Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, February 19th, 2017 - 26 comments
This week’s Economist looks at the resurgence in the business of the more effective mainstream media in the US. But the effect reaches all the way over here. Even I’m reading more on a the ongoing debacle that is the incompetent Trump White House. Good reporting and perfect reading for the summer season and I suspect that it is impacting all of the blogs at present.
Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, February 15th, 2017 - 35 comments
Over in the United States of Trumpsville National Security Advisor to the Trump White House Mike Flynn, who famously said that Hillary Clinton should be locked up for threatening national security by having a private email server, has been sacked for threatening national security and for lying to the vice president.
Written By: - Date published: 1:49 pm, January 30th, 2017 - 3 comments
The PM may not know where he stands but the Mayor of Wellington does.
Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, January 27th, 2017 - 58 comments
The Bush Blair “special relationship” was a geopolitical disaster of epic proportions. Get ready for Round 2, Trump May.
Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, January 24th, 2017 - 15 comments
Jonathan Pie gets angry at Trump’s treatment of the media.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 23rd, 2017 - 195 comments
The Trump / Spicer claim that the inauguration crowds were “the largest audience ever to witness and inauguration, period” are such an obvious lie that it seems unhinged. But there could be method to the madness.
(Update: Apparently in Trump speak these are “alternative facts”.)
Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, January 17th, 2017 - 39 comments
Various events are planned in protest around Trump’s inauguration. One of them is a series of marches organised by and for women. There are (at time of writing) 386 marches organised world wide, including in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, January 12th, 2017 - 176 comments
Buzzfeed’s release of the Dossier suggesting that Russia has considerable leverage over Donald Trump has caused ructions the effects of which will be felt for months.
Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, January 10th, 2017 - 17 comments
Mike Pompey is Donald Trump’s chosen head for the CIA. He is someone who believes in the mass collection of all metadata and combining it with all publicly available information. Are we going to see the unprecedented destruction of rights of privacy?
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, January 8th, 2017 - 79 comments
The implications for the world of Donald Trump’s forthcoming ascendancy to the office of President of the United States.
Written By: - Date published: 10:05 am, December 30th, 2016 - 150 comments
Barak Obama is using the last few days of his presidency to do some quite radical stuff.
Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, December 26th, 2016 - 72 comments
Donald Trump’s success in the recent Presidential Election may have had a lot to do with very judicious use of targeted Facebook advertising and the proliferation of fake news stories.
Written By: - Date published: 7:48 pm, December 24th, 2016 - 286 comments
Murray McCully has had New Zealand co sponsor a successful Security Council resolution condemning Israel for violating International Law through its resettlement policy.
Written By: - Date published: 8:09 am, December 23rd, 2016 - 26 comments
President Donald Trump reckons that the US must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability to make the world come to its senses regarding nukes.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 22nd, 2016 - 51 comments
In the last days of the Obama presidency the current President is taking steps to protect the Arctic from oil drilling.
Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, December 11th, 2016 - 15 comments
Donald Trump’s transition team have been quizzing state employees of the Department of Energy about their beliefs and activities in relation to climate change. Is a clear out of those who believe climate change is a reality possible? And why is he refusing to investigate the possibility that Russia affected the Presidential election in his favour?
Written By: - Date published: 8:38 am, November 29th, 2016 - 100 comments
US President elect Donald Trump has expressed support for a widespread investigation of America’s electoral system
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, November 19th, 2016 - 30 comments
Angela Merkel has offered Donald Trump close cooperation on world issues, but with a rather important tag.
Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, November 13th, 2016 - 55 comments
Trump is going to be a figurehead, not a president, leaving governance to an unfettered Republican machine. That machine is no friend of the disenfranchised, never was, never will be. How will Trump’s base react to being betrayed?