Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, July 20th, 2019 - 10 comments
With the seizing of an oil tanker by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz today as a presumably tit-for-tat escalation for British seizing an Iranian ship, and the U.S. Navy harassing their coastline, we are in for a senseless and dangerous political escalation.
Written By: - Date published: 7:26 am, July 15th, 2019 - 10 comments
Three big, bold moves for conserving nature and expanding our awareness of it were announced inn the last week. All of them led by Minister Eugenie Sage.
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, June 26th, 2019 - 77 comments
The Interim Climate Change Commission has come out saying that making our electricity generation 100% renewable would be really expensive and that that expense would land on the poor of New Zealand. But the Government has already indicated it could be flexible on the target. ICCC should be helping us plan, not throwing road blocks in the way.
Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, June 16th, 2019 - 20 comments
Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, has permanently suspended the legislative proposal to enable extradition of Hong Kong people to among other places mainland China.
Written By: - Date published: 12:39 pm, June 13th, 2019 - 46 comments
Gabriel Makhlouf will be remembered because of events surrounding the unauthorised access of Treasury information by National. History should result in him being remembered for more positive things, like the creation of a new framework that has restructured how the government spends public money from the ground up.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, June 4th, 2019 - 70 comments
Right now we could be dealing with a China with a similar mixed model to Vietnam, or a re-unified country like Germany. What happened to change this?
Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, June 3rd, 2019 - 49 comments
With the United States – China trade war well underway, the sick chaos of Brexit is shrinking the U.K. economy and slowing much of Europe’s economy, and smaller economies such as that of Mexico in the crosshairs through further politically manufactured trade disputes, the second half of this year looks for New Zealand nowhere near as rosy as the first half.
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, May 25th, 2019 - 20 comments
The results of the European parliament elections are due. It’s the first election they’ve had since the refugee crisis, the Brexit referendum, and the election of U.S. President Donald Trump. There’s a reasonably high chance that the far right are going to increase their share of this Parliament.
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, May 12th, 2019 - 91 comments
Donald Trump’s trade war with China is way, way bad for New Zealand.
Written By: - Date published: 3:19 pm, March 28th, 2019 - 63 comments
It’s time to convert Ardern’s massive global symbolic capital into a lasting legacy for the Pacific. It’s time for a feminist international development policy.
Written By: - Date published: 2:55 pm, March 13th, 2019 - 6 comments
Cardinal Pell has been given six years in jail for his crimes against children. But the Catholic Church has a range of other allegations to resolve.
Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, March 10th, 2019 - 21 comments
Norway’s government has announced it is selling out of oil exploration although it will continue to invest in energy companies that have refineries and are engaged in distribution and retail sales of oil and gas products.
Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, March 5th, 2019 - 47 comments
Greens Minister Eugenie Sage deserves praise for securing some solid funding increases for her Conservation portfolio.
Written By: - Date published: 1:41 pm, March 4th, 2019 - 54 comments
In the new world order of robber barons in which most states are collectively so weak that they no longer effective resistance against large corporations, we should start to view states as diplomatic fronts for corporations.
Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, February 19th, 2019 - 75 comments
The Government has indicated that it will seek to tax digital companies from overseas.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 13th, 2019 - 25 comments
Deep in the perpetually joyous realm you inhabit, could you pop over and have a chat to St Francis? I am pretty sure that your spirit of spreading love throughout humanity is so necessary that if you did not exist we would have to invent you. But the speed and volume of the […]
Written By: - Date published: 1:19 pm, February 7th, 2019 - 226 comments
It was sure refreshing to see the current head of the National Party saying on Waitangi Day that teaching of New Zealand history should be compulsory in the New Zealand curriculum.
Written By: - Date published: 12:04 pm, January 28th, 2019 - 61 comments
Every day it’s getting harder to even wake up and hear of the latest outrage to political decency in the United States.
Written By: - Date published: 7:50 am, January 24th, 2019 - 110 comments
There’s an ad campaign that says “New Zealand is doing Australia better than Australia is”, and recommends federation of New Zealand with Australia and Jacinda being the first Prime Minister. Maybe it’s time.
Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, January 23rd, 2019 - 108 comments
Why is it that right now some countries can have weak governments and the economies just surge ahead? Why is political agency shearing away from economic change?
Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, January 18th, 2019 - 103 comments
What if Brexit is not a threat to democracy as a system of government or a threat to liberal values? And what if it is an example of British democracy’s best modern exemplars to the world of institutionalised democracy and the rule of all under the law since universal franchise was first granted?
Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, January 9th, 2019 - 28 comments
President Trump is preparing the ground to use the State of the Union address to declare that the Congress delaying funding of the wall on the Mexican-U.S. boundary is a national emergency.