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Trump laughed at for waving his toad at UN

Written By: - Date published: 7:46 am, September 26th, 2018 - 33 comments

What can one say about Trump’s daft bragging at the UN, that raised a chorus of laughter at what he was saying. Clearly his toad is out of control.

The War on Drugz

Written By: - Date published: 8:18 am, September 25th, 2018 - 66 comments

Jacinda Ardern has announced that New Zealand will not sign up to Donald Trump’s global call to action on drugs. Will Simon Bridges do the responsible thing and agree with her that the announcement is a misplaced attempt to continue the currently failing approach to drugs?

Quite a day or two then!

Written By: - Date published: 6:17 pm, September 18th, 2018 - 83 comments

A quick smorgasbord of reported news from Syria, to China and Sweden, to antisemitism and (hidden behind the links) an interview with (hopefully) the first woman who will serve as President of the USA.

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North Carolina and Hurricane Florence

Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, September 14th, 2018 - 42 comments

North Carolina Republicans’ refusal to accept that climate change exists means that Hurricane Florence’s effects are going to be greater than they should be.

“That day” in September.

Written By: - Date published: 6:14 pm, September 12th, 2018 - 6 comments

Towers bore me.

The Global Financial Crisis 10 Years On

Written By: - Date published: 11:19 am, September 11th, 2018 - 32 comments

Ten years ago this week massive financial businesses in the United States started collapsing. How has the world recovered from this?

Ardern and Pelosi.

Written By: - Date published: 11:36 am, September 9th, 2018 - 65 comments

There is something very wrong with “our” media when it takes a stand-up comedian to alert people to important stuff. But anyway…

The Trump New York Times Op ed

Written By: - Date published: 7:59 am, September 7th, 2018 - 121 comments

Donald Trump thinks that the anonymous opinion writer in the New York times may have committed an act of treason.  Others think that this is an act of loyalty to the country.

Worst campaign video ever?

Written By: - Date published: 1:54 pm, August 31st, 2018 - 18 comments

Repbulican Ron Desantis has released what may be the worst campaign video ever.

Let Chelsea Manning speak

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, August 29th, 2018 - 146 comments

Chelsea Manning wants to visit New Zealand and talk about how evil war is and what should be done to stop it.  We should let her.

Manafort convicted and Cohen takes deal

Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, August 22nd, 2018 - 137 comments

In Trump’s America Paul Manafort has been convicted on eight counts and Michael Cohen has entered into a deal with prosecutors admitting campaign finance breaches at the behest of “the candidate”.

Elizabeth Warren and Accountable Capitalism

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, August 21st, 2018 - 22 comments

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is proposing a law change that would require US corporations to consider its workers and community in company decisions and prevent political donations from being made unless 75% of shareholders agreed.

RIP Aretha Franklin

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, August 17th, 2018 - 14 comments

Soul diva Aretha Franklin has died aged 76.

Is Tova O’Brien really a closet leftie?

Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, August 16th, 2018 - 76 comments

Matthew Hooton has claimed that Tova O’Brien is an extreme left-wing, anti-National Party journalist intent in bringing Simon Bridges down.  Hyperbole much?

About freedom of speech

Written By: - Date published: 9:44 am, August 12th, 2018 - 97 comments

Simon Wilson in the Herald neatly skewers suggestions that Donald Brash is a free speech warrior and raises important issues about the interplay between free speech and attacks on “political correctness” also known as tolerance and respect.

United Sanctions of America

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, August 10th, 2018 - 99 comments

The US State department has announced sanctions on Russia for the use of Novichok nerve agent. The ruble has plunged, the Russians are furious and Donald Trump is saying … nothing.

Wanna know why?

Should we defend global institutions?

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, August 8th, 2018 - 37 comments

With the world facing environmental, economic and social crises now more than ever before is a time for strong international institutions.

Guest post: The end of Neoliberalism – What went wrong?

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, August 7th, 2018 - 172 comments

The Left predicted the death of neoliberalism after the global financial crisis of 2008.  But since then inequality has increased and new right nationalism is on the ascendancy.  How should the left respond?

The Pied Piper

Written By: - Date published: 11:55 am, August 6th, 2018 - 32 comments

If we’re living in a global village, is the name of the village Hamelin?

World peace may be needed to deal with climate change

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, August 5th, 2018 - 55 comments

Imagine what we could do about climate change if there were no wars.

Трамп; проследить за деньгами!

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 pm, July 24th, 2018 - 93 comments

Is Donald Trump’s grovelling to Vladimir Putin in Helsinki proof that he is some how fatally compromised or even a long term Russian intelligence asset? There seems to be growing suspicion that it’s Moscow gold not golden showers that’s at the heart of the American President’s Putin problem.

Happy birthday Nelson Mandela

Written By: - Date published: 12:49 pm, July 19th, 2018 - 43 comments

It is Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. Happy birthday to him. If he was alive today he would be 100 years old.

Glenn Greenwald on…

Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, July 19th, 2018 - 113 comments

Excerpts from Glenn Greenwald speaking on Democracy Now! (h/t Adrian Thornton)

What is eating Mike Hosking?

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, July 18th, 2018 - 77 comments

Mike Hosking appears to have entered into a particularly dark time.

Trumputin

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, July 17th, 2018 - 206 comments

Donald Trump has directly contradicted the collective decision of the United States Security agencies by denying that there was Russian involvement in the last US general election.

Do republicans really want to arm infants?

Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, July 16th, 2018 - 17 comments

It appears that Sacha Baron Cohen has succeeded in getting prominent Republicans to say stupid things about arming kids.

Trump meets Putin

Written By: - Date published: 9:03 am, July 16th, 2018 - 116 comments

Some things that President Trump won’t do as when meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Theresa May’s and England’s bad week

Written By: - Date published: 4:01 pm, July 13th, 2018 - 47 comments

In the space of a week England has lost in its goal of winning the world cup, had three senior ministers resign over May’s “soft” BREXIT proposal and now Donald Trump has effectively called for Theresa May to be replaced by Boris Johnson.

The trade war

Written By: - Date published: 1:56 pm, July 9th, 2018 - 27 comments

The speed of the growing trade war between the United States and China will hit New Zealand. Our long term diplomatic arc, such that it is, was to follow a modernist impulse set after World War Two: that economic growth and democracy matched deep human impulses for freedom and prosperity together. China has never assented […]

US Democrats plan to start civil war today *

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, July 4th, 2018 - 42 comments

* according to Alex Jones on Infowars.

Mexico turns left

Written By: - Date published: 7:48 am, July 3rd, 2018 - 53 comments

In Mexico a leftist Bernie Sanders like friend of Jeremy Corbyn has been elected as President in a landslide.

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