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Democracy, Faux Democracy and Terror.

Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, March 19th, 2018 - 37 comments

Facebook, Putin, poisoning and Ghouta have all given fairly extensive media coverage of late. Nothing much on Afrin. Afrin has just fallen to terrorists backed by Turkey.

Update: the photo used for this post is of the The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army (TQILA), who are part of the International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces fighting in Syria.

Ardern bans government departments from using private investigator to surveil NZers

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, March 13th, 2018 - 31 comments

“Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has banned all Government departments from using a firm of private investigators for spying.”

March 8 2018: the TPPA and our nuclear free moment

Written By: - Date published: 6:17 am, March 8th, 2018 - 18 comments

As Labour picks up the pen to sign the TPPA, environmental critics argue that the new agreement has done nothing to allay fears of New Zealand being sued by corporations to prevent the government from taking action on climate change.

TPPA rally at parliament today

Written By: - Date published: 6:10 am, March 8th, 2018 - 8 comments

Protestors will gather outside Parliament at midday on Thursday 8 March to hear from a range of speakers in opposition to the TPPA signing ceremony in Chile

Reports from the TPPA protests this week (and please sign the petition)

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, March 6th, 2018 - 44 comments

The message coming out is hold the line, sign the petition, regroup, and protest on Thurs the 8th, the day Labour puts our name to the agreement.

Break Up Social Media Itself

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, March 2nd, 2018 - 23 comments

It is time to regulate the power of cyber criminals and cyber monopolies.

Golriz Ghahraman in the House on the TPPA

Written By: - Date published: 6:04 am, March 1st, 2018 - 177 comments

“As Greens, what’s particularly chilling to us is that we know elsewhere in the world where ISDS clauses have been accessed to sue Governments, corporates have used them to stop environmental protection.” … “The Indonesian environmental Minister had to admit, ‘If we shut them down, they will need compensation and Indonesia can’t afford it.’ That is chilling.”

Facebook Bullshit

Written By: - Date published: 12:04 pm, February 26th, 2018 - 70 comments

A very cursory glance at Facebook, Palantir Technologies, Cambridge Analytica, AggregateIQ, click bait, targeted ads…and what the hell is the FBI playing at?

It’s Our Future: Complete U-Turn by Labour and NZ First on TPP

Written By: - Date published: 11:37 am, February 21st, 2018 - 131 comments

The TPP might have been re-branded as the CPTPP but it’s still the same bad deal says Professor Jane Kelsey, New Zealand’s expert on international economic regulation.

“Calling it “Comprehensive and Progressive” doesn’t make it any better.

TPPA-11 update and actions

Written By: - Date published: 6:23 am, February 16th, 2018 - 70 comments

The TPPA-11 is set to be signed on March 8. There are still huge problems with the agreement for NZ. Jane Kelsey provides an update.

Nationwide public meetings: TPPA-11 update, and what we can do

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, February 14th, 2018 - 27 comments

Auckland 12 Feb – Wellington 14 Feb – Nelson 20 Feb – Christchurch 21 Feb – Dunedin 22 Feb

Middle east Teenagers

Written By: - Date published: 10:01 am, February 2nd, 2018 - 60 comments

In the middle east a Palestinian teenager is detained for a minor assault and for protesting the occupation of her country.  And three Israeli teenagers are apparently trying to sue two New Zealand residents for exercising their rights of free speech.

States United.

Written By: - Date published: 9:44 am, January 20th, 2018 - 12 comments

On how states in conflict, have seemingly and nevertheless, managed to share in the likely or possible creation of one common goal.

Shock horror right wing think tank thinks NZ not very democratic

Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, January 18th, 2018 - 74 comments

National’s cheerleaders are pushing an international report which suggests that New Zealand’s democratic system is only slightly better than average in world terms.  But the organisation behind the report and the methodology used need some checking.

NRT: Spain refuses to respect Catalonia’s election.

Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, January 16th, 2018 - 12 comments

Idiot/savant on Spain’s love of democracy.

Jian Yang wanted to help the SIS with recruitment

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, December 21st, 2017 - 24 comments

Matt Nippert has made further revelations about Jian Yang including that he lobbied on behalf of an unsuccessful applicant for a security sensitive job with the New Zealand Defence Force and that he disclosed to Auckland University but not to Immigration that he had worked for a PLA University.

Broadcasting Standards Authority finds Mike Hosking’s election comments about the Māori Party inaccurate and misleading

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, December 20th, 2017 - 56 comments

“Further, his comments the following evening were confusing and insufficient to correct the inaccurate information for viewers.”

The Herald thinks Jacinda Ardern is a Marxist

Written By: - Date published: 8:38 am, December 13th, 2017 - 204 comments

The Herald has equated Jacinda Ardern’s desire to temper the worst excesses of capitalism with the full embrace of marxist communism.

Making official Information flow again

Written By: - Date published: 2:08 pm, December 4th, 2017 - 31 comments

“Ministers realised they had a device through which they could reduce the surprises they suffered. And, as it went on, the surprises ministers no longer wanted to experience became greater in number and smaller in significance.Increasingly, it placed on the public service a political imperative which it had never had to shoulder. “

Flynn cuts a deal while Trump scrambles

Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, December 4th, 2017 - 147 comments

Donald Trump’s response to news of the arrest of Michael Flynn suggests that charges closer to the office of the President may be close.

National spams the Beehive

Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, November 27th, 2017 - 90 comments

National has been clogging Parliament’s written question system by asking questions that even David Farrar thinks seem silly and are over the top.

Once again: National lost the election

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 pm, November 26th, 2017 - 154 comments

A rebuttal of Nick Smith’s claim to have “won the 2017 election, but lost the coalition negotiations.”

Doofus of the week – Nick Smith

Written By: - Date published: 3:58 pm, November 25th, 2017 - 59 comments

No competition in this one, Nick Smith for showing that despite the 27 long years he has spent in Parliament he still has no idea how our electoral system works and for claiming there is an electoral convention that simply does not exist.

TPP, Corporate Coup or “Free trade”?

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 pm, November 8th, 2017 - 99 comments

However. TPP ( The trans Pacific partnership) is NOT a “Free trade” agreement. It is an attempt to cement in corporate power, to override inconvenient  local Democracy, and collect rents from local communities in perpetuity.
Since when was giving large companies extra rights in law, and rights to extract even more economic rents, “Free trade”?

Jian Yang and his residence application

Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, November 5th, 2017 - 68 comments

Just before the election news broke that National MP Jian Yang had previously taught in a Chinese University training spies.  A recent OIA release of his immigration application raises further issues.


Written By: - Date published: 10:58 am, October 28th, 2017 - 62 comments

The predictable reactions of regional and world leaders.

This coming digital war

Written By: - Date published: 8:12 am, October 21st, 2017 - 67 comments

This is the first Labour Government of the digital age.  How progressives respond to social media attacks may be crucial to its success.


Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, October 17th, 2017 - 54 comments

“Once upon a time, in a world far away” we had these people called “reporters”.
An honourable profession, who considered it their job to keep the public accurately and completely informed.

Austria and Europe

Written By: - Date published: 2:07 pm, October 16th, 2017 - 20 comments

Europe is showing a worrying trend to the right as anti immigration parties are voted into office. Austria provides the latest example.

Facebook and democracy

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, October 16th, 2017 - 27 comments

A long and interesting read in The Atlantic. “The very roots of the electoral system had been destabilized.”

Another term of Nats bad news for democracy

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, October 13th, 2017 - 63 comments

It’s starting to feel a lot like 1996 all over again. Another term of the Nats would be bad news for the institutions of democracy. We’ve had recent warnings on the state of the justice system, press freedom, and the public service.

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