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Saudi Arabia and the United States

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, October 17th, 2018 - 11 comments

Saudi Arabia is preparing to admit that the U.S. resident and investigative reporter did indeed die in their embassy in Turkey.

Second Kremlin Killer Unmasked, Putin Untroubled

Written By: - Date published: 12:57 pm, October 9th, 2018 - 185 comments

We know the real names of the Russian spies who bungled the Salisbury novichok poisoning. Will it make a difference to the Kremlin’s plans?

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.

Updated

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.

And then there was….

Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, June 29th, 2018 - 38 comments

The aftermath of Douma chemical attacks and Skripal poisonings…

No Iran Israeli War.

Written By: - Date published: 10:58 am, May 12th, 2018 - 11 comments

In spite of all the sharp intakes of breathe going on across media outlets, there will be no war between Iran and Israel. Here’s why.

Grotesque.

Written By: - Date published: 12:26 pm, April 27th, 2018 - 92 comments

People from Douma have been to The Hague and spoken of their experiences on the night of a supposed chemical attack by Syrian forces.

Photoshop Wars?

Written By: - Date published: 4:03 pm, April 17th, 2018 - 56 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 - 203 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.

What’s the Game?

Written By: - Date published: 12:57 pm, April 14th, 2018 - 194 comments

What the hell are Macron, May and Trump playing at?

Crazees and clowns

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, April 12th, 2018 - 42 comments

Can we have some sanity please?

Evidence-based foreign policy

Written By: - Date published: 6:07 pm, April 2nd, 2018 - 99 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.

Democracy, Faux Democracy and Terror.

Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, March 19th, 2018 - 37 comments

Facebook, Putin, poisoning and Ghouta have all given fairly extensive media coverage of late. Nothing much on Afrin. Afrin has just fallen to terrorists backed by Turkey.

Update: the photo used for this post is of the The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army (TQILA), who are part of the International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces fighting in Syria.

Russian to Judgment

Written By: - Date published: 5:55 pm, March 16th, 2018 - 517 comments

The possible poisoning of Sergei Skripal and the consequent  hysteria have all the signs of another false flag operation, as we saw before the second American invasion of Iraq. The chain of circumstantial evidence has more holes in it than a swiss cheese, and while  attempted murder (if that is what it is) is a criminal act Winston Peters and Jeremy Corbyn are sane voices calling for evidence before any attribution still less action.

States United.

Written By: - Date published: 9:44 am, January 20th, 2018 - 12 comments

On how states in conflict, have seemingly and nevertheless, managed to share in the likely or possible creation of one common goal.

Middle East Changes

Written By: - Date published: 1:58 pm, August 27th, 2017 - 70 comments

If there is a change of Government what should Labour do about requests for military assistance in the Middle East?

Black is White. Up is Down.

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, April 17th, 2017 - 133 comments

Media have a role to play, apparently…

Framing Syria

Written By: - Date published: 5:34 pm, April 12th, 2017 - 48 comments

If you’re determined to  believe that western liberal democracy is essentially benign and only ever makes mistakes and honest mis-judgements, or is something that’s sometimes marred by an odd ‘bad apple’ or two, then this post on Syria probably isn’t the post for you.

Syria sarin capitalism and war

Written By: - Date published: 10:34 am, April 9th, 2017 - 60 comments

The dirty truth behind many of the wars that our political / media world gets itself so excited about is that they wouldn’t be happening without the arms that we (the “western” world) sell so copiously.

National’s response to the Syria attack

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, April 8th, 2017 - 56 comments

Unlike the Australian and United Kingdom Governments’ response to the American attack has been muted and confused.  Is this just the nature of anything that Bill English says or is it an attempt to assess public opinion before responding?

Green Party criticises US strike on Syria

Written By: - Date published: 7:08 am, April 8th, 2017 - 140 comments

“We expect and deserve cooler heads than this from our global leaders.”

World War?

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, April 7th, 2017 - 221 comments

Well…don’t know about you, but I’m feeling like I want to throw up.

Mosul and Aleppo. They’re spelled differently.

Written By: - Date published: 2:05 pm, March 26th, 2017 - 17 comments

Not so much a tale of two cities as the tales we were spun in relation to one.

Heroes

Written By: - Date published: 1:33 pm, February 10th, 2017 - 75 comments

All the “nobody” people.

Americans Killed By Terrorists since 9/11.

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 pm, January 30th, 2017 - 27 comments

Killed in the USA?

Voices of Aleppo.

Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, December 31st, 2016 - 172 comments

Ordinary Syrian people on Aleppo.

Question…

Written By: - Date published: 11:06 am, December 20th, 2016 - 84 comments

On Aleppo.

I’m a Muslim, an Immigrant and I voted Trump

Written By: - Date published: 12:54 pm, November 14th, 2016 - 234 comments

Take a deep breath and transcend your fear.

ISIS Crisis

Written By: - Date published: 5:10 pm, October 27th, 2016 - 84 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.

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