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Flying the Standard in Spain

Written By: - Date published: 2:46 pm, March 11th, 2008 - 10 comments

Congratulations to the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party for winning their second four-year term under Prime Minister José Zapatero. Zapatero’s surprise victory in 2004 followed a fear-mongering attempt by the then governing centre-right People’s Party to blame the Madrid train bombings on Basque separatists, ETA (as the People’s Party knew, Islamic radicals were really to blame). […]

Free Osanloo

Written By: - Date published: 3:51 pm, March 5th, 2008 - Comments Off on Free Osanloo

The International Transport Workers’ Federation is holding an international day of action tomorrow calling for the release of Mansour Osanloo, an Iranian trade unionist and bus driver imprisoned by the state for engaging in independent trade unionism. Osanloo earned the ire of the Iranian authorities after he led protests that increased bus workers’ pay by […]

Foreigners think NZ is great, why doesn’t National?

Written By: - Date published: 2:45 pm, March 4th, 2008 - 38 comments

One of National’s strategies is to constantly talk down New Zealand, arguing that other countries have it better, that to catch up we have to sell off our assets, cut our social services, cut wages, and work harder. The line is repeated in the media, most often in comparison with Australia. The thing is if […]

Turnout suppression

Written By: - Date published: 10:57 am, February 27th, 2008 - 6 comments

Paul Weyrich, co-founder of the conservative US think tank The Heritage Foundation (which has links to our very own Maxim Institute) once famously remarked: “I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of the people. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. […]

Nader standing

Written By: - Date published: 11:07 am, February 26th, 2008 - 12 comments

Last night Ralph Nader announced his candidacy for President of the United States on NBC’s Meet the Press. Many Democrats see Nader as a ‘spoiler’ candidate and blame him for losing them the 2000 election, but in his announcement he came out swinging, attacking the two-party system and pointing out that “If the Democrats can’t […]

NSW Liberals want an Electoral Finance Act

Written By: - Date published: 3:43 pm, February 25th, 2008 - 33 comments

In an ironic twist, the Sydney Morning Herald reports today that the New South Wales Liberal Party has called for reform of campaign financing in Australia’s largest state, citing New Zealand’s Electoral Finance Act as an example of what they would like to see – limits on donations, limits on expenditure, and restrictions on third […]

Fidel calls it a day

Written By: - Date published: 10:09 pm, February 19th, 2008 - 30 comments

The BBC reports that Fidel Castro has retired as Cuban leader. Castro has survived a US-backed invasion, numerous assassination attempts and the fall of the Soviet Union, but after nearly 50 years in power his ailing health finally got the better of him. His legacy will be a mixed one. Authoritarian rule, human rights abuses […]

Karl Rove on John McCain

Written By: - Date published: 12:52 pm, February 14th, 2008 - 6 comments

Australia says sorry

Written By: - Date published: 4:48 pm, February 13th, 2008 - 24 comments

Howard couldn’t bring himself to do it, instead expressing “regret”. Today, Labor’s Kevin Rudd said sorry in a formal statement to the stolen generations of Aboriginal people of Australia. For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry. To the mothers and the […]

Swan to build surplus as economic stabiliser

Written By: - Date published: 3:44 pm, February 12th, 2008 - 2 comments

Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan has announced that he intends to lift the target for the budget surplus, so that fiscal policy can help ease upward pressure on interest rates. He will proceed with tax cuts announced in the election campaign, but according to The Australian newspaper his comments signal that there is unlikely to be […]

When politics and music video collide

Written By: - Date published: 8:07 pm, February 9th, 2008 - 2 comments

From CNN earlier in the week – Jeanne Moos presents her very own Super Tuesday Political Video Awards. A good summary of some of the hottest and some of the most cringe inducing items on the download circuit. What will be our NZ equivalent? Meantime fresh controversy is set to rage with the news that […]

MoveOn.org endorses Obama

Written By: - Date published: 4:19 pm, February 2nd, 2008 - 11 comments

MoveOn.org is a progressive political community, organised predominantly online, with over 3 million members. For the first time they’ve endorsed a Democratic candidate, lending their weight and organising skills to that person’s campaign. Obama took the endorsement over Clinton 70-30, with around 300,000 votes cast in total. Obama has said of the endorsement: “In just […]

Jacinda Ardern to lead IUSY

Written By: - Date published: 1:59 pm, January 31st, 2008 - 71 comments

Jacinda Ardern, former Young Labour president and political advisor, has just been elected president of the International Union of Socialist Youth – a group encompassing socialist, social democratic and Labour Party youth organisations from more than 100 countries. IUSY is a massive organisiation and holds consultative status with the United Nations. This is a huge […]

The whalers are coming

Written By: - Date published: 5:08 pm, January 25th, 2008 - 15 comments

The Dom reports today that the Japanese whaling fleet has ben “spotted steaming towards the Ross Sea” – part of our territorial waters. They’re presumably coming here having had their activities in Australian waters declared illegal last week. The Greens have just just called for the government to get involved. Labour’s Steve Chadwick has said […]

Daily Show on financial news

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, January 25th, 2008 - 14 comments

Jon Stewart had a good piece last night on why we shouldn’t just trust the economic and financial “experts”. People deserve better from the media than the dehumanising econo-speak about ‘soft labour markets’ and housing ‘corrections’ that dominates our Business pages, so it’s good to see Jon poking a bit of fun. Fox News also […]

Is Barack Obama dull?

Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, January 22nd, 2008 - 31 comments

Armando Iannucci from The Observer wonders whether he’s the only person to find Barack Obama dull: Like Will Smith, who in the new film I Am Legend wakes up to find himself the last man alive in a world of zombies, am I now the only person left on the planet who finds Barack Obama […]

Discussing “constituency matters” with the Brethren

Written By: - Date published: 3:15 pm, January 18th, 2008 - 6 comments

Today’s Age gives a few insights into “constituency matters” the Brethren discussed with John Howard from 2003 to 2006, the last about the same time they were commissioning private investigators to dig dirt on our Helen. Support for George Bush and the war in Iraq featured highly, as according to the Brethren “God has clearly […]

Introducing the world’s cheapest car

Written By: - Date published: 11:57 am, January 18th, 2008 - 8 comments

From Time: A lot is riding on the the world’s cheapest car. In the words of Ratan Tata, chairman of the company behind the upstart econobox, India’s “People’s Car” will be a “safe, affordable, all weather vehicle for a family which is today traveling on a two wheeler.” The entry level model is ticketed at […]

What you can do with this gadget is up to you

Written By: - Date published: 11:09 pm, January 10th, 2008 - 3 comments

Spotted in the NY Times (6 Jan 2008) this new gadget looks like it takes the concept of open source one step further (article has some photos too). “HACKERS, welcome! Here are detailed circuit diagrams of our products — modify them as you wish.” That’s not an announcement you’ll find on the Web sites of […]

The Politics of New Hampshire

Written By: - Date published: 10:49 pm, January 10th, 2008 - 9 comments

For those of you following the presidential primaries this opinion piece by Dan Balz in the Washington Post (9 Jan) provides some interesting observations on the Clinton/Obama result which flew in the face of polls and political pundits: “Hillary Clinton’s stunning victory here on Tuesday night was another powerful reminder of something that is taught […]

Spain bans parents from smacking children

Written By: - Date published: 12:27 pm, December 21st, 2007 - 61 comments

Yesterday we saw a report from Police Deputy Commissioner Rob Pope saying claims that the repeal of section 59 would lead to the prosecution of parents and the removal of children from their homes have been proven wrong. This follows another report which indicates that the law change has not led to a big rise […]

Leadership style & Clinton v Obama

Written By: - Date published: 3:50 pm, December 19th, 2007 - 3 comments

Leadership is a quality that everyone can recognise but a whole suite of academic debate has emerged over its definition. For an example check out these Q&As from the NZ Leadership institute. Here, between the leaders of our two major parties we see the positioning between the experienced Helen Clark, and the untested John Key […]

What is the price of believing?

Written By: - Date published: 1:41 pm, December 12th, 2007 - 15 comments

Oprah is a global brand, so when she went public with her campaign to support Barack Obama it was part of our news cycle. But we haven’t seen much follow-up on what it means for the Democrats and impact on the African American vote as they primaries beckon. For those taking an interest in US […]

Republican AdStravanganza

Written By: - Date published: 12:28 pm, December 12th, 2007 - 10 comments

Talking Points Memo have put together a great compilation of Republican presidential candidates’ campaign ads stripped back to nothing but key lines. It’s certainly a time-saver to have all the bullshit taken out for you. Top marks go to Tom Tancredo for managing to come across as a deranged reactionary even amongst a field of […]

Argentina gets first elected female president

Written By: - Date published: 1:09 pm, December 11th, 2007 - 13 comments

We’ve been writing about Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark (btw – yesterday was the 8th anniversary of signing Ministerial warrants for the first term Labour ministers). Now Argentina has an interesting twist – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the first woman to be elected president in Argentina, succeeded her husband, Nestor Kirchner. From the NY Times: […]

Rap battle: Howard vs Rudd

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, December 11th, 2007 - 7 comments

Somehow I missed this when it was originally posted. In case you did too…

A chat and a cuppa

Written By: - Date published: 9:41 am, December 10th, 2007 - 47 comments

From Scoop: “Clark first in Rudd queue” Kevin Rudd has pledged to broaden relations with New Zealand after a flying visit by Helen Clark to put “Kiwi issues” on the new Australian prime minister’s radar. In a sign of the importance placed on relations with the new Australian government, the New Zealand prime minister flew […]

Candidate match game

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, December 6th, 2007 - 8 comments

This is very cool. USA Today’s put together a candidate match game to help voters work out which US presidential hopefuls best share their views on the key issues. Here’s how it works: Polls suggest Americans are concerned primarily with a few key issues in the 2008 presidential election. USA TODAY researched candidate positions on […]

Huckabee and Obama lead Iowa

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, December 5th, 2007 - 4 comments

USA Today reports that Mike Huckabee and Barack Obama are the leaders for their respective parties in Iowa with the caucuses now only a month away. Huckabee’s a real danger to the Democrats. He’s a folksy ex-Baptist minister who’s timing his run well. The UK Independent has a story (also today in The Herald) on […]

Lowlight reel: Republican YouTube debate

Written By: - Date published: 11:22 am, November 30th, 2007 - 15 comments

Watch this clip from yesterday’s Republican YouTube debate and spare a thought for our progressive mates in the USA. I like the idea of users submitting their own questions but I’m troubled by the fact that CNN gets to choose the ones that air. The debate tended to be light on issues like healthcare, education […]

Fox Attacks: Iran

Written By: - Date published: 11:51 pm, November 29th, 2007 - 61 comments

This looks interesting. Fox Attacks: Iran is a new short film from Robert Greenwald, director of the excellent Outfoxed. The film focuses on the parallels between Fox’s drumbeat for war with Iraq and what’s being said now about Iran. It’s also a plea to other networks not to fall in behind Fox like they did […]

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