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Who are the real enemies of the centre left?

Written By: - Date published: 11:22 am, July 15th, 2017 - 71 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.

G20: Trump isolated and friendless

Written By: - Date published: 6:17 am, July 10th, 2017 - 27 comments

ABC news political editor Chris Uhlmann’s brutal takedown of Trump goes viral.

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.

The NRA declares war on reality

Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, June 30th, 2017 - 39 comments

The National Rifle Association in America has released a video which essentially advocates for violence against liberal resistance to conservatism.

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?

New Zealand folds and apologises to Israel

Written By: - Date published: 10:34 am, June 14th, 2017 - 81 comments

New Zealand has completely backed down from its original position of opposing the illegal occupation by Israel of Palestinian land and apologised to Israel for damaging the relationship.

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.

Kiwis send a message to Tillerson

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, June 7th, 2017 - 27 comments

As Patrick Gower puts it, “English tries to hide from the reality of Trump’s America”. Fortunately ordinary Kiwis were not so supine.

Is Donald Trump helping Jeremy Corbyn get elected?

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, June 7th, 2017 - 17 comments

Donald Trump’s closeness to Theresa May and his boorish behaviour over London’s recent attack may be helping Jeremy Corbyn’s attempt to win this week’s general election.

The Intercept has published leaked NSA report on Russian hacking of US election

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, June 6th, 2017 - 28 comments

From The Intercept: “Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election, according to a highly classified intelligence report obtained by The Intercept.”

Hager Hit & Run and NZ’s Asian wars

Written By: - Date published: 8:23 pm, June 5th, 2017 - 13 comments

Nicky Hager will talk about his book Hit and Run, and the issues it raises about New Zealand’s values and role in the world at 5:30pm on Wednesday 7th June at Connolly Hall, Guildford Terrace, Wellington. The book is about important events and the incoherence of New Zealand fighting it’s longest ever war in Central Asia. This talk is particularly timely in view of this week’s visit of the American Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.

Once upon a time

Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, June 4th, 2017 - 43 comments

Once upon a time this country stood up to American and said no to nuclear weapons. Now we dare not say yes to saving the planet.

When Earth’s future is under attack …

Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, June 3rd, 2017 - 35 comments

US Secretary of State and Oil Baron Rex Tillerson is visiting New Zealand next Tuesday. And 350 Aotearoa is planning to provide him with a warm reception.

Madman Trump withdraws America from Paris Accord

Written By: - Date published: 8:01 am, June 2nd, 2017 - 213 comments

Donald Trump has announced that the USA will be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Change Accord.

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.”

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.

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.

Trump fires Comey

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

So much for checks and balances.

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.”

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.

The first 100 Global Trump days

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, April 24th, 2017 - 19 comments

Donald Trump’s had his first 100 days ruling his big chunk of the world.  Things have changed dramatically from Barack Obama’s time.

New ambassador will represent Trump well.

Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, April 21st, 2017 - 58 comments

Trump has nominated a failed senator Scott Brown to be the ambassador to New Zealand. As a Fox presenter of alt-facts and a supporter of waterboarding to produce them, he sounds like a ignorant dickhead. A worthy representative of the Donald.

Missing voices

Written By: - Date published: 11:24 am, April 20th, 2017 - 39 comments

Former Trump supporter speaks Her Truth

 

Duck and Cover

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, April 16th, 2017 - 89 comments

Donald Trump is engaged in some over the top brinkmanship with North Korea which is increasing the prospects of at least a limited exchange of nuclear weapons.

My five books for Donald Trump

Written By: - Date published: 8:20 am, April 16th, 2017 - 9 comments

What books should POTUS read during this most religious of times.

National’s response to the Syria attack

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, April 8th, 2017 - 56 comments

Unlike the Australian and United Kingdom Governments’ response to the American attack has been muted and confused.  Is this just the nature of anything that Bill English says or is it an attempt to assess public opinion before responding?

Trumping Idiocy

Written By: - Date published: 4:59 pm, March 29th, 2017 - 28 comments

If you are absolutely determined to be one of the idiot legion who’re forever squirreling their heads deeper into sand, then don’t read this post.

Right-wing American stupidity is now a global crisis

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, March 29th, 2017 - 47 comments

The Trump regime has begun the process of dismantling environmental protections in America, including those designed to limit carbon emissions / climate change.

China is in New Zealand to stay

Written By: - Date published: 1:06 pm, March 28th, 2017 - 39 comments

At a time when the United States is reducing its diplomatic capacity and its willingness to enter into International Treaties New Zealand’s willingness to deal with China places it in an almost unique position in the western world.

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