Written By: - Date published: 6:17 pm, September 18th, 2018 - 83 comments
A quick smorgasbord of reported news from Syria, to China and Sweden, to antisemitism and (hidden behind the links) an interview with (hopefully) the first woman who will serve as President of the USA.
Written By: - Date published: 12:57 pm, April 14th, 2018 - 194 comments
What the hell are Macron, May and Trump playing at?
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: 12:52 pm, February 25th, 2017 - 5 comments
Surprising no one: “A newly declassified report obtained by Fairfax Media reveals Australia’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was undertaken solely to enhance our alliance with the US.”
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: 6:43 pm, February 15th, 2016 - 27 comments
More than a decade after the Taliban Government was ‘regime changed’ by the west, the Taliban are resurgent and Afghan civilian deaths are as high as ever.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, October 13th, 2015 - 17 comments
An American report which came out shortly before Key’s visit to our troops at Taji camp in Iraq is strongly critical of conditions there, and of the efficacy of the training process. Key claims he didn’t know, yet another of his outbreaks of “convenient ignorance”.
Written By: - Date published: 3:37 pm, April 15th, 2015 - 71 comments
Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, February 27th, 2015 - 89 comments
Despite the best efforts of Mike Hosking, the poll numbers tell us that Kiwis have lost their historical appetite for this kind of misadventure.
Written By: - Date published: 11:15 am, February 24th, 2015 - 172 comments
So, we’re off to Iraq. If the answer to ISIS isn’t sending Kiwi troops, what do Standardistas think practical alternatives might be?
EDIT: Key announces 143 troops to go to Iraq and support staff.
Written By: - Date published: 7:19 am, February 14th, 2015 - 55 comments
“You gotta hand it to John Key: the timing is perfect. On a slow-news Friday at a time when the media is falling over itself to hype the cricket world cup, the last veil drops to reveal al Jaafari and his request for assistance.”
Written By: - Date published: 8:18 am, February 13th, 2015 - 417 comments
NZ is again being asked to go to war in Iraq. The Clark Labour Government said no a decade ago, but in 2015 there may be a compelling reason to join the fight; this time it’s the right thing to do. New Standard author te reo putake puts the case for NZ entering the battle against ISIS.
Written By: - Date published: 3:48 pm, February 4th, 2015 - 114 comments
John Key wanted to be in the Five Eyes “club”, but I guess that didn’t focus group well, so now we’re being fed a new line – “family”.
Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, October 16th, 2014 - 70 comments
Broken promise. Lies. War. The Herald willing to believe anything to defend Brand Key. Just another day in NZ politics.
Written By: - Date published: 12:06 pm, September 2nd, 2013 - 128 comments
On the one hand, there is the building propaganda blitz to justify military action in Syria, and on the other…
Written By: - Date published: 2:10 pm, September 1st, 2013 - 26 comments
So Barack Obama is going to adhere to the US constitution this time around ( unlike as was the case with Libya) and await the potential green light of Congress before commencing with any military action in Syria.