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Happy birthday Nelson Mandela

Written By: - Date published: 12:49 pm, July 19th, 2018 - 34 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 - 108 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 - 75 comments

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

Trumputin

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, July 17th, 2018 - 204 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.

Petrol is going up, and up

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, June 30th, 2018 - 57 comments

Not all the current government’s fault, but the arrival of the fuel tax this weekend heralds a number of very sharp rises in what we have to pay in order to run a car.

Socialist candidate rolls Democrat heavyweight in primary

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, June 28th, 2018 - 44 comments

In a major upset the fourth ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives has lost a New York primary to a young latino woman who is a self described socialist as well as a Bernie Sanders supporter.

Full retreat

Written By: - Date published: 11:22 am, June 27th, 2018 - 13 comments

The United States Supreme Court decision to upheld Trump’s travel ban is but the latest example of bad news for international human rights we have had over recent times.

Flying Kites.

Written By: - Date published: 2:34 pm, June 26th, 2018 - 21 comments

If we can’t see the wood for the trees, shouldn’t we simply step back a bit and look again?

Godwin’s flaw?

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, June 26th, 2018 - 213 comments

Sarah Huckabee-Sanders briefing the White House press corps

In which we discuss a number of quick hits: Trump thinks judges only exist to be bribed, Sarah Huckabee-Sanders can’t get a seat at a restaurant, and whether Godwin’s Law needs to be amended.

Doofus of the week June 24, 2018

Written By: - Date published: 12:44 pm, June 24th, 2018 - 37 comments

The latest in an occasional series where we celebrate the horrendously awful and bizarre behaviour of political figures both locally and overseas.

Immigration Now

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, June 23rd, 2018 - 74 comments

Germany has one of the very few national-level consciences on world immigration, but that is now under threat. The Trump administration and his allies appear to be actively working to topple Germany’s Angela Merkel in favour of the hard right.

New Zealand basks in the birth of the Prime Minature

Written By: - Date published: 9:41 am, June 22nd, 2018 - 40 comments

Day one of her life and New Zealand is basking in the birth of the Prime Minature.

Children should never be used as bargaining chips

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, June 21st, 2018 - 66 comments

Donald Trump has announced a “backdown” of the policy of separating children of refugees from their parents at the US border. Instead they will be imprisoned with their parents potentially for extended periods of time.

Trump will be President until 2024

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, June 21st, 2018 - 61 comments

It’s time to see the strong possibility of a second term of Donald Trump as United States President.  What would The World Look Like?

The United States is becoming a rogue state

Written By: - Date published: 4:57 pm, June 20th, 2018 - 53 comments

The United States of America in its support for Israeli trashing of Palestinian rights and the withdrawal of support for the United Nations Human Rights Council as well as the mass incarceration of children of parents who have tried to enter the United States without permission is displaying concerning signs.

This is a China Play

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, June 13th, 2018 - 36 comments

What was the game plan behind the Trump-Kim Jong Un meeting in Singapore yesterday?

Donald Trump’s unusual diplomatic behaviour

Written By: - Date published: 11:02 am, June 11th, 2018 - 44 comments

Donald Trump has chosen to insult Canadian leader Justin Trudeau and buddy up to North Korean leader Kim Jon Un all in the same week.

Sonic Attack

Written By: - Date published: 12:01 pm, June 8th, 2018 - 93 comments

What follows isn’t satire or parody. Apparently.

Who needs strategy?

Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, June 6th, 2018 - 39 comments

Perhaps the idea that it’s necessary to have national objectives and realistic plans to achieve them, is overrated. Seems to be working for Trump.

Bridges copies Bill Clinton on abortion

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, May 28th, 2018 - 51 comments

Simon Bridges has appropriated phrasing used by Bill Clinton in describing his position on abortion but made his personal view even more restrictive.

New Zealand trade negotiations with Europe

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, May 23rd, 2018 - 7 comments

On Thursday 31 May at the University of Auckland, the Fabians are hosting Max Harris on the topic “Is it time for an independent foreign policy?” What would be the costs of a really independent foreign policy, over the benefits of salving our conscience with greater national independence?  And where does Trade fit in?

Doofus of the week – May 20, 2018

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, May 20th, 2018 - 20 comments

Aaron Schlossberg, American Attorney and Trump Supporter, and someone who thinks people speaking Spanish to each other in a New York restaurant poses some sort of existential threat to the Union is this week’s doofus of the week.

Trump was right … and then …

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, May 17th, 2018 - 17 comments

Donald Trump has had a few months of being lucky with some luck Foreign Affairs wins and good economic news. But his wreckage-trail of his consequences is becoming longer and clearer.

America’s Cares.

Written By: - Date published: 2:02 pm, May 15th, 2018 - 12 comments

It must be nice to be breathing in that rarefied air that exists up beyond the reaches of here.

Trump trashes Iranian Nuclear deal because he can

Written By: - Date published: 8:38 am, May 9th, 2018 - 108 comments

Donald Trump has torn up a deal between the US and Iran that provided for limitation of its nuclear programme and prevented it from obtaining nuclear weapons.

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