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ISIS Crisis

Written By: - Date published: 5:10 pm, October 27th, 2016 - 24 comments


Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says our training mission to Iraq is undergoing a transformation. We were warned when the troops first went that the mission was always intended to be looser than Brownlee publicly claimed at the time. And so it has turned out to be.

Time for another round of fear mongering

Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, October 25th, 2016 - 49 comments


Latest fear mongering sounds like a rerun of the jihadi brides lie, which as an editorial summary put it – “raises serious questions about the accuracy of claims made by John Key, SIS boss Rebecca Kitteridge and Security Intelligence Minister Chris Finlayson.”

Jill Stein: a Clinton Presidency could mean nuclear war with Russia

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, October 16th, 2016 - 219 comments


Hillary Clinton’s no-fly zone policy for Syria as declared in the second presidential election means air war with Russia.

Alert Memo to President Obama: it’s better to Jaw Jaw Jaw than War War War

Written By: - Date published: 10:57 am, October 5th, 2016 - 68 comments


Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity advise Obama that the best way to get out of the dangerously escalating hawkish jam that parts of his government have put him in is to meet directly with Putin.

The Propaganda War

Written By: - Date published: 10:38 am, October 2nd, 2016 - 89 comments


Under the rubble of lies…

Assange is a hero: Jill Stein US Greens Presidential Candidate

Written By: - Date published: 9:54 am, August 24th, 2016 - 204 comments


Julian Assange is a true hero, says Jill Stein unequivocally, along with other whistleblowers who have had the audacity to challenge the status quo establishment.

Someone in Hamilton is racist as well as stupid

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, August 23rd, 2016 - 35 comments

Community voice defaced billboard

Someone in Hamilton thinks that someone who wears a turban must be an ISIS supporting terrorist.

Syrian flash point just got flash pointier

Written By: - Date published: 1:38 pm, August 20th, 2016 - 102 comments

Syrian child

The major powers are ramping up the stakes in Syria in a big way.

Cluster f*&k on cluster bombs

Written By: - Date published: 9:34 am, August 19th, 2016 - 64 comments

Cluster bomb

The Government is refusing to accept there are legal issues with Kiwisaver providers investing in manufacturers of cluster bombs.  But it is also not ruling out there may be a problem.

Left Militant

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 13th, 2016 - 140 comments


With wars breaking out at an alarming rate and democracy going backwards in much of the world what should a leftie foreign policy be?

Drumpf LIVE!

Written By: - Date published: 2:44 pm, July 22nd, 2016 - 31 comments

Donald Trump

Establishment candidate and billionaire Donald J Trump is delivering his acceptance speech at the RNC. It’s chockfulla cliches, but hey …


Why do they hate us?

Written By: - Date published: 11:09 am, July 21st, 2016 - 73 comments


658 deaths due to terrorism in Europe and the Americas. 28,031 terrorism deaths in the Middle East and rest of the world.

God Botherer

Written By: - Date published: 10:27 am, July 17th, 2016 - 461 comments


God’s been a bit of a let down recently. Is it time for Him to retire?

Military coup underway in Turkey: Erdo-gone?

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, July 16th, 2016 - 135 comments


The attempted military coup appears to have been quickly and effectively put down by pro-Erdogan forces.

Helen Clark on Iraq

Written By: - Date published: 11:37 am, July 7th, 2016 - 41 comments

Helen Clark Labour

Thirteen years ago Helen Clark said despite intense pressure that the threshold for the use of force against Iraq had not been met. How right she was.

Jeremy Corbyn apologises for Blair and Bush’s Iraq War

Written By: - Date published: 11:11 am, July 7th, 2016 - 42 comments


Jeremy Corbyn’s full response to the Chilcot response. Corbyn says that the Iraq war “was an act of military aggression launched on a false pretext” and that he apologises for it on behalf of Labour, who was in Government at the time.

The Chilcot report

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, July 7th, 2016 - 50 comments


The Chilcot report is out and it’s more damning of the decision to invade Iraq than expected.

Chilcot report – Blair’s bad week

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, July 5th, 2016 - 44 comments

Tony Blair

Even before its release the Chilcot report is drawing attention to the hubristic warmongering that will forever stain Blair’s time in office.

Istanbul airport bombing

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, June 30th, 2016 - 62 comments


Condolences to all family and friends of the victims.

Chilcot, Corbyn and the UK Labour Party caucus.

Written By: - Date published: 10:23 am, June 29th, 2016 - 62 comments

get corbyn

Three dots.


Mission Creep

Written By: - Date published: 7:06 pm, June 20th, 2016 - 50 comments


The military mission to Iraq is to be extended by another 18 months, much to nobody’s surprise. John Key has put the creep into the mission.

Double the quota

Written By: - Date published: 7:25 am, June 16th, 2016 - 3 comments

refugees are human beings-1

The Nats’ quota increase has now been described as “shameful and inhumane”, “stinks of a Government that doesn’t care”, “pathetic”, “mean-spirited and callous”, and more. Will they get the message?

Why American Foreign Policy still matters

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, June 14th, 2016 - 17 comments

Third world america

So what should the next President of the United States focus on?  Military power or economic domination or international institutions?

Refugee quota increase “shameful and inhumane”

Written By: - Date published: 3:12 pm, June 13th, 2016 - 22 comments

refugees are human beings-1

Reaction to Key’s pathetic increase in the refugee quota – “shameful and inhumane” (Amnesty International), “stinks of a Government that doesn’t care” (Double the Quota).

Funding priorities

Written By: - Date published: 1:10 pm, June 8th, 2016 - 68 comments

shoot in foot

Why are we spending so much money on “defense” when there are so many real and urgent needs? It is hard to imagine that our “enemies” could possibly do us more damage than we are inflicting on ourselves.

What Possibility a Mid Winter Celebration?

Written By: - Date published: 2:21 pm, May 15th, 2016 - 8 comments

tony blair

According to the Herald on Sunday, some people aren’t just sitting back waiting for the Chilcot report to be released before deciding what to do. Some people are getting geared up.

Little just visited NZ troops in Iraq

Written By: - Date published: 4:20 pm, April 28th, 2016 - 11 comments

andrew little in iraq

“Opposition Leader Andrew Little has visited New Zealand troops at Camp Taji, Iraq. Mr Little also met with Iraqi Defence Minister Khaled Al-Obedih and senior military officials from the Coalition forces in Iraq. He now heads to Jordan to see the unfolding refugee crisis first hand.”

Anzac Day 2016

Written By: - Date published: 6:06 am, April 25th, 2016 - 62 comments


Today is Anzac Day, 101 years since ANZAC forces began the Gallipoli campaign.

Lahore bombing

Written By: - Date published: 11:31 am, March 28th, 2016 - 62 comments


Condolences to all those affected by the horrific bombing in Lahore.

Easter Monday Round Up

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, March 28th, 2016 - 101 comments


Three news items stand out from the long weekend. Actor Robert De Niro being inoculated against anti-vaxxers, ISIS being driven out of Palmyra and the free part of Ireland celebrating the centenary of the Easter Rising. All are milestones of sorts, markers of positive change.

Brussels attack

Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, March 23rd, 2016 - 55 comments


Isis has claimed responsibility for the horrific attacks in Brussels that left 34 dead.

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