally closed Gazan’s sole access to the world beyond Israel’s borders.

    If the South Africa Apartheid Regime in a last bid to cling to power, had bombed and invaded and murdered their way through their artificially created Bantustans, as the Israeli Apartheid regime is doing now to the enclosed artificial enclave they have made of Gaza, they would have been condemned by the world. There would have been no sympathetic one sided propaganda about the right of the regime to defend itself from the “terrorists” led by Nelson Mandela.

    • Chooky 5.1

      +100 Jenny

    • freedom 5.2

      Here is an excellent CrossTalk episode on Gaza exposing the Israeli talking points for the fundamental lies that they are. Hamas did not start this offensive. Hamas and the people who deal daily with the big International politics of the situation established an environment where peace could be discussed. Israel refused to talk peace. Two days later three Israeli teens died in circumstances Israel still refuses to let anyone investigate the true details of. These are facts.
      http://rt.com/shows/crosstalk/171904-israel-assault-gaza-strip/

      • Rosie 5.2.1

        One very disturbing aspect of the current military strikes against Palestine is the lack of evidence of who killed the three Jewish boys, Israel’s inability to prove it was Hamas and their reluctance to allow investigation.

        Thats an excellent interview btw. Anyone who missed it last week should view it. Our media should view it.

    • Gosman 5.3

      Yes and the reason people aren’t treating this the same as apartheid South Africa is because it is a different situation with a differently level of complexity.

      • freedom 5.3.1

        Maybe you should share your no-apartheid theory with the tens of thousands of Ethiopian Jews living in Israel.

        • Gosman 5.3.1.1

          The same Ethiopian Jews the State of Israel organised an airlift to get them out of Ethiopia in the 1980’s do you mean? I am sure some Jewish people would treat them appallingly just as I am sure some non Europeans get treated appallingly in places like Australia and New Zealand. However are you suggesting there is official discrimination against them?

          • freedom 5.3.1.1.1

            Is there an official edict or body of law I can point you to saying these people are denied the same laws that other settlers enjoy, no of course not. That is not how Israel does things. The same way that Indonesia never officially claimed it was legal for its troops to systematically kill anyone they chose to in East Timor when they illegally invaded that country.

            You support Israel, we get it.
            You support the unjust imprisonment and destruction of a sovereign people.
            Your argument’s stake is firmly positioned in a ground filled with the corpses of children.

            But I hope you try to learn about the potential this world is destroying with views like yours.

            Peace be with you.

            • Gosman 5.3.1.1.1.1

              Then it isn’t the same as Apartheid as that was the law in South Africa that set up one law for one group and another law for a different group based on race.

              • Jenny

                @Gosman

                Black South Africans who I have met and who had lived the experience of being at sharp end of South African Apartheid, and who also have some knowledge of what is going on in Israel, have told me that from their experience Israeli apartheid is worse.

                Israel has lots of different race based laws for Palestinians, in fact they rarely even use the term Palestinian, referring to the native people of the region as “Arabs”, implying that they are a nomadic people with no roots to the land, (and therefore no citizenship rights). This logic has been used to justify the wholesale house demolitions, olive grove bulldozing, land grabbing, and evictions of Palestinians from their ancestral homelands. This is the same sort of moral (immoral) justification that was used to justify apartheid in South Africa. White South Africans even had to the gall just as the Israelis do to claim that they were the first to ever settle there. And that this gave them the right the treat the blacks as foreigners giving them no legal rights in South Africa itself but corralling them tiny enclosed areas known as Bantustans. Ask yourself Gosman, How different are Gaza and the Westbank to Bantustans?

                If you were honest Gosman you would have to conclude that the Israeli version of Bantustans are worse.

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bantustan

                • srylands

                  I have not been to Gaza, but I understand it is a shit hole.

                  On the other hand I have been to the West Bank, and it was fine.

                  • North

                    SSLands. Shithead. Section off 365 square kilometres of the Gold Coast (that is Gaza – 365 square kilometres). Increase the population of that sectioned off portion of the Gold Coast to nearly 2 million. Blockade that sectioned off portion of the Gold Coast for six years. Bomb the shit out of it every couple of years.

                    I daresay you’d find that sectioned off portion of the Gold Coast WOULD be a shit hole.

                    It says everything about you that you reduce it all to the level of a travel guide. You truly are insane. Shithead.

                  • Jenny

                    “I have not been to Gaza, but I understand it is a shit hole.”

                    srylands

                    Well I been to Gaza, and apart from the destruction wrought by the Israelis it is beautiful, the people were welcoming kind and brave. Every single person I met there had at least one member of their family killed or wounded by Israeli violence.

                    Many spoke English and were well educated, they told me that this is important to them to try and get their message out to the world. There were few jobs due to the Israeli blockade which not only stops imports into the territory but also bans exports. But I did see municipal workers, in white overalls cleaning and tidying the streets. I saw smashed and bombed factories and farms. (Infrastructure being a particular target of the Israelis). Water bores and pumping stations for irrigation were particularly hard hit. I met a chicken farmer whose thousands of chickens and all the buildings housing them had been destroyed, all he could show me was the long concrete pads on which his chicken houses had once stood, now swept clean. Livestock had been another target of the Israelis. I met a beef farmer whose herd had been targetted by Israeli tank fire and wiped out. (though some replacement livestock had been smuggled in through the tunnels). I toured a new waste water treatment facility rebuilt by the UN after the original one was destroyed in operation cast lead. I lifted my camera to take a photo, which caused a bit of panic as this particular water treatment plant was near the border and my guides told me that the Israeli soldiers on the border regularly shoot people who take photos that near the border. I saw a ground up graveyard that had been used as a parking lot for the invading Israeli tanks.

                    When I was in Gaza it was relatively peaceful apart from the Israeli jets that regularly buzzed the city. Though there was a bombing run on the tunnels on the Egyptian border which I was told was a regular occurrance as the Israelis tried to close the Palestinians only lifeline to the outside world.

                    I stayed in a high rise hotel on the waterfront, the lifts didn’t work and the stairwell was full of bullet holes, having once been stormed by invading Israeli. soldiers. Only salt water came out of the taps and shower heads. Next to my hotel there were these large bare concrete pads where other high rise buildings had once stood before being blasted to the ground by the Israelis. One very notable thing was the way that the Palestinians tried to clean up the ruins and rebuild their city, I saw groups of Palestinians in the mounds of rubble, breaking up the concrete with sledge hammers and while others carefully straightened the recovered reinforcing steel with little hand held pipe benders. I saw people in the street with donkey carts loading up their carts with bits of concrete and steel which I was told the “municipality” gave them a small recovery fee. (The democratically elected government Gaza of course being Hamas, but I never heard them being referred to as that, they were just referred to as the “Municipality”). A lot of the rubble cleaned from the damaged buildings and factories was taken to a huge central site, which I can only describe as an enormous almost medieval looking hive of human activity, that is, apart from some big dump trucks delivering even more rubble and a few furiously industrious hydraulic diggers busy breaking up the bigger concrete blocks. My guides told me that everything had to be recycled because of the Israeli blockade which prevented any building materials entering the city.

                    The efforts of the Palestinians labouring to rebuild their city amidst war and destruction and loss is a testimony to the human spirit.

                    Resistance can take many forms, and though sryland’s racist mates are trying to murder and starve the citizens of Gaza in an attempt to turn their city into a “shit hole”, as he puts it. One day it again will be one of the greatest cities on the Mediterranean. And in fact it is now, one of the representatives of the “Municipality” told me that we that through what we do here we could lead the world in sustainability and recycling.

                  • Murray Olsen

                    Did they let you bulldoze olive trees, SSlands? Did you get to fondle an Uzi? You really are beneath contempt, you piece of shit.

                • Gosman

                  We aren’t discussing Palestinians. We were discussing Ethiopian Jews. As for the Palestinians (non Israeli Arabs), of course they will be treated differently given they are not Israeli citizens and live in areas largely outside Israeli civilian control . You would have a case for discrimination against Israeli Arabs but they aren’t treated anywhere near as badly as South African non Europeans were during Apartheid.

                  • Jenny

                    As for the Palestinians (non Israeli Arabs), of course they will be treated differently given they are not Israeli citizens and live in areas largely outside Israeli civilian control .

                    Gosman

                    But that’s just it Gosman, they are under illegal occupation by the Israeli military aided and abbetted by paramilitary racist settler groups. The illegal settlements in the occupied zones are inhabited by Zionist extremists and directly funded by the Israeli government and indirectly by the US.

                    • Gosman

                      Yes. Congratulations on identifying one of the major problems. The difficult part is trying to get a solution acceptable to both sides. You are unlikely to force Israelis in to accepting a solution they deem a threat to their existence.

                  • Daveosaurus

                    We aren’t discussing Palestinians.

                    Read the headline again. Gaza is in Palestine.

      • North 5.3.2

        No Grossman. Talking for the world again. That is you treating this as distinguishable. Nelson Mandela certainly did not. You have taken hook line and sinker the propaganda of the Israeli Foreign Ministry……a more excellent Goebbels undertaking than money could buy.

        As if money were a problem. The US continues to pay to Zionist Israel more than THREE THOUSAND MILLION US DOLLARS A YEAR in military aid. And turns a blind eye to its application, including nuclear. Until the application betrays a blood lust. Upon which the US routinely reproaches the ‘disproportionate’ behaviour of its psychopathic child, helpfully urges restraint, and offers mediation services. Until next time when again they turn a blind eye. Wipe the blood from your hands America. So as to piously maintain the charade.

        Simple fact is Zionist Israeli is a Nazi state led by Neo-Nazi Bejamin NatziYahoo, backed up by Obama as the latest in a succession of US presidents similarly engaged. The Oppressed turned Oppressors. And a disgrace to the memory of their oppressed. Were their roots not Zionist they’d have fallen right into line 75 years ago.

      • Morrissey 5.3.3

        Yes and the reason people aren’t treating this the same as apartheid South Africa is because it is a different situation with a differently level of complexity.

        It’s unfair to compare Israel to apartheid South Africa. Israel is a far harsher, far more merciless regime.

        • SPC 5.3.3.1

          All Arabs have the vote in Israel – it’s just that they are a minority and powerless. Palestinians have a different territory for their own state, it’s just that they have yet to effect it.

          • Puddleglum 5.3.3.1.1

            Hi SPC,

            It’s a bit more complicated than that, as Nadia Ben-Youssef explains here:

            Even a brief look at the history of Palestinian citizens of Israel, who make up 20 percent of the population, exposes Israel’s entrenched system of privilege, exclusion and inequality. After the Nakba in 1948, although the overwhelming majority of Palestinians became refugees, some 150,000 Palestinians remained in their homeland, becoming a minority in Israel. From 1948 until 1966, these Palestinians lived under a military regime, subject to permits and curfews, and witnessed the legalized confiscation of the vast majority of their land; this despite the fact they were granted Israeli citizenship in 1952. Significantly, this Citizenship Law created the unique bifurcation between citizenship and nationality whereby one’s citizenship is Israeli, but one’s nationality is either Jewish, Arab, Druze or “Other.” As there is no guaranteed right to equality enshrined in Israeli law (nothing like the US Constitution’s “equal protection clause”), the government often applies different policies and standards to citizens on the basis of ethnic or national belonging. To date, more than fifty laws have been passed that restrict Palestinian citizens’ rights in all areas of life.

            The discrimination is not only severe, as Chomsky describes, but institutional and ideologically prescribed. Thus, when the Arab political leadership in Israel calls for a “state for all of its citizens,” they and their parties face attempts to disqualify them from participating in the Knesset under the argument that such demands contradict the constitutional values of Israel as a “Jewish and democratic” state. Just as in the OPT, the Israeli regime within the Green Line is predicated on inequality and permeated with racism. It is this reality that Palestinians and their allies are aiming to change, and it is this that demands our attention.

  6. greywarbler 6

    Listening to the news this morning about the awful damage and loss of the Malaysian flight connected with rockets from the Ukraine area, supposedly sourced from Russia.

    Then thinking about the awful damage and loss in Palestine connected with armaments from the Israeli area, supposedly sourced from USA or companies connected with the USA.

    There seems a parallel between the two examples.

    • Gosman 6.1

      Most Israeli armaments and munitions are most likely sourced within Israel. It is is usually the higher end of the armament spectrum that the US provides equipment (e.g. fighter planes).

      • freedom 6.1.1

        Gosman, you seem to be suggesting Israel is some sort of low level arms manufacturer barely able to build a potato gun. Are you aware that Israel designs and manufactures many of the world’s most widely used targeting, guidance and detonation technologies? Not to mention their leadership in military Drone technologies. Technologies that the US and many other Governments willingly purchase.

        • Gosman 6.1.1.1

          Actually I’m suggesting the opposite. The majority of the munitions and armaments being used in Gaza is likely being sourced from Israeli arms manufacturers rather than US. It is one of the reasons why an arms boycott of Israel is unlikely to be very effective.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 6.1.1.1.1

            Over the period 2008-19, the US is set to provide military aid to Israel worth $30bn, while Israeli annual military exports to the world have reached billions of dollars.

            Reality check.

            Israel has no iron deposits. Just saying.

        • greywarbler 6.1.1.2

          @freedom
          Thanks for that info. I wasn’t aware that Israel was such a big armaments pusher.
          Seems usa and Israel are pretty synergistic.

        • Morrissey 6.1.1.3

          Israel tests its arms on live targets. Live human targets.

      • North 6.1.2

        Oh I am sorry. I stand corrected Grossman…….it’s ONLY the high-tech fighter jets that IDF Nazis deploy in the righteous ‘shooting fish in a barrel’ in Gaza that the US gifts/pays for. And there’s no change out of Washington’s annual $US three billion military aid/encouragement I take it ?

        Excellent ! I must henceforth coach myself to honour your psychopathic cognitive dissonance. And to be moved, and won over, and not despise your splendid rationalisations of Naziism in action.

        And I’ll try to be won over too when you come back weirdly explaining that these fighter jets aren’t actually all that high-tech and they’re ex-USAir Force……and you know…….second hand. I might be tested bad me but I hope I can find within myself the decency to manfully apologise to the psychopath. Again.

        • Gosman 6.1.2.1

          Equating the situation in Palestine and Israel with Nazism is not going to be very productive in my view. It is also not accurate.

          • Colonial Viper 6.1.2.1.1

            It seems to me the Israeli power elite have learnt quite the wrong lessons from the Nazis. So it’s actually a pretty accurate and useful discussion to have. Especially with regards to the visceral political hate Israelis have of Palestinians that they are willing to ghettoize an entire people, crush attempts at free movement and economic activity, half starve half of the population within the ghetto, then apply collective punishment to the entire population using full military force.

            Even more interesting is Israel’s creation of an apartheid state where Palestinians are persecuted second class citizens limited in rights and employment, and certainly unable to marry any Jew.

            • SPC 6.1.2.1.1.1

              There is no ban on Palestinians and Israeli Jews marrying.

              The state of Israel has no civil marriage – thus there are only Jewish, Christian and Moslem marriages. Many Israelis are forced to marry outside Israel.

              There is a problem when Israeli Arabs marry Palestinians as the Palestinian may not be allowed to live in Israel.

              • Colonial Viper

                Ok that is a much more informed and correct description of the situation. Thank you.

            • Gosman 6.1.2.1.1.2

              Have you ever tried to understand why the Israelis have an issue with the Arabs? I’m not meaning the rabid Zionist settler bloc either but your average Israeli citizen. Remember a lot of Israelis are as left wing as you are.

              • Colonial Viper

                Except they keep voting in hard line right wing militarist political parties into power, as well as war criminal former military offices.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Left wing Israeli parties are calling for peace and land concessions. Right wing parties, not so much.

    • BLiP 6.2

      I’m not sure there’s a parallel as much as there is a glaring dichotomy in the way the two tragedies are being portrayed and dealt with. When it comes to the slow-motion massacre of Palestinian innocents, where is the wall-to-wall media coverage, where is the earnest quest to find facts and speak truth, where are the world’s politicians united in their condemnation of the killers and the resolve to sort things out? Sure, more and more people are starting to “get” that Israel is a terrorist state, but its no thanks to those who should know better, can teach the rest of us, and can actually do something about it. Palestine is no threat to the international airline industry, doesn’t provide politicians with an opportunity for trite sound-bites, requires more intellectual fire-power than the MSM is able to deliver, and, alas, doesn’t generate sufficient outrage to merit the application of international justice and the enforcement of the stated will of the United Nations.

  7. freedom 7

    even if you put a machine gun into the hand of the child and had him wearing a grenade belt whilst strapped up as a suicide bomber it still shows what Palestine faces more clearly than a thousand press releases ever could
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BsXH6vvCUAAsdKM.jpg:large

  8. Rosie 8

    I hope Aucklanders turn out en masse to stand with Palestine in solidarity tomorrow. It’s good too that the march will take in the Herald offices and TVNZ to protest against bias in the reporting of the conflict.

    I think Morrissey mentioned a few days ago there was an action in the UK, supported by John Pilger, Ken Loach and another well known person (sorry, I forget the name of the third person) against the BBC for the same reasons.

    Some of you may feel cynical about signing petitions and see it as nothing more that clicktivism but for those willing to give it a go there is an AVAAZ petition calling on certain companies and banks to stop supplying and trading with Israel. The link is from the net, the one in my inbox was far more detailed and goes into how those companies eg, hewlett packard and caterpillar are working with Israel to support their military action against Palestine. I couldn’t copy and paste from my email because my name is in the content, so heres the condensed version:

    https://secure.avaaz.org/en/gaza_this_is_how_it_ends_slold_imnew1/?wjowhcb

    • freedom 8.1

      Of course neither TVNZ or the Herald will likely mention it.
      Like the BBC forgot to cover this London story about a protest against their bias.
      http://rt.com/uk/173044-bbc-protest-gaza-uk/

      • Rosie 8.1.1

        Thats right freedom, no point holdings one’s breath to see if our media will cover the criticism directed at them.

        The protests in the link you provided were large, loud and energetic. Kinda hard to ignore you’d think. I liked the comment “British Brainwashing Corporation”

        • Gosman 8.1.1.1

          And yet the BBC is the State controlled media organisation that many leftists seem to want to emulate in NZ.

          • Colonial Viper 8.1.1.1.1

            “State control” an irrelevancy. Its in the control of the power elite and parrots their chosen narratives.

            • Gosman 8.1.1.1.1.1

              I would suggest you are unlikely to change that very easily without massively inferring with its independence. Of course I suspect that you are happy with doing that as you don’t really want a free and independent media. You just want a media you can control.

              • Colonial Viper

                Yep. Control with enforcement of actual standards of journalism and editing.

                • Gosman

                  Every despot I have seen controls the media for that same reason – to control standards.

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Despots throw professional journalistic standards out of the window, on Planet Gosman standards are despotism.

                    Or is despotism a typical red herring introduced in bad faith?

    • Tiger Mountain 8.2

      AVAAZ is large enough and consistent enough to be taken seriously imo, am a regular clicker of AVAAZ campaigns.

      For the previous Apartheid state a combination of internal action and international solidarity support built up unstoppable momentum for change, but it was economic pressure that was crucial in the end. Smart Boycotts as advocated will likely work on Israel too.

  9. Chooky 9

    ‘Today – we are all Palestinians’

    By John Minto / July 18, 2014

    For 66 years the Palestinian people have been brutalised by an apartheid Israeli government. The ground offensive begun this morning is just a continuation of murder and mayhem Israel has visited upon Palestinians every day since 1948.

    For example on average every three days over the past 13 years a Palestinian child had been murdered by Israel. You’d never know that reading our mainstream media which are little more than propaganda mouthpieces for Israel just as the media were once propaganda outlets for the racist white South African government.

    The firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel has never been the issue. They are a symptom of the real problem which is Israel’s brutal military occupation of the West Bank; its medieval siege of Gaza; its on-going theft of Palestinian land; its apartheid wall; its murder of Palestinians on a daily basis…

    The only thing for humanity to celebrate from all this is the heroism of the Palestinian people. Their spirit ofindomitable determination and resistance will win through in the end.

    Our job in New Zealand is to stand squarely with the Palestinian people and isolate the apartheid Israeli government and its vile and inhuman policies and practices.

    Let’s show the brutal bullies that we stand with Palestinians.

    We are all Palestinians!

  10. Mainlander 10

    If the Palestines/Hamas know this will be the outcome of firing missiles into Israel day after day wouldnt logic dictate that if they stopped, then surely Israel would as well, i just dont get continuing to poke the bear when the consequences end up the same as always

    • karol 10.1

      You make it sound as if the Hamas rockets started the protest. The Israelis say, any country would retaliate against something like the Hamas rockets.

      Palestinians put up with the harsh treatment, persecution and stealth of land, homes etc, along with various kinds of personal destruction and brutality, often resulting in death/murder. Using the above Israeli logic, wouldn’t any country retaliate (against such brutality as dished out by the Israeli regime) with rockets or anything they can muster?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 10.2

      There are peaceful voices on both sides being drowned out by an outpouring of right wing dogma and bigotry.

    • emergency mike 10.3

      So you’d advise them to just roll over and accept whatever brutal oppression and injustice that Israel hands out to them? Do us all a favour and educate yourself before making such vapid comments. Here you go – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRMTeYdGnvw

    • framu 10.4

      If the Israelies know that ineffective rocket attacks that kill virtually no-one will be the outcome of launching air strikes and bombing orphanages, schools and homes for the disabled day after day wouldnt logic dictate that if they stopped, then surely Hamas would as well, i just dont get continuing to poke the bear when the consequences end up the same as always

      yes its bad that hamas launch rockets into civillian populations – i think we can all agree that its not a good thing, but these pro israeli arguments are staggering in their one sided and hateful attitude towards other humans

  11. One Anonymous Bloke 11

    Anyone who supports National Party policy towards drone strikes has no business judging Hamas or Israel.

  12. alex 12

    And of course the rockets sent from Hamas mostly are fired from Hospitals and Schools, they wonder why the return Rockets land in exactly the same places.I see fault on both sides but I get tired of the Palestinians on the news every night parading the wounded and crying in only the way they can. Hamas stop firing back and show you can be peaceful or are you just another terrorist organisation fronting as a Government.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 12.1

      Take a look at the way the map of Palestine (what’s left of it) has changed over the last forty years. What do governments normally do when neighbouring countries invade their land?

      We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender…

      • Gosmen 12.1.1

        Weird you mention that because the UK land mass was largely untouched by the Germans during WWII beyond the air attacks and occupation of the Channel Islands. Yet they responded in kind with a massive sustained bombing campaign against German cities.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 12.1.1.1

          Whereas it’s the similarity between Churchill’s rhetoric and Hamas’ actions I’m calling attention to, and the double standards of people who approve of bombing a wedding to kill one “high profile target” but then condemn Hamas rocket fire as beyond the pale.

          Armchair ghouls.

    • Colonial Viper 12.2

      And of course the rockets sent from Hamas mostly are fired from Hospitals and Schools, they wonder why the return Rockets land in exactly the same places.

      Nope. Hamas is smarter than that – they know how to keep the local populace on their side and avoid locating their arms in this way where possible – especially as they know that the Israelis have no compunction against hitting civilian targets like schools and hospitals anyway.

      I see fault on both sides but I get tired of the Palestinians on the news every night parading the wounded and crying in only the way they can.

      There are dozens of Palestinian dead and wounded every day. Of course they are crying.

      There has been only 1 Israeli death so far.

      This is not “war” this is a massacre.

      • Chooky 12.2.1

        +100 ..”This is not “war” this is a massacre”..or genocide

        • Gosmen 12.2.1.1

          Genocide suggests an organised campaign fron one group to reduce the numbers of another group significantly so as to eventually wipe them out. How has the Palestinian population in the Gaza stip fallen significantly?

          • One Anonymous Bloke 12.2.1.1.1

            How about you look up the definition of genocide rather than poisoning the water, Gosman?

            Hint: it doesn’t have to be successful to qualify.

            • Gosman 12.2.1.1.1.1

              It is an organised effort to wipe out a particular group. I am arguing that the Israelis could quite easily wipe out the Palestinians if they so desired. They cleared out large sections from the State of Israel when it was founded and they are much stronger militarily now than they were then. The fact that there hasn’t been a significant reduction in the Arab population of both the Occupied territories AND in Israel proper (in fact the opposit has occured) would suggest to me that there can’t be an organised effort to wipe them out because the Israelis tend to follow through on any plan they implement.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                And yet the practical effect of Israeli-Palestinian hostility has been the virtual ethnic cleansing of large swathes of Palestine, whether you count from 1948, 1967, 2000 or today. Meanwhile Israeli politicians openly promote full scale genocide.

                The longer two enemies fight, the closer they resemble one another.

                What you ‘would’ think about that is of little concern to me, let alone them.

              • I suspect that would be an irony too far even for the Netanjahu government…

  13. srylands 13

    There was a welcome rally for peace in Midland Park at lunchtime. Pity about the weather which resulted in a small turn out.

    http://www.nzfoi.org/ai1ec_event/peace-rally-midland-park-wellington/

    • One Anonymous Bloke 13.1

      Were there any calls for Israel to stop illegally occupying land?

    • Murray Olsen 13.2

      That’s not a rally for peace. That’s a rally in support of whatever Netanyahu feels like doing. Peace would not be the result of Gaza surrendering. The Zionists will not stop until they have everything. They need to be stopped.

  14. infused 14

    Well Hamas fired after the truce… What do you expect…

    They rejected the truce.

    • Chooky 14.1

      “They rejected the truce”….Meaning?….

      …from a brutalised downtrodden subjugated people alienated and barred from their original homelands, a sling shot act of defiance ( David)

      …against an armed-to-the teeth, nuclear power, aggressor and homeland invader and usurper ( Goliath)

      • Gosmen 14.1.1

        Are you suggesting that the Palestinians should be able to return to the lands they had pre 1948? Do you also think the Germans should be allowed to return to the lands they lived in for centuries pre the end of WWII?

        • One Anonymous Bloke 14.1.1.1

          Why 1948? Why not 1967? cf. Ismail Haniyeh.

          As usual, the answer is: because Gosman consistently argues in bad faith.

          • Gosman 14.1.1.1.1

            Why do you use 1967 instead of 1948 as your basis point?

            • One Anonymous Bloke 14.1.1.1.1.1

              I didn’t suggest it as a basis point any more than Chooky suggested 1948.

        • Chooky 14.1.1.2

          @ Gosman “Are you suggesting that the Palestinians should be able to return to the lands they had pre 1948?”

          ….Yes ( although I did not suggest this and 1967 would be a good starting point)

          …and seems like Einstein would agree on 1948! ( really the Israeli government has let Jews down very badly!)

          http://www.newdemocracyworld.org/old/Einstein.htm

          http://www.indypendent.org/2009/05/14/reclaiming-einstein/

          Your equating Palestinians with Nazisim is a false and mischievous equivalence

          • One Anonymous Bloke 14.1.1.2.1

            Hamas leaders have suggested 1967 as recently as 2008.

            • Chooky 14.1.1.2.1.1

              so they are reasonable and moderates

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Erm no. I don’t think right-wing Semitic murderous animosity towards fellow Semites is the sole fault of the Palestinians though: too many hate schools preaching the Protocols.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 14.1.1.2.2

            The link between right wing Palestinian groups and Nazism is not just a historical artifact but stains Hamas’ Charter to this day, a major roadblock to peace.

            • Chooky 14.1.1.2.2.1

              …a major trumped up “roadblock to peace” !

              ‘Dumping blame for the Holocaust on the Grand Mufti is an insult to its six million victims
              A highly incriminating story, if true – but “possible” is hardly the stuff of history’

              By Robert Fisk:

              http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/dumping-blame-for-the-holocaust-on-the-grand-mufti-is-an-insult-to-its-six-million-victims-9587755.html

              ….”The Grand Mufti, let’s face it, was a pretty horrible man, immoral and racist, but he was a puny figure in the history of Nazism’s epic evil. Dumping the Holocaust on this wretched figure is ultimately an insult to history as well as to the six million victims of an evil regime. It also provides another means of denigrating the entire Palestinian people – whose lands are still being gobbled up by the Israeli government – when the real criminals were neither Muslim nor Arab but Europeans, that cultured, largely Christian race who have inflicted more suffering on the people of this world than any other in recent history.”

              • Gosman

                I agree the Grand Mufti was inconsequential in the global sense a d certainly did not drive the Holocaust. However he was influential in Palestine especially in the post WWII situation leading up to the creation of the State of Israel. A lot of the blame for the Palestinian’s situation can be laid at his feet.

                • Colonial Viper

                  It’s Israel who learnt from the operation of the Warsaw Ghetto, and applied it in the 21st century on another disempowered marginalised peoples who have no secure homeland of their own.

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                There’s nothing trumped up about Hamas’ denial of Israel’s right to exist. Fisk’s argument amounts to ‘they did it too’, but nobody’s hands are clean.

                • Chooky

                  the Palestinians were driven out of their homes and their homeland of Palestine at the point of guns by the Israelis… and it continues….are you trying to justify this?

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    The Israelis use similar rhetoric to justify their aggression; nothing justifies it.

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Meh, sticks and stones. Hamas leaders may say whatever, but in terms of actually murdering dozens of civilians a week including women and children, only the leadership of Israel has proven that they are both capable and willing.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      The list of Palestinian suicide attacks doesn’t undermine your confidence at all?

          • Gosman 14.1.1.2.3

            I never mentioned Nazism. I did mention Germans. Germans and Nazism are not the same.

            • Chooky 14.1.1.2.3.1

              You state: “Are you suggesting that the Palestinians should be able to return to the lands they had pre 1948? Do you also think the Germans should be allowed to return to the lands they lived in for centuries pre the end of WWII?”

              …what is your point? …. WWII atrocities against the Jews and Gypsies and Gays and disabled and handicapped and women who had abortions and Communists and any German who defied and resisted the fascist Nazis were committed by the fascist Nazis and their Government

              …just as the atrocities against the Palestinians are committed by the fascist Israeli Government and fascist Israelis …and not Jews in general or around the world

              You are making a false equivalence between Palestinians and Germans…very convenient argument for the persecution of Palestinians….but a nonsensical argument for more reasons than one…because initially the Palestinians did not mind sharing their Palestinian homeland with the dispossessed European Jews…and they had far outnumbered Jews living in their homeland Palestine for centuries and had lived with them in peace.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 14.2

      Well Israel is still illegally occupying all that land and treating Palestinians like untermensch…what do you “expect”?

      Trying to find justification for killing is a fool’s errand – there isn’t any. Hamas try to justify it, so do right wing Israelis, and so, apparently, do you.

      I’m not daft enough to “expect” that UN resolutions will be enforced any time soon, and they’re still a good place to start.

      Do you approve of US drone strikes too? Weddings and so-forth.

    • North 14.3

      What truce are you speaking of Infused ?

      Apartheid is still advanced daily. The Wall continues to be built. Palestinians still find villages and land arbitrarily and illegally appropriated into Israel by its inexorable construction. The West Bank is still occupied. Fanatical zionist ‘outposters’ still beat, maim and execute the ‘sub-human’ Palestinians and steal their land at gunpoint, indeed they are paid by Tel Aviv to do so. Terrified twelve and thirteen year olds still stand in the docks of Nazi IDF kangaroo courts in Israel for throwing stones at the IDF savagely beating their schoolmates. Stones for fuck sake ??? IDF bulldozers still mow down villages and houses to make way for illegal settlements and Israeli-only roads in the West Bank, the map of which is polka-dotted with illegal settlements. The six year blockade/seige of Gaza continues from land, sea and air.

      What truce are you speaking of arsehole ?

      For your infantile and woefully ignorant comment to mean anything at all it would have to be read thus – “The Palestinians continue to resist the above……” Oh my ! How ‘terroristic’ of them !

      Picture the western world ‘giving’ New Zealand to Australia. That’s what happened to Palestine in 1948. Since which time Zionist Israel has ‘appropriated’ over 80% of what was left to the Palestinians in 1948. You wouldn’t resist ? No. I understand that. You’d be ‘kapo’. Though I daresay not from your lounge room as in the instant. You’d be hard out to impress. By denouncing your fellows for doing so.

      • Gosman 14.3.1

        The Western world did not give Palestine to the Jews. The United Nations, (which included Communist nations in Eastern Europe and non Western independent nations in places such as South America and Asia voted to split the UN mandate territory between two people. The land was being administed for the UN and the UN had the right to do so.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 14.3.1.1

          UN resolutions are a good place to start.

        • Colonial Viper 14.3.1.2

          Meh, the Israelis have taken far far more than was ever approved in that UN decision.

  15. Bill 15

    Like it or lump it, the demand for a ‘right to return’ has to be dumped. No state, let alone a small one the size of Israel, could survive a sudden influx of millions.

    That aside, I’m curious what direct involvement the NZ government has with Israel. If there are no connections, then there is no leverage to use in order to alter our own government’s behaviour/attitude to Palestinians and Israel. If there are connections, they need to be identified and novel ways found to politically exploit those connections.

    Meanwhile, the NZ government simply isn’t ever going to condemn Israeli actions unless the US and/or (maybe) Europe has led some chorus of condemnation.

    And so, bearing the above in mind, what are the protests for or what do they hope to achieve? Is the idea to raise awareness? Well, I’d suggest there is little room left for raising awareness much beyond the levels it already sits at. Maybe – sadly – then, what lies at the heart of the protests is a desire among protesters to stoke their own sense of self righteousness of an afternoon…and maybe a desire on the part of various political cults that have their fingers in this pie to sign up a few fee paying members.

    Having already had this conversation in the real world, I’m aware some people might be pissed off by the line of reasoning. And sure, maybe I am being overly cynical. But if there is no opportunity or likely prospect of your particular plan of action affecting something, then why execute it?

    • Gosmen 15.1

      The right of return is not possible or practical. The best that can be hoped for is some compensation for lost property and maybe a land swap between the State of Israel and some future Palestinian state.

      • Bill 15.1.1

        Yup. A two state solution that no-one will be overly happy with but that everyone could live with.

      • North 15.1.2

        Bullshit ! Your ignorance has excluded knowledge of the essential spirit of the Balfour Declaration of 1919. 1948 was final delivery (in circumstances of an overwhelming sense of guilt) of the 1919 promise. And Palestine was raped with millions then and since sent into exile and still not allowed to return, in order to honour the promise.

        Did your bullshit ‘cloak of legtimacy’ training at the Foreign Ministry in Tel Aviv did you ?

        Strange how the Nazis in Tel Aviv and their sympathisers here are right up the UN for 1948 yet they’re all “Fuck You !” to the UN ever since. Subsequently taking more than 80% of what the ‘mandated” UN did not ‘mandate’ to them in 1948. I guess it’s all down to this – “It’s OK. Palestinians are not human like us”.

        • SPC 15.1.2.1

          The Balfour Declaration was in 1917.

          Fulfilment of this promise did not require the displacement of any Arab or any Jew. It stated a Jewish homeland without prejudice towards local Arab inhabitants.

          Displacement occurred because Arab nations would not accept partition into two states and there was a war on Israel.

          During that war Israeli held territory grew. Since 1949 the UN no longer recognises acquisition of territory taken in war – which is why the remnant Palestinian land taken in 1967 was called occupied.

          During the war Arab armies ethnically cleansed the West Bank of Jews – the settlements under occupation since 1967 are the Jewish revenge. Yet paradoxically the state of Israel did not and does not allow Arab refugees right to return to their homes in a now enlarged Israel.

        • Gosman 15.1.2.2

          What is your solution then given there is over 5 million Israeli Jews living in the area you think belong to Arabs?

    • Colonial Viper 15.2

      You don’t protest because you think you are going to achieve some practical solution. You protest because you wish to show that you’re fucked off, aren’t going to mope at home, and are going to be counted. But you know this Bill.

      • Bill 15.2.1

        Well no CV. The reason for engaging in a protest has to be that it will achieve something. If whatever is being proposed achieves nothing (or will have a negative impact), then other propositions have to be found, formulated and/or considered.

        Far too many people at protests are like geese in a train. Their presence, therefore, amounts to nothing regardless of their overall numbers.

        Now tell me, who it is that I’m meant to display my ‘fucked offness’ to and why? Because I’m trying to anticipate likely answers and thinking – “I don’t think so”. But maybe I’ve missed something, and my thinking on that front is wrong.

        • karol 15.2.1.1

          See the quote from the protest press release in my post – they march is proposing an international boycott, plus a protest at NZ Herald and TVNZ to protest biased reporting.

          • Gosman 15.2.1.1.1

            Why is the reporting biased? Seems to me that they are reporting the Israeli attacks and the civilian casualties. Did you want them to make out this is purely the fault of the Israelis? If so then isn’t that in itself biased?

            • karol 15.2.1.1.1.1

              Did you read the post and the linked press release?

              It has a lot to do with HOW it’s reported, the choice of language etc.

              • infused

                Most people aren’t dumb enough to read one source for their news.

                • karol

                  It’s a pity we often need to look overseas to get more diversity of reporting.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Most people aren’t dumb enough to read one source for their news.

                  Wrong. “Dumb” has nothing to do with it. Instead, most people are not pro-active in sourcing their news but rather are time strapped, passive consumers who trust the major mainstream sources.

          • srylands 15.2.1.1.2

            How are you going to get an international boycott? The USA would veto it in the security council.

            • freedom 15.2.1.1.2.1

              Bless your sweet bombastic brain srylands.
              Burroughs would applaud you for being such a poster boy for soldiers’ pay.

              All countries can boycott something if they so choose. Sure it helps to have UN approval and co-operation, but the US stormed off and invaded two countries and is Drone bombing the crap out of another without your Vogon stamp of authorization and you have repeatedly defended their actions. What’s a few boycotts compared to the deaths of a million civilians?

              NZ for example. Even if solely within the civilian populace. NZrs could immediately choose to boycott all trade, travel and other relationships with Israel and refuse to re-instate them until Israel leaves Gaza, returns all lands confiscated or illegally settled since say 1967, then guess what – hey presto, the world still spins and a non-violent response to violence gains attention even importance in the grand bazaar of the conflict. Then we tell two countries and they tell two countries and so on and so on and so on.

              Yes, boycotts lead to broken contracts then commercial pressures which create product restrictions, putting jobs at risk and before you know it we have crazy eyed politicians filling the airwaves putting us all into stupors of various depths so I make no bones, there would be a gargantuan pile of crap to deal with. But we, like any other country on earth, can actually do it if we choose to.

              We need not one word of permission. Even as part of the Commonwealth we are still able to navigate and chart the course of International relations as we so choose. It is called self-determination, sovereignty, independence. It is the basis of our own country’s democracy. I know you struggle with those terms but goddam it man, we don’t need the permission of Uncle Sam to tell us when we are allowed to stand up.

          • Tiger Mountain 15.2.1.1.3

            The subtext of this protest linked to a specific event–the ground attack on Gaza, provides the valuable service for participants of confirming that others do care apart from you individually, and more importantly as the photos filter through to Palestine that the people there are not forgotten by so many around the world as these international images portray.
            https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153067675439546&set=gm.171106636392903&type=1&theater

            The ‘official’ text is to
            • present a different view to the public than that in the Herald or TV news (while hopefully appearing in the msm as well as activist blogs and fb)
            • symbolically scold Israel’s greatest friend the USA at the US Embassy
            • seriously begin to encourage a ‘smart’ consumer boycott to pressure Israel economically

        • Colonial Viper 15.2.1.2

          Well no CV. The reason for engaging in a protest has to be that it will achieve something.

          Nah disagree, that’s not how protests have worked in the history of protests, you can never be sure what any individual protest has achieved or how it has influenced the minds of ordinary people or the power elite; what did any single protest against the Springbok tour accomplish, were any games even called off? But the cumulative effect is important and sometimes society changing.

          No issue with what you said about lemmings going to protests and not having any idea of what is going on though, that happens too much.

          • Tiger Mountain 15.2.1.2.1

            Not you too CV with brain fade today, first Gosman multiplied into Gosmen, then Bill forgets what protests are for, now you appear to disremember that the Hamilton game was called off due to a ground invasion by ’81 Stop the Tour protestors.

            Lemmings? If the 50,000 Queen St No Mining march was populated by them, all power to Lemmings against Mining.

            • Colonial Viper 15.2.1.2.1.1

              now you appear to disremember that the Hamilton game was called off due to a ground invasion by ’81 Stop the Tour protestors.

              Please forgive, I was still learning the ABCs those days :D

              (nice fact tho I’ll file away for future use)

            • Bill 15.2.1.2.1.2

              What’s this bit about me forgetting what protests are for? You think some bar of effectiveness is a bar too high that should never be set?

              I note Karol pointing out that a part of the reasoning is to with bias reporting which, apart from implying that people need to be outside various media outlets every day to protest their presentation of various dominant paradigms as objective, well…it might achieve something in this instance if it was more than a ‘one off’…ie, one day outside a couple of media outlets as opposed to something that could generate a head of steam.

              Meanwhile, even allowing for a presence at media outlets, where does that leave people protesting in Hamilton or Wellington or Christchurch or wherever else?

              As pointed out by others, even though there are there plenty of people who already boycott Israeli products, there will, and for a number of reasons, be no officially sanctioned boycott of Israel or Israeli goods. And, putting aside the problem of goods manufactured in occupied territories, dodgy labeling and so on, I’m just reflecting on the efficacy of the decades long and ongoing boycott of Nestle… Consumer power simply….isn’t power.

              So what’s left? Find the connections between the NZ government and Israel’s government….between NZ companies and Israel. And apply a building pressure at those points. But maybe that’s too hard a row to hoe when compared to a nice simple venting of ire off the back of a 2,4,6,8 march and rally with simplified sloganeering?

              • Colonial Viper

                So what’s left? Find the connections between the NZ government and Israel’s government….between NZ companies and Israel. And apply a building pressure at those points. But maybe that’s too hard a row to hoe when compared to a nice simple venting of ire off the back of a 2,4,6,8 march and rally with simplified sloganeering?

                the question always is, how do you effectively leverage the insiders who can apply these pressure points into acting. Building mass movements which make it clear that the current position does not have popular legitimacy is simply one of those ways, crude as it is.

                I am very much for your concepts of applying smart pressure though, Bill.

  16. Penny Bright 17

    FYI

    FYI

    18 July 2014

    ‘Open Letter’ /OIA request to NZ Prime Minister John Key :

    “Upon which International Human Rights Law are you relying to NOT publicly condemn the Israeli State bombing and invasion of Gaza?”

    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key,

    Please be reminded of the following, stated on the NZ Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) website, regarding New Zealand’s commitment to the ‘Rule of Law’ – nationally and internationally:

    http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Foreign-Relations/1-Global-Issues/Human-Rights/index.php

    Human Rights

    New Zealand is strongly committed to the protection and promotion of international human rights, as embodied in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and in the seven core human rights treaties.
    New Zealand seeks to defend and advance international human rights in multilateral human rights fora, focussing on the meetings of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva and in the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly in New York and negotiations of new international human rights instruments.

    New Zealand also focuses on the promotion of human rights in our region and in countries with which we have bilateral relationships, through exchanging views about human rights and providing practical assistance.

    “Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law ”

    http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

    http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Treaties-and-International-Law/05-International-Humanitarian-Law/index.php

    International Humanitarian Law

    International humanitarian law is also sometimes described as the “law of armed conflict” or the “laws of war”. It is a framework of rules that restricts the means and methods of warfare and protects people who are not participating in the fighting, in order to limit the effects of armed conflict for humanitarian reasons. International humanitarian law does not regulate when or why a State may use force, or determine whether an armed conflict is legal or illegal, and the rules of international humanitarian law apply equally to all sides regardless of who started the conflict.

    International humanitarian law is made up of a body of treaties. Many of the rules set down in these treaties have become so widely accepted that they are now regarded as customary international law and binding on all States.

    The core international humanitarian law treaties are the four 1949 Geneva Conventions, concluded after World War II, which cover:

    wounded soldiers on the battlefield;
    wounded and shipwrecked at sea;
    prisoners of war;
    civilians under enemy control.

    These four treaties have been universally adopted by all States.
    The Geneva Conventions have been supplemented by two Additional Protocols adopted in 1977 relating to the protection of victims of armed conflicts, and a third Additional Protocol adopted in 2005 specifying an additional emblem that may be used by organisations of the Red Cross. Other important international humanitarian law treaties regulate the types of weapons that can be used in armed conflict, including the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention, the 1980 Conventional Weapons Convention and its five protocols, the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention, the 1997 Ottawa Convention on anti-personnel mines.

    http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Foreign-Relations/1-Global-Issues/Human-Rights/0-overview.php
    Human Rights

    New Zealand and Human Rights

    International Obligations and Treaties
    New Zealand is strongly committed to the protection and promotion of international human rights, as embodied in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, and in the key human rights treaties.

    ………

    International Obligations

    As a member of the United Nations, New Zealand supports the human rights provisions of the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We are also a party to the seven core international human rights instruments which follow. Links to the following can be found in the Related Resources section of this page.

    International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
    International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)
    International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
    Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
    Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)
    UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
    UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
    These instruments impose obligations upon parties, including requirements for regular reporting on implementation of the treaties.

    …………………………..

    http://gaza.scoop.ps/2014/07/ministry-of-health-gaza-update-170714/

    Ministry of Health Gaza Update 17/07/14
    July 17, 20140 comments
    Important (400 x 255)

    The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1800 hours on Thursday July 16, 2014:

    Deaths: 235 – 52 children, 24 women 18-60 years, 16 persons over 60 years
    Injuries: 1,764 – 521 children, 323 women 18-60 years, 67 over 60 years.
    ICU: 23 patients

    Gaza Under Attack English (400 x 571)

    Israeli Aggression Against Medical Staff
    Dr. Anas Abu Alkkas – Killed by Israeli airstrike
    Mohammed Al Najjar – nurse, injured
    Nader Al Buhasay – ambulance officer, injured
    Husam Radi – Lab Technician Injured on the way home from work at Kamal Odwan Hospital

    Damages to Primary Health Care centers
    Six centres damaged:
    Al Fakhari
    Beach
    Al Attatrah
    Ashi clinic
    Medical Relief for Chronic Diseases
    Beit Hanoun Center for Medical Relief

    13 Centers closed

    Hospitals Attacked
    European Gaza
    Al Wafa

    Ambulances
    Three ambulances destroyed and damaged in Ambulance Center

    Massacres Against Families
    a. Hamd Family in Beit Hanoun – 6 martyrs.
    b. Kaware’ Family in Khan Yunis – 8 martyrs.
    c. Al Manasra Family in Central Gaza – 4 martyrs.
    d. Al Hajj Family in Khan Yunis – 8 martyrs.
    e. Abu Jame’ Family in Khan Yunis – 2 martyrs.
    f. Abd Al Ghafour Family in Khan Yunis – 2 martyrs.
    g. Ghanaam Family in Rafah – 4 martyrs.
    h. Al Arja Family in Rafah – 2 martyrs.
    i. Al Astal Family in Khan Yunis – 3 martyrs.
    j. Al Sawali Family in Khan Yunis – 2 martyrs.
    k. Al Batsh Family in Gaza – 17 martyrs.
    l. Sheikh El-Eid Family in Rafah – 3 martyrs
    m. Abu Daqqa Family in Khan Younes – 3 martyrs
    n. Bakr Family in Gaza City – 4 martyrs, all children
    o. Zo’rob Family in Khan Younes – 3 martyrs
    p. Al Astal Family in Khan Younes – 4 martyrs
    q. Shehaibar Family in Sabra, Gaza City – 3 martyrs, all children

    Medical Treatment Abroad
    10/07/2014 – 11 medical cases permitted to enter Egypt
    11/07/2014 – 0 – borders closed.
    12/07/2014 – Four medical cases permitted to enter Egypt
    13/07/2014 – Six medical cases sent to Jordan, three permitted to enter Egypt
    14/07/2014 – Four medical cases permitted to enter Egypt
    15/07/2014 – One medical case permitted to enter Egypt
    16/07/2014 – Six medical cases sent to Jordan

    OIA REQUEST:

    Please provide the following information which confirms:

    Upon which International Human Rights Law, you, as Prime Minister of New Zealand, are relying, to NOT publicly condemn the Israeli State bombing and invasion of Gaza, and call for the immediate cessation thereof.

    Yours sincerely,

    Penny Bright

    2014 Independent candidate for the Helensville electorate

    Jacquelyne Taylor

    Peace Advocate

    • Gosman 17.1

      Why do you assume that a Govenment has to reference human rights law every time a country does some action which might require a censure?

      • One Anonymous Bloke 17.1.1

        The meaning of the word ‘obligation’. The meaning of the word ‘treaty’.

        • Colonial Viper 17.1.1.1

          Gossie will be all keen to recite letter and verse our “obligations” under the TPPA if that passes.

    • Chooky 17.2

      +100 Penny

    • greywarbler 17.3

      Thank you Penny Bright for a thorough summary of the Gaza disaster. Much appreciated.

    • SPC 17.4

      Penny when the IDF withdrew from Gaza, the area was no longer one of civilians under enemy/Israeli control.

      That would only apply on IDF incursion and occupation.

      • Murray Olsen 17.4.1

        Gaza remained surrounded, blockaded, and under a large degree of IDF control, backed up by the threat of bombings at any time. How can that not be a situation of civilians under foreign control?

  17. Sable 18

    Disgusting but predictable behaviour from yet another US stooge state like the “new” Ukraine.

    • Gosman 18.1

      If you think Israel does US bidding I would suggest you are seriously mistaken and naive.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 18.1.1

        Yet more information on what Gosman ‘would’ ‘suggest’. Is there no end to the vacuity?

        • Colonial Viper 18.1.1.1

          Gosman is right though. It’s the US which does Israel’s bidding, not the other way around.

          • Chooky 18.1.1.1.1

            …unfortunately for the USA and Americans

          • Puddleglum 18.1.1.1.3

            I tend to Chomsky’s analysis on this point – that Israeli actions are largely joint US/Israeli actions and that the US has repeatedly drawn the line for how far Israel can go.

            In essence, Israel is a kept state. It will receive patronage only so long as it does useful things for the U.S.. The history of the start of massive U.S. ‘aid’ to Israel closely reflects that patronage relationship – the first large instalments coming after the 1967 war which weakened Nasser.

            Nasser – a secular nationalist – was of course a threat, potentially, to the power base of the Saudi Crown that ruled, and still rules, the oil resources largely in the interests of the west (and the elite itself) rather than for the people of the region.

            If you track U.S. aid to Israel (see this April 2014, Congressional Summary – especially table B2), you’ll see that aid did an uptick post-1967 and, more decisively, post-1970 when Israel mobilised in order to threaten Syria which was intervening against the Jordanian attacks on Palestinians (the month called ‘Black September‘). [Edit: and the aid changed dramatically from a mix of economic and military loans to significant military and economic grants.]

            Prior to the late 1960s aid was very modest. Geopolitical events essentially changed that because they changed U.S. interests.

            Strangely, that Israeli mobilisation in Black September was not mentioned in the Wikipedia link on Black September that I just linked to. But, as this very recent ‘Jewish Chronicle’ analysis of the current situation reveals, Israel has, since Black September, acted as Jordan’s on-the-ground, ‘silent guarantor’ of Jordan – with the full support of the U.S. as indicated, in part, by the aid up-tick:

            Since the early 1970s, long before the two countries signed a peace treaty in 1994, Israel has acted as a silent guarantor of the Kingdom’s security, along with its traditional allies Britain and the United States. Back in the days of the Black September Palestinian terrorist organisation, the IDF mobilised forces to prevent a possible takeover of the country by the PLO and Syria.

            Pro-Israel lobbies within the United States are certainly significant but not decisive – probably only effectual at the margins. It suits U.S. geopolitical interests in the Middle East to have Israel as a ‘marshall’ (along with Jordan, Pakistan and, to an extent, Turkey – what the Nixon doctrine called “cops on the beat”) on the ground as an enforcer of those interests.

            Even if there were no pro-Israeli lobbyists the U.S. government would continue to make its own calculations in relation to Israel and act on those. There would be little difference in U.S. support, or otherwise, for Israeli actions.

            There’s a particularly happy confluence of interests between the U.S. and Israel – at least for the past forty-odd years and, of course, for the moment.

            A two state solution is currently not calculated to be in those interests and so is unlikely to eventuate.

            • Colonial Viper 18.1.1.1.3.1

              Pro-Israel lobbies within the United States are certainly significant but not decisive – probably only effectual at the margins

              I understand that they can muster significant amounts of campaign money. As well as indirectly control the level of corporate contributions to both parties. So while the ‘explicit’ Israel lobby may hang about the margins, the ‘Israel network’ is far more pervasive.

              One other point. If the US is convinced to give Israel say $1B in military aid money, just think about where large chunks of that money finally gets spent. Yep. Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin. Hence the MIC push Congress in that direction as well.

            • swordfish 18.1.1.1.3.2

              I broadly agree, Puddleglum. But I think the argument made by both Noam Chomsky and Norman Finkelstein is a little more nuanced than that. Yep, the US is very much in the driving seat vis-à-vis Middle East policy in general, and, yes, Israel always needs a (tacit) green light from the US before it embarks on any significant action. (thus critiquing the Walt and Mearsheimer thesis).

              But, they do argue that the Israel lobby within the US is, indeed, very powerful when it comes to ensuring continued support (in the White House and Congress) specifically for Israel’s on-going illegal Occupation. So I think it’s a little more than simply being effectual at the margins. A few years ago, an independent monitoring group calculated that the US Israel Lobby (and I can’t quite remember now whether it was the full spectrum of pro-Israeli groups or just AIPAC) comprised the second most powerful Lobby-Group in the US (after the Gun Lobby). As CV has alluded to.

              • Hi swordfish,

                That’s fair enough and I don’t claim to have any insight over and above what I read and a general framework I have for understanding how power operates.

                For example, I view he influence of lobbyists as first and foremost dependent upon a filter based on the primary interests of power. Some sources of lobbying are acceptable, others less so.

                If a pro-Palestinian lobby group arose that was extremely well-funded and sought a one-state solution I don’t think they’d get very far pushing for their policy preference, no matter how much money and how many lobbyists they had. Any congressional candidate who took campaign funding or bowed to such a lobby group would not have a stellar career – and not just because of public reaction. Their party – whichever one it was – would ensure that person never got to a position where they could enact such a policy.

                The reason would be that such a position would endanger what are called by the U.S. elite the ‘national interest’ or ‘national security’. Serving those interests is the necessary and sufficient condtion for a lobby group gaining any measure of influence over policy in these sorts of issues.

                Well, at least that would be what I’d assume given my understanding of how power exercises itself. But there’s a lot of variability and different calculations that can fit within that broad imperative. I just think that imperative remains the foundation of U.S. support for Israel and Israeli actions.

                I may be wrong of course.

  18. Paul 20

    This is what happens when you tell a different story to the one the MSM want you to hear?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=022aQy5b2wQ

    We are being fed propaganda on Gaza

    • Bill 20.1

      Good link Paul. Particularly nice that he broadens the critique towards the end and gives illustrative examples of other journalists in other areas getting axed…having their careers ended…. for not echoing establishment thought.

      Which kind of feeds into any protests at media outlets. I wonder if people are content to give individual (yes, they probably are playing ball) journalists a hard time or whether they can be bothered to find and target shareholders/execs etc?

      To wind up this comment and to add an illustrative example from closer to home. I remember having a fairly lengthy conversation with Janet McIntyre some years back when she was working for 60 Minutes. Her degree of ignorance on world affairs was astonishing. Yet she gets nominated for and wins awards for ‘Current Affairs Reporting’…

      • Colonial Viper 20.1.1

        Her degree of ignorance on world affairs was astonishing. Yet she gets nominated for and wins awards for ‘Current Affairs Reporting’…

        “Journalists” who aren’t the least bit curious about truth or context. Oxymoronic.

  19. OnceWasPete 21

    I would feel more comfortable with your comments if you also denounced the terrorist acts by Hammas in launching rockets against Israeli civilian targets and in conducting their terrorist operations from civilian areas. Or do you not feel that is important?
    What response do you think Israel should take?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 21.1

      Ask the Israeli/Palestinian Left:

      Two states for two peoples.
      Borders based upon the June 4, 1967 lines.
      Jerusalem will be an open city, the capital of two states.
      Palestinian refugees will return only to the Palestinian state.
      Palestine will be demilitarized.

      Or how about Ometz LeSarev?

  20. North 22

    OnceWasPete @ 21 above – re Hamas – “and in conducting their terrorist operations from civilian areas.” Auckland urban area 1086 square kilometres with a population of 1.4 million therein. The ENTIRE Gaza Strip one-third of that area at 365 square kilometres. With a population close to 2 million.

    Picture Titirangi to Glendowie and go 12 kilometres south at each end. You’ll stop before Manukau City. There are virtually no areas of the Gaza Strip which are NOT “civilian areas” you dick. Yeah there must be kids’ playgrounds, parks and postage stamps of undeveloped land but in real terms there are no non-civilian areas. The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Zionist Israel planned it that way. It is essentially a refugee camp with a sitting-duck population. Consult a map before you spout your risible self-talking, self-pleasing false equivalency bullshit.

    And while you’re at it have a look at a map of the West Bank. Positively polka-dotted with illegal settlements. Like measles.

    Laughable how to fact-free fuckwits like you literally thousands of IDF deployed with serious US supplied/paid for armaments, which in this latest round of ‘shooting fish in a barrel’ has delivered 250:1 consequences, well no they’re NOT terrorists. While a fraction of that number resisting an historic/instant/future daily life of occupation, apartheid, oppression and pointed brutality, deploying in that resistance relative slingshots, ARE terrorists.

    Get real sweetie ! This ain’t about your moral ‘comfort’.

    .

    • Once was Pete 22.1

      My, what an angry hostile fellow you are. Whats the matter – didn’t mummy love you? Your arrogant, condescending and one eyed outburst is immaterial to me. I don’t need a geography lesson, from someone as partisan as you. I see you know how to look up wikipedia, pity you didn’t brush up on english expression.
      What a poster child for the anti-semites! This hatred really has blinded you hasn’t it?
      Maybe some anger management might help you, then you could really talk with the adults.
      So it is not terrorism and rocket attacks are ok – well thats good to know! Says it all really.

      • North 22.1.1

        OnceWasPeteAndStillIsCrazy @ 22.1 – already in the past, and to no productive end really, you’ve sprayed this sour framing of my being, including I think my childhood. Crude and as per usual completely off the point.

        Frankly I rank your anti-semite screech – your one albeit fallacious point – I rank it alongside your fantastical Dr Phil shit about my early life. Get a grip !

        I will ask this of you: please……..please do not wish upon me the ‘elan’ (chuckle chuckle facepalm) of YOUR English expression. What passes for your paragraphing could do with a bit of work too.

        It’s not generally known and I hope he doesn’t mind the disclosure but I trained under Morrissey. Mate. Ever Breen done like a dog’s dinner ? Mate. Wanna try ? Again ? M-m-m-maaa…..Oh no I can’t.

      • Colonial Viper 22.1.2

        Israel chose to turn Gaza into a ghettoized community. The shame falls on a so-called religious nation armed to the teeth with advanced cruise missiles, drones, LGBs and guided missile destroyers killing civilians and children on a daily basis.

  21. freedom 23

    NBC doing their bit for truth justice and the Israeli way.
    There are numerous reports coming out about this story and all say the same thing.
    NBC pulled out an Arab speaking journalist who knew his stuff and replaced him with a talking head.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/17/ayman-mohyeldin-pulled-gaza-nbc_n_5595989.html
    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Jul-18/264312-nbc-pulls-gaza-reporter-after-massacre-report.ashx

    and Israel’s expanding use of experimental weapons is also coming to light
    http://mirelamonte.tumblr.com/post/91991843448/doctors-spooked-by-israels-mystery-weapon
    http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/rania-khalek/israel-firing-experimental-weapons-gazas-civilians-say-doctors

  22. freedom 24

    Perspective, it’s a wonderful thing

    I know I bleat on how humans need to grow up and stop hitting each other to solve their problems
    this cartoon exemplifies exactly what I mean

  23. Once was Pete 25

    To North above. My statement to Karol was that I would ‘have been more comfortable with her comments if she had also…..etc. From this you should be able to infer that I don’t support either side in this conflict. But then reasoning doesn’t appear to be your strong suit. You seem to be ok with Jewish civilians including kids being killed, but not Palestinians. Not a very high humanitarian standard is it?
    You say that I was off topic. If I was you took us there with your personal abuse. Personal abuse is the refuge of the intellectually challenged. By your abuse you invited me to speculate on your character and upbringing.
    Not content with your ad hominem attack you now resort to argument from authority. Who cares if you were trained by Morrissey. He clearly didn’t do a very good job of training you to think! Perhaps you were his pa.
    Done Like a dinner? Not on your life, but then you would not be able to see the inconsistencies in your own reasoning.

  24. North 26

    Still sore aye OWP ? – I infer from “I don’t support either side……” an incapacity to formulate in other than corporate media construct and watery false equivalency. It’s easy. Know nothing but sound like you do. They don’t want us to ‘think’. Why oblige them by buying their manipulative shit ? Doing so in the face of 250:1…..well words fail.

    Every aspect of my political sense of things is lit up by the cruelty on cruelty of laying blame on the essential victim. Dishonesty deployed to rationalise and sanitise the victimiser’s victimisation of the victim. Particularly enraging when the victimiser’s ‘entitlement’ is grossly apparent. As I believe is the reflexive Zionist pose. Yes yes yes no more rockets no more death. OK. But that’s surrender to an ever encroaching evil. Nelson Mandela ? The ANC ? There’s your answer.

    We see the entitled victmiser number in the fatuous Paula Bennett – entitlement to ravage the poor and disadvantaged for the gain of TheGodKey, herself, and the over-rich for whom they are proxies. While falsely expressing ‘care’. The Wellington equivalent of the Tel Aviv “No civilian deaths intended.” Fuck off ! Constructively at the very least every one of those deaths is intended. Zionist Exceptionalism ‘licenses’ Zionists to do whatever apparently. And determinedly unknowledgable fools buy it.

    I do take issue with your insistence that it was me who propelled you into off-topic conjectural abuse of me as a child. “See what YOU made ME do.” No. You lost your rag and bashed up your keyboard. Your estimate of my intelligence does not disturb my more or less accord with myself on that score.

    The Morrissey bit was just a bit of fun man. Fuck ! Never met the guy but admit I like his style. No prisoners. A mean old tongue. Good on him ! My social/political ethos and the ability to express in the oral and written word were taught me not by Morrissey but by my good old (deprived Depression kids) Ma and Pa, the ones who never loved me OWP. The word in both forms is the primary tool in my 38 years in the one calling and I’m very grateful to them.

    Truce if you like. My dinner’s ready. The spoiled dog’s already had his.

  25. Once was Pete 27

    Truce is fine. Enjoy your dinner.

  26. North 28

    Kia Ora OWP. Bad12……P.Ure……hope you jokers watching.

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  • Stuart’s 100 #31: The City Centre is a Local Centre Too
    31: The City Centre is a Local Centre Too What if the city centre had local shops like other dense places? Day 31 continues a series looking at things missing from the city centre; in this case thinking about local...
    Transport Blog | 23-09
  • Women’s Representation and that radical notion of equality
    The provisional election results and gender representation are: National: 27.8% women Labour: 37.5% Green: 53.8% (hopefully down to 50% on specials) NZ First: 18.8% Māori: 50% And obviously Act and United Future bring in two men. This all adds up...
    frogblog | 23-09
  • Doubting the election result
    You might have noticed or even signed a petition to get the 2014 election recounted. To date, 8,586 people have put their names to this petition, which in terms of political activism in New Zealand is quite a lot.The people...
    The Jackal | 23-09
  • *That* Herald story on polls
    I have just submitted a formal complaint to the New Zealand Herald about its reporting of its last preselection poll on 19 September. Here is what I said: COMPLAINT - NOT FOR PUBLICATION Dear Editor, I write to complain about...
    Polity | 23-09
  • ACT are rorters
    ACT, the party "standing on your own two feet" and opposing rorts is to be offered a Ministerial role explicitly to give it more resources for party business:The Prime Minister was today is talking up the possibility of making the...
    No Right Turn | 23-09
  • Give Away!
    Film distributors Madman Entertainment have kindly sent us four DVDs of the BBC documentary on the London Underground: The Underground: Narrated by Julian Barrett of Mighty Boosh fame, each of the six episodes is an incredibly in-depth and unblinking look...
    Transport Blog | 23-09
  • The problem with Labour
    And as night follows day, post-election we have another toxic round of Labour bloodletting. Obviously there needs to be accountability in the wake of an electoral thrashing, and a leadership vote is part of that. But there are good ways...
    No Right Turn | 23-09
  • Rebecca Mclean – Hero of the Week
    I sometimes wonder about my fellow New Zealanders and why they would support political parties that seem determined to increase the wealth divide between rich and poor. How could they possibly not care about impoverishment, and instead appear to only...
    The Jackal | 23-09
  • “Something Hugely Dramatic”: The 2014 General Election
    Three In A Row! Defying political gravity, Prime Minister John Key wins a third term with a higher percentage of the votes cast than he received in 2008 and 2011. In the words of Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury, National now enjoys...
    Bowalley Road | 22-09
  • “The emergence of an urban generation of Aucklanders”
    This is just a quick note about an event on tomorrow night. Our good friend Dr Sudhvir Singh from Generation Zero is speaking at the Sir John Logan Campbell Annual Lecture on “The emergence of an urban generation of Aucklanders”. Details are...
    Transport Blog | 22-09
  • What Labour forgot: You’ve got to earn it
    Labour MPs travelling to Wellington today for their first post-election caucus will have their heads crammed full of theories, accusations and advice from all and sundry. But here's the message for them to keep front and centre whichever direction they...
    Pundit | 22-09
  • Key’s victory no mandate for dirty energy
    “What matters most is not who is sitting in the White House, but "who is sitting in" -- and who is marching outside the White House, pushing for change.” – Howard Zinn.The opportunity to create genuine transformation in society often...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 22-09
  • Time for a Bluegreen Party
    Congratulations to the National Party. To increase your majority in your third term indicates solidly, reflects public confidence in the leadership team and an endorsement that one’s policies are more attuned to the preferences of voters than those offered up...
    Gareth’s World | 22-09
  • Inevitable Labour pontification post
    Labour are having their caucus meeting today: step one in the post-mortem of what went wrong in the election. There’s already the inevitable talk about Labour’s values, and Labour needing to reconnect with the voters so here’s my take, which...
    DimPost | 22-09
  • Inevitable Labour pontification post
    Labour are having their caucus meeting today: step one in the post-mortem of what went wrong in the election. There’s already the inevitable talk about Labour’s values, and Labour needing to reconnect with the voters so here’s my take, which...
    DimPost | 22-09
  • Where to now for transport in Auckland?
    In some respects Saturday night’s election result changes nothing from a transport perspective. It seems as though the government that will be formed over the next three years will be remarkably similar to that we’ve had for the past three...
    Transport Blog | 22-09
  • The strategic dimension to a third term
    Government is always a balancing act. For this term the balance is between an urge in the National party for business-friendly action and staying in touch with the wider public. It doesn’t matter for that balancing act whether National keeps...
    Colin James | 22-09
  • Top 5 Scoop Press Releases Week To 20th Sep 2014
    Article – Scoop Insights The following five press releases were the top performing press releases (by NZ page view numbers) according to Google Analytics on Scoop for the seven days to 20th September 2014.Top 5 Scoop Press Releases Week To...
    Its our future | 22-09
  • The rebuild
    Morgan Godfery has described his sense of alienation in the days preceding last Saturday’s election – when poll after poll painted an ever-more-accurate picture of the scale of National’s eventual victory – as being akin to ‘a full-scale culture shock’....
    Bat bean beam | 22-09
  • Gordon Campbell on the troubled aftermath of Scotland’s vote
    Column – Gordon Campbell A week can be a very long time in Scotland’s 300 year struggle for independence. The “ No” vote last week that seemed to end the cause of Scottish independence for a generation, has turned out...
    Gordon Campbell | 22-09
  • Deranged
    Saturday's result was a shock for the left. And for some, it was apparently so shocking that it can only have been the result of fraud. So they're petitioning the head of the Electoral Commission for a recount. Naturally, they...
    No Right Turn | 22-09
  • The Wall Street Journal downplays global warming risks once again
    As has become the norm for media outlets owned by Rupert Murdoch, just before a half million people participated in the People’s Climate March around the world, The Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece downplaying the risks and threats...
    Skeptical Science | 22-09
  • Kiwis concerned about the TPPA: Day of Action
    Saturday.November 8 . 1.00 pmAuckland ~> Aotea Square Facebook EventHamilton ~> Garden PlaceFacebook EventWellington ~> The Bucket Fountain Facebook EventChristchurch ~> tbc Facebook EventTimaru ~> Bay Hill Piazza Facebook Event...
    Watchblog Aotearoa | 22-09
  • Stuart’s 100 #30 Small is Beautiful
    30: Small is Beautiful What if we decided small can be beautiful? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the beholder sees beauty through the lens of what they hold dear. When it comes to lifestyle beauty relates...
    Transport Blog | 22-09
  • Carbon News headlines 22/9/14: If the PM doesn’t worry about climate chan...
    Welcome to a new regular feature on Hot Topic: the week’s Carbon News headlines, brought to you every Monday. Carbon News is an NZ-published web newsletter covering climate and carbon news from around the world, published and edited by experienced...
    Hot Topic | 22-09
  • Some acting experience an advantage but not required.
    If David Cunliffe were an actor, his preferred acting style might best be described as Shakespearean – declamatory, expansive, grand in tone and gesture, rich in soliloquy. It is a style suited to the stage but unfortunately totally unsuited to...
    Brian Edwards | 22-09
  • Labour and Greens voters are more alike than different
    Most political analysis in New Zealand seems trapped in the two-party winner-takes-all world, or perhaps they are numerically challenged by the number which comes after two. Whichever, to discuss the National-Labour divide without mentioning the Greens is almost pointless. (I’ll...
    Pundit | 22-09
  • The truth about our ‘rockstar economy’
    There were knowing smiles among economists when earlier this year John Key set the election date a couple of months early. He told us it was because there were various international gatherings that the prime minister had to attend. But...
    Pundit | 22-09
  • Post-election blues
    Frank Macskasy has written an interesting piece on the Daily Blog about things Labour needs to take away from this election.Some people picked him up on his claim that National has not increased its vote over 2011, pointing out that the special...
    Te Whare Whero | 22-09
  • The minor parties – some thoughts & questions
    The Greens They ran a blinder of a campaign. Their polling numbers were looking great, as they closed on 15% in some polls. Then they got just 10.02% on the night (although their vote share is likely to rise by...
    Occasionally erudite | 22-09
  • The threshold has to go
    Another election, and once again we've been reminded of the unfairness the two major parties built into MMP in an effort to stack it for themselves and prevent competition. ACT got 14,510 votes and one seat in Parliament, while the...
    No Right Turn | 22-09
  • Was Scotland’s referendum rigged?
    Things haven't gone well in Scotland after their historic referendum to choose whether they became independent from Britain or not.As it turns out, an apparent majority of 55.3% chose to stay with mother England.However, there has been a growing disquiet...
    The Jackal | 22-09
  • Don’t you get tired of this?
    I have seen so much of this lately: And this: And in so many cases when we challenge this cherry-picking and confirmation bias we get this:...
    Open Parachute | 22-09
  • Don’t you get tired of this?
    I have seen so much of this lately: And this: And in so many cases when we challenge this cherry-picking and confirmation bias we get this:...
    Open Parachute | 22-09
  • Access: You Can Call Me Brave Now
    People say I’m brave when they see me in my wheelchair. That can be frustrating. I’m not brave just because I happen to have a disability. There are, however, instances in my life where I have had to find a...
    Public Address | 22-09
  • New Fisk
    John Kerry’s rhetoric on Isis insults our intelligence and conceals the reality of the situation in Syria...
    No Right Turn | 22-09
  • MMP, electorates, and misaligned incentives
    Amongst the post-election entrail reading, I've seen a couple of people suggest that one of the reasons labour lost was due to a lack of tactical voting by Greens. If only Green supporters had held their nose and voted tactically...
    No Right Turn | 22-09
  • On a wave of mutilation : where to now for Labour?
    2014 was a disaster. Unfortunately for Labour, the disaster has now been surpassed. The party will be beginning (another) process of determining what went wrong, and what can be done to fix things. I hope they don’t throw all of...
    Occasionally erudite | 22-09
  • O’Connell St officially opened, time to close it again?
    On Friday evening the new O’Connell St shared space was officially opened. The street is by far the best shared space created in Auckland to date thanks in large part to the historic buildings in the area which feel like they’ve been...
    Transport Blog | 22-09
  • The issues that matter
    I'm not bitter and twisted. No, really, I'm not. Much....
    Imperator Fish | 22-09
  • Upcoming MOOC makes sense of climate science denial
    In collaboration with The University of Queensland, Skeptical Science is developing a MOOC, or Massive Online Open Course, that makes sense of climate science denial. The Denial101x MOOC will launch in March 2015 on the EdX platform. Registration has just opened...
    Skeptical Science | 21-09
  • Where to from here for National?
    If John Key wants to have a stab at a fourth term as Prime Minister, there’ll be no one in the party to stop him. He’s weathered the Dirty Politics and Moment of Truth storms, and come out the other...
    Occasionally erudite | 21-09
  • Things you can do about global warming now we have a new do-nothing governm...
    Australia’s brilliant First Dog On The Moon on climate action (courtesy of The Tree), deemed by me to be relevant in the aftermath of an election that has delivered New Zealand another three years of National-led government, and therefore little...
    Hot Topic | 21-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
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    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • Eliminating Poverty – Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Otara | Internet MAN...
    A campaign to Eliminate Poverty, Feed the Kids, build more houses, and create thousands of new jobs, was outlined by Internet MANA at a public meeting in Otara this evening. When MANA and the Internet Party first sat down to...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Housing in Waiariki – Sykes
    Fact:  Under this National-Maori Party-ACT-United Future Government 61% of Maori in Waiariki do not own their own home and nearly 70% of Maori rentals in Waiariki pay $200 or more per week. “Maori in Waiariki have low rates of home ownership...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Charter school crisis shows time to axe costly experiment
    Dysfunction from day one at a Northland charter school shows it is time to dump this costly and failed experiment by the National-ACT Government, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru received $27,000 in government funding...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Labour will crack down on loan sharks
    A Labour Government will crack down on predatory loan sharks by making it illegal both to charge exorbitant interest rates and to exploit uninformed borrowers, Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson Carol Beaumont says. Labour today released its Consumer Affairs policy which...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Let’s do the FEED before the weed
    “Last week I put out a very strongly worded email to my colleagues about an online promotion about cannabis law reform” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira “and I stand by that criticism today.” My concern was...
    Mana | 08-09
  • TE KAEA and NATIVE AFFAIRS live to fight another day
    “I understand that both the chair of the Board of Maori Television, Georgina Te Heuheu, and new CEO, Paora Maxwell, are now saying that my comments this morning about their plans to cut Te Kaea and Native Affairs, were wrong, and that...
    Mana | 08-09
  • How come the PM only pays 2.8% of his income in tax – Harawira
    “Before John Key talks about the piddling tax cuts he plans for low and middle income families today he needs to explain why he only pays 2.8% of his income on tax while a minimum wage worker pays 28% tax,”...
    Mana | 07-09
  • THE DEATH OF INDEPENDENCE FOR MAORI TV
    “If what I’m hearing is true, tomorrow Maori Television Service (MTS) will dump its news programme, Te Kaea, and staff will lose their jobs” said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira “and the Minister of Maori...
    Mana | 07-09
  • Labour recommits to Pike River families
    An incoming Labour-led government will do everything possible to recover the bodies of the Pike River Miners and return them to their families, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “This tragedy and its aftermath has left the families of the 29...
    Labour | 06-09
  • Voting has started and still no tax plan or fiscal budget for voters to see
    "Even though voting for the election has already begun, National still refuses to provide any details of its proposed tax cuts. And Bill English admitted this morning that he won’t provide any specifics until after the election", Labour’s Finance spokesperson...
    Labour | 06-09
  • National’s partners’ tax plans cost at least $42 billion
    If National forms the next government its partners’ tax plans will cost the country at least $42 billion, and maybe as much as $50 billion, wreaking havoc with the books, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National claims to be...
    Labour | 05-09
  • Labour: Providing more opportunities for young Kiwis
    A Labour Government will ensure every young Kiwi under the age of 20 is given the opportunity to be in work, education or training, and plans to develop a conservation apprenticeship scheme to help do that, Labour’s Youth Affairs spokesperson...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Candles out on teachers’ slice of birthday cake
    Today may be Novopay’s second birthday, but there’s little to celebrate, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Novopay has cost the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars already, and the cost is still climbing....
    Labour | 04-09
  • National’s blatant broadband pork barrelling misses the mark by a country...
    National’s blatant pork-barrelling ICT announcement today should reinforce a growing sceptical electorate’s view that they are all about the gift wrap and not the present, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Instead of addressing the real issues - the woeful...
    Labour | 04-09
  • More evidence of the need to clean up the system
    The latest release of emails and messages between disgraced Minister Judith Collins and blogger Cameron Slater are more evidence of the urgent need to clean up politics, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This new evidence confirms a near constant flow...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Labour commits to stable funding for voluntary sector
    A Labour Government will establish long-term funding and streamline contract accountability for community and voluntary groups, says Labour’s spokesperson for the sector Louisa Wall. Announcing Labour’s policy for the community and voluntary sector, she said this would give much greater...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Better trained and skilled workforce under Labour
    Labour is committed to a skilled workforce that benefits businesses as well as their workers, and will increase workplace training to improve productivity and drive innovation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes the Government should support New Zealanders into...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA
    New flag for NZ once Key signs TPPA...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Reflecting on Elections Past
    There are a number of past elections that can give the left in New Zealand guidance and hope. Two major points though. Major parties require leaders who can bridge the political divide through strength of personality, vision of what it...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Reptile Room
    I stress, at the outset, that I’ve got nothing against reptiles. Some of my best friends are reptiles. Some say I am one, but I’m not really. I just emulate that ability to sit, stationary for hours in court, eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • The success of right-wing counter messaging in the election
    One of the reasons National won the election was due to its success in counter messaging – and the way so many media commentators ran with th the right-wing spin. Here are some examples. Dirty Politics The original message was...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • New Flag competition
    New Flag competition...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • No time for self-pity
    After 23 meetings across the largest non-Maori electorate in the country – almost all of which went fantastically, approx 4,500km on the odometer, positive MSM and social media coverage, and polling well, I admit my team and I headed to...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • The 30 second speech that could have saved the Moment of Truth
    As the dust settles and we struggle to understand what the bloody hell happened on Saturday, many point to Kim’s failure at the Moment of Truth to present his evidence. I think that Kim was poorly advised and that politics requires a...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Internet MANA and the 2014 election
    It was always going to be a hard task for Hone Harawira to hold onto his Te Tai Tokerau seat when the political establishment united in a coalition to defeat him and the chance for Internet MANA to bring more...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Unity in Action
    Yes the Left have taken a drubbing, but never mind, time to pick ourselves up off the floor, patch up our wound pride, dust ourselves off, cast around for our friends and allies, and re-enter the fray. Lots of work...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • A Fiji democratic mandate for the coup leader – what now for the media?
    Attorney-General Sayad-Khaiyum and Rear-Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama’s Fiji First party is poised to lead the country in the next four years. Photo: Mads Anneberg, an AUT Pacific Media Centre student on internship in Suva with Repúblika Magazine and Pacific Scoop...
    The Daily Blog | 21-09
  • Why I voted Labour and why 2017 will be different
    As a 3nd and 5th generation Kiwi-Indian (depending on which side of the family we have to go with), my relationship with New Zealand is a special one. Like other New Zealanders who are not of the Caucasian variety, the...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Humble Pie
    Oh. My. God. This was a heartbreaking nightmare. I was wrong, horribly, horribly, horribly wrong. I honestly believed that the resources, the media attention, the vile toxic politics exposed by Dirty Politics and the mass surveillance lies would have seen...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Election 2014; A Post-mortem; a Wake; and one helluva hang-over
    .   . It would be fair to say that the results for Election 2014 did not go as anticipated. The Left has had a drubbing – and some of it was of our own making. In other aspects, there...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Voting turnout affected by bad weather?
    . . NZ, Upper Hutt, 20 September –  Cold, wet weather in the Hutt Valley, north of Wellington may be impacting on voter turn-out. A head-count of people visiting the Trentham School Voting Station in Moonshine Rd, Upper Hutt, indicated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Final total of advance voting
    And the final total for the advance voting was a staggering 717,579 advance votes against 334,558 in 2011       Tonight, I’ll be watching the TV3 election coverage because I could bare Paul Henry’s smugness one inch more than Mike Hosking’s...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Vice article on NZ election
    Here is my Vice article on the NZ election....
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • The attempt to kill off Internet MANA
    It’s the last day of campaigning today and the long list of those attacking Internet MANA got longer yesterday with Winston Peters backing Labour candidate Kelvin Davis against the MANA Movement’s Hone Harawira. Davis is now supported by Labour, National,...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • A final word on the election – it’s now all up to you
    Brothers & Sisters, the fate of Aotearoa is now all in your hands. We here at the Daily Blog have thrown everything we can at this bloody Government and have spent every waking hour of this campaign trying to highlight...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – ...
    I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – but then again, I never could...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why Nati...
    TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why National Party is great...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • REVIEW: Royals of Kihikihi
    What an absolutely stunning show.  I had to ask twice to check I’d heard right that this is the first staged production for Samuel Christopher, who also played a raw, real, but vulnerable, Wolf Royal, home from London for his...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • 800 Cops to detain 15 ‘terrorists’ – why Australia’s hysterical Isl...
    I’m sorry but I can’t take this current Australian terror threat seriously. 800 cops to detain 15 people and arrest one of them? A week after Abbot decides to send in Australian forces to the cluster fuck of Iraq, suddenly...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Unbelievable corruption inside Government to attack Kim Dotcom
    The corruption inside this Government just more and more filthy – we now have an ex-Customs Lawyer quitting  after being told to bury information that could embarrass the Government, specifically to do with Kim Dotcom… Curtis Gregorash said he was told...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Everyone Loves A Win-Win That Keeps G...
      Permit me to quote some figures at you… -68% of New Zealanders think political news on television focuses too much on politicians’ personalities and not enough on real issues. This is the key result of a recent UMR survey commissioned by...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of being the most in demand broadcaster in the country...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: Te Tai Tokerau independent poll (44% Hone-27% Kelvin) vs Maori T...
    The Te Tai Tokerau Maori TV poll on Monday this week painted a bleak picture for Internet MANA supporters, and it’s results have been seized upon by Labour, NZ First and even the Maori Party (who seem set once again...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The time for TPPA weasel words is over
    Almost every day of the election campaign there has been a policy announcement that would potentially run foul of what I understand is currently in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA):  more constraints on foreign investment or investors … regulation of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • MELTDOWN – Maori Party turns on their own Te Tai Tokerau candidate – ag...
    The tensions are building in Te Tai Tokerau with the Maori Party on the verge of meltdown. Days out from the election, the Maori Party Executive has tried to heavy their own Te Tai Tokerau Electoral Committee and their own candidate, Te Hira Paenga,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • We Can Change this Government
    We Can Change this Government – Mike Treen at the First Union stop work election meeting...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Election 2014: For and Against
    With the general election tomorrow, we have had a very noisy campaign but little sign that the electorate wishes for a fundamental change of governmental direction. This reflects in part the fact that the economic cycle is close to its decadal...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eye To Eye Uploaded: Martyn ‘Bomber’ Bradbury
    This interview was filmed a couple of weeks ago between Willie Jackson and myself, I was a tad off with my prediction of NZ First....
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The Donghua Liu Affair – The Players Revealed
      . . – Special investigation by Frank Macskasy & ‘Hercules‘ Speculation that the Beehive office of Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, was behind the release of a letter linking Labour leader, David Cunliffe, with controversial Chinese businessman, Donghua Liu, is...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold NZ d...
    It should read ‘never stop spying’. As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold us down the river to the US by allowing the Southern Cross cable to be tapped… The ability for US intelligence agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work
    The final days of the campaign are ticking down and Labour and NZ First are manoeuvring to kill off the Internet MANA Party by both backing Kelvin Davis for Te Tai Tokerau. It’s a risky gambit that they better pray to Christ...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Bill English’s latest insult to beneficiaries – apparently they are lik...
    National’s hatred towards the poor continues unabated as National desperately try to throw raw meat to their reactionary voter base in the hope to inspire enough hate and loathing to win back their redneck voters from the Conservative Party and from...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eminem ain’t happy with John Key
    Eminem ain’t happy with John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Key claims he did not inhale
    Key claims he did not inhale...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Final prediction on election result 2014
    What an election campaign. The character assassination of David Cunliffe kicked things off with the Herald on Sunday falsely claiming $100 00 bottles of wine, $15 000 books and $150 000 in donations  from a donor that turned out to be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Live blog: Bainamarama takes commanding lead in Fiji elections
      Interview with Repúblika editor Ricardo Morris and Pacific Scoop’s Mads Anneberg. PACIFIC SCOOP TEAM By Ricardo Morris, Mads Anneberg, Alistar Kata and Biutoka Kacimaiwai in Suva WHILE the results are provisional at this stage, it is clear today that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 5AA Australia: NZ Elections Two Days To Go! + Edward Snowden + Julian Assan...
    Recorded live on 18/09/14 – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/multimedia-investments-ltd 5AA Australia’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning deliver their weekly bulletin: Across The Ditch. This week, they discuss the latest news as New Zealanders go to the polls on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What has Colin Craig done for his Press Secretary to quit 2 days before ele...
    This is VERY strange.  Colin Craig’s Press Secretary Rachel McGregor, has quit 2 days before the election, allegedly telling ZB that Colin Craig was a “very manipulative man”. I’ve met Rachel many times in the past as Colin’s Press Secretary, she is...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” – A brief w...
    “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” said Key in the final leaders debate. Problem of course is that the 250 000 – 285 000 children living in poverty can not afford steak, milk, butter, eggs...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • National’s final bash of beneficiaries before the election
    On cue, whenever National feel threatened, they roll out a little bennie bash just to keep their redneck voter base happy. Nothing like a bit of raw meat policy to keep National voters focused on the evil threat solo parents...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • With All Of This In Mind, I Vote
    This is my last blog before the election and I really just want to speak from the heart. Right now in this country it seems to me that a lot of people consider the “essentials” in life to be simply...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Left has to vote strategically this election
    The dedication, loyalty, and tribalism of party politics means that sometimes the left lets itself down by not voting strategically. We all want our favoured party to get maximum votes, naturally, but the winner-takes-all approach doesn’t always suit multi-party left...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Dear NZ – as you enter the polling booth, stand up for your rights
    The last days before a NZ general election are a busy time as politicians make their pitch and party activists prepare to get out the vote. It is sort of weird watching from the distance of Europe the strangest election...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What is Waihopai, John, if it isn’t a facility for “mass surveillance...
    John Key assured us on RNZ’s Nine to Noon programme yesterday that “In terms of the Fives Eyes data bases… yes New Zealand will contribute some information but not mass wholesale surveillance.” How does this square with the operation of the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Mass Surveillance and the Banality of E...
    Renowned journalist and intellectual Hannah Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe the normalisation of genocide in Nazi Germany. I thought of her phrase when I was listening to Glenn Greenwald and other international whistle-blowers talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Election. Down. To. The. Wire
    Funny how last week it was John Key winning by 50%, now it’s neck and neck. I have always believed this election would be down to the wire and it is proving so. The flawed landline opinion polls the mainstream...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Reward offered in latest seal shooting
    It is with shock and dismay that our organization learns of the latest shooting of a New Zealand fur seal, this one on Stewart Island. This is the third such crime to reach our attentions since May this year and...
    Scoop politics | 23-09
  • Taxpayers Forgotten in Ministerial Horse-Trading
    Responding to the Prime Minister’s comments reported on Radio New Zealand , that he is considering giving Act MP David Seymour a ministerial role because “When they have more staffing and resources as a result of a junior ministerial role...
    Scoop politics | 23-09
  • Labour’s Defeat Points to a Forgotten Target Market
    With the devastating defeat for the Labour Party in the election, Labour seems to have lost touch with what resonates with New Zealanders....
    Scoop politics | 23-09
  • Cunliffe may survive year but doomed by end of 2015
    NZ First is expected to take one seat off Labour once special votes are counted, maintaining the election-night result that John Key’s National Party will be able to govern alone, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders...
    Scoop politics | 23-09
  • Making All New Zealand the Place Talent Wants to Live
    The development of the provinces is becoming a major issue for New Zealand, and for the new Government. Television New Zealand’s Sunday programme (21 September) addressed the plight of towns such as Whanganui, where jobs and populations are declining....
    Scoop politics | 23-09
  • China’s booming torture trade revealed
    The flourishing trade, manufacture and export of tools of torture by Chinese companies is fuelling human rights violations across Africa and Asia, new research by Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation reveals....
    Scoop politics | 23-09
  • President Obama Congratulates Key
    The President called Prime Minister Key late last evening to congratulate him on his third electoral victory....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Seven Pasifika MPs elected – highest number ever
    AUCKLAND ( Pacific Media Watch / The New Zealand Herald ): The highest number of Pasifika MPs elected in New Zealand's history were voted in at the weekend general election....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • LGNZ congratulates National
    LGNZ congratulates National Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) congratulates re-elected Prime Minister John Key and the National led government on winning their third consecutive term following Saturday’s general election. LGNZ President Lawrence Yule acknowledges...
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • The Letter – 22 September 2014
    John Key’s win is historic. In the history of MMP elections – worldwide – ever – no government has won an absolute majority. MMP was imposed on Germany to make sure that country never had another Hitler. It is designed...
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Election Coverage – None Better Than Trans Tasman
    To get a steer on what was going to happen in the election - away from the histrionics of the mainstream coverage - the best place to go was The Main Report Group’s weekly political report Trans Tasman....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Federated Farmers intemperate
    For the second time in a week Federated Farmers has made intemperate and provocative comments on environmental issues, says EDS....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • MP’s Stolen Items Recovered
    Following a complaint to Parliamentary Services today [ September 19 ], items which had been stolen from NZ First MP Andrew Williams’ Wellington parliamentary office have been recovered and returned....
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Election results bad news for those on benefits
    Beneficiary Advocate Kay Brereton says, “ The election result holds no good news for people on benefits, National campaigned successfully with their beneficiary bashing agenda, and will now believe their punitive treatment of beneficiaries has the support...
    Scoop politics | 22-09
  • Opportunity to progress water infrastructure
    “National’s re-election is an opportunity to develop the infrastructure New Zealand needs to provide surety of water for agriculture, town drinking water supply, waterways, recreational use and to future proof the country from climate change,” says Andrew...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Wellington City joins the global call for 100% clean
    At 1:00 pm, residents and visitors of Wellington gathered at the summit of Mt Victoria to join the millions strong call for a 100% clean future....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Hikoi with us from Cape Reinga to Auckland Oil Conference!
    Monday 22 September 2014: Maori from different tribal areas along the western length of Northland are organising a hikoi starting on Saturday to a Government oil conference in Auckland to make sure that Norwegian oil giant Statoil gets the message:...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Roy Morgan NZ Election Update With A Look At The Polls
    Roy Morgan NZ Election Update With A Look At The Polls National re-elected to third term with record high vote as Labour slumps to worst result in over 90 years...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • National-led Government wins mandate for RMA reforms
    An unprecedented increase in support for the third-term National Party, the best electoral performance since 1899, has delivered a clear mandate for reform of the Resource Management Act says Federated Farmers. “Vital reforms to the RMA have...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • New Zealand says no to Culture of Death
    Right to Life is pleased that the people of New Zealand have rejected a culture of death by refusing to elect a Labour/Green government that supported the decriminalisation of abortion....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – Steven Joyce
    CORIN Steven Joyce if we could start with how things are going to look now with your support partners. Can you just run us through, National can technically govern alone on what you’ve got at the moment, do you think...
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – Kelvin Davis
    SUSAN Well earlier this morning, just before we came to air in fact, Corin spoke to Kelvin Davis, one of the big winners of the night, the new MP for Te Tai Tokerau....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Q + A – David Cunliffe
    CORIN Joining me now is Labour Leader, David Cunliffe. Good morning to you Mr Cunliffe. This is a tough result for Labour, how much personal responsibility do you take for this....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Grey Power congratulates Key
    Grey Power National President Terry King congratulated John Key for his party’s “resounding win “ in yesterday’s election and hoped that the new National Government would look hard at issues affecting the ever–growing number of older New Zealanders....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • EMA congratulates PM John Key and National
    The Employers and Manufacturers Association extend hearty congratulations to the re-election of Prime Minister John Key and National....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • Helen Clark Receives Inaugural Women’s Health Rights Award
    Helen Clark was honoured as the first recipient of the Women’s Health Rights Award at the 121st Woman’s Suffrage event held in Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 21-09
  • National deal with New Zealand First unlikely
    The National party is unlikely to offer a confidence and supply agreement to New Zealand First according to Dr Ryan Malone, Director Training and Research at Civicsquare....
    Scoop politics | 20-09
  • Daily Election Update #12: NZ First to hold balance of power
    Winston Peters’ NZ First Party will hold the balance of power after tomorrow’s election, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Mr Peters is then expected to back a National-led...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election Day is Time to Refocus on Policies
    Over the course of this election campaign there has been a lot of focus on dirty politics and spying, and not a lot on policy. With election day looming, Gareth Morgan is calling for people to refocus on the issues....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • The Kiwi FM Alternative Election Commentary
    Saturday 20 September from 7pm on 102.2 Auckland, 102.1 Wellington, 102.5 Canterbury, or KiwiFM.co.nz...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Beneficiary Bashing unacceptable
    Kay Brereton of the Beneficiary Advocacy Federation of New Zealand says “ the comment made by Bill English yesterday comparing beneficiaries to crack addicts is shocking and incredibly poorly timed.”...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • UN Experience Beneficial
    Acclaim Otago representatives have just completed their participation at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability examination of the New Zealand government in Geneva, Switzerland. "It was an interesting two days which we believe has...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Changing face of NZ should be reflected in newsrooms
    With Fairfax Media’s Journalism Intern search closing on Sunday, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging aspiring journalists from Maori, Pacific and ethnic communities to apply. The deadline was recently extended to 10pm, Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • SPCA expresses concern over toxin in waterways
    Ric Odom CEO of Royal NZ SPCA has expressed concern over the toxic poison 1080 entering waterways, but DoC, Council’s and Ministry of Health have colluded to make it legal....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 13-18 September
    Below is iSentia’s final weekly Election Index, covering the period 13-18 September and showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. The methodology used...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Epsom Candidate (Adam Holland) More Liberal Than ACT
    For the past four years I, like 500,000 other New Zealanders, have been illegally smoking cannabis for medicinal purposes and/or even just for the occasional laugh with friends on the weekend. We don't hurt anybody, we don't cause nuisance, we...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Left Coalition Will Save Dolphins
    A left coalition would safeguard both Māui and Hector’s dolphins, as well as revive our inshore ecosystems. Labour, Internet Mana and the Green Party all have strong policies in place for dolphin protection. The Maori Party, and to a certain...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Waihoroi Shortland: Ngāti Hine is not standing alone
    The Chairman of Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi, Sonny Tau is blowing smoke worthy of a Dotcom rally with claims that Ngati Hine is standing alone in its opposition to Tūhoronuku says the Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngati...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Oceania voices on environment loud and strong
    While money and energy continues to be spent on global talks about climate change, Pacific islanders are scrambling to build sea walls out of sticks, stones, shells and coral, to protect their lands and homes from erosion and rising sea...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunket – Tonight
    No MPs tonight --- the campaign will be over at 9 30. Instead we will look back --- and possibly forward on what we have learned and what might happen. Listener Political Columnist Jane Clifton Editor in Chief, NZ Herald,...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election fails to address youth financial wellbeing
    Young people don’t feel included in New Zealand’s financial success and believe inequality is a problem, according to a new survey conducted by Westpac’s Fin-Ed Centre at Massey University....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Winston’s Waffle doesn’t hide the facts
    The Conservative Party is celebrating the ASA's finding announced today that rejected all but one of the complaints raised against its controversial “Conservatives or Peters” pamphlet. “Despite pages of complaints from Peters legal team the only...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ Independent Coalition looking forward to tomorrow
    “Our team is looking forward to tomorrow. It is a real opportunity to reclaim politics for the people,” said NZ Independent Coalition leader Brendan Horan....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Insights Issue 35/2014 – 19 September 2014
    Insights Issue 35/2014 - 19 September 2014 In This Issue • RMA reform the golden unicorn of policy | Jenesa Jeram...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Special voting arrangements made for NIWA crew
    One of the most unusual polling stations for this year’s general election is in the middle of the ocean miles from land. NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa, has been doubling as a polling booth for crew and scientists at sea....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Tourism operators urged to vote strategically
    Tourism operators should make sure they know their local candidates’ view on tourism and use their vote to support the country’s second largest export industry, says Chris Roberts, Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA)....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • WGTN: March for free education
    We are students, university staff, and members of the community. Whichever parties form a government after September 20th, we are demanding an end to corporatisation of education....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Evidence of Corruption a National Scandal
    Internet Party leader Laila Harré will take evidence of corruption to international forums if there is not a full Royal Commission to investigate the growing evidence of the systematic use and abuse of democratic institutions and processes for political...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Govt continues to throw money at charter school experiment
    Official documents reveal the three primary sector charter schools approved last week will cost $2 million to set up as well as divert another $1.5 million of potential taxpayer investment from local state schools next year....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • ACT Final Election Rally
    Elections campaigns are an opportunity for political parties to put candidates and policy to enable voters to choose what sort of New Zealand we want. In this campaign there have been three tests by which you can assess the electoral...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
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