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US v China: new Cold War or new Opium War?

Written By: - Date published: 10:27 am, August 25th, 2020 - 23 comments

The Trump administration has declared war on China, and there is much speculation in the punditry as to whether or not this is a new Cold War similar to that waged post World War 2 against Russia. In my opinion, the 19th century Opium Wars may offer a more appropriate analogy, albeit with a likely different outcome.

Kiwi Cultural Cringe is Alive and Well

Written By: - Date published: 4:00 pm, April 22nd, 2019 - 75 comments

New Zealand is too small for high-achievers and star-performers and does not offer enough challenges and rewards.

Peters to Pence on the Pacific – a return to colonialism?

Written By: - Date published: 9:38 pm, January 14th, 2019 - 120 comments

Winston Peters went to Washington last December to see US VP Mike Pence and invited the US to engage more in the South-West Pacific without informing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Patrick Smellie described this apparent oversight as “deeply worrying.” Even more worrying is what Peters said when he was there.

Censorship again.

Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, October 18th, 2018 - 13 comments

I’m not a great fan of George Monbiot. And Alex Jones is rubbish. But …

Free speech champions?

Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, August 2nd, 2018 - 303 comments

Southern and Molyneux are coming to New Zealand to exercise their freedom of speech by insulting diverse cultures and attacking multiculturalism.

Trump meets Putin

Written By: - Date published: 9:03 am, July 16th, 2018 - 116 comments

Some things that President Trump won’t do as when meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

No Iran Israeli War.

Written By: - Date published: 10:58 am, May 12th, 2018 - 11 comments

In spite of all the sharp intakes of breathe going on across media outlets, there will be no war between Iran and Israel. Here’s why.

Is Karl Marx dead?

Written By: - Date published: 11:38 am, May 8th, 2018 - 60 comments

2018 marks several anniversaries of Karl Marx whose significance for the critique of capitalist society is hard to diminish. But what now for his beliefs?

Is New Zealand really as ‘racist as fuck’?

Written By: - Date published: 1:35 pm, April 12th, 2018 - 85 comments

I am inclined to believe that there are at least some New Zealanders who are as “racist as fuck”.

Zimbabwe

Written By: - Date published: 11:37 am, November 20th, 2017 - 24 comments

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 - 16 comments

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

Indigenous and green politics require changes in perspectives

Written By: - Date published: 12:17 pm, October 3rd, 2017 - 9 comments

One of our key political challenges now is to broaden the understanding of what matters.

Political Statues

Written By: - Date published: 12:16 pm, August 25th, 2017 - 42 comments

America is experiencing difficulties because of the celebration by the right of statutes of their racist heroes.  Why does New Zealand not have this problem?

NACT

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, August 9th, 2017 - 5 comments

“Here’s a new idea for the Tories: Why not ask a simple question every time you propose a course of action: Is this morally just?”

The Trump peace dividend: opportunity for rapprochement

Written By: - Date published: 11:25 am, November 12th, 2016 - 76 comments

Walking back the last 5 plus years of escalating military, economic and diplomatic proxy war between Russia and the United States will be difficult. But it has to be done.

Standing Rock update

Written By: - Date published: 3:27 pm, November 3rd, 2016 - 21 comments

The Standing Rock water protection movement continues in the face of increasing state violence.

Jill Stein: a Clinton Presidency could mean nuclear war with Russia

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, October 16th, 2016 - 219 comments

Hillary Clinton’s no-fly zone policy for Syria as declared in the second presidential election means air war with Russia.

Alert Memo to President Obama: it’s better to Jaw Jaw Jaw than War War War

Written By: - Date published: 10:57 am, October 5th, 2016 - 68 comments

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity advise Obama that the best way to get out of the dangerously escalating hawkish jam that parts of his government have put him in is to meet directly with Putin.

The “Intellectual Yet Idiot” Class – Knowing what’s best for you

Written By: - Date published: 10:38 am, September 18th, 2016 - 241 comments

When highly educated people end up being idiots, and uneducated people end up being smarter.

Assange is a hero: Jill Stein US Greens Presidential Candidate

Written By: - Date published: 9:54 am, August 24th, 2016 - 204 comments

Julian Assange is a true hero, says Jill Stein unequivocally, along with other whistleblowers who have had the audacity to challenge the status quo establishment.

The Canary – UK independent news featured on RT’s Sputnik

Written By: - Date published: 1:35 pm, August 21st, 2016 - 36 comments

The Canary: independent UK news media successfully using a democratic, socialist model. And succeeding within the highly commercial world of the MSM.

Syrian flash point just got flash pointier

Written By: - Date published: 1:38 pm, August 20th, 2016 - 102 comments

The major powers are ramping up the stakes in Syria in a big way.

Why do they hate us?

Written By: - Date published: 11:09 am, July 21st, 2016 - 73 comments

658 deaths due to terrorism in Europe and the Americas. 28,031 terrorism deaths in the Middle East and rest of the world.

Military coup underway in Turkey: Erdo-gone?

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, July 16th, 2016 - 135 comments

The attempted military coup appears to have been quickly and effectively put down by pro-Erdogan forces.

Jeremy Corbyn apologises for Blair and Bush’s Iraq War

Written By: - Date published: 11:11 am, July 7th, 2016 - 42 comments

Jeremy Corbyn’s full response to the Chilcot response. Corbyn says that the Iraq war “was an act of military aggression launched on a false pretext” and that he apologises for it on behalf of Labour, who was in Government at the time.

BREXIT: where it was won and lost

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, June 25th, 2016 - 78 comments

Scotland, Northern Ireland and London voted to stay in the EU. Every other region voted BREXIT. The Midlands and Yorkshire overwhelmingly so.

Indigenous Perspectives

Written By: - Date published: 1:55 pm, May 29th, 2016 - 30 comments

“It is possible to live in a society with a world view that does not include empire”

– Winona LaDuke

Make the TPP a Conscience Vote

Written By: - Date published: 6:29 pm, May 15th, 2016 - 84 comments

Last week, Andrew Little gave Phil Goff permission to vote with National for the TPP. Bryan Bruce asks if it is time for all MPs to be given a conscience vote on the TPP.

Laundering earnings vs laundering money

Written By: - Date published: 4:49 pm, May 13th, 2016 - 35 comments

When a corporation launders its earnings in a tax haven, it is completely upfront about where the money came from and who it belongs to, which differentiates the activity from “money laundering.”

Arise, Sir Lynton

Written By: - Date published: 10:23 am, May 8th, 2016 - 28 comments

Lynton Crosby on his knees receiving a knighthood for services to conservative politics. To me, this really signals who is running the show, who is still running the show, and what their values are.

Global elite plan their escape from “pleb masses”

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, March 29th, 2016 - 35 comments

So, Key has now come out and revealed to us how afraid the global oligarch class (and their well paid professional enablers) are. They appear to have no plans to reverse their activites to make things better for us.

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