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Photoshop Wars?

Written By: - Date published: 4:03 pm, April 17th, 2018 - 56 comments

The Independent’s Robert Fisk reports from  Douma, where he interviewed one of the clinic doctors who said that the images that outraged Trump, May and Macron were real, but the cause was oxygen starvation from dust, not poisonous gas. Could it be that misleading images started a bombing war? What might this say about Western values?

Compassion?

Written By: - Date published: 12:05 pm, April 17th, 2018 - 70 comments

May claimed she couldn’t wait until Monday before unleashing compassion on Syria on Friday night. Which brought a line from this to mind….

 

The Government’s response to the Syrian crisis

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, April 16th, 2018 - 203 comments

Jacinda Ardern has accepted the US, UK and French response to the Syrian crisis.  Should she have instead condemned it?

The Humanity.

Written By: - Date published: 10:59 am, April 15th, 2018 - 160 comments

Apparently “this lot” really do care about people.

Is this a new cold war?

Written By: - Date published: 4:10 pm, April 11th, 2018 - 17 comments

It’s really easy to get cranky right now and believe the world is retreating into to a sad Cold War binary in which Russia and its allies are always in high tension with the United States and its allies. A new Cold War.

Ardern was right to hold back on Russia

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, April 7th, 2018 - 88 comments

Remember two weeks ago when Jacinda Ardern’s handling of the Russian poisoning scandal was considered to be a major misstep?  Well with the benefit of hindsight it appears to have been a very balanced nuanced response to an incident that is not as clear cut as it was presented.

Evidence-based foreign policy

Written By: - Date published: 6:07 pm, April 2nd, 2018 - 97 comments

In the second stage of a false flag attack, facts go out the window and the sole issue becomes “are you for us or against us.” Our media and National Party politicians are well into this stage in the Skripal affair. But as questions mount and skeptics proliferate from all sides, Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters may well be wiser than media advisers by not following blindly  the western herd. 26 countries is not the whole world. Update: Porton Down unable to establish Novichok of Russian origin.

Facebook is in trouble

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, March 21st, 2018 - 80 comments

A whistleblower, Christopher Wyllie, has explained how Cambridge Analytica managed to secure the data of 50 million Americans and how it was used in the last US Presidential election.

Sanctions. Weapons of War.

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, March 18th, 2018 - 53 comments

When elite’s tussle, shouldn’t we look after us and ours?

Russian to Judgment

Written By: - Date published: 5:55 pm, March 16th, 2018 - 517 comments

The possible poisoning of Sergei Skripal and the consequent  hysteria have all the signs of another false flag operation, as we saw before the second American invasion of Iraq. The chain of circumstantial evidence has more holes in it than a swiss cheese, and while  attempted murder (if that is what it is) is a criminal act Winston Peters and Jeremy Corbyn are sane voices calling for evidence before any attribution still less action.

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.

Tax Haven Man in Town

Written By: - Date published: 10:08 pm, February 20th, 2018 - 11 comments

The Lord Mayor of the City of London is visiting New Zealand. Its not Sadiq Khan, Charles Bowman is a PwC partner leading London’s financial centre lobby. He’s here to talk to business and regulators. He’ll no doubt be talking up  more deregulation.

Hatchets and Knives.

Written By: - Date published: 12:06 pm, January 9th, 2018 - 20 comments

A little on the (predictable) fallout from Emily Thornberry’s BBC Radio 4 interview.

Labour’s home.

Written By: - Date published: 5:06 pm, November 19th, 2017 - 13 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.

Solidarity forever

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, August 2nd, 2017 - 65 comments

Andrew Little has stood aside for Jacinda Ardern because he thought the Labour movement needed fresh legs.  Time to acknowledge him and support her.

Who are the real enemies of the centre left?

Written By: - Date published: 11:22 am, July 15th, 2017 - 80 comments

Simon Wilson recently claimed that left wingers and party members are problems for and enemies of Labour and the Greens.  This is why I think he is wrong.

May calls for Corbyn’s help

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, July 14th, 2017 - 13 comments

Theresa May knows that the tories are utterly stuffed over Brexit so she’s calling for ideas / trying to spread the blame. Jeremy Corbyn had the perfect reply.

Trump’s Russia smoking gun

Written By: - Date published: 12:02 pm, July 12th, 2017 - 39 comments

Some of the best tweets on the latest chapter of the Trump tragedy. We never expected the smoking gun to be friendly fire. Will Republicans meekly swallow this too?

Brexgrets

Written By: - Date published: 10:13 am, July 11th, 2017 - 123 comments

Seems the tide of sentiment in the UK is turning against Brexit. Do the tories have what it takes to turn back from their self-destructive path?

Does the left do more of the same or does it get radical this election?

Written By: - Date published: 11:12 am, July 7th, 2017 - 252 comments

Andrew Dean has written an opinion piece for Stuff where he suggests that to win this election Labour and the Greens have to become more radical.

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.

Corbyn speech at Glastonbury

Written By: - Date published: 10:34 am, June 25th, 2017 - 19 comments

Jeremy Corbyn’s full speech to Glastonbury 2017. “Another world is possible…”

Should The Left Do Authoritarian Populism Like The Right Does?

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, June 21st, 2017 - 54 comments

What if the left had an authoritarian populist in power and got some stuff done?

Skepta remix – Tory Magic Money Tree

Written By: - Date published: 3:09 pm, June 18th, 2017 - 1 comment

A little bit of UK political parody grime…

Signals

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, June 16th, 2017 - 124 comments

The politics of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Jonathan Pie – Socialism strikes back

Written By: - Date published: 3:24 pm, June 15th, 2017 - 5 comments

One week after the UK election, how did we miss this one?…

Sun and Breitbart falling

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, June 14th, 2017 - 20 comments

The numbers aren’t looking good for The Sun or Breitbart. It would be great to see these hate mongers slip further into irrelevance.

Owen Jones’ and the Guardian’s Corbyn mea culpa

Written By: - Date published: 2:30 pm, June 11th, 2017 - 57 comments

Owen Jones of the Guardian has posted a mea culpa about his pessimism that Jeremy Corbyn would succeed as Labour leader.  But meanwhile blairites are claiming that Corbyn missed an open goal while at the same time calling for unity.

Northern Ireland

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, June 11th, 2017 - 58 comments

In the wake of the UK election hung parliament, issues are emerging with the Conservatives/DUP coalition and its effect the Northern Ireland peace process, that bring into question the Tories’ ability to govern.

Getting Corbyn

Written By: - Date published: 7:36 am, June 11th, 2017 - 30 comments

“An extremely large portion of the British people, particularly the young, are utterly disenchanted by the sclerotic and self-perpetuating political class that governs them”

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