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UK Defense Secretary on Corbyn

Written By: - Date published: 12:22 pm, May 28th, 2017 - 24 comments

A quite remarkable interview of Michael Fallon by Channel 4 News in the UK.

Corbyn on terrorism and UK settings.

Written By: - Date published: 11:44 am, May 27th, 2017 - 25 comments

Full speech given by Jeremy Corbyn yesterday.

Why Islam is incidental.

Written By: - Date published: 12:21 pm, May 26th, 2017 - 126 comments

How (According to The Guardian) a neo-nazi turned Islamist flipped terror narratives upside down.

What Now?

Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, May 24th, 2017 - 60 comments

Where to from here?

Oh Manchester …

Written By: - Date published: 2:19 pm, May 23rd, 2017 - 242 comments

Terrible news from Manchester where two explosions have killed at least 19 people and injured many more. This post will be updated as more news comes in.

Geddis on TPP11

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, May 23rd, 2017 - 10 comments

Geddis: “So either Bill English was lying to Susie Ferguson on the radio, or his advisors lied to him about what TPP11 will require, or the Crown’s lawyers are lying to the Waitangi Tribunal.”

President Pence

Written By: - Date published: 6:21 pm, May 21st, 2017 - 47 comments

Mensch and Taylor report that: “Multiple sources close to the intelligence, justice and law enforcement communities say that the House Judiciary Committee is considering Articles of Impeachment against the President of the United States.”

The UK elections – Has Labour got the big mo?

Written By: - Date published: 10:58 am, May 21st, 2017 - 66 comments

And in the United Kingdom the election that was meant to be a foregone conclusion suddenly is suddenly tightening.

Book review: Here on Earth – An Argument for Hope

Written By: - Date published: 10:01 am, May 21st, 2017 - 11 comments

A brief review of Here on Earth: An Argument for Hope, by Tim Flannery. An argument for hope is exactly what we need, but does Flannery make the case?

Campbell on the TPP cargo cult

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, May 20th, 2017 - 17 comments

Gordon Campbell: “The TPP has literally become a cargo cult ritual that’s being performed in the hope that someday, one day, the Americans will return, bearing gifts.”

Assange and Manning

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, May 20th, 2017 - 36 comments

Swedish prosecutors are dropping their seven year old preliminary investigation into an allegation of rape against Julian Assange. Chelsea Manning has been released from prison after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence.

How to rescue Trump – and make up with Putin

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, May 18th, 2017 - 22 comments

What can the U.S. security collective do to work with their government and achieve something positive with Donald Trump?

Four eyes and an arsehole

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, May 17th, 2017 - 40 comments

NZ with its various operations around this end of the Pacific really doesn’t need its own intelligence gathering operations blown by the current incompetent blowhard of the White House. Nor does anyone else who shares information with the US. That is the problem with Trump childishly boasting about the intelligence gathered by others merely to boost his ego.

UK Labour manifesto – for the many not the few

Written By: - Date published: 6:28 am, May 17th, 2017 - 29 comments

UK Labour unveils a plan that is both radical and responsible.

National’s messy Israel position

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, May 16th, 2017 - 18 comments

National’s shifting position on Israel suggests all is not happy within National’s ranks.

NZDF changes story on Operation Burnham photos

Written By: - Date published: 12:57 pm, May 13th, 2017 - 10 comments

Why did the NZDF wrongly claim that there were no photographs of the mission? Intelligence analyst Dr Paul Buchanan has a suggestion.

The Trump White House descends into chaos

Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, May 12th, 2017 - 80 comments

Recent events suggest that Donald Trump has lost control of his administration.

Labour’s Manifesto

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, May 11th, 2017 - 263 comments

Old school Social Democracy. (Remember that?)

Trump fires Comey

Written By: - Date published: 10:56 am, May 10th, 2017 - 72 comments

So much for checks and balances.

A lesson from South Korea

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, May 10th, 2017 - 9 comments

South Korea has responded to corruption allegations by electing a new president who plans to dump their equivalent of the SIS and oppressive security laws, greatly tax the wealthy, clean out corruption, and hugely strengthen the public sector.

Little on immigration

Written By: - Date published: 2:09 pm, May 8th, 2017 - 34 comments

A good piece by Andrew Little in The Herald, setting out Labour’s position on immigration (with policy to come).

Macron and Trudeau mean yes for Ardern

Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, May 8th, 2017 - 96 comments

The election of Trudeau in Canada and Macron in France suggest that the path to electoral success may be with younger fresh faced and untainted candidates.

Bringing Liberalism Down.

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, May 4th, 2017 - 138 comments

It isn’t always wise to tackle an adversary head on and sometimes, with a bit of smarts, two birds can be had with one stone. This post is about halting the march of liberalism and killing the potential of fascism.

The patriotic millionaires

Written By: - Date published: 11:54 am, May 3rd, 2017 - 127 comments

In America a group of millionaires have emerged who are advocating for increased taxation for the wealthy and increased democratic rights to everyone else.

Poor Donald

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, April 29th, 2017 - 26 comments

“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”

Hickey’s chart of the week

Written By: - Date published: 3:32 pm, April 28th, 2017 - 16 comments

Donald Trump and Florida

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, April 27th, 2017 - 11 comments

The US economy may start unravelling when because of rising sea levels boats in Florida are no longer able to clear canal bridges.

When a wannabe politician’s social media goes wrong

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, April 27th, 2017 - 10 comments

Over in Australia a One Nation candidate has withdrawn his candidacy after a merciless twitter attack and a photo of him in front of a swasticker mowed into a lawn and giving a nazi salute appeared.

Immigration debate – Peters goes full racist

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, April 27th, 2017 - 357 comments

Yesterday Winston Peters chucked a gallon of petrol onto the smouldering immigration debate.

Anzac Day

Written By: - Date published: 3:36 pm, April 26th, 2017 - 15 comments

Am I the only one who is upset, over mealy mouthed politicians making flowery speeches saying “We will remember them”

when they manifestly don’t.

NRT: Spying for the whales

Written By: - Date published: 1:29 pm, April 26th, 2017 - 20 comments

I/S at No Right Turn: “spies are corrosive of our values. Its one thing to spy in wartime, out of military necessity. Its quite another to do it in peace, on your friends, for self-advantage.

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