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The CIA files on NZ

Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, January 19th, 2017 - 25 comments

The release online of a trove of declassified CIA documents includes several pertaining to NZ. The Herald’s David Fisher has given us a fine summary.

Obama orders early release of Chelsea Manning

Written By: - Date published: 10:41 am, January 18th, 2017 - 75 comments

In breaking news: Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence.

Women to protest Trump’s inauguration

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, January 17th, 2017 - 39 comments

Various events are planned in protest around Trump’s inauguration. One of them is a series of marches organised by and for women. There are (at time of writing) 386 marches organised world wide, including in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

The Trump Dossier

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, January 12th, 2017 - 176 comments

Buzzfeed’s release of the Dossier suggesting that Russia has considerable leverage over Donald Trump has caused ructions the effects of which will be felt for months.

Obama’s last speech

Written By: - Date published: 7:19 pm, January 11th, 2017 - 94 comments

Tired of jokes about Trump and golden showers?  Want to read a real political speech?  Well here is the text to Barak Obama’s last political speech as POTUS.

The great Taxpayers Union fraud and corruption discovery

Written By: - Date published: 10:39 am, January 11th, 2017 - 113 comments

The Taxpayer’s Union has shown a concerning inability to comprehend in its criticism of MFAT for supporting an aid initiative to address malnutrition in Africa.

The CIA Director confirmation hearings

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, January 10th, 2017 - 17 comments

Mike Pompey is Donald Trump’s chosen head for the CIA.  He is someone who believes in the mass collection of all metadata and combining it with all publicly available information.  Are we going to see the unprecedented destruction of rights of privacy?

Spy vs Spy

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 pm, January 9th, 2017 - 127 comments

It is MAD.  In the frenzy leading up to  Trump’s inauguration, we have the extraordinary spectacle of the CIA interfering in the US election by accusing the Russians of interfering in the same election. The CIA used only to interfere in other people’s elections. On the serious side this intervention means the war party hasn’t given up yet, no matter what Trump may say.

Changes in the United States

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, January 8th, 2017 - 79 comments

The implications for the world of Donald Trump’s forthcoming ascendancy to the office of President of the United States.

Hacking Schmacking

Written By: - Date published: 12:59 pm, January 7th, 2017 - 155 comments

In all seriousness. Apparently.

Obama’s last days

Written By: - Date published: 10:05 am, December 30th, 2016 - 150 comments

Barak Obama is using the last few days of his presidency to do some quite radical stuff.

Israel threatens sanctions against New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, December 27th, 2016 - 131 comments

Israel has responded to New Zealand’s principled stand in seeking to uphold the rights of Palestinian citizens by threatening sanctions.

Facebook, fake news and Donald Trump’s election

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, December 26th, 2016 - 72 comments

Donald Trump’s success in the recent Presidential Election may have had a lot to do with very judicious use of targeted Facebook advertising and the proliferation of fake news stories.

Reason #3751 progressives should oppose Donald Trump presidency

Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, December 23rd, 2016 - 26 comments

President Donald Trump reckons that the US must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability to make the world come to its senses regarding nukes.

Keep it in the ground

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 22nd, 2016 - 51 comments

In the last days of the Obama presidency the current President is taking steps to protect the Arctic from oil drilling.

Denial in Politics

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 pm, December 17th, 2016 - 33 comments

There’s a lot of it around. The Democrats and their media and spook allies are in a complete lather over Putin’s supposed personal influence in the US election. Confident of victory and its spoils up till midday on election day, the Clinton team are incapable of assessing just what a debacle of a campaign they ran, still less what they need to do now. Lessons abound.

The first Trump ripple

Written By: - Date published: 1:17 pm, December 17th, 2016 - 96 comments

Donald Trump’s telephone call with the Taiwanese president has created a response which it seems clear he did not anticipate.

The great US climate scientist witch hunt

Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, December 11th, 2016 - 15 comments

Donald Trump’s transition team have been quizzing state employees of the Department of Energy about their beliefs and activities in relation to climate change.  Is a clear out of those who believe climate change is a reality possible? And why is he refusing to investigate the possibility that Russia affected the Presidential election in his favour?

Trump’s broad international challenges

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, December 1st, 2016 - 10 comments

Barak Obama is leaving Donald Trump a number of international crises to face.  What will the Donald do and will he make America great again?

Everybody wants a recount

Written By: - Date published: 8:38 am, November 29th, 2016 - 100 comments

US President elect Donald Trump has expressed support for a widespread investigation of America’s electoral system

America’s broken democratic system

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, November 27th, 2016 - 91 comments

Through partisan control of the electoral system and continuing attempts to suppress votes America’s electoral system is in clear need of an overhaul.

Fidel Castro has died

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 pm, November 26th, 2016 - 175 comments

Fidel Castro has died aged 90.

Post-US election post

Written By: - Date published: 6:07 am, November 21st, 2016 - 125 comments

A general discussion thread about the US election.

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.

As politicians go…(II)

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, November 18th, 2016 - 7 comments

Two paths. One choice.

As politicians go….

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, November 18th, 2016 - 21 comments

Following voters in the USA adding yet another to a growing list of defeats for the radical centre….

It’s time for a different story

Written By: - Date published: 5:55 am, November 16th, 2016 - 68 comments

A post-US election space for engendering solidarity and resistance.

I’m Arab and Many of Us Are Glad That Trump Won

Written By: - Date published: 12:42 pm, November 13th, 2016 - 49 comments

A challenging and provocative piece on Trump’s election victory from an Arab perspective.

An interesting time for the Republicans

Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, November 13th, 2016 - 55 comments

Trump is going to be a figurehead, not a president, leaving governance to an unfettered Republican machine. That machine is no friend of the disenfranchised, never was, never will be. How will Trump’s base react to being betrayed?

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.

Lessons?

Written By: - Date published: 8:05 am, November 12th, 2016 - 116 comments

What can we learn from the election of Donald J Drumpf?

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