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Terror attack at London Bridge

Written By: - Date published: 2:35 am, December 4th, 2019 - 2 comments

With just over a week to go till the UK General Election, polls (which are questionable in reliability) show the race getting tighter. Expect lots of harsh word and dubious tactics. In all this, political operators shouldn’t forget that real people’s lives are impacted by events like terror attacks. Politicians from all sides need to think about their actions before trying to gain political points.

Just outlaw semi-automatic weapons

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, March 16th, 2019 - 213 comments

I’ve used and worked with weapons for large chunks of my life. They’re not there for dickheads. There aren’t any reasons to keep operational semi-automatic weapons in civilian life. Just outlaw them. The conviction for unlawful possession of them requires mandatory imprisonment.

Democracy, Faux Democracy and Terror.

Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, March 19th, 2018 - 37 comments

Facebook, Putin, poisoning and Ghouta have all given fairly extensive media coverage of late. Nothing much on Afrin. Afrin has just fallen to terrorists backed by Turkey.

Update: the photo used for this post is of the The Queer Insurrection and Liberation Army (TQILA), who are part of the International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces fighting in Syria.

UK Defense Secretary on Corbyn

Written By: - Date published: 12:22 pm, May 28th, 2017 - 49 comments

A quite remarkable interview of Michael Fallon by Channel 4 News in the UK.

Corbyn on terrorism and UK settings.

Written By: - Date published: 11:44 am, May 27th, 2017 - 26 comments

Full speech given by Jeremy Corbyn yesterday.

Why Islam is incidental.

Written By: - Date published: 12:21 pm, May 26th, 2017 - 133 comments

How (According to The Guardian) a neo-nazi turned Islamist flipped terror narratives upside down.

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.

What is the story?

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, March 24th, 2017 - 47 comments

I’m finding that the way that stories are reported rather interesting and full of hidden bias. Looking at the London attack and the “Hit and Run” stories, you have to ask about what editors and some journalists choose to focus on in stories. They often seem to miss the point about why things happen and what the consequences are.

And in Canada…

Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, January 31st, 2017 - 14 comments

One border and a world of difference away…

Refreshing honesty from English

Written By: - Date published: 12:44 pm, January 13th, 2017 - 58 comments

English – “One of New Zealand’s benefits is because we’re a long way away and fairly small we don’t attract too much attention.” Nice contrast to the usual Nat hysterical style. I guess there’s no need for all that domestic spying apparatus then?

Be afraid!

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, November 4th, 2016 - 19 comments

Reports of an unconvincing “domestic terrorism” plot, and of further illegal GCSB spying.

Why do they hate us?

Written By: - Date published: 11:09 am, July 21st, 2016 - 73 comments

658 deaths due to terrorism in Europe and the Americas. 28,031 terrorism deaths in the Middle East and rest of the world.

Nice attack

Written By: - Date published: 11:14 am, July 15th, 2016 - 160 comments

As is being widely reported, a truck has been used as a weapon to kill around 60 people in Nice, as crowds celebrated Bastille Day. Many shots were fired and the driver is dead. Motives are not yet known, and (at time of writing) no group has claimed responsibility.

Istanbul airport bombing

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, June 30th, 2016 - 62 comments

Condolences to all family and friends of the victims.

Orlando; Owen Jones On Homophobia.

Written By: - Date published: 7:42 pm, June 14th, 2016 - 70 comments

Guardian journalist Owen Jones nails the failure of many to call the Orlando killings what they are; homophobic  terrorism. It’s not an excuse for anti-muslim hysteria, as Trump, Seymour and Peters would have it, it’s the worst single attack on LGBT people since the holocaust.

Florida – 50 dead in attack on LGBT club

Written By: - Date published: 6:19 am, June 13th, 2016 - 204 comments

Coverage and image from The Guardian.

Update: Links to Obama speech and Trump claiming credit.

Panama papers – the dark side in a nutshell

Written By: - Date published: 8:13 am, April 15th, 2016 - 77 comments

terrorism civil liberty and tax evasion

Lahore bombing

Written By: - Date published: 11:31 am, March 28th, 2016 - 62 comments

Condolences to all those affected by the horrific bombing in Lahore.

Brussels attack

Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, March 23rd, 2016 - 55 comments

Isis has claimed responsibility for the horrific attacks in Brussels that left 34 dead.

The “jihadi brides” lie

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, March 17th, 2016 - 71 comments

Remember the “jihadi brides” – part of last year’s beat-up about the risk of terrorism in NZ? Yesterday the central lie in the story was revealed.

Graph of the day

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, November 23rd, 2015 - 13 comments

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Paris 2

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, November 15th, 2015 - 203 comments

From Hollande’s reaction it seems likely that the terrorists will accomplish their goal.

The Rainbow Warrior apology

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, September 7th, 2015 - 22 comments

The French secret service agent who attached the mines which sank the Rainbow Warrior has stated an emotional apology during an interview. While the apology is welcome, it changes nothing.

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Written By: - Date published: 7:09 am, April 20th, 2015 - 148 comments

Terrorism in NZ? The Herald was in a frenzy yesterday, because apparently we are a “sitting duck”. But, hang on…

Protecting our Freedom

Written By: - Date published: 1:27 pm, January 19th, 2015 - 7 comments

UK PM David Cameron thinks freedom will be enhanced by monitoring everything – something we used to call totalitarianism. We need more encryption and to make sure the internet is built for the people, not the data-miners – be they our security agencies, criminal gangs, or facebook.

The difference between the left and the right

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, January 10th, 2015 - 249 comments

The recent handling of Charlie Hebdo by the Standard and by Kiwiblog provides a startling contrast.  And neatly underlies the reality that the left wing blogs are in no way just the same as the right wing blogs despite what John Key may say.

On Freedom of Speech and Tolerance and Powers of Surveillance

Written By: - Date published: 11:46 am, January 8th, 2015 - 101 comments

The slaying of staff at Charlie Hebdo and the killing of two police officers will no doubt cause further debate on the extent of freedom of speech, on our relations with Muslims and on the state’s powers of surveillance and if they should be increased.

Terrorist attack in Pakistan

Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, December 17th, 2014 - 192 comments

Condolences feel pretty meaningless in cases like this, but they are all that one can offer.

Is Haron Monis a terrorist?

Written By: - Date published: 12:51 pm, December 16th, 2014 - 187 comments

Would John Key be making reference to terror attacks if Haron Monis was not from the Middle East? Our PM has a track record of jumping the gun on sensitive international issues…

Over it.

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, December 16th, 2014 - 56 comments

In a land far away from here and behind a curtain of iron, it was said that to understand anything, it was necessary to first of all discount the fictions that were being presented as truth.

The Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, December 2nd, 2014 - 34 comments

The Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill is set to return to Parliament today with some changes likely to be recommended by the select committee.  And John Key is  sounding conciliatory by promising to wind some powers back while at the same time promising an increase in powers next year even though a review of the Intelligence agencies has not been completed.

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