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We Are All ‘Identarian’ Now

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 am, February 14th, 2017 - 106 comments

There has been an unfortunate trend developing in recent weeks, of negatively labelling people who dare to have a different opinion on equality to the labeller, as identarian. This description is something to be appreciated in these times when dark forces appear to be on the rise again.

The shame of homelessness

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, January 18th, 2017 - 54 comments

A rich old white idiot, who would only be amused at our anger, has vented about the homeless, in a piece that shouldn’t be rewarded with our clicks.

Standing Rock update

Written By: - Date published: 3:27 pm, November 3rd, 2016 - 21 comments

The Standing Rock water protection movement continues in the face of increasing state violence.

Race, Class, Global Warming and Democracy.

Written By: - Date published: 1:06 pm, September 7th, 2016 - 18 comments

Nothing and no-one is separate in this world. Nothing and no-one is more important than anything else or anyone else; no voice greater and no voice lesser.

Racism Resurgent

Written By: - Date published: 12:27 pm, September 7th, 2016 - 45 comments

A Trump win in America would cause a resurgence of the most racist toxic views imaginable, not only in America but elsewhere.

Women wearing clothes

Written By: - Date published: 1:26 pm, September 2nd, 2016 - 109 comments

In France and Italy there have been recent examples of men telling women what they can and cannot wear.

police and african youth

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 7th, 2016 - 19 comments

Research has been published showing police having treated African youth unfairly.  How can this be so, when they have put in so much effort to engage ethnic communities.

Newshub (and another flag poll)

Written By: - Date published: 2:32 pm, February 1st, 2016 - 6 comments

3 News is dead, replaced by Newshub. That’s News Hub, not New Shub. Though New Shub would be funnier.

Building a mass movement

Written By: - Date published: 3:13 pm, January 19th, 2016 - 58 comments

Republished by request, and permission from Stephanie Rodgers at Boots Theory

[Content note: mentions of transphobia, sexual violence and violence against people of colour]

Donald Trump does not like muslims

Written By: - Date published: 11:54 am, December 8th, 2015 - 64 comments

Donald J Trump may have reached peak craziness or peak political opportunism with his call to ban all Muslims from entering America.

NRT: Compare and contrast

Written By: - Date published: 2:16 pm, November 27th, 2015 - 2 comments

I/S at No Right Turn compares the government’s treatment of two very different schools. “National’s racism and pandering to the rich pervades every aspect of policy.”

Petition on Slater’s hate speech

Written By: - Date published: 7:41 am, October 31st, 2015 - 127 comments

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International investment in Auckland housing

Written By: - Date published: 11:08 am, July 12th, 2015 - 174 comments

Phil Twyford’s recent announcement on Auckland’s housing crisis raises important issues concerning the inflow of overseas capital into our housing market.  But should it have depersonalised the argument?

Amazing Grace

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, June 27th, 2015 - 99 comments

Barack Obama sings the spiritual Amazing Grace during the eulogy for Clementa Pinckney, one of those killed by a racist gunman in Charleston. Not completely in tune, but he hits the right note. As his Presidency winds down, Obama has one last opportunity to move the American mindset. The rule of the gun must end.

I hope Ngati Whatua have a really good Mokopuna day

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 21st, 2015 - 48 comments

According to some Ngati Whatua wanting to use Okahu Bay for a Mokopuna day has created something of a crisis.  Maybe not for us or anyone who is reasonable but for the rednecks and the rabid right.

Revolutionary Spain, Revolutionary Syria, and the Bastards We Vote For.

Written By: - Date published: 3:36 pm, February 11th, 2015 - 63 comments

It seems that just as the 30’s offered the chance to turn dreams into reality, Syria is offering that chance up to ‘the left’ today. Suddenly, for me, the recent travel bans and the passport confiscation laws etc make sense since we are potentially looking at an international influx of non-nutters and non- psychopaths as happened during the Spanish Revolution of the 30s.

rising poverty amongst asians

Written By: - Date published: 11:04 pm, December 9th, 2014 - 85 comments

a new report shows that poverty related illnesses are growing at a rapid rate for asian children, and so are other poverty indicators.  some of this is related to a more settled population, but we also need to talk about racism.

The cost of terrorist rhetoric

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, November 11th, 2014 - 38 comments

When John Key takes to the media to over-hype the risks of ISIS terrorism to NZ, there is a cost.

Myths of Waitangi Day – & Hikoi

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, February 5th, 2014 - 289 comments

The ratings driven MSM beat up dramas and conflict in relation to Waitangi Day – they continue to circulate myths about the Day.  Morgan Godfery has blogged about those myths.  Meanwhile, the hikoi to protect our seas and land continues. [update: Rachel Smalley]

I guess this just shows the Right doesn’t have a monopoly on arseholes

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, September 27th, 2013 - 34 comments

The other day, I wrote a piece on Poto Williams’ selection to be Labour’s candidate in the Christchurch East by-election. I promptly had to ban a commenter who assumed her selection was due to a quota – ie. a woman Cook Islander can’t possibly win on her own merit. Unfortunately, it seems The Standard sets higher, um, standards than The Herald, which published a similar argument by Damien Rogers today.

Why the Pakeha Party is great news for the Left

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, July 9th, 2013 - 206 comments

The ‘Pakeha Party’ has the most Facebook followers of any New Zealand political movement (excepting John Key’s page) That’s in one day of publicity.  They’re seriously talking about forming an actual political party. Should we be worried about this apparent reactionary force? Nah. The creation of a ‘Pakeha Party’ would be good news.

Envy

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 pm, July 8th, 2013 - 98 comments

The mantra of the ‘Pakeha Party’ is ‘If Maori get it, we want it to [sic]! No matter WHAT it is

(Yes, they still haven’t fixed the spelling error in their fucken motto)

Well, let’s have a look at what ‘Maori get’.

What “terrorism” means

Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, May 28th, 2013 - 100 comments

Glen Greenwald says the word terrorism has almost exclusively become reserved for violence by Muslims.

I reckon replace “Muslims” with “non-white” and you’re getting closer.

The invisible commissioner?

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, April 9th, 2013 - 63 comments

Recent ignorance of Maori custom and Kiwi culture, both at home and abroad, invited a response from newly minted Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy. So far – nothing…

Councillor Bruce Wilson: racist and incompetent

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, April 6th, 2013 - 60 comments

Councillor Bruce Wilson thinks it’s a “joke” to say we should sterilise Maaori women who smoke.  If you don’t think he should resign for his racism, let’s consider if he should resign for being too ignorant to function.

Greens announce non-racist policy; 3News decides to make it racist

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, March 1st, 2013 - 49 comments

Yet again, Patrick Gower digs deep to find a story where there really isn’t one.

ImperatorFish: A special thank-you to Richard Prosser

Written By: - Date published: 4:32 pm, February 15th, 2013 - 78 comments

Scott thinks Richard Prosser’s done us a favour.

Just get the f*ck out

Written By: - Date published: 7:50 pm, February 12th, 2013 - 126 comments

Prosser, just f*cken resign. There’s no place for the likes of you. You’ve been elected purely to make up numbers for Peters. And you couldn’t even do that without being a disgusting bigot. You’re not the only rightwinger playing up race fears. Hooton claims Indonesia will invade due to climate change. Key tells scary stories of made-up boat people. But you’re the worst. Just go.

John Key discovers the usefulness of Yellow Peril

Written By: - Date published: 7:26 am, February 12th, 2013 - 146 comments

Bad jobs numbers and a succession of collapses of major businesses weighing your government down? You need: distraction! How about an old classic from the New Zealand politician’s playbook – the Yellow Peril! Passed on by Seddon and Peters, Yellow Peril’s now being wielded by John Key as he talks of vague, unsubstantiated threats that boatloads of Indonesians are heading for our shores.

We are all Latino now

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, November 9th, 2012 - 92 comments

Rabid Republican partisan Bill O’Reilly lamented the demise of “the white establishment” on Fox News. Take away the bitterness, prejudice, and racism, and O’Reilly is correct about some of the facts. Obama was elected by “minorities”, as predicted the Latino vote was particularly significant. Will an all white ticket win the presidential election ever again?

Turn off turnout – National’s 2014 strategy?

Written By: - Date published: 3:56 pm, August 27th, 2012 - 41 comments

Depress turnout among low-income voters by changing the enrolment rules – it’s an old right-wing trick.  The Republicans are doing it in the US – it looks like National may try it on here. They should not succeed.

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