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The Cost

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 9th, 2017 - 59 comments

Should the Greens form part of the next Government there will be huge expectations on them to perform.

The Democrats and Russia

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, July 26th, 2017 - 66 comments

The Trump presidency appears to be in a death spiral because of the Russia issue.  But the Democrats are not taking advantage.  Why?

Imagine the world without America

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, July 23rd, 2017 - 63 comments

America used to be the most powerful nation in the world.  But things are changing.

The Rainbow Warrior was sunk 32 years ago today

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, July 10th, 2017 - 19 comments

Thirty two years ago today the French Government committed an act of Terrorism on New Zealand soil on a peaceful organisation dedicated to protecting our environment.

The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 4th, 2017 - 9 comments

Ad asks is the world more secure than a year ago? Is the danger of serious economic crisis higher or lower? Are the institutional arrangements and norms that resolve conflicts and enhance the prospects for international cooperation more or less robust than they were in July 2016.

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?

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 French Presidential Runoff

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, April 26th, 2017 - 79 comments

The French Presidential run off presents worrying signs for progressives.  Why is the electorate sliding to the right?

Where to now for the left?

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, February 26th, 2017 - 114 comments

With the right in ascendancy throughout the Western World what does the left do to change this?

The new world order

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, February 18th, 2017 - 60 comments

With former adversaries USA and Russia now the best of friends and with China now emerging again as the preeminent economy in the world the question is will the transition of power be handled smoothly?

Key gives up on us, keeps International Democratic Union.

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, February 10th, 2017 - 33 comments

The Herald informs us that Key is going on the speaking circuit and will go back into finance (not that he ever left). Like John Howard before him, he also intends to carry on  chairing the International Democratic Union of right-wing parties. Not a surprise.

Hard Brexit

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, January 18th, 2017 - 97 comments

Theresa May has finally set out some guidelines on the shape of Brexit. Out of the single market, rejecting the European court, full border control.

What would happen if the EU fell apart?

Written By: - Date published: 10:13 am, December 8th, 2016 - 22 comments

The EU has had a difficult year and its future looks uncertain.  What happens if it goes?

Angela Merkel’s values

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, November 19th, 2016 - 30 comments

Angela Merkel has offered Donald Trump close cooperation on world issues, but with a rather important tag.

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.

Women wearing clothes

Written By: - Date published: 1:26 pm, September 2nd, 2016 - 109 comments

In France and Italy there have been recent examples of men telling women what they can and cannot wear.

European Union v Apple and the US

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, September 1st, 2016 - 49 comments

And in Europe the EU has taken steps against Apple for rampant tax evasion and an EU-US free trade deal appears to be dead.

The great slowdown

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 11th, 2016 - 68 comments

Eight years after the Global Financial Crisis the major western economies are stagnant.  Is this the new norm?

The EU thinks that our tax system’s clean bill of health is not so clean

Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, August 2nd, 2016 - 43 comments

The European Union is considering sanctions against New Zealand for operating as a tax haven and the proposed reforms by John Sherwin may not be enough.

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.

BREXIT Sitrep

Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, July 17th, 2016 - 72 comments

BREXIT has brought into sharp relief the cleavages in British politics. The ordinary members of the UK Labour Party are consolidating their take back of Labour from entitlement minded Blairite Third Way careerists.

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.

Nice attack

Written By: - Date published: 11:14 am, July 15th, 2016 - 160 comments

As is being widely reported, a truck has been used as a weapon to kill around 60 people in Nice, as crowds celebrated Bastille Day. Many shots were fired and the driver is dead. Motives are not yet known, and (at time of writing) no group has claimed responsibility.

Farexit

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, July 5th, 2016 - 98 comments

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has announced that he is standing down as leader. Although he will continue to be a Member of Parliament of the very institution he campaigned for the UK to leave.

UK Labour now what?

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, July 2nd, 2016 - 73 comments

What will happen to the UK Labour Party? The chances of a split into a pro Corbyn activist based and Union based Labour Party and a MP dominated careerist party appear to be very high.

Borexit; Now it’s Just Getting Weird.

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, July 1st, 2016 - 98 comments

Boris Johnson has sensationally quit the race to lead the UK Tory Party. And Jeremy Corbyn has had a worse day than usual. Where will it all end?

Chilcot, Corbyn and the UK Labour Party caucus.

Written By: - Date published: 10:23 am, June 29th, 2016 - 62 comments

Three dots.

Updated

Muppet of the month

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, June 29th, 2016 - 38 comments

The UK Labour Party caucus provided some tough competition but for utter hypocricy UKIP leader Nigel Farage is clearly the political muppet of the month.

A Socialist perspective on Brexit, the European Union and the coup on Corbyn

Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, June 29th, 2016 - 27 comments

Details of a public forum to be run tomorrrow evening by Socialist Aotearoa to discuss Brexit, a Marxist critique of the European Union, and the very British coup against Jeremy Corbyn.

Remembering our personal political power

Written By: - Date published: 12:32 pm, June 27th, 2016 - 23 comments

Even in times of upheaval there are things we can do. Here are 11 post-Brexit ways to act right now.

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