Posts Tagged ‘syria’

Jihadi Justice

Written By: - Date published: 1:31 pm, March 6th, 2019 - 87 comments

Should we let the ‘Bumbling Jihadi’ Mark Taylor back into NZ? What message do we send the world if we don’t?

Grotesque.

Written By: - Date published: 12:26 pm, April 27th, 2018 - 92 comments

People from Douma have been to The Hague and spoken of their experiences on the night of a supposed chemical attack by Syrian forces.

Compassion?

Written By: - Date published: 12:05 pm, April 17th, 2018 - 70 comments

May claimed she couldn’t wait until Monday before unleashing compassion on Syria on Friday night. Which brought a line from this to mind….

 

What’s the Game?

Written By: - Date published: 12:57 pm, April 14th, 2018 - 194 comments

What the hell are Macron, May and Trump playing at?

Crazees and clowns

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, April 12th, 2018 - 42 comments

Can we have some sanity please?

States United.

Written By: - Date published: 9:44 am, January 20th, 2018 - 12 comments

On how states in conflict, have seemingly and nevertheless, managed to share in the likely or possible creation of one common goal.

UK Intelligence

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, January 7th, 2018 - 42 comments

From the Opposition Labour Party, a rare instance of common sense and intelligence on display with regards foreign relations.

Black is White. Up is Down.

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, April 17th, 2017 - 133 comments

Media have a role to play, apparently…

Framing Syria

Written By: - Date published: 5:34 pm, April 12th, 2017 - 48 comments

If you’re determined to  believe that western liberal democracy is essentially benign and only ever makes mistakes and honest mis-judgements, or is something that’s sometimes marred by an odd ‘bad apple’ or two, then this post on Syria probably isn’t the post for you.

Syria sarin capitalism and war

Written By: - Date published: 10:34 am, April 9th, 2017 - 60 comments

The dirty truth behind many of the wars that our political / media world gets itself so excited about is that they wouldn’t be happening without the arms that we (the “western” world) sell so copiously.

Green Party criticises US strike on Syria

Written By: - Date published: 7:08 am, April 8th, 2017 - 140 comments

“We expect and deserve cooler heads than this from our global leaders.”

World War?

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, April 7th, 2017 - 221 comments

Well…don’t know about you, but I’m feeling like I want to throw up.

Heroes

Written By: - Date published: 1:33 pm, February 10th, 2017 - 75 comments

All the “nobody” people.

The Briefing Papers: NZ’s time on the Security Council

Written By: - Date published: 10:45 am, January 3rd, 2017 - 9 comments

The Briefing Papers assesses NZ’s time at the UN Security Council, which came to an end on 31 December. Here are extracts from pieces by commentators Grant Duncan and Paul Buchanan.

Voices of Aleppo.

Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, December 31st, 2016 - 172 comments

Ordinary Syrian people on Aleppo.

Question…

Written By: - Date published: 11:06 am, December 20th, 2016 - 84 comments

On Aleppo.

ISIS Crisis

Written By: - Date published: 5:10 pm, October 27th, 2016 - 84 comments

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says our training mission to Iraq is undergoing a transformation. We were warned when the troops first went that the mission was always intended to be looser than Brownlee publicly claimed at the time. And so it has turned out to be.

The Propaganda War

Written By: - Date published: 10:38 am, October 2nd, 2016 - 89 comments

Under the rubble of lies…

Mission Creep

Written By: - Date published: 7:06 pm, June 20th, 2016 - 50 comments

The military mission to Iraq is to be extended by another 18 months, much to nobody’s surprise. John Key has put the creep into the mission.

Turkey is in trouble and the US is part of it

Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, February 23rd, 2016 - 33 comments

The Middle East temperature is heating up and Turkey is finding itself in trouble on many fronts.

Syria escalating

Written By: - Date published: 12:37 pm, February 14th, 2016 - 37 comments

Turkey has started shelling the US backed Kurdish forces that are fighting against ISIS. What could go wrong?

Collision course Syria

Written By: - Date published: 1:03 pm, December 5th, 2015 - 81 comments

Russia is backing anti-Islamist Kurds in Northern Syria to control their own territory, and acting directly against the interests of the jihadist groups that Turkey, a NATO member, is supporting. The temperature will only rise from here.

UK votes to bomb Syria

Written By: - Date published: 11:59 am, December 3rd, 2015 - 81 comments

Cameron-bomb-syria

International law and the Turkish shootdown of the RuAF Su-24

Written By: - Date published: 8:49 pm, November 27th, 2015 - 117 comments

Assuming the Russian jet did enter Turkish airspace for 17s, was there really no recourse for  Turkey other than using lethal force?

Corbyn – no convincing case for UK bombing of Syria

Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, November 27th, 2015 - 27 comments

An alternative view to Te Reo Putake’s post concerning Jeremy Corbyn and the bombing of Syria.

Corbyn’s Isis Crisis

Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, November 27th, 2015 - 89 comments

UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn faces his first big test. Can he command the majority in Labour over Syria? Or should he accept he is on the wrong side of history?

Turkey shoots down Russian jet

Written By: - Date published: 6:32 am, November 25th, 2015 - 151 comments

Late yesterday Turkey (a NATO member) shot down a Russian jet, either inside its airspace (Turkey claims) or over Syria (Russia claims).

Ground troops to Iraq – PM please explain

Written By: - Date published: 2:10 pm, November 19th, 2015 - 26 comments

PM please explain, what the hell good would sending a few Kiwi ground troops to the ongoing disaster of the Middle East achieve? Is it the whole cost of being in the club thing again?

Finally Fighting for Democracy?

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, October 31st, 2015 - 31 comments

Boots on ground.

Bashar al-Assad and other Bastards.

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, October 3rd, 2015 - 130 comments

What proper journalistic coverage of Syria looks like.

Speech to UN height of hypocrisy

Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, October 3rd, 2015 - 34 comments

Key’s little lecture to the UN would have been delivered with a lot more moral authority if it wasn’t built on the heights of hypocrisy.

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