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The Daily Show on Sean Hannity

Written By: - Date published: 5:18 pm, April 19th, 2018 - 14 comments

Trevor Noah on the Daily Show gives the most concise and funny description of Sean Hannity’s problems concerning Donald Trump’s lawyer’s issues.

Photoshop Wars?

Written By: - Date published: 4:03 pm, April 17th, 2018 - 41 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 - 200 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.

North Korea redux

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, April 7th, 2018 - 14 comments

Does being incoherent work sometimes? With the President of North Korea visiting China for the first time, meeting with the South Korean President for the first time, and preparing to meet with the Japanese President and with the President of the United States, was Trump’s approach actually right for the circumstances?

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.

“Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job”

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, March 26th, 2018 - 32 comments

Two speakers from yesterday’s March for Our Lives.

US Trade Tariffs against China

Written By: - Date published: 2:14 pm, March 23rd, 2018 - 66 comments

Make no mistake: this is the single biggest anti-trade act the world has seen since the Iranian revolution’s nationalisation program from 1979.

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.

Remember President Obama?

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, March 20th, 2018 - 79 comments

The world has changed dramatically since Barak Obama was President of the United States.

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?

#MeToo

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, March 15th, 2018 - 13 comments

It’s been awesome to see feminist activists in New Zealand enable a new and fast liberation occur.  It’s worth reflecting on the success of #MeToo  and all its new forms.

Inevitably the crazy old morons remain

Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, March 14th, 2018 - 164 comments

In his usual dignified way, Donald Trump announced that he was sacking Rex Tillerson, the American Secretary of State in a tweet. And so the round of musical chairs that marks the White House’s descent into even more incompetence continues. Meanwhile the farce of the Russian election proceeds in their background of state operated terrorism in the UK. But there is some light

Putting some steel into trade

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, March 4th, 2018 - 82 comments

Does anyone want to take a punt on where the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum will go?

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.

Arm me with

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, February 23rd, 2018 - 186 comments

Teachers in America have responded to Donald Trump’s proposal to arm teachers in response to the Parkland School massacre with a request that they be armed with anything but guns.

Democratic burn

Written By: - Date published: 12:37 pm, February 21st, 2018 - 21 comments

“I’m joining whatever political party those kids in Florida just started”

US kids fight back: you are either with us or against us

Written By: - Date published: 12:57 pm, February 19th, 2018 - 44 comments

Four days after surviving a shooting massacre at her school, student Emma Gonzalez gave this stunning speech at an anti-gun rally in Florida. Other students are organising the National School Walkout and March for Our Lives.

Mueller v Russia

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, February 19th, 2018 - 324 comments

Robert Mueller has laid an indictment alleging that thirteen Russians and three Russian entities illegally interfered with the 2016 American Election campaign.

Trickledown …

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, February 8th, 2018 - 17 comments

Over in America Republican intellectual genius Paul Ryan tweeted how a School teacher who will receive $1.50 extra per week because of Republican tax cuts was grateful for the increase. But it did not go down well …

Waihopai and North Korea

Written By: - Date published: 7:44 am, February 5th, 2018 - 14 comments

It’s worth asking ourselves what Goriz Gharaman was doing protesting at Waihopai. It’s the right place to protest.

The Dogs of War

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 pm, January 31st, 2018 - 20 comments

At a Union/NDP conference in March 2002 in Ottawa I saw wall-to-wall US TV attacking Iraq in my room. My caucus report  that America was going to war was instinctive. Helen Clark stood up immediately and said that we wouldn’t be following. The US war dogs are barking again, this time over Korea. A recent […]

The planet needs women

Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, January 27th, 2018 - 29 comments

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin discuss women’s friendship, sisterhood, equality, and the power of women to change the world.

The Humanity.

Written By: - Date published: 5:57 pm, January 25th, 2018 - 8 comments

Thoughtless thugs. Killers.

Obstructionist losers

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, January 21st, 2018 - 50 comments

Despite controlling all three branches of the Government the Republicans have failed to get a funding bill passed and the US Government is facing shut down.

Why President Trump should be opposed by the left

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, January 20th, 2018 - 52 comments

Ten reasons why Donald Trump is anti worker and bad for America’s working class.

Shock horror right wing think tank thinks NZ not very democratic

Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, January 18th, 2018 - 74 comments

National’s cheerleaders are pushing an international report which suggests that New Zealand’s democratic system is only slightly better than average in world terms.  But the organisation behind the report and the methodology used need some checking.

“Politics isn’t a game”

Written By: - Date published: 6:25 am, January 16th, 2018 - 26 comments

Branko Marcetic on a piece in the Herald about why Trump’s first year wasn’t that bad.

 

Racist dog whistling

Written By: - Date published: 9:24 am, January 14th, 2018 - 64 comments

We may think that we now live in more enlightened times where the scourge of racism is finally being dealt to and is no longer considered acceptable but recent events in Australia and the United States suggests that this is not the case.

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