Passing the buck on Gaza

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 pm, October 25th, 2023 - 22 comments
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The new government is leaving it to the old government to carry the ball on Gaza. Both governments have dropped it. The 5Eyes formula of “Israel’s right to defend itself” does not extend any right to the indiscriminate bombing, and refusal to allow any water, food or fuel to innocents in Gaza.

Mealy-mouthed exhortations from Luxon, Hipkins and MFAT to Israel to follow international law do not cut it, and have been spurned. At least the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has now called it more like it is.

While condemning Hamas and calling for the release of hostages, he said:

It is important to also recognize the attacks by Hamas did not happen in a vacuum.

The Palestinian people have been subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation.

They have seen their land steadily devoured by settlements and plagued by violence; their economy stifled; their people displaced and their homes demolished. Their hopes for a political solution to their plight have been vanishing.

But the grievances of the Palestinian people cannot justify the appalling attacks by Hamas. And those appalling attacks cannot justify the collective punishment of the Palestinian people.

Bombing campaigns on cities, the preferred method of the west, have never been the road to peace; instead they have meant loss of innocent lives in the millions, furious and long-lasting resentment, homelessness and mass migration. Israel will not bomb Hamas into submission, and the prospect of wider conflagration is seriously frightening.

The US vetoed a Brazilian-led resolution in the UN Security Council last week calling for a ‘”humanitarian pause.”

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield explained her country’s veto in the Council chamber saying “this resolution did not mention Israel’s right of self-defence.”

We should be saying “stop the bombing, start the negotiating.” Instead we are also using the language of the bombers.

22 comments on “Passing the buck on Gaza ”

  1. SPC 1

    A UN statement was made in consultation with the National Party by New Zealand's Permanent Representative to the UN Carolyn Schwalger.

    "New Zealand joins calls for a humanitarian pause to provide neutral, impartial, and independent humanitarian organisations an opportunity to provide assistance and protection to those in Gaza who desperately need it"

    Schwalger also called for the establishment of designated safe areas that are "strictly off limits as targets, or for military use, and also call for humanitarian corridors to ensure the vital assistance reaches where it is most needed".

    She said New Zealand expected both Israel and Hamas to act in accordance with international law, and that Israel needed to provide basic needs for civilians in Gaza.

    "These legal obligations cannot be dispensed with in times of conflict. New Zealand urges all parties, including Israel and Egypt, to rapidly facilitate access for the delivery of urgent humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza, through the Rafah border crossing. The volume of aid arriving in Gaza must significantly increase from recent levels."

    This was done to support others making the same call (at the UN) for international aid and secure supply routes and safe passage for civilians.

    In a separate statement to press, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins reiterated these comments, saying all parties must follow international law and "demonstrate basic humanity".

    "We are appalled by Hamas's brutality, their targeting of civilians, and the taking of hostages, which are in clear violations of international law. We call for the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages."

    This presumably in support of those nations that have citizens held as hostages.

    The Foreign Minister said

    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta said it was "intolerable to see civilians continue to suffer disproportionately as innocent victims of this conflict".

    Presumably the part objected to is here

    "New Zealand supports the right of Israel to defend itself against Hamas's terrorist attacks, but the way it does so matters. It must abide by international law, exercise restraint, and prioritise the protection of civilians. Ultimately there is no military solution that will bring about a just and lasting peace for Israelis and Palestinians."

    because there was no statement objecting to "self defence" (bombing is a prelude to on the ground invasion), just the means used.

    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2023/10/israel-hamas-conflict-new-zealand-calls-for-humanitarian-pause-in-gaza-chris-hipkins-says-all-parties-must-demonstrate-basic-humanity.html

    Bombing campaigns on cities, the preferred method of the west, have never been the road to peace; instead they have meant loss of innocent lives in the millions, furious and long-lasting resentment, homelessness and mass migration.

    There has certainly been a lot by Russia in Chechnya, Syria and Ukraine. And terrorist bombings (including suicide bombers) have been practiced for decades in the ME. And there was a lot by the West against Islamic State "militants" in both northern Iraq and North Eastern Syria (cleaning up the mess caused by the earlier regime change).

    Israel will not bomb Hamas into submission, and the prospect of wider conflagration is seriously frightening.

    That is not the intent – they want Hamas out and replaced as governing agency there. Peace is better than war, but appeasement (of Iran) does not guarantee peace – which is why Saudi Arabia was prepared to buy American security, by doing a deal with Israel (despite the nature of its current government).

    • lprent 1.1

      because there was no statement objecting to "self defence" (bombing is a prelude to on the ground invasion), just the means used.

      Based on the current results and regardless of any possible inaccuracies in numbers, what is going on in Gaza with the 'prelude' it is hard to see see any military value against Hamas. There have been at least 5000 civilian fatalities, and probably about 60,000 people injured as a result of the 'prelude' bombardment.

      To me and probably to most observers looks like a very indiscriminate attack against unarmed civilians with a deliberate intent of displacement. It has been noticeable that I haven't seen a single credible military observer outside of the IDF commenting favourably on the military value of 'prelude' bombardment.

      That is not the intent – they want Hamas out and replaced as governing agency there.

      It is impossible to see a scenario of how the current campaign is designed to achieve that. Previous bombing campaigns just drove the Hamas structure underground. There has been a notable lack of detail about how this campaign has done anything apart from creating a great urban landscape for insurgent warfare. No images of bunker busters caving in tunnels.

      This just looks like a collective punishment for Gaza residents voting Hamas into power 17 years ago in the last election.

      Basically your arguments make as much military sense as the IDF's proclamations about their strategy – none at all. Unless of course the intent is to just keep killing civilians whilst staying away from getting shot at.

      Peace is better than war, but appeasement (of Iran) does not guarantee peace, – which is why Saudi Arabia was prepared to buy American security, by doing a deal with Israel…

      The problem with this bit of sanctimonious bullshit is that Saudi Arabia sits directly across a relatively gulf from Iran. Whereas Gaza is about 1100km from the nearest Iranian border.

      The only reason that there isn't peace in Gaza is because the idiot citizens of Israel and its governments haven't dealt with the internal problems of the areas that they occupy or have blockaded for generations.

      Your thinking is just as lazy as that of Israelis. Why exactly haven’t they dealt with helping the displaced Palestinians since 1995 to not want to be susceptible to being involved with fanatic groups like Hamas. It appears from the outside to be that it was easier to placate the fanatics like the settlement nut bars and religious fanatics inside Israel instead – that is after all how Likud keeps getting into government.

      • SPC 1.1.1

        My reply was made to inform people as to the detail of our (apparently bi-partisan – National and Labour) diplomatic response.

        Your thinking is just as lazy as that of Israelis.

        I presume that is what passes for a "collective" dismissal of other … . Accusing people of being lazy in their thinking, is as risible as talking about tax cuts for hardworking New Zealanders – it is of that ilk.

        Given the only opine I offered was this

        That is not the intent – they want Hamas out and replaced as governing agency there.

        Peace is better than war, but appeasement (of Iran) does not guarantee peace – which is why Saudi Arabia was prepared to buy American security, by doing a deal with Israel (despite the nature of its current government).

        most of your response was a manufacturing of a strawman. So it's a bit pointless for me to respond to any of it – given your current predilection to look for someone to fight on the issue.

        The international community should get directly involved in enforcing a solution

        Like in the Ukraine and Kashmir (contested between Pakistan and India and now direct Indian rule to manage the local Moslem majority) or West Papua? Or in nations where the indigenous people ask for their UN recognised rights?

        The opportunity for the international community to get involved will come soon enough. The Israelis want either the UN or the PA to run Gaza (which will require a rebuild).

      • lprent 1.1.2

        Just to give a point to how stupid the current Israeli government is being at present.

        1. Their avowed intent is remove Hamas from power in Gaza.
        2. They do so not to occupy it in the longer term, but to withdraw and close the border completely – in violation of their international obligations as occupier and their insistence of maintaining a blockade of air, seas, and even land routes.
        3. Presumably if Israel is not going to murder all of the residents of Gaza, there will be some form of government required for Gaza.
        4. Currently the only realistic alternative would be the Palestinian Authority (PA) who purportedly govern the West Bank.
        5. At present the Israeli government is also withholding the taxes that they collect on behalf of the PA, to the PA.
        6. Which means that the PA will not be able to pay their own security staff, releasing a large number of well armed and trained young staff of military potential probably with weapons into the West Bank with more of a grudge against both the Israeli government and PA.

        This article from The Economist says it all "Can the Palestinian Authority control Gaza if Hamas is ousted? It may be lucky to keep control of the West Bank by the end of this war"

        As israeli troops prepare to invade Gaza, one question keeps coming up: who should take control of it after they have rooted out Hamas—if, indeed, they are able to do so? Many, especially Israel’s allies, are looking to the Palestinian Authority (pa), which was thrown out of Gaza by Hamas almost two years after Israel withdrew its troops and dismantled its settlements there in 2005. But the pa seems to be in no position to take charge of the coastal enclave. In fact there are no guarantees that by the end of this war it will even be in control of Ramallah, the de facto capital city of the West Bank.

        Partly because it has been unable to protect Palestinian civilians on the West Bank from attacks by Israeli settlers or halt the expansion of Israeli settlements, the pa has lost control of security in swathes of the West Bank to militant groups such as Kata’ib Jenin and the Lions’ Den in Nablus in recent years. The slaughter of 1,400 Israelis by Hamas on October 7th, Israel’s subsequent bombardment of Hamas in Gaza, and a sharp increase in attacks by settlers have all pushed it into an even more precarious position.

        What has been noticeable in these attacks is that either the IDF has lost control of its soldiers in the West Bank or that IDF is complicit in some kind of ethnic cleaning policy. Most of the reported examples have IDF soldiers either standing aside as armed settlers unlawfully attack unarmed civilians to push them off land, or the soldiers actually assist.

        As the war in Gaza goes on, along with the flow of pictures coming out of the enclave that show civilians killed by Israel’s bombing, Hamas’s popularity appears to be increasing, while the pa’s seems to be plummeting. When news broke of an explosion at Gaza’s Ahli Arab hospital, furious crowds thronged into the streets of the West Bank. Their anger was not, however, directed at Israel, which most Palestinians believe bombed the hospital. (A more likely explanation for the blast, according to independent analysts and Western intelligence agencies, is that it was caused by a misfired rocket launched from Gaza by Islamic Jihad, another Palestinian militant group.) Instead anger was directed at the pa. Hundreds marched on Mr Abbas’s presidential compound in Ramallah. In an echo of the protests that rocked Arab countries and toppled governments in 2011, many chanted: “The people want the fall of the president.”

        The pa’s legitimacy crisis is being intensified by a financial one. Although the pa has not been able to evolve into an independent Palestinian state, many Palestinians accept it simply as a source of salaries and public-sector work. Yet it seems it may not be able to provide even these. In the next few weeks the pa is scheduled to pay public-sector salaries, including the wages of 34,000 members of the Palestinian Security Forces. But it can afford to pay less than 50% of this month’s wage bill, according to one senior pa official, who added that, even before the current war in Gaza, Israel was withholding customs revenues which it is obliged to hand over. This cash crunch is likely to become more acute as a result of the war because Israel has closed its borders to the thousands of West Bank Palestinians who usually work in Israel and pay income taxes to the pa.

        Members of pa’s security forces are already accused by friends and family of being proxies for Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. In many cases, the only thing that keeps them from leaving their posts is their monthly pay-cheque. The pa has weathered previous financial storms and paid salaries late, or been unable to pay them in full, in the past. But the latest projected pay cut is far larger. If it goes ahead, tens of thousands of young men in the pa’s police and national security forces may not show up to work. Some would be ripe recruits for other armed groups in the West Bank including Hamas and Islamist Jihad, the group that may have been responsible for the hospital blast in Gaza. In any case, it is hard to see how unpopular and unpaid security forces will stand their ground if Palestinians try to sack the presidential palace. “The Palestinian public is reaching a boiling point and an explosion against the authority,” says Amjad Bashqar, a Hamas official in Nablus. “The only thing delaying it is our focus on the resistance [against Israel]”.

        What are those complete fuckwits in the Israeli 'war cabinet' thinking? If they are thinking at all.

        It sounds like they are deliberately trying to make sure that the Fatah who run the PA get replaced by groups who are more extreme than Hamas. That both Gaza and the West Bank will be uncontrollable without considerable indiscriminate targeting of civilians.

        I can't see that they have any interest in 'peace'.

  2. lprent 2

    Agreed.

    Quite simply Israel and the international community generally have screwed up badly since 1990s about the Palestine. Once Israel's military and diplomatic borders were reasonably secure, then there was simply no remaining excuse not to deal with the displaced results of previous ethnic cleansing.

    Either the two state solution should have been implemented properly with clear boundaries and absolutely no Israeli settlement in Gaza and the West Bank, or the state of Israel should have formally annexed the occupied territories and made full citizens of the Palestinians and their diaspora.

    Either solution would have been hard for the citizens of Israel who were wedded to the concept of Jewish religious / ethnic state. But it would have been less of an security and economic risk than running their current occupations, border issues against irregulars, regular bombing campaigns against civilians in Gaza, fostering fanatics and the risk of a massacre as happened a few weeks ago.

    The reason and responsibility for the Hamas raid can primarily be laid directly at the feet of Likud and Benjamin Netanyahu. As a person and as a party since before 1995 and the assassination of Rabin, they have deliberately used the plight and danger from the continued stateless dispossession of Palestinians as a wedge issue in Israeli politics. In particular with their support of seizures of the remaining West Bank land that was meant to form the basis of a two state solution.

    The short-sighted citizens of Israel, who kept voting for the Likud policy of having no resolution of this fundamental problem in the Palestine, carry much of the blame for the inevitable massacre of their fellow citizens. So do the nations like the US, UK, Aussie, us, and others for allowing this idiotic state of affairs to continue.

    Killing the civilians and their homes in Gaza (as the IDF is currently doing with aircraft, missiles and artillery), arresting and imprisoning West Bank children, or starving the population of Gaza in over-sized concentration camp / ghetto does absolutely nothing to reduce the probability of future massacres on either side.

    The international community should get directly involved in enforcing a solution for the Palestine. It caused the problem with the unfortunate experiment of the UN decisions of 1948 and subsequent dithering. It isn't getting any better. It is likely to get a lot worse as Israel's citizens vote for more of their governments solutions that they are currently applying – apartheid, collective punishment, the use of concentration camps, ghettos, and a quite apparent tendency to viewing their subjected Palestinian (and Arab citizens) as being sub-humans.

    To me it is really starting to get hard see the differences between Israeli and Nazi regimes. Their current attack on Gaza looks it was learnt from the Nazi attack on the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943. All it lacks is a Treblinka and the "final solution" – but I am sure that Likud and the religous right in Israel have ideas in that direction.

    • Tiger Mountain 2.1

      Eloquently, and humanely put lprent.

      Someone surely in the international community has to attempt to breach the Gaza blockade and deliver fuel at least to get hospitals and desalination running again. ICU patients and babies in incubators are dying. No pain relief, no bandages, no chance of surgery for injured now–simply horrific.

      How much more blood does the Israeli State and Military want? Rare is the day that I agree 100% with lprent, but today is that day!

      • lprent 2.1.1

        Someone surely in the international community has to attempt to breach the Gaza blockade and deliver fuel at least to get hospitals and desalination running again.

        There is no realistic way to do that unless the US Navy gets involved in holding off the continued airspace violations from IDF air force and missiles, and probably the missiles launched from Gaza at Israel.

        Plus it'd need to issues warnings to or attacks Israeli navy operations in Gaza waters maintaining their decades old sea blockade.

        No-one else in the region has the technical capability to prevent assured destruction of aircraft and sinking or capture of vessels.

        The IDF has been attacked around the southern roads since Hamas launched their attack, and increasingly more since. Which is a bit weird logically since they issued orders to Gaza civilians to move to the south, and then started to increase their bombardment in that region. I haven't seen any particular IDF explanation (or excuse) for that strategic decision.

        Egypt has (rightly) been constraining the trucks from going through the border unless the road is passable and that the Israeli's aren't in the process of bombarding south Gaza. They also inspect all cargo going in either at the Rafah crossing for weapons as they have done for at least a decade with an agreement with Israel after they pulled out of Gaza. The alternative would be that Israel would close the roads by bombardment.

        Currently they are also checking for fuel as well which is logical as many weapons can be made with any fuel. The problem is that the fuel is also needed for water pumps and desalination, power generation, and especially for hospitals. When the fuel inside Gaza is exhausted then the supply operation gets a lot more complex and larger because water will have to be trucked in.

        The 54 trucks that have gone through so far have been explained as being a trial with the Red Crescent to test procedures. The numbers are meant to increase, however so far there appears to be no signs that is happening.

        If you read the Israeli online propaganda 'news', they report Israeli spokes person assurances that there is plenty of food and water in (presumably) southern Gaza. Which is not what is being reported by anyone in Gaza that I can see from social media, aid agencies or credible social media accounts.

        It sounds like the massive Israeli ordered population shift from north to south Gaza has left south Gaza as extremely limited on both food and water. The UN estimates that at least a 100 trucks a day are required. Currently the trucks seem to be averaging less than 10 a day. Which means that any existing food and water stocks are getting depleted rapidly even when you don't consider the supply chain disruptions from the IDF attempting to hit Hamas position in the south and causing destruction and casualties over wider areas.

        • Belladonna 2.1.1.1

          There is no realistic way to do that unless the US Navy gets involved in holding off the continued airspace violations from IDF air force and missiles, and probably the missiles launched from Gaza at Israel.

          I believe that there is zero chance of the US militarily intervening in Gaza.

          There is just no win for them in this. And their military policy has been to disengage from the Middle East. They've also got very tired of being the world's policemen, while gaining opprobrium from the Western liberal elites for doing so.

          The exception would be to retrieve American hostages. A limited goal, involving intelligence operations to pinpoint hostages, and marine forces on the ground to extract them.

          • SPC 2.1.1.1.1

            Over half of the hostages in Gaza are foreigners.

            • Belladonna 2.1.1.1.1.1

              I'd only seen around 20 or so Americans reported

              https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/what-do-we-now-about-hamas-hostages-2023-10-19/

              US only care about American hostages. I mean, they'd rescue others if they were in the same compound, but wouldn't go looking for them. They might act on behalf of their alliance buddies (especially UK and Australia) – if they were officially requested to do so. Still a pinpoint security operation, rather than a military intervention.

              ATM, the US have tasked 2 carrier groups to the Middle East – but mostly as a deterrent (ensuring other countries don't take the opportunity to expand the war).
              They've also moved (or are in the process of moving) 3 marine carriers – which are equipped for air or amphibious landings – into easy 'on call' positions.

              I'd say this is in preparation for intelligence on the location of hostages – ready for a limited-objective retrieval operation.

              https://abcnews.go.com/International/us-militarys-moves-including-2000-marines-play-israel/story?id=104047399

              While they might hope for a diplomatically negotiated release of hostages – they’re preparing for this to fall over.

    • Dennis Frank 2.2

      “The international community should get directly involved in enforcing a solution for the Palestine.”

      Yeah, but how? A peace conference would be a novel way of proceeding, inasmuch as it has been a unused method for so long. Everyone defaults to Biden when the UN chief seems incapable, yet his support of Israel makes him unable to triangulate credibly. Peacemaking is an art so why would anyone expect establishment leaders to demonstrate competence?

      Zionism presumes the right of dispossessed ethnicity, yet implementation denied that right to the Palestinians, so either that right isn't recognised in international law or such law is unenforceable. Peaceful co-existence requires mutually-recognised habitation rights for both Israelis and Palestinians – regardless of boundaries.

      So a peace conference would have to include international law experts as advisors, and identify a consensual basis upon which to proceed, and articulate that in its final agreement as a proposal for UN adoption. Indigenous rights advocates seem worth including but I would direct them to create a generic formulation first. General principles are usually required to clarify complexity.

      Alexander the Great whacked the Gordian Knot, and complex situations do require a similar decisive cut through.

      • Belladonna 2.2.1

        Peaceful co-existence requires mutually-recognised habitation rights for both Israelis and Palestinians – regardless of boundaries.

        And there's the rub. At least one side (arguably both sides) does not regard the other as having habitation rights.

        Until you can shift that – I don't see any peace process involving a two state solution having a chance of working.

        It doesn't matter how many international lawyers and experts are involved, if the people on the ground don't agree with them.

        BTW I really don't think that you're recommending Alexander's solution to problems (invade everyone, kill off the local leadership, die young and leave a legacy of civil war)

        • lprent 2.2.1.1

          Until you can shift that – I don't see any peace process involving a two state solution having a chance of working.

          Yep. That is why I think that the two-state solution just isn't viable. No-one will accept it – especially on the side with most of the weapons – Israel. The settler movement and religious orientated think that they own it by right of previous occupation about 2000 years ago. Which is simply insane.

          By comparison the Palestinian insurgency is way more rational regardless how much it upsets the Israeli government who seem to be intent on the bully philosophy of ‘we won, you lost, could you please stop fighting’ that seems to guide their continual violations of any peace settlements.

          Make it a single state with a more rational political system like MMP. Put an occupation force in (thankless duty) to control all of the nut bars and to control the internal security forces. Let them work it out for a couple of decades via the courts and politics, and see if that works out in civilising the place.

          Looking back, there was less of an issue when the British occupied the place back in the 1940s. Maybe that will stop this pissant region continuously disrupting the rest of the world with conflicts that keep overflowing their borders.

          • Belladonna 2.2.1.1.1

            Put an occupation force in (thankless duty) to control all of the nut bars and to control the internal security forces.

            Heaven's yes – a truly thankless task. I'm assuming you're thinking of forces under the UN Peacekeeping mandate.

            I seriously doubt that any of the major players are going to sign up for it. Especially when both sides (Israel during the British administration, and Hamas now) have an extensive history of attacking what they see as occupying forces.

            • lprent 2.2.1.1.1.1

              Especially when both sides (Israel during the British administration, and Hamas now) have an extensive history of attacking what they see as occupying forces.

              Palestinians (or Arabs) as they were referred to at the time, also made a sport of attacking the British occupation from the time of the mandate. They just did it less often and as flamboyantly than the Irgun et al.

              the UN Peacekeeping mandate.

              Peacekeeping with a full mandate to defend, a full load out of weapons and munitions, right to pursue, and right to imprison. More akin to the British occupation in the troubles but with less of a partisan bias. In other words with means to force peace.

              Attacking an occupation is, in my view, a more healthy activity than the bickering and inept strategies that both sides have been using for the last 70 odd years. But mostly it would be preferable to both sides spreading their stupid conflict all over the damn place. Besides getting shot at when provoked by an occupation force armed to the teeth will be a healthy for both sides. They may even find a common cause.

              • Belladonna

                Tough on the common cause being shot at. I doubt there would be many volunteers.

                I’m also less-than-confident that the UN would be able to get those elements written into the peacekeeping force mandate. Too many states would be worried that it could be deployed against them.

                • lprent

                  Yeah. The alternative is to have Israel continue working towards whatever their final solution is – which is likely to be whatever the settlers want. Those people are really bat shit crazy.

                  Meanwhile have Hamas (or whatever replaces them and the Fatah) keep doing attacks. Meanwhile Palestinian kids throw rocks and get imprisoned for years to provide the shock troops for a later cycle.

                  Been watching it for most of my life. In a lot of ways a more humane solution to remove the dispute is probably to kick everyone out into a diaspora and seed the whole area with long-life radioactive dust.

                  Be tough on the people who are actually religious and understand and read their religious philosophy. But they can visit in radiation proof suits.

  3. SPC 3

    Russia and China vetoed on Wednesday a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution on the war between Israel and Palestinian militants Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    The draft aimed to address a worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza, calling for pauses the violence to allow aid access. The United Arab Emirates also voted no, while 10 members voted in favor and two abstained.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/russia-china-veto-us-push-un-action-israel-gaza-2023-10-25/

    • lprent 3.1

      Interesting that you to quote just one of the resolutions. So very very selective and hypocritical of you.

      https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/10/25/what-to-know-about-un-draft-resolutions-on-the-israel-hamas-war-so-far

      The Russians put one up on the 16th. The UK, US, France and Jaapn voted against. The resolution did not name or condemn Hamas.

      Brazilians put up one on 18th. It passed but the the US vetoed – reason was that the resolution did not mention Israel’s right of self-defence.

      The US resolution was not for a ceasefire, just for a pause. Which I suspect that was the main reason that got vetoed.

      Interestingly it calls for a inherent right for self-defence. Which is kind of weird. Gaza is probably still legally held by Israel by its effective occupation of Gaza. Gaza isn't technically part of any recognised state – the status of Palestine being rather ambiguous, and the status of Gaza being even more ambiguous.

      Israel is legally claiming that occupation right when it maintains a effective air, sea and land control of all imports and exports of the Gaza strip.

      In effect the US resolution was claiming a right of self-defence by Israel against part of the area that Israel also claims to effectively occupies and controls. It is a logically flawed concept.

      A second resolution was put up by the Russians which

      Russian draft #UNSC resolution on #Gaza and #Israel is quite cunningly designed to look like a compromise text (adapting paras from Brazil and U.S. drafts) while including one word "ceasefire" that the U.S. has explicitly rejected.

      It didn't get enough votes to pass, but would have been vetoed anyway because the US and UK (both security council members) both voted against.

      • SPC 3.1.1

        So very very selective and hypocritical of you.

        It was the one related to our own diplomatic position, which is called being on thread topic.

        At least you are being consistent, making personal attacks against others on this topic.

        • lprent 3.1.1.1

          I always make personal attacks on bad behaviour. It was meant as a educational barb. I find that there is way less repeated behaviour when the objection to it is personal.

          You'll no doubt be aware that I really have a irritated thing about selective quoting. It also applies to selective linking on wider topic. That is because it is a such a dumbarse classic misinformation tactic. I get irritated when I have to dig into the net to write a clear and substantive counter comment.

          I also have a habit of writing pretty exhaustive comments that clearly distinguish between my opinions, what I think of are facts (and why), and links and quotes that illustrate why.

          I'm also used to people whining like a child that they are victim when they are called out . Also people who avoid actually dealing with the substance of my long replies by playing the victim. I tend to view that as a symptom of someone who is too lazy to argue their point, or who simply doesn't have a valid point.

          I guess that is you huh?

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    8 hours ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 22

    TL;DR: As of 7:00 am on Monday, July 22, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:US President Joe Biden announced via X this morning he would not stand for a second term.Multinational professional services firm ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    8 hours ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

    A listing of 32 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 14, 2024 thru Sat, July 20, 2024. Story of the week As reflected by preponderance of coverage, our Story of the Week is Project 2025. Until now traveling ...
    18 hours ago
  • I'd like to share what I did this weekend

    This weekend, a friend pointed out someone who said they’d like to read my posts, but didn’t want to pay. And my first reaction was sympathy.I’ve already told folks that if they can’t comfortably subscribe, and would like to read, I’d be happy to offer free subscriptions. I don’t want ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 day ago
  • For the children – Why mere sentiment can be a misleading force in our lives, and lead to unex...

    National: The Party of ‘Law and Order’ IntroductionThis weekend, the Government formally kicked off one of their flagship policy programs: a military style boot camp that New Zealand has experimented with over the past 50 years. Cartoon credit: Guy BodyIt’s very popular with the National Party’s Law and Order image, ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 day ago
  • A friend in uncertain times

    Day one of the solo leg of my long journey home begins with my favourite sound: footfalls in an empty street. 5.00 am and it’s already light and already too warm, almost.If I can make the train that leaves Budapest later this hour I could be in Belgrade by nightfall; ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 day ago
  • The Chaotic World of Male Diet Influencers

    Hi,We’ll get to the horrific world of male diet influencers (AKA Beefy Boys) shortly, but first you will be glad to know that since I sent out the Webworm explaining why the assassination attempt on Donald Trump was not a false flag operation, I’ve heard from a load of people ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 day ago
  • It's Starting To Look A Lot Like… Y2K

    Do you remember Y2K, the threat that hung over humanity in the closing days of the twentieth century? Horror scenarios of planes falling from the sky, electronic payments failing and ATMs refusing to dispense cash. As for your VCR following instructions and recording your favourite show - forget about it.All ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    2 days ago
  • Bernard’s Saturday Soliloquy for the week to July 20

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts being questioned by The Kākā’s Bernard Hickey.TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the week to July 20 were:1. A strategy that fails Zero Carbon Act & Paris targetsThe National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government finally unveiled ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Pharmac Director, Climate Change Commissioner, Health NZ Directors – The latest to quit this m...

    Summary:As New Zealand loses at least 12 leaders in the public service space of health, climate, and pharmaceuticals, this month alone, directly in response to the Government’s policies and budget choices, what lies ahead may be darker than it appears. Tui examines some of those departures and draws a long ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • Flooding Housing Policy

    The Minister of Housing’s ambition is to reduce markedly the ratio of house prices to household incomes. If his strategy works it would transform the housing market, dramatically changing the prospects of housing as an investment.Leaving aside the Minister’s metaphor of ‘flooding the market’ I do not see how the ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    3 days ago
  • A Voyage Among the Vandals: Accepted (Again!)

    As previously noted, my historical fantasy piece, set in the fifth-century Mediterranean, was accepted for a Pirate Horror anthology, only for the anthology to later fall through. But in a good bit of news, it turned out that the story could indeed be re-marketed as sword and sorcery. As of ...
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Friday, July 19

    An employee of tobacco company Philip Morris International demonstrates a heated tobacco device. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Friday, July 19 are:At a time when the Coalition Government is cutting spending on health, infrastructure, education, housing ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Friday, July 19

    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 8:30 am on Friday, July 19 are:Scoop: NZ First Minister Casey Costello orders 50% cut to excise tax on heated tobacco products. The minister has ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 19-July-2024

    Kia ora, it’s time for 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! Our header image this week shows a foggy day in Auckland town, captured by Patrick Reynolds. ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    3 days ago
  • Weekly Climate Wrap: A market-led plan for failure

    TL;DR : Here’s the top six items climate news for Aotearoa this week, as selected by Bernard Hickey and The Kākā’s climate correspondent Cathrine Dyer. A discussion recorded yesterday is in the video above and the audio of that sent onto the podcast feed.The Government released its draft Emissions Reduction ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Tobacco First

    Save some money, get rich and old, bring it back to Tobacco Road.Bring that dynamite and a crane, blow it up, start all over again.Roll up. Roll up. Or tailor made, if you prefer...Whether you’re selling ciggies, digging for gold, catching dolphins in your nets, or encouraging folks to flutter ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • Trump’s Adopted Son.

    Waiting In The Wings: For truly, if Trump is America’s un-assassinated Caesar, then J.D. Vance is America’s Octavian, the Republic’s youthful undertaker – and its first Emperor.DONALD TRUMP’S SELECTION of James D. Vance as his running-mate bodes ill for the American republic. A fervent supporter of Viktor Orban, the “illiberal” prime ...
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 19

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    4 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

    Photo by Gabriel Crismariu on UnsplashWe’re back again after our mid-winter break. 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 pm.Jump on this link on YouTube Livestream for ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
    4 days ago
  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
    4 days ago
  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    4 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

    This is a guest post by Shaun Baker on the importance of filling the gaps in our cycling networks. It originally appeared on his blog Multimodal Adventures, and is re-posted here with kind permission. In our towns and cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, there are areas in our cycling networks ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

    Hi,I wanted to share a few thoughts and photos from the Webworm popup and Tickled screening we held in Auckland, New Zealand last weekend.In short — it was a blast. I mean, I had a blast and I hope any of you that came also had a blast.An old friend ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    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 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

    Climate change deniers are now challenging the Government over a key climate change adaptation policy. That begs the question of whether New Zealand First will then support Government moves to implement processes to deal with a managed retreat for properties in danger of flooding because of sea level rise and ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

    Warm welcome again to those who are here. The Mountain Tui substack was officially started on the 2nd of July. I wrote about what led me here on this post. Since then, it’s been a learning to navigate the platform, get to meet those in the community, and basically be ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • About fucking time

    The US Supreme Court has been rogue for years, with openly corrupt judges making the law up as they go to suit themselves, their billionaire buyers, and the Republican Party. But now, in the wake of them granting a licence for tyranny, President Biden is actually going to try and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    5 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NZSC), a unit in the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) dedicated to cyber-security, has released a Review of its response to the 2021 email hacking of NZ members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC, … Continue reading ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    5 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

    Slip-Sliding Away: Labour may now enjoy a dominant position in Britain’s political landscape, but only by virtue of not being swallowed by it.THE BRITISH LABOUR PARTY’S “landslide victory” is nothing of the sort. As most people understand the term, a landslide election victory is one in which the incumbent government, or ...
    5 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

    Since open denial of climate change is no longer a viable political option, denial now comes in disguise. The release this week of the coalition government’s ‘draft emissions reductions plan” shows that the Luxon government is refusing to see the need to cut emissions at source. Instead, it proposes to ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning are:Chris Penk is set to roll back building standards for insulation that had only just been put in place, and which had been estimated to save 40% from power costs, after builders ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

    Two old sayings have been on my mind lately. The first is: “The pen is mightier than the sword”, describing the power of language and communication to help or to harm. The other, which captures the speed with which falsehoods can become ingrained and hard to undo, is: “A lie can ...
    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 are:Scoop: Government considers rolling back home insulation standards RNZ’s Eloise GibsonNews: Government plans tree-planting frenzy as report shows NZ no longer ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

    This is a long, possibly technical, but very, very important read. I encourage you to take the time and spread your awareness.IntroductionIn 2022, then Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Adern expended significant political capital to protect New Zealand’s water assets from privatisation. She lost that battle, and Labour and the ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

    Dr. Ella Gilbert is a climate scientist and presenter with a PhD in Antarctic climate change, working at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Her background is in atmospheric sciences and she's especially interested in the physical mechanisms of climate change, clouds, and almost anything polar. She is passionate about communicating climate ...
    6 days ago
  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    6 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    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 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    7 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

    I have reviewed some fairly obscure stuff on this blog. Nineteenth century New Zealand speculative fiction. Forgotten Tolkien adaptations. George MacDonald and William Morris. Last month I took a look at The Worm Ouroboros (1922), by E.R. Eddison, which while not strictly obscure, is also not overly inviting to many ...
    7 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    7 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    7 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

    Having watched Donald Trump systematically exploit social grievances, urge people not to accept his election loss and incite his followers to violent insurrection… it is a bit hard to swallow the media descriptions over the past 24 hours of Trump being a “victim” of violence. More like a case of ...
    WerewolfBy lyndon
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

    The exploitation of workers on the national fibre broadband rollout highlights once again the dark underbelly of our ‘churn and burn’ economy. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:An extraordinary Steve Kilgallon investigation into ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

    Photo by Jessica Loaiza on UnsplashTL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last three days to 9:00 am on Monday, July 15 are:Investigation: Immigration NZ refused to prosecute an alleged exploiter despite a mountain of evidence - ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

    Patrick Reynolds is deputy chair of the City Centre Advisory Panel and a director of Greater Auckland There is ongoing angst about construction disruption in the city centre. And fair enough: it’s very tough, CRL and other construction has been going on for a very long time. Like the pandemic, ...
    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    1 week ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    1 week ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    1 week ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    1 week ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    1 week ago

  • Minister to speak at Australian Space Forum

    Minister for Space and Science, Innovation and Technology Judith Collins will travel to Adelaide tomorrow for space and science engagements, including speaking at the Australian Space Forum.  While there she will also have meetings and visits with a focus on space, biotechnology and innovation.  “New Zealand has a thriving space ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 hours ago
  • Climate Change Minister to attend climate action meeting in China

    Climate Change Minister Simon Watts will travel to China on Saturday to attend the Ministerial on Climate Action meeting held in Wuhan.  “Attending the Ministerial on Climate Action is an opportunity to advocate for New Zealand climate priorities and engage with our key partners on climate action,” Mr Watts says. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

    Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones is travelling to the Solomon Islands tomorrow for meetings with his counterparts from around the Pacific supporting collective management of the region’s fisheries. The 23rd Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Committee and the 5th Regional Fisheries Ministers’ Meeting in Honiara from 23 to 26 July ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

    The Government today launched the Military Style Academy Pilot at Te Au rere a te Tonga Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North, an important part of the Government’s plan to crackdown on youth crime and getting youth offenders back on track, Minister for Children, Karen Chhour said today. “On the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

    The Government has welcomed news the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun work to replace nine priority bridges across the country to ensure our state highway network remains resilient, reliable, and efficient for road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.“Increasing productivity and economic growth is a key priority for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

    Acting Prime Minister David Seymour has been in contact throughout the evening with senior officials who have coordinated a whole of government response to the global IT outage and can provide an update. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has designated the National Emergency Management Agency as the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

    New Zealand and Japan will continue to step up their shared engagement with the Pacific, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.    “New Zealand and Japan have a strong, shared interest in a free, open and stable Pacific Islands region,” Mr Peters says.    “We are pleased to be finding more ways ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

    New developments in the heart of North Island forestry country will reinvigorate their communities and boost economic development, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones says. Mr Jones visited Kaingaroa and Kawerau in Bay of Plenty today to open a landmark community centre in the former and a new connecting road in ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • 'Pacific Futures'

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