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?
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….
Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, April 12th, 2018 - 42 comments
Can we have some sanity please?
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.
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.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 7:08 am, April 8th, 2017 - 140 comments
“We expect and deserve cooler heads than this from our global leaders.”
Written By: - Date published: 1:33 pm, February 10th, 2017 - 75 comments
All the “nobody” people.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 10:22 am, December 31st, 2016 - 172 comments
Ordinary Syrian people on Aleppo.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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).
Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, October 31st, 2015 - 31 comments
Boots on ground.