Mission Accomplished

Written By: - Date published: 7:19 am, February 14th, 2015 - 55 comments
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[With apologies to BLiP – this should have gone up yesterday. That would have made made an interesting juxtaposition with TRP’s post – for all those that believe that writers at The Standard represent a single view!]


Slowly seducing New Zealanders’ into assisting with the slaughter of innocents on behalf of US corporate interests, John Key’s “dance of the seven veils” reaches its denouement today with the arrival in New Zealand of Iraq Foreign Minister Dr Ibrahim al-Jaafari.

John Key’s ridiculous writhing have been going on for more than eight months, starting back June 2014. At that time, as concern about ISIS’s advances were mounting, John Key ruled out any New Zealand military intervention in Iraq, barring an unlikely United Nations Security Council mission. John Key still denied any intent to involve New Zealand’s armed forces in October when it was revealed that the chief of the New Zealand Defence Force attended an exceptional meeting with US President Barack Obama and 20 other international defence leaders to talk specifically about defeating ISIS. John Key repeated his denial in November when it was revealed that the Army had begun training exercises for deployment to Iraq. Then, while enjoying his extended Christmas vacation, John Key suddenly said military participation in Iraq was the price New Zealand had to pay for its membership of “The Club”. No more talk about a United Nations’ mandate. Instead, the criteria became an invitation from the Iraqi government, a rather neat dodge to keep things legal as per Article 2(4) of the United Nations Charter. Next on the stage was UK Foreign Minister Philip Hammond. No talk about “The Cub”, instead it was “frankly we’ve . . . got used to New Zealand being there alongside us, alongside the US, the UK, Australia, as part of the family,” Next, Gerry Brownlee admits the Army is training for deployment and the language from the National Ltd™ Cult of John Key changes to no “formal decision” has been made. Finally – hey presto – up pops Dr Ibrahim al-Jaafari..

You gotta hand it to John Key: the timing is perfect. On a slow-news Friday at a time when the media is falling over itself to hype the cricket world cup, the last veil drops to reveal al Jaafari and his request for assistance.

Not that anyone is paying much attention, its probably worth pointing out that if there is anyone in the world practised in the art of fronting for US corporate interests, its Dr Ibrahim al-Jaafari. He is one of a bunch of once-exiled Shia politicians brought back to Iraq after the 2003 illegal invasion, occupation and on-going neo-liberal looting of that nation’s resources. Al-Jaafari’s initial role was as the first temporary President of Paul Bremer’s inaugural puppet show, the Governing Council of Iraq. He then served a Vice President from June 2004 until April 2005. Following the 2005 election in Iraq, al-Jaafari became that nation’s first elected Prime Minister on 3 May 2005. His immediate predecessor was the notorious A’yad Allawi.

Allawi, another Shia political activist who spend decades in exile, was a long-term CIA and MI6 source because of his previous involvement with Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist Party. Allawi was a principal member of the Iraqi National Accord, a grouping of disaffected Iraqis who worked throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s to topple Saddam Hussein. The Iraqi National Accord is alleged to have been the source which provided the “weapons of mass destruction” data which was used by the UK and US governments to generate public support for the 2003 invasion.

Despite their cooperation with the US, both A’yad Allawi and Dr Ibrahim al-Jaafari have reason enough to completely mistrust the US. Allawi was betrayed in 1996 when the CIA operation DBACHILLES – a well-funded, well-organised attempted military coup in Iraq – was foiled by Saddam Hussein. The US stood by in silence refusing any assistance as many of the participants were slaughtered while many, including. the Allawi family lost their lands and hundreds of millions of dollars of assets. Al-Jaafari, on the other hand, was removed from the Prime Ministership of Iraq at the whim of the US almost exactly one year after his election to the office. Al-Jaafari’s major sin was to dither about while his fellow Shia Muslims extracted revenge on the B’athis Sunnis in an upsurge of violence just as Iraq was seemingly emerging as a democracy. Not good PR, at all. Al-Jaafari’s position wasn’t helped by the fact that a large part of his public support stemmed from Moktada al-Sadr, a “turbulent and meddlesome” cleric if ever there was one. So, in yet another act of utter and supremely ignorant arrogance, the US removed al-Jaafari on 20 May 2006 and saw to it that Nuri al-Maliki was installed as Iraq’s new Prime Minister. Even US neo-liberals worked out that wasn’t a good move, but their corporate machinations amounted to little.

Nuri al-Maliki was happily carrying on his role as Prime Minister following the 2014 Iraqi elections, but then ISIS sent shivers through the US which decided he had to go. As a replacement, it installed another of their long-term exiled Shia politicians, one Haider al-Abadi. He served under the Coalition Provisional Authority as Minister of Communications from September 2003 to June 2004. Al-Abadi also has reason enough to completely mistrust the US. Bremer’s Coalition Provisional Authority systematically privatised all of Iraq’s state-owned companies and essential infrastructure including its wireless (mobile) communications system. Needless to say, al-Abadi wasn’t impressed but then, when protesting and attempting to do something about it, he ran into significant interference from the wonderful John A. “Jack” Shaw . . . but that’s another whole chapter.

Overall, it looks as if the US just pressed “reset” on its political game in Iraq with the September 2014 return to the world stage of people like Haider al-Abadi, A’yad Allawi and Dr Ibrahim al-Jaafari. The difference this time is that ISIS presents much more of a threat to US corporate interests than just the fall out from destroying Iraq. The whole Middle East is potentially up for grabs. The question now is: what are these Iraqi politicians really up to and has the US learned anything about meddling in the Middle East over the past 100 years? Hell, what about just over the last 12 years?

John Key certainly hasn’t. Not that he cares. No one who votes for him is gonna be thinking about things like Iraq in 24 hours when the New Zealand MSM focuses on his beaming visage, tears in eyes while Hayley Westenra belts out the national anthem?

— BLiP

George W. Bush

55 comments on “Mission Accomplished ”

  1. One Anonymous Bloke 1

    Confusion over the rules of engagement won’t help either.

    Before any such deployment, New Zealand would have to thrash out a satisfactory agreement with the Iraqi Government over the circumstances under which they could draw their weapons, and that they would be legally protected should they be drawn into a firefight and kill someone.

    Al-Jaafari’s muddying of the waters by suggesting such security could easily be provided by Iraqi forces will make our Government’s job of selling the politically challenging pill of an Iraq deployment even harder…as welcome as a hole in the head.

    This is a shit plan.

    Those bottom lines include that our commitment be confined to military trainers who are not engaged in any sort of combat role; that they be deployed “behind the wire” – that is, back at base, not out in the field – and that the Government can be satisfied every possible step has been taken to ensure their safety.

    Can someone point to the “front line” behind which everything is peaceful? “Behind the wire” is a lie.

    • Bastables 1.1

      Having wire up implicitly means it’s not safe. One does not have manned fighting positions on a wall in Linton . . . There is no perceived danger or Massey university students mortaring or shooting into 1 RNZIR lines.

  2. freedom 2

    The second paragraph is an excellent overview of the war massage* NZ received.

    If you mash up Blip’s piece today with TRP’s from yesterday, I think OAB’s comment sums up the entire political/military mess rather nicely –

    “This is a shit plan”

    It is not exactly a profound or particularly poetic explanation of the ongoing conflict our soldiers are being sent into, but it sure as hell is accurate.

    *not a typo

  3. Jenny Kirk 3

    And in the Dom Post this morning there is a suggestion that the “troops” will only be deployed for two years – returning just in time for a triumphant parade thru town to enhance John Key’s 2017 election campaign – no doubt !

    • tc 3.1

      The ones who didn’t get killed earning JK’s and mates next sinecure you mean.

    • Colonial Rawshark 3.2

      The Dom Post is written by idiots. Nothing will be achievable in Iraq in two years. The last 12 years have shown that.

    • A Voter 3.3

      yes well spotted cant keep that ego down for too long it mite create mental health problems for his divinity as Im sure he is convinced he is greater than any other being

  4. jeff 4

    “Can someone point to the “front line” behind which everything is peaceful? “Behind the wire” is a lie”

    The twelve mile territorial waters around New Zealand.

    • Colonial Rawshark 4.1

      Anyone who mentions the concept of a “frontline” in Iraq is clearly an imbecile.

      The “frontline” is the boundary of the Green Zone in Baghdad, FFS.

    • Pascals bookie 4.2

      Couple of pieces on the same events from the last 24 hours:

      Mil type version:

      http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2015/02/islamic_state_takes_1.php?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

      The political version;

      http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/02/13/islamic-state-iraq-al-asad-airbase-united-states-marine-corps/?utm_content=bufferc45b7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

      The problem faced is that, even leaving aside the Iraqi govts commitment or otherwise to supporting Sunni tribal anti-IS forces, the bases are a natural target for IS.

      -Firstly, threatening the bases where western troops are based highlights the presence of those troops, defining IS as ‘fighters against western imperialism’ in the eyes of would be supporters.

      -Secondly, if they can force western states to either pull out or increase their presence, that’s a win. Increasing, or even engaging in combat, is the bigger win for IS here. Western pullout would be like a sugar hit for propaganda, but would redefine their fight as being against other Muslims rather than as against imperialists.

      -Thirdly, if western forces become involved in direct combat and increase their presence. Moqtada’s sadrists come into their own. Moq differs from the Badr in a number of crucial ways. Firstly he was not an exile. His father stayed put under Saddam, and was killed for it. Moq did not leave either. 2ndly, Their faction is nationalist in a way that the exiles are not. He has already stated that should the war against IS turn into another ‘occupation’ with the govt becoming a client of the west, he’ll go back to opposing the occupation and the govt on the streets. Which means Baghdad. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadr_City

      Add those factors to the points about the govt not really being ready to trust Sunni anti-IS forces enough to actually arm them for the job, (which is perfectly rational), and the bases are obvious targets.

      Note in those reports that the attackers were dressed in Iraqi Amy uniforms. That doesn’t necessarily mean they were army, or had army links. The collapse of the army, the corruption, etc, mean uniforms will be easy to come by, but it does indicate how forces will not be able to trust uniforms. A goal of asymmetric forces is to force their opponents to make mistakes, to attack those who should not have been attacked. And these guys are well practiced.

      Create known unknowns, exploit the ambiguity, be still standing when the other guys get sick of it.
      2 years my arse.

  5. Sabine 5

    http://billmoyers.com/2014/06/27/the-lies-we-believed-and-still-believe-about-iraq/

    good read

    “Our report found that in the two years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush and seven of his administration’s top officials made at least 935 false statements about the national security threat posed by Iraq. The carefully orchestrated campaign of untruths about Iraq’s alleged threat to US national security from its WMDs or links to al Qaeda (also specious) galvanized public opinion and led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses. Perhaps most revealing: the number of false statements made by top Bush administration officials dramatically increased from August 2002 to the time of the critical October 2002 congressional approval of the war resolution and spiked even higher between January and March 2003, between Secretary of State Colin Powell’s address before the United Nations General Assembly and the fateful March 19, 2003, invasion.”

    we should not, under no circumstance participate in this sham. IF we need to send “trainers” or ‘coaches’ there it should be teachers, nurses, builders, plumbers, sparkies, and the likes to re-build this nation that has been broken into a million pieces.

  6. ghostwhowalksnz 6

    petrol pump jingoism. Works every time.

    100 years ago we were constantly hearing about the ‘beastly hun’ and our future under the picklehaube.

    Nothing changes except the ‘clothing of the enemy’

    • Colonial Rawshark 6.1

      Reds under the bed.
      Terrorism.
      Islamic terrorism.

      Whatever is next to keep people fearful and the military-industrial-intelligence-congressional complex fed, watered and in power.

      • AmaKiwi 6.1.1

        “Whatever is next?”

        The Yellow Peril.

        You can bet money on it.

        • freedom 6.1.1.1

          yes, we must fear The International Chinese Communist (?) Conspiracy

          • AmaKiwi 6.1.1.1.1

            Just keep it “yellow,” in case the Chinese don’t step up to the plate for a fight or, more likely, because they are too big for the USA to take on directly.

            Last time the Yellow Peril was the Vietnamese. We sure showed them who is the boss.

            • freedom 6.1.1.1.1.1

              I have always considered the [obviously objectionable] term ‘yellow peril’ to be associated to China, and on occasion Japan. Not saying it wasn’t, but I certainly cannot recall the term being used in relation to the Vietnam war.

              Vietnam is an Asian country, but if pressed, I would say its racial profile was not in the forefront of the propaganda as much as the supposed threat of communism spreading across the globe and eating everybody’s children.

              The US military of course did nothing to dissuade its troops from their openly bigoted views. Hollywood and the msm certainly fuelled that fire, both within Vietnam and back in the good ‘ol USA. As a whole however, the political not the racial differences dictated the public face of that conflict. Its private face of course was about securing trade, destabilizing neighbours, faking intel and bullying allies into fighting battles they had no logical reason to be involved in. But that’s just war right?

              Here is a review I read last year of a book I have not read, which looks like it could be a good read on the topic of the yellow peril. 🙂 (omg, are emoticons part of the cunning plan ??? )
              http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/oct/30/yellow-pe

        • Colonial Rawshark 6.1.1.2

          Oh yeah, I had forgotten about that one…that’ll be fun…the Russian Bear and the Chinese Dragon = Eurasia…

      • mac1 6.1.2

        Here’s a line from a WW1 play that I’m currently rehearsing. What’s new?

        “All proceeds to those poor Belgian children who have been driven from their homes by a cruel enemy, boiled down, and turned into soap.”

        And another- “Fanny promptly informed Thomas that if he did not join up immediately there would be no marriage. She doesn’t want the German soldiers eating her babies.”

        ‘King and Country’ by Dave Armstrong.

        • alwyn 6.1.2.1

          Is the author really Dave Armstrong?
          The only play I am aware of with this name was by a John Wilson.
          It was made into a film starring Dirk Bogarde about 1964.
          A very impressive, and searing, film it was.
          I am curious about whether there is another play with the same name.

          • mac1 6.1.2.1.1

            Yes, there is. alwyn. I have the script in front of me. Written in 2008. There was a film made of the same name. This has a great script and concerns the Pioneer Maori Battalion and pakeha troops at well, from Gallipoli to Le Quesnoy, and on return to NZ. There is a lot of music to be played and sung.

            The rank jingoism and propaganda of that war has its modern parallel.

  7. AmaKiwi 7

    Unlike the countries bordering other countries, NZ, Australia, and the USA have no natural enemies. So we invent them.

    We are a vicious species.

  8. A Voter 8

    The appalling arrogance of Key as the article outlines make me ashamed to be a NZer led by a prick like that I wonder how many of the old soldiers now in their graves will be turning wondering how far this Key prick will go to bolster his ego maybe its something in his Austrian heritage that is a national trait for them but we don’t need that naive rhetoric from Key when most people already know the truth and to have the PM of this country misrepresenting our democracy to such an extent he’s got a cheek to have himself near cricket because what he is doing” just isn’t cricket “

  9. Troll (TRP) versus the BLiPster!

    BLiP, once again thank you from the bottom of my heart for presenting Te Reo Putake (The voice of reason). Placing TRP’s article allowing his warmongering garbage and making him a writer here at the Standard must most surely count as one of this blog’s darkest episodes.

    • Harriet 9.1

      “….Placing TRP’s article allowing his warmongering garbage and making him a writer here at the Standard must most surely count as one of this blog’s darkest episodes…..’

      Oh I wouldn’t think so….TRP’s just fearing for those who can’t defend for themselves…….that’s hardly overdoing things…..

      Anyway, at what point does self preservation become priority over political correctness? Is a point really needed – or would a series of random mortal threats be acceptable?

      The reality is that the Islamofascists remind us that we are not so far removed from our barbarous ancestors – as they want to return to the 7th century and use 7th century tactics to do it. While we fancy ourselves “enlightened” and “modern”, ISIS demonstrates otherwise.

      How do an enlightened and modern people deal with 7th century barbarians? Do we apply our rules and punishments to them, or adopt theirs? Does lifelong incarceration do any good? Can all of them be killed and/or incarcerated? Is it even possible? How many do we have to imprison 1 million? 100 million? And how do you eradicate an idea, however evil and poisonous? by schooling?

      For 1400 years the world has been continually assaulted and besieged by the followers of a depraved pedophile. Yet world leaders continue to deny any connection between the actions of his followers and the doctrine he gave them in the Koran. That alone is proof of Western decadence.

      The canard that jihad and jihadis have nothing to do with Islam is a lethal delusion foisted on the people by the venal fools who comprise our leadership.

      Clearly then, self preservation has become the priority!

      After the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the Japanese vowed to fight on. It took a second atomic bomb to convince the Japanese that they had two choices: Surrender or cease to exist.

      Personally, I think 1 missile launched from a nuclear submarine targeting Medina, would be a good start. Another for Tehran 15 minutes later. Then we’ll talk! And only then!

      BTW, The Qu’ran is very similar to Hitler’s MEINE KAMPF – in that it details exactly how MUSLIMS behave, plus, it’s hard to read through either one.

      As an aside, and since you are bagging out Key, General George Patton said long ago these fine thoughtful words:

      “I don’t mourn dead soldiers, but rather, I thank God every day for men like them.” – A matter of what you do UNDER a flag is what really counts. Something Key should take note of.

      Cheers. Have a nice day.

      [I think Harriet that you have well and truly overstepped the mark and I am going to exercise for the first time my power to ban someone. Have a nice day … MS]

      • travellerev 9.1.1

        For to those of you confused by Harriet’s response about nuking Tehran (Capital of Iran and home to about 25.000 Jews living in peace with their Arab brothers and sisters) and Medina (One of the most sacred cities in Saudi Arabia, one of our allies in the war against “terrorism) and her other Islamophobic garbage.

        Here are some links you might want check up on:

        ISIS connected to financed by the CIA amonst others.
        Wounded ISIS fighters are treated in Israel
        ISIS leader Al Bagdadi meets Senator McCain and turns out to be a possible Mossad agent.
        ISIS armed by Saudi Arabia (amongst others) our ally

      • freedom 9.1.2

        “After the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the Japanese vowed to fight on. It took a second atomic bomb to convince the Japanese that they had two choices: Surrender or cease to exist.”

        Once again Harriet, your sound bite history sounds nothing like the truth.

        It matters not one iota what the Emperor chose to do after the US dropped Little Boy and incinerated one hundred and fifty thousand civilians at 8:15 in the morning on August 6 1945.

        The second bomb, Fatman, dropped at 11:03 am on August 9, which incinerated a further eighty thousand civilians, and a handful of military cadets at a hostel overlooking Nagasaki, was always going to be dropped.

        If the USA had any intention of allowing Japan the option of surrendering before the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the President would have invited representatives of the Japanese Emperor to witness the Trinity tests. The reality is the Emperor had tried to negotiate a peace, numerous times.

        The USA, in the month preceding the first use of a nuclear ordinance, had systematically been fire bombing every city and every town in Japan that the US bombers could reach. Approximately 60% -70% of the Japanese urban environments had been destroyed, and their civilian populations burnt to death by the incendiary bombs that were deployed in volumes that make Dresden look like a kitchen fire.

        Let us ignore for a moment that the heads of the Japanese military had basically taken matters into their own hands in the months leading up to our world’s darkest day. Let us forget the Emperor had been without any real power for months. Let us instead focus on the fact that days before Little Boy released its furnace upon the women and children of a city that had no military purpose, the Japanese Emperor had indeed been trying to negotiate an end to the fire bombing of his nation. He most certainly tried to save his people, but his actions were seen as a show of disrespect to his ancestors. It was the stubborn dedication of a dogma driven military which did not succumb. Not until the inevitability of their demise and the centuries of honour in war, were so fully and so mercilessly burnt away.

        The surrender of Japan was certainly finalised by the second bomb being dropped but it was not because the Emperor had refused to surrender. It was because the President of the USA refused to accept the offers of surrender from the Emperor of Japan. Until, that is, the world had proven it fully understood the power and supremacy of the new arsenal that science had delivered into the Oval Office.

        The decades that followed are replete with horrors as the weapon proliferated across the globe. Have you ever asked yourself how the USSR got up to speed so quickly? There is an airfield outside of Los Alamos and a couple of naval ports on the West Coast of Alaska that may have one or two remnants of the shipping orders, but you probably stopped reading awhile ago I won’t bore you with those details.

        • Colonial Rawshark 9.1.2.1

          The US wanted live tests on a dense population centre of both a plutonium weapon and a uranium weapon. They knew they would not get another chance to do so for a while.

          • millsy 9.1.2.1.1

            And they also wanted to show the Russians that the next one would go on Moscow if they tried anything funny…

        • Stuart Munro 9.1.2.2

          This essay explains the Japanese surrender as actually having been prompted by Russia’s entry to the Pacific war – not a trivial matter for Japanese forces in Korea, Manchuko and further west.

          http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2011/08/07/why_did_japan_surrender/?camp=pm

          The nuke’s supposed role as instigators of the surrender perform two propaganda functions – they purport to excuse the use of WMDs against a civilian target, and they purport to legitimise the subsequent nuclear arms race. Neither should be accepted uncritically.

        • Ad 9.1.2.3

          Excellent stuff.

        • dv 9.1.2.4

          AND Hiroshima and Nagasaki were deliberately left untouched by the fire bombing so the US could see the full extent of the effect of the atomic bombing.

          • freedom 9.1.2.4.1

            DV you are correct, + as raised by CV, I should have expanded on wider aspects of the US’s motive, preparation and execution in relation to the fire bombing mission -There were a handful of potential targets that were left alone, as the final decision was reliant upon weather – not because the bomb would have been any less affective on a cloudy day – but the planes wouldn’t see their target as well and the recording of the devastation could have been hampered. Will probably rework it for another time I think 🙂

      • Colonial Rawshark 9.1.3

        Personally, I think 1 missile launched from a nuclear submarine targeting Medina, would be a good start. Another for Tehran 15 minutes later. Then we’ll talk! And only then!

        You’re an evil monster. To see an inhuman barbarian you only need to look in the mirror.

        I recommend you go get a job as a neocon staffer in Congress.

        Cheers. Have a nice day.

        Fuck off and don’t come back

        • joe90 9.1.3.1

          Harriet’s posts over at the sewer out him as a semi-literate fool who routinely presents cut and paste as his own so odds are it’s his mum spewing the bile and hate.

          • tricledrown 9.1.3.1.1

            Harrieyt was outed by mainstream media a long time ago spreadin racial hatred and bigotry.
            Harriet should be warned by Dame Susan Devoy.

      • johnm 9.1.4

        Harriet has shown up a horrific and appalling truth underlying the “Global Order. ” The human capability of World Destroying Violence. There are maniacs in the U$ who’d applaud Harriet. Once war breaks out anything is possible and anything possible is done to the enemy. If Germany had stopped the Russians to the east and defeated the Normandy Invasion they too would have been nuked into surrender. Dresden was the equivalent of a nuke drop. There you are Harriet is showing the monster that lurks in the human heart.

  10. Wynston 10

    Key’s varying story as outlined has an uncanny resemblance to that which Holyoake spun leading up to the deployment of NZ forces to Vietnam!

  11. Wynston 11

    In so far as the Nats wish that any NZ personnel be “behind the wire” I hope Key takes note of the latest news see:
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31449976

  12. Redelusion 12

    Wynston your not going, Keys not going, soldiers are going, they no what they sign up for and suggest have no issue at all All the bs re behind the wire etc is irrelevant and simply for public consumption. They are going to a war zone simple as that, many would say and rightly so, many say not, time will tell

    • Murray Rawshark 12.1

      Soldiers sign up for a variety of reasons, but not many sign up to waste their lives in pointless and unsuccessful wars. Generally they sign up to serve and protect their country, sometimes to play with guns, and sometimes to film female soldiers in the showers. Sometimes the female soldier kicks their door down, takes their camera, and uses it as evidence to get them thrown out of the army. So what is it that they no (sic) that they sign up for, you delusional moran?

  13. sabine 13

    warmongers

    the potus who was gonna stop it all

    http://time.com/3705456/obama-aumf-military-enduring/

    the christians pining for the second coming of christs or Christans for Israel
    http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/02/13/support-for-netanyahu-speech-to-congress-on-iranian-nuclear-threat-surges/

    meanwhile the iranians write letters to potus who can’t be arsed

    http://news.yahoo.com/political-stakes-high-irans-president-nuclear-talks-070617863.html

    someone who is not potus invites netanyahu to speak at congress because who cares what potus does
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/09/us-israel-netanyahu-congress-idUSKBN0LD1MF20150209

    and someone was paying a trip to republican party members to israel, all expenses paid

    http://time.com/3616292/republican-israel-trip-american-renewal/

    in the meantime the carnage in the rest of the middle east goes on…but we are to fight isis, or al quaida, or humpty dumpty so that the informed masses feel like we are still having the biggest dick to swing around

    Mission accomplished, only when iran is no longer and Eretz Israel has free reign, cause democracy, and freedom, n stuff

  14. Murray Rawshark 14

    There are already Kiwi troops in Iraq doing groundwork for the official sending. The process is happening and people in the army don’t like it. They see the place as a mess where they won’t achieve anything. The army chiefs will suck up to Key because they want knighthoods and are fuckwitted Tories who love the chance to play with seppo equipment. The soldiers who will be sent know it’s a waste of time, but some on the left, such as TRP, want to hurry them on their way.

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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    20 hours ago
  • Voting as a multi-order process of choice.
    Recent elections around the world got me to thinking about voting. At a broad level, voting involves processes and choices. Embedded in both are the logics that go into “sincere” versus “tactical” voting. “Sincere” voting is usually a matter of preferred … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    23 hours ago
  • Women in Space.
    Count downThree twoI wonderIf I'll ever see you againI'm 'bout to take offI'm leaving youBut maybeI'll see you around somewhere some placeI just need some spaceA brief reminder that if you’re a Gold Card holder you can subscribe to Nick’s Kōrero for 20% off. You’re also welcome to use this ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 day ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 13
    Auckland waterfront, July. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 13 are:The National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government watered down vehicle emissions standards this week, compounding the climate emissions damage from an increasingly ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Dems need to ask the right question about Biden as his age now defines the campaign
    Midway through the news conference that many American political commentators had built up as critical to Joe Biden’s re-election chances, the US president said European leaders are not asking him not to run for a second term, “they’re saying you gotta win”.The problem for Biden and his advisors is that ...
    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 day ago
  • Govt flounders while ocean temps soar
    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items of climate news for Aotearoa-NZ this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer, most of which they discussin the video above. According to experts, the rate of ocean surface warming around New Zealand is “outstripping the global ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 day ago
  • Learning From Brexit
    Whether Britain leaving the European Union was right or wrong, good or bad is for the Brits to decide. But there are lessons about international trade to be learned from Brexit, especially as it is very unusual for an economy to break so completely from its major training partner.In Econ101 ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    2 days ago
  • Bernard’s Chorus for Friday, July 12
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of Friday, July 12 are: Read more ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Hot Damn! It's The Soggy Bottom Boys!
    Good morning lovely people, and welcome to another weekly review. One which saw the our Prime Minister in Washington, running around with all the decorum of Augustus Gloop with a golden ticket, seeking photo opportunities with anyone willing to shake his hand.Image: G News.He had his technique down to overcome ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • When an independent expert / advisory group is anything but ..
    OPINION: Yesterday, 1News reported that the Government's "independent" advisory group had recommended Kiwirail offload its ferries to another entity.Except this wasn't entirely new news at all, besides that it came formally from Nicola Willis’s advisory team.TVNZ is under significant cost pressure, and earlier this year, after expressing strong discontent with ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 12
    Photo by Alexander Schimmeck on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 9:00 am on Friday, July 12 are:Scoop: Ministerial group advises KiwiRail no longer run Cook Strait ferries 1News’ Julia RodenNews: ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 12-July-2024
    Kia ora and welcome to another Friday roundup, in which we pull together some of the links and stories that caught our eye this week. Feel free to add more in the comments! The week in Greater Auckland On Monday, Scott delivered a delicious disquisition on donut cities, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    2 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 12
    Photo by Dominik Scythe on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Friday, July 11 are:Climate: Transport Minister Simeon Brown said in a release the Government's plan to reverse New ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 12
    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s climate strategy ‘pamphlet’, its watering down of Clean Car Standards and its general lack of coherence;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Casey Costello strikes again
    Summary: A track record of deception is becoming evident in the Government’s Coalition alliance. Ministers across all parties have been found to either lie without contrite, and/or act unlawfully and unreasonably. The rails are coming off quicker than a marshmallow induced fantasy train ride as the conductors throw caution to ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #28 2024
    Open access notables Antarctic Bottom Water Warming, Freshening, and Contraction in the Eastern Bellingshausen Basin, Johnson et al., Geophysical Research Letters Cold winds blowing over polynyas (areas of ice-free water) on the Antarctic continental shelf create sea ice, forming very cold and somewhat salty, hence very dense, waters. These dense ...
    3 days ago
  • We're back! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
    Photo by Mathias Elle on UnsplashWe’re back after a three-week mid-winter break. I needed a rest, but back into it. We’re still with the ‘new’ day of the week (Thursday rather than Friday) when we have our ‘hoon’ webinar with paying subscribers to The Kākā for an hour at 5 ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s gas fantasy
    Yesterday the government released the advice on its proposal to repeal the offshore fossil gas exploration ban, including a Climate Implications of Policy Assessment statement, Cabinet paper, and Regulatory Impact Statement. I spent some time looking at these last night, and the short version is that the government's plan is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A criminal minister
    RNZ reports that cancer minister Casey Costello has been reprimanded and forced to apologise by the Ombudsman for acting "contrary to law" in her handling of an OIA request: Associate Health Minister Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced to apologise for trying to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on Luxon in the NATO pressure cooker
    New Zealand is one of six countries invited as onlookers to this week’s NATO summit in Washington. As such, PM Christopher Luxon will be made aware of the pressure on the 32 NATO member states (a) to increase their Defence spending (b) to become less militarily dependent on the US ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    3 days ago
  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus for Thursday July 11
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of July 11 are:Climate: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts issued the National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government’s climate strategy yesterday, including a three-page document with five bullet ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • By George! Splendid streets take shape down south
    The revitalisation of Auckland city centre, especially around Wynyard Quarter, Te Komititanga, and Queen Street, is top of mind for Greater Auckland readers – but other cities around Aotearoa New Zealandare installing people-friendly streets. This guest post by Jessica de Heij, who grew up in the Netherlands and is an ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 11
    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:30 am on July 11 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister acted 'contrary to law’. Casey Costello has been severely reprimanded by the Chief Ombudsman and forced ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 11
    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Thursday, July 11 are:Economy: Te Pūtea Matua The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) announced its Monetary Policy Committee decided to hold the ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Farmers’ revenge meets Green resistance
    If there was one issue that united farmers in opposition to the Labour Government, it was the battle of the waterways between farmers and Environment Minister David Parker. Parker won the first round with his 2020 National Policy Standard on Freshwater Management (NPSFM) which imposed tough new standards on waterways ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Personal Reflections: 10th July
    Please note: This is a personal reflection and does not refer to politics. These entries are not sent to subscribers.Text within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedHubris and Pride Out of the fire and into the frying pan? Swimming with the big sharks Tonight, I am excited. ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Oh Vienna
    Nothing can warm your heart like the sight of your daughter stepping off a train. Mary-Margaret arrived on Saturday to ride with us to Vienna.You know your way around a bike? the guy at the hire shop asks her. Yep. She’s ridden them on rail trails, Auckland’s mean streets, commutes ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    4 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand forges deeper ties with NATO
    Christopher Luxon is finding his foreign policy feet. Now eight months into the job, New Zealand’s Prime Minister is in Washington DC this week to attend the NATO summit. It is the third year in a row that Wellington has been invited to the annual gathering of the North Atlantic ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: National’s carbon capture fantasy
    As the climate crisis has grown worse, the tactics of the polluting industries have shifted. From denying climate change, they then moved on to pushing "carbon capture" - dumping their emissions underground rather than in the atmosphere. It's a PR scam, intended to prolong the life of the industry we ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Harsh Truths.
    The Way We Were: An indelible mark was left upon a whole generation of New Zealanders by the Great Depression and World War II; an impression that not only permitted men and women of all classes and races to perceive the need to work together for the common good, but also ...
    4 days ago
  • Explainer: Simeon Brown's CCUS Announcement
    Sources for the data and research:Peter Milne: Time’s up on Gorgon’s five years of carbon storage failureSimon Holmes a Court: "Does best CCS power station in world provide model for Australia?" Chris Vanderstock: "The truth about Carbon Capture and Storage"   "Sunk Costs": documenting CCS's failure to meet every, single, target, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • The Kiwirail Interislander saga continues
    This morning, 1 News is reporting that the cancellation of the i-Rex ferries has so far cost taxpayers $484 million.That's almost half a billion dollars. That could probably fund thousands of new doctors, maybe complete a few hospital rebuilds, or how about money for our experienced police so they don’t ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Bernard’s Chorus for Wednesday, July 10
    As foreshadowed in legislation passed quietly under urgency just before Christmas, the Transport Minister has personally watered down standards for car imports in a way expected to add millions of tonnes to our climate emissions Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon's business acumen
    It’s April, and the relatively new Prime Minister of New Zealand is on his first overseas mission to South East Asia.Christopher Luxon walks into the room. A warm smile on his face. A hand extended to his counterpart.“We are open for business,” he says confidently. “New Zealand is under new ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • Meet New Zealand's Russell Brand?
    Hi,There is an all too common story within the guru community, and we see it play out again and again. The end is nearly always the same — a trail of victims and confusion left in the guru’s wake.As seen in the recent case of Russell Brand, the guru simply ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • Why is the Government flooring it on unsafe speeds?
    Feedback closes midnight Thursday 11 July, on the draft speed-setting rule. See our previous post on the subject for details, and guidance on having your say. Among other things, it proposes to raise speeds in cities back up to a universal 50km/h (with no option of 30km/h), and will restrict safe ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    4 days ago
  • American Boy
    Take me on a trip, I'd like to go some dayTake me to New York, I'd love to see LAI really want to come kick it with youYou'll be my American boy…Love letters straight from the heart. Hmm, I think that’s a different tune, but that’s where we’ll begin. With ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Jannis Brandt on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 7:00 am are:Investigation: Benefitting from the misery of others. Over 40% of emergency housing funding went to a concentrated group ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 10
    Photo by Mr Cup / Fabien Barral on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:30 am on Wednesday, July 10 are:Climate: Minister for Transport Simeon Brown announced changes to the Clean Car Importer Standard that ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • How rural families are saving thousands with electric vehicles
    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons (Photo credit: Automotive Rhythms / CC BY-NC 2.0) Some people thought Juliana Dockery and her husband Sean were being impractical when they bought an electric vehicle in 2022. Why? Like one in five Americans, they live in a rural area ...
    4 days ago
  • Love to complete it all
    Photo credit: Rob DickinsonThis is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: What’s left of the Emissions Reduction Plan?
    In 2019, Parliament, in a supposed bipartisan consensus, passed the Zero Carbon Act. The Act established long-term emissions reduction targets, and a cycle of five-yearly budgets and emissions reduction plans to meet them, with monitoring by the independent Climate Change Commission. In theory this was meant to ensure that the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The President They Have Got.
    “This cannot be real life!” Confronted with the choice of recommitting themselves to the myth of Joe Biden, or believing the evidence of their own eyes, those Americans not already committed to Donald Trump will reach out instinctively for the President they wish they had – blind to the President they ...
    5 days ago
  • Has Progressivism Peaked?
    Let’s Go Crazy! AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) rarks-up the voters of New York’s 16th Congressional District.HAVE WE MOVED past peak progressivism? Across the planet, there are signs that the surge of support for left-wing causes and personalities, exemplified by the election of the democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) to the US House ...
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Dawn Chorus for July 9
    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Labour may be looking at signing up for an Irish style 33% inheritance tax instead of or as well as a capital gains tax;Sam Stubbs has proposed the Government sell ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Mr Luxon goes to Washington.
    Once fastened servile now your getting sharpMoving oh so swiftly with such disarmI pulled the covers over him shoulda' pulled the alarmTurned to my nemesis a fool no fucking godTuesday morning usually provides something to write about with a regular round of interviews for the Prime Minister across Newshub, TVNZ, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • Kiwirail at Councils Transport & Infrastructure Committee
    Last week at the Council’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee, Kiwirail gave an update about the state of the network and the work they’re doing to get it ready for the opening of the City Rail Link. There were a few aspects that stood out to me so I’ve pulled them ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    5 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 9
    Photo by City Church Christchurch on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 8:00 am are:Scoop: Waipareira Trust political donations probe referred to Charities Registration Board NZ Herald-$$$’s Matt NippertScoop: Migrant whistleblowers speak out after ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • What’s next after Supreme Court curbs regulatory power: More focus on laws’ wording, less on the...
    This article by Robin Kundis Craig, Professor of Law, University of Kansas is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Federal Chevron deference is dead. On June 28, 2024, in a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court overturned the 40-year-old legal tenet that when a federal ...
    5 days ago
  • The folly of retreat in the face of defeat
    Note: This is a long readPolitical discourse on social media taught me that bad faith operators and tactics are not only prevalent, they are widespread and effective.Thanks for reading Mountain Tui! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.Their objectives are much narrower than one might imagine.The ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • The Parent Zone
    Hi,I am about to wing my way back to New Zealand for the Webworm popup this Saturday in Auckland — can’t wait to see some of you there! In the meantime, I highly recommend the latest pet thread over on the Webworm app. All I’ll say is that readers here ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    5 days ago
  • Tuesday: The Kākā’s Journal of Record for July 9
    Photo by Alex Zaj on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, news conferences reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the day to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 9 are:Politics: Full news conference: 'Please resign', Chloe Swarbrick tells Darleen Tana RNZ VideoPaper: Increasing speed ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Breaking up is so hard to do
    The fundamental weakness of the waka jumping legislation is once again on display, as the Greens seem reluctant to trigger it to remove Darleen Tana from Parliament altogether. Tana has been suspended from the Greens Caucus while it had barrister Rachel Burt investigate allegations that she had been involved in ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the privatising of state housing provision, by stealth
    Kāinga Ora’s “independent review” was carried out by the same National Party leader whose own administration’s inadequate housing build – and selling of state houses- had caused Kāinga Ora to embark on its crash building programme in the first place. To use a rugby analogy, this situation is exactly like ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • “Laser focused on the cost of living crisis”
    Cartoonist credit: Christopher Slane ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the elections in France, Iran and Britain
    As Werewolf predicted a week ago, it was premature to call Emmanuel Macron’s snap election call “a bitter failure” and “a humiliating defeat” purely on the basis of the first round results. In fact, it is the far-right that has suffered a crushing defeat. It has come in third in ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The UK needs proportional representation
    Like a lot of people, I spent Friday watching the UK election. There's the obvious joy at seeing the end of 14 years of Tory chaos, but at the same time the new government does not greatly enthuse me. In order to win over the establishment, Starmer has moved UK ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Chorus for Monday, July 8
    TL;DR: Thanks for the break, and now I’m back. These are the top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so:Chris Bishop’s pledge to ‘flood the market’ with land to build new houses both out and up remains dependent ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • French Left Wins Big
    Usually I start with some lyrics from the song at the end of the newsletter, to set the mood. But today I’m going to begin with a bit of a plea. About six weeks ago I decided to make more of my writing public with the hope that people would ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Satire: It's great our Prime Minister is so on the ball
    ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • This is the real reason David Seymour needs to reinterpret the Treaty of Waitangi
    This is republished from an earlier write upDavid Seymour is part of the ACT Party. He's backed by people like Alan Gibbs, and Koch money. He grew up as a right wing lobbyist - tick tick tick. All cool and fine - we know.What's also been clear is a fervent ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Going for Housing Growth: Filling the housing donut?
    Hot take: it should be affordable to live in Auckland. You may not be surprised to learn I’m not the only one with this hot take. Indeed, the Minister of Housing recently took the notable step of saying house prices should come down, something common wisdom says should be a politically ...
    Greater AucklandBy Scott Caldwell
    6 days ago
  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Monday July 9
    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 9, the top six links elsewhere I’ve spotted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so are:Scoop: Probation officer sacked for snooping is linked to alleged spy Jian Yang. Corrections dismissed Xu Shan over his ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • What has the Government done for you so far?
    List effective 1 July 2024Consumer and household (note: road and car costs are under infrastructure)Cancelled half-price public transport fares for under-25s and free fares for under-13s funding, scrapping the Labour government-era subsidies. The change will not affect pre-existing discounts funded directly by councils.Cut funding for free budgeting services. One third of the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 8
    Photo by Amador Loureiro on UnsplashTL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Monday, July 8, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days were:Local Government Minister Simeon Brown announced the Coalition Government would not be responding to ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 15 and beyond
    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 15 include:PM Christopher Luxon is travelling to Washington this week to attend a NATO meeting running from Tuesday to Thursday. Parliament is not sitting this week.The RBNZ is expected to hold the OCR on ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #27
    A listing of 31 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, June 30, 2024 thru Sat, July 6, 2024. Story of the week Our Story of the Week is brought to us by Dr. Ella Gilbert, a researcher with the British ...
    7 days ago
  • The Great Splintering: Thoughts on the British Election
    I can remember 1997. Even living on the other side of the world, having a Scottish father and Welsh grandfather meant I acquired a childhood knowledge of British politics via family connections (and general geekery). And yes, I inherited the dark legends of that evil folk-devil, Margaret Thatcher. So when ...
    7 days ago
  • 2% royalties for mining? Deal!
    Snapshot postToday, Shane Jones was courageous enough to front Q&A with Jack Tame. Thanks for reading Mountain Tui ! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.Jack Tame is a bit of a legend. And that’s only because he strikes me as a good journalist i.e. well ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago

  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • District Court judges appointed
    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins
    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended
    New Zealand has extended its contribution to the US-led coalition working to uphold maritime security in the Red Sea, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The decision to extend this deployment is reflective of the continued need to partner and act in line with New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government provides support to tackle tax debt and compliance
    New compliance funding in Budget 2024 will ensure Inland Revenue is better equipped to catch individuals who are evading their tax obligations, Revenue Minister Simon Watts says. “New Zealand’s tax debt had risen to almost $7.4 billion by the end of May, an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2022. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Taking action to reduce road cones
    The Coalition Government is taking action to reduce expenditure on road cones and temporary traffic management (TTM) while maintaining the safety of workers and road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  Rolling out a new risk-based approach to TTM that will reduce the number of road cones on our roads.  ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Celebrating 100 years of progress
    Te Arawa Lakes Trust centenary celebrations mark a significant milestone for all the important work done for the lakes, the iwi and for the Bay of Plenty region, says Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka. The minister spoke at a commemorative event acknowledging 100 years ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Foreign Minister to travel to Korea and Japan
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week.    “New Zealand enjoys warm and enduring relationships with both Korea and Japan. Our relationships with these crucial partners is important for New Zealand’s ongoing prosperity and security,” says Mr Peters.    While in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Huge opportunity for educators and students as charter school applications open
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says today is another important step towards establishing charter schools, with the application process officially opening.  “There has already been significant interest from groups and individuals interested in opening new charter schools or converting existing state schools to charter schools,” says Mr Seymour. “There is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Decreasing gas reserves data highlights need to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    MBIE’s annual Petroleum Reserves report detailing a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural gas reserves shows the need to reverse the oil and gas exploration ban, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says.“Figures released by MBIE show that there has been a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Providers of military assistance to Russia targeted in new sanctions
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further sanctions as part of the Government’s ongoing response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.    “Russia’s continued illegal war of aggression against Ukraine is a direct and shocking assault on the rules-based order. Our latest round of sanctions targets Russians involved in that ...
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