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Zimbabwe

Written By: - Date published: 11:37 am, November 20th, 2017 - 1 comment

I suspect I’m in the same boat as most when I say my knowledge of Zimbabwe is neither broad nor particularly deep. But anyway. Here’s some initial thoughts on current developments.

Mugabe hangs on

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, November 20th, 2017 - 4 comments

Despite expectations to the contrary Robert Mugabe has refused to resign as leader of Zimbabwe.

The Rugby League World Cup

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, November 20th, 2017 - 5 comments

Something slightly different.  Congratulations to the Tongan and Fijian Rugby League teams for playing out of their skins beating the Kiwi league team and for having the most passionate fans.

Labour’s home.

Written By: - Date published: 5:06 pm, November 19th, 2017 - 10 comments

Scottish Labour leadership election concludes. And kangaroos.

The UK Social media political arms race

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, November 19th, 2017 - 8 comments

Robert Peston in the Spectator has analysed the social media performance of the two big parties in the United Kingdom and has concluded that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour had a significant advantage over Theresa May’s conservatives.

Ardern’s Manus Island offer

Written By: - Date published: 7:36 am, November 18th, 2017 - 173 comments

The Australian Government has this week been attempting to undermine Jacinda Ardern’s humanitarian request that the refugees on Nauru Island should be treated humanely.

Tampa, Ardern and positioning small countries

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, November 16th, 2017 - 41 comments

There are major similarities between Helen Clark’s decision to accept into New Zealand refugees from the Tampa boat and Jacinda Ardern’s pushing for New Zealand to accept refugees based on Manus Island.

The Yellow Peril?

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 pm, November 15th, 2017 - 338 comments

What’s with the academic panic epidemic about China? Two in our media in the same week, referencing each other with vague warnings about the Chinese bogey. It’s not quite Lionel Terry in Haining Street again; more likely in my view a case of singing to someones else’s geopolitical tune. No prizes for guessing whose.

 

Australia supports same sex marriage

Written By: - Date published: 12:18 pm, November 15th, 2017 - 21 comments

Australian electors have voted overwhelmingly in favour of allowing same sex marriages.

Election autopsies

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, November 13th, 2017 - 29 comments

US democratic activists have conducted a number of reviews on what went wrong at the last election.  The conclusions they have reached could helpfully inform New Zealand political activists on what to do in 2020.

TPP: A slight improvement but deservedly still a zombie

Written By: - Date published: 9:23 am, November 13th, 2017 - 123 comments

Fortunately the TPP is still the dead walking. Now that the immediate rush for ‘momentum’ is over (a scam phrase), it is time to do some real analysis of the project. This government, if it wants to convince its own supporters to support it, needs to discard that hucksterism fostered by the John Key government. Because to me TPP is a still a crock.

Ardern has words for Trump and Turnbull

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, November 13th, 2017 - 67 comments

Jacinda Ardern has publicly criticised Donald Trump for idiot treating and Malcolm Turnbull for unacceptable handling of the Manus crisis.

The TPP11 negotiations: ISDS provisions are gone – almost

Written By: - Date published: 1:08 pm, November 12th, 2017 - 113 comments

David Parker has confirmed that the TPP11 negotiations have resulted in a considerable minimising of the ISDS provisions.  But will this be enough?

Can Ben Mack please make his mind up

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, November 12th, 2017 - 83 comments

Herald lifestyle columnist has published two recent opinion pieces, the first wondering if Jacinda Ardern will be able to address the many and varied problems the country faces and the second suggesting that the Government is under the control of the extreme right.  Can he please make up his mind.

War.

Written By: - Date published: 11:21 am, November 11th, 2017 - 18 comments

99 years on from the end of World War I

Thank You Canada!

Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, November 11th, 2017 - 123 comments

Is this the sound a trade deal makes when someone pulls the flush?

TPP11 close to being signed?

Written By: - Date published: 10:34 am, November 10th, 2017 - 127 comments

Mesia reports suggest that a possible TPP11 agreement is close to being signed.

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”?

This TPP…

Written By: - Date published: 11:19 am, November 8th, 2017 - 68 comments

Some aspects of the TPP no-one’s mentioning.

Guns don’t shoot people, men do

Written By: - Date published: 6:33 am, November 7th, 2017 - 200 comments

Maybe it’s time to broach the elephant in the living room.

Australia, you’re being a dick

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, November 6th, 2017 - 138 comments

Australia has refused New Zealand’s very generous offer to take 150 Manus Island refugees.

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.

Trust, Labour and the TPPA

Written By: - Date published: 6:05 am, November 5th, 2017 - 96 comments

A look at Labour’s PR around the TPPA-11, and a campaign by Action Station to stop the signing.

@realDonaldTrump does not exist

Written By: - Date published: 6:27 am, November 4th, 2017 - 4 comments

For a brief moment, the internets rejoiced.

Jacinda Ardern, Donald Trump and political manners

Written By: - Date published: 2:42 pm, November 2nd, 2017 - 12 comments

In terms of style and approach Jacinda Ardern is radically different to Donald Trump.

We have an obligation to act on Manus Island

Written By: - Date published: 6:20 am, November 2nd, 2017 - 229 comments

Jacinda Ardern faces a test of her claim she can handle Australia better than the last two Prime Ministers. How will she react?

Labour plans to stop overseas purchases of residential properties

Written By: - Date published: 9:41 am, November 1st, 2017 - 192 comments

Labour has announced plans to prevent foreign residents from buying residential homes in New Zealand.

Trump spins as Manafort is charged

Written By: - Date published: 4:14 pm, October 31st, 2017 - 104 comments

The indictments have been laid and the recriminations are starting.  Looks like the Trump Whitehouse is starting to self destruct.

Who’s in trouble in the USA?

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, October 30th, 2017 - 73 comments

More trouble for Donald Trump as it is expected someone in his camp will shortly be charged with offences by the special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

Catalonia

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

The predictable reactions of regional and world leaders.

Strewth, Aussie Government loses majority

Written By: - Date published: 4:53 pm, October 27th, 2017 - 51 comments

Kiwi of the year nominee and Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been ruled ineligible to hold his seat and the Liberal National Government has lost its majority.

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