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Trump’s Muslim travel ban

Written By: - Date published: 9:38 am, January 29th, 2017 - 149 comments
Categories: im/migration, us politics, war - Tags: , , ,

Trump signed an “execuitive order” placing severe restrictions on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. Christians and other minority religions will be “prioritised”, so this is specifically targeting Muslims. The Department of Homeland Security has interpreted and immediately applied the ban widely. Welcome to the new America:

US airports on frontline as Trump immigration ban causes chaos and controversy

Homeland security says green card holders included as ACLU files lawsuit after two Iraqi men detained at New York City’s JFK airport despite having valid visas

Donald Trump’s executive order to close America’s borders to refugees and immigrants from some Muslim-majority countries caused chaos on Saturday, as people who had flown to the US were held at airports and elsewhere others were barred from boarding planes.

As confusion reigned, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security made a striking admission when she told Reuters people holding so-called green cards, making them legal permanent US residents, were included in the ban.

In New York City, two Iraqi refugees who arrived on separate flights were detained at John F Kennedy airport. One, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, had worked in Iraq for the US government for 10 years. The other, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, was coming to the US to join his wife who had worked for a US contractor, according to a report in the New York Times.

Mark Doss, an attorney at the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), told the Times he asked border agents who he needed to talk to about the men and was told: “Mr President, call Mr Trump.” …

There are and will be many more such stories:

Trump immigration curbs cause worldwide chaos, panic, anger

President Donald Trump’s most far reaching action since taking office plunged America’s immigration system into chaos on Saturday, not only for refugees but for legal U.S. residents who were turned away at airports and feared being stranded outside the country.

Immigration lawyers and advocates worked through the night trying to help stranded travelers find a way back home. Lawyers in New York sued to block the order, saying many people have already been unlawfully detained, including an Iraqi who worked for the U.S. Army in Iraq.

Confusion abounded at airports as immigration and customs officials struggled to interpret the new rules, with some legal residents who were in the air when the order was issued detained at airports upon arrival.

“Imagine being put back on a 12-hour flight and the trauma and craziness of this whole thing,” said Mana Yegani, an immigration lawyer in Houston. “These are people that are coming in legally. They have jobs here and they have vehicles here.” …

https://twitter.com/ShaunKing/status/825403488167424000

149 comments on “Trump’s Muslim travel ban”

  1. Andre 1

    More ironies of the ban: of the Islam-linked terror incidents in the US in recent years, none have been perpetrated by citizens of the banned countries. Furthermore, 15 of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudis, but Saudi Arabia is not on the banned list.

    http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/25/14383316/trump-muslim-ban-immigration-visas-terrorism-executive-order

    • Yes, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are two of the countries with the richest supply of religious fascists, but both are US allies so aren’t included. Iranians haven’t been involved in terrorist attacks against western democracies, but Israel has a problem with them so Iran is included. It’s comically stupid, but then so were the Nazis when they were starting out.

    • saveNZ 1.2

      @Andre “15 of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudis, but Saudi Arabia is not on the banned list.”

      Never let logic get in the way of ideology and stupidity.

      Also 42,196 were killed in motor accidents in the USA in 2001 while 2996 perished in 9/11 attacks. But do not see a war on car safety into safer public transport!

    • joe90 1.3

      but Saudi Arabia is not on the banned list.

      Bad for business.

      Conspicuously, Trump doesn’t hold any business interests in any of the countries on the list, but holds major stakes in several of those excluded from it, records show.

      http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-muslim-ban-excludes-countries-linked-businesses-article-1.2957956

  2. Carolyn_nth 2

    Justin Trudeau and Nicola Sturgeon Tweet #WelcomeToCanada and #WelcomeToScotland

    Justin Trudeau:

    To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada

    Sturgeon retweeted it with this comment added:

    #WelcomeToScotland too

    what saith Bling, Little, Greens?

  3. garibaldi 3

    With the unprecedented speed at which these rabid Republicans are rallying around Trumps unbelievable stupidity I predict utter turmoil in the USA in a short time.
    On a related matter their UN envoy’s threats to take names and revenge on any dissenters to their view makes the UN a total waste of time. The world should ‘walk out’ of the UN if this happens and set up an alternative, leaving the USA to fester on its own. Another pipe dream of mine !

  4. Carolyn_nth 4

    California State considers tax strike in response to Trump orders:

    The state of California is studying ways to suspend financial transfers to Washington after the Trump administration threatened to withhold federal money from sanctuary cities, KPIX 5 has learned.

    Officials are looking for money that flows through Sacramento to the federal government that could be used to offset the potential loss of billions of dollars’ worth of federal funds if President Trump makes good on his threat to punish cities and states that don’t cooperate with federal agents’ requests to turn over undocumented immigrants, a senior government source in Sacramento said.

    The federal funds pay for a variety of state and local programs from law enforcement to homeless shelters.

  5. chris73 5

    I think Billy Bragg (good musician that he is) is being a little misleading in his use of stats as its only going up to 2014, since 2014 there has been 75 deaths, which in the whole scheme of things isn’t a great deal but one of the aims of terrorism isn’t how many you kill but what effects that has on the rest of the population plus the number of attacks is increasing so Trump has decided this is the way to go

    I’m not sure its the best way to go but certainly better then doing nothing

    September 25, 2014 Vaughan Foods beheading incident, (Moore, OK): A Sharia advocate beheads a woman after calling for Islamic terror and posting an Islamist beheading photo.

    United States May 3, 2015 – Two gunmen attacked the Curtis Culwell Center during a ‘Draw Muhammad’ cartoon art exhibit in Garland, Texas . 2 dead (perpetrators) 1 injured.

    July 16, 2015, 2015 Chattanooga shootings, Chattanooga, Tennessee: A Muslim commits a shooting spree at a recruiting center at a strip mall and a naval center, leaving five soldiers dead at the latter location.

    December 2, 2015, 2015 San Bernardino attack, San Bernardino, California: A Muslim couple opens fire at a Christmas party, leaving fourteen dead.

    June 12, 2016, 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, Orlando, Florida: Omar Mateen shoots and kills 49 people and injures 53 more at a gay bar, the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.

    November 28, 2016, 2016 Ohio State University attack, Ohio, Ohio: A Muslim Somalian student, Abdul Artan who came to the USA as a refugee, intentionally rammed a car into pedestrians on a busy campus sidewalk on Monday morning and then began slashing passers-by with a butcher knife, the authorities said, injuring 11 students and faculty and staff members, and setting off panic at one of the nation’s largest public universities.

    • red-blooded 5.1

      Chris, there’s been a amore recent study – http://www.vox.com/world/2017/1/27/14412420/terrorism-muslims-america-islam-trump – (including 2016) and its author (a Sociology professor from Duke University) has also reviewed any links to the countries on Trump's list:
      "Overall, for as long as Kurzman has done the study, the number of actual terrorist attacks committed by Muslim Americans has been exceptionally small.

      “The 54 fatalities caused by Muslim-American extremists in 2016 brought the total since 9/11 to 123,” Kurzman writes. “More than 240,000 Americans were murdered over the same period.”

      This year, Kurzman did something new. In light of news of a draft executive order that would indefinitely suspend entry to the US from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somali, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen — Kurzman tried to figure out whether immigration from these countries, specifically, posed an special terrorist threat.

      It didn’t. Muslim Americans with a background from these countries were not well-represented among the (very small) ranks of Muslim American terrorists.

      “Since 9/11, only 23 percent of Muslim-Americans involved with violent extremist plots had family backgrounds in these seven countries,” Kurzman writes. “There have been no fatalities in the United States caused by extremists with family backgrounds in these countries.”

      Immigrants of all kinds were actually underrepresented in the ranks of Muslims attracted to extremism. The following charts show the percentage of Muslim Americans from different backgrounds, on the left, and the percentage of Muslim Americans attracted to extremism from each of these backgrounds, on the right. Immigrants are clearly underrepresented…"

      The chart that follows shows that Muslim Americans born in the US make up 19% of the overall Muslim population there and commit 17% of attacks (broadly equivalent). Immigrants make up about 59% of the Muslim population and commit 24% of the attacks. It's converts who seem most likely to attack: 19% of the population, 39% of the attacks. (About 20% of the attacks couldn't be classified, as the origin of the attacker(s) weren't reported.)

      Trump's acting out and stirring up Islamophobia. Surprise, surprise.

    • Barfly 5.2

      “December 2, 2015, 2015 San Bernardino attack, San Bernardino, California: A Muslim couple opens fire at a Christmas party, leaving fourteen dead.

      June 12, 2016, 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, Orlando, Florida: Omar Mateen shoots and kills 49 people and injures 53 more at a gay bar, the largest mass shooting in U.S. history”

      2 incidents make up 67 of your 75 deaths…..”insert smart remark on statistics here”

      But seriously it seems that those two incidents may make a case for Islamist terrorism being more deadly to americans than “toddlers with guns” and “lightning” but they are still being creamed in the mortality count by BUSES.

      Go Billy Bragg

      • Sabine 5.2.1

        both shooters were US American born Muslims.
        should Trump ban US american born Muslims from returning to the US when travelling?

        Cause reasons?

  6. The ACLU are live-tweeting a protest at JFK Airport demanding the release of refugees being detained there, including Iraqis who assisted the US forces.

    They have stationed lawyers at major international airports and are advising people not to sign anything without legal advice.

    I hope everyone who thought Donald Trump would be a great president because he really cares about the little guy or was going to smash the imperialist system is happy.

    • weka 6.1

      and how long until we add the people who thought Tr*mp’s administration wouldn’t be that bad? Are we there yet? Because this looks like just the start to me. I hope I am wrong and that even Tr*mpville realise that being a govt running and country is an actual thing.

      • Draco T Bastard 6.1.1

        Because this looks like just the start to me. I hope I am wrong

        No, you’re not wrong. I’m more wondering which country will have the False Flag pinned upon them.

        It’s all downhill for the next few years or more.

        • weka 6.1.1.1

          Andre pointed out the difference between the President and the govt below, as well as the role of the courts. Fingers crossed for at least some checks and balances.

    • weka 6.2

      Michael Moore ‏@MMFlint 2h

      Everybody in NYC area– head to JFK Terminal 4 NOW! Big anti-Trump protest forming out of nowhere! Ppl mobilizing against Trump’s Muslim ban

      Michael Moore ‏@MMFlint 22m22 minutes ago

      If you’re not in NYC, head out to the International arrivals at the nearest airport. If u live in a small town, go to where u protest.

      Michael Moore ‏@MMFlint 21m21 minutes ago

      I’m serious- we need a massive showing right now. Many orgs r joining the call! Let the whole world see we are NOT represented by this bigot

      Michael Moore ‏@MMFlint 11m11 minutes ago

      Facebook Live: My Facebook site – http://facebook.com/MMFlint – is now LIVE from JFK Trump protest…

  7. Lara 7

    Why would anyone want to go to the USA anyway? It’s looking more and more like a police state.

    Canada in contrast looks remarkably civilised.

    • Andre 7.1

      Try spending four months of every year in a walk-in freezer.

    • weka 7.2

      “Canada in contrast looks remarkably civilised.”

      Not so civilised if you are native or poor or concerned about climate change 😉

      • Lara 7.2.1

        True. Canada has it’s problems, and it’s climate isn’t for those who don’t like the cold.

        It’s still looking a lot better than the USA. If I were a refugee I know which one I’d prefer.

    • DoublePlusGood 7.3

      Canada were in a total mess until the got rid of Harper. Yes, Trudeau is going a good job, but still lots of unpleasantness lurking in the background of Canadian society.

    • Macro 7.4

      In 2014 I visited both Canada and the USA. The receptions at border controls were like chalk and cheese. I will never return to the US, despite having close relations there. I would return to Canada tomorrow.

      ps I gather Canada is to build a wall along the 49th Parallel and have the US pay for it. 😈

  8. Carolyn_nth 8

    Corbyn stands up and tweets out:

    . @Theresa_May, you should have stood up for Britain & our values by condemning @realDonaldTrump’s #MuslimBan and attacks on refugees. Shame

    Although, he probably should reconsider the Britain’s values bit – May, like Thatcher is probably all for re-instating British/English imperialistic values.

    • Poission 8.1

      Corbyn has negative approval ratings in the year of the Rooster,he is a feather duster.

    • Marcus Morris 8.2

      Mrs May is/has just been to Turkey (tying up a one hundred million pound arms deal in the process). While there she extolled the bonds of friendship that have existed between the two “nations” for the past four hundred years. Really! WW1 and Gallipoli have no place in her awareness of history then. Mind you, the one in ten Brits employed in the armaments industry will be delighted. Actually, was there such a thing as a Turkish nation during the time of the Ottoman Empire?

  9. weka 9

    Opinions on whether introducing the ban at no notice is gross incompetence as a govt or that they just don’t care?

    • Andre 9.1

      It’s an executive action, so it’s on the president not “government” as a whole. If actions like the ACLU suing to overturn it succeed, that’ll be a reflection of the “checks and balances” in government working the way they should. Not that that’s any comfort to those affected in the meantime.

      Given the malice we’ve seen from Trump previously, I suspect it goes further than “don’t care”, he’s actively enjoying trashing people’s lives with this action.

      • weka 9.1.1

        Re the ‘don’t care’ category, I was thinking as much about about the immigration service and other people in the airports. I think we can assume he doesn’t give a shit about Muslims.

        • Andre 9.1.1.1

          Like most large organisations, the people working in the immigration services are a mixed bag. Some may feel it doesn’t go far enough and will get a kick out of enforcing it. Some just won’t care either way. But even the ones that think the banning order is wrong will still see it as a legitimate instruction they are required to carry out. There may even be some that feel it’s so wrong they may quit in protest, but I suspect that number will be very small.

          • weka 9.1.1.1.1

            That makes sense to me too. I was meaning more the thing about not giving anyone notice and that even if Tr*mp doesn’t care about the Muslims being put back on planes, there will be a fair amount of chaos for the airport workers. Or do you think it was more planned than that?

            • Andre 9.1.1.1.1.1

              I don’t think Trump gave the slightest thought to the downstream chaos it would cause for the people that weren’t the direct targets. I doubt it even occurred to him that it would cause chaos.

              • weka

                Ok, that’s what I thought too. Gross incompetence. I look at some of the photos of the military staff around this whole thing and wonder what is going through their heads. We can only hope that there will be individuals willing to put themselves on the line if it comes down to this level of incompetence around nuclear arms. Probably other things too. I bet they’re thinking about it.

                • One Anonymous Bloke

                  See the Time link below.

                  “Any democracy has to be concerned about the kind of civil-military crisis that could arise if its armed forces comes to doubt the lawfulness of the orders its being given,” says Charlie Dunlap, a retired Air Force judge advocate general now teaching at Duke Law School. “You don’t want the military thinking it has to constantly question and second-guess the legality of every order being given by the commander-in-chief.”

                  • weka

                    Legality, and morality. Then whether the whole place is going to get blown up. Yes, we should be concerned.

              • Wensleydale

                He’s a petulant child with the mental agility of a cauliflower. I doubt he understood what was likely to happen, and now that he does (hopefully), his enormous ego won’t permit him to retreat from it.

                • Lara

                  “the mental agility of a cauliflower”

                  LMFAO

                  almost spit my coffee all over my screen there 🙂

            • AB 9.1.1.1.1.2

              I think Trump welcomes the chaos as it provides evidence to his base that something is being done.

              • swordfish

                Precisely. No middle ground, no grey areas.

                To employ a local analogy … Trump’s basically emulating Muldoon – a politically astute polariser who scapegoated minorities and other marginal demographics (aggressively and relentlessly depicted as antithetical to the “Rob’s Mob” “heartland”) in order to continue winning the oh so crucial marginals. All carefully calculated to the utmost degree. Keep both your base and those swing voters who gave you a tiny slither of a winning margin … angry at the “enemy”, enthusiastic about your aggressive response and hence permanently mobilised.

                Total war from day one.

                As the frequently incisive and acerbic Jeffrey St. Clair wrote a few days ago …

                “There will be no apologies, no revisions, no concessions … Trump offers no rhetorical filigrees about unifying the country and healing its divisions. The point is not to reassure, but to enrage.

                The strategy of the Trump presidency is to divide and subdivide, not to unite. Why? Because Trump understands that he is weak and that he is where he is only because his enemies are weaker. So he needs to keep feeding his raging base raw meat, the bloodier the better. Trump wants to agitate both his acolytes and his opposition, to stir up tumult and chaos …

                And my favourite passage:

                “Trump needs enemies the way the Democrats need scapegoats and the scapegoats keep mounting in number: Bernie Sanders, Susan Sarandon, Jill Stein, Julian Assange, Vladimir Putin, James Comey and now Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who many Hillary diehards blame for legitimizing Trump when he met with him in Mexico City last August.

                It’s a mistake to underestimate Trump. But all those who’ve convinved themselves that endlessly calling him an “Orange Buffoon” constitutes razor sharp political analysis … will continue to do so.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 9.1.1.2

          Does the Dept. of Homeland Security operate under similar rules as the military?

          …the military professional’s obligation to disobey is an important check and balance in the execution of policy…

          Dept. of HS oath:

          I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

          President Trump has lots of lawyers to shield him from the legal ramifications. I hope the ACLU go after his hench-men and women too. Make obeying orders a matter of personal security for them.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 9.2

      It’s all part of making America grunt again.

    • Draco T Bastard 9.3

      Gross ignorance.

      Trump’s always been in a position to be in charge. A position where he’s told people to do something and doesn’t hear about it until it’s reported back that it’s done. He doesn’t care about the details – that’s what small people are for.

      Things is, he could do that in a private company because all the middle managers would make sure it worked and didn’t upset the customers.

      Do it from his position now where rules are absolute and without a plan of action and you get chaos.

      • Macro 9.3.1

        True to a large extent Draco – but even on a smaller scale such as a large company – this sort of dictatorship doesn’t always succeed – and in the chump’s case it probably fails more often than not. We are still not in a position to know just how “successful” this man-child really is as a businessman, because he refuses to release any of those details for public scrutiny. However what we do know is that he has been bankrupted. Many of his casinos do not make a profit, and are awaiting legal actions for money laundering, his golf courses in Scotland have never made a profit, He owes around $750 million to foreign banks, and hardly anyone in the US will lend him money (certainly not Wall Street). I imagine that most of his “empire” is built upon the “never never”, and the funds coming in quickly race out again to pay off loans.

    • Macro 9.4

      Both – Gross incompetence by the Trump “administration” and frankly he just doesn’t care. It is not affecting him personally so why would he be concerned?
      Mind you this “executive decree” has made a lot of people happy – the “religious right” many of whom voted for him. These so-called “Christians” form a significant voting minority in the US, and it is for the benefit of these people, that the recent anti-abortion decree and this latest piece of bigotry are directed.

    • emergency mike 9.5

      Both, plus gross self-interest.

      As far as Trump is concerned he’s just breaking eggs to make an omelette. He’s a ‘snap-my-fingers-I-want-it-done-now’ manager, subordinates can figure out the how and if they fail, he’ll blame then fire them.

      Plus what AB and swordfish said below, a bit of teething trouble chaos functions as a dog whistle to both Trump’s base and to Trump himself. It shows he’s a man of action who is keeping to his promises and stuff is happening. The lefties get all upset and outraged so that works for Trump fans. Next Trump will say that detractors of this policy are ‘defending the terrorists’, like Key reckoned some were ‘defending the rapists’. He’s a gonna keep ‘merica safe no matter what u whining liberals say.

  10. North 10

    “Yeah well, you know…….give the [unhinged fascist] guy a chance……”.

  11. One Anonymous Bloke 11

    I guess we are going to find out whether “flawed democracy” can survive a fascist leader.

    Hope so, otherwise some of our leaders are going to need a Miklós Horthy moment, and I doubt they’re up to it. Certainly Dr. Mapp seems to think everything is normal. The “Anglo” countries in a grand alliance and so-forth.

  12. joe90 12

    History, huh

    Gallup, 1938: "Do you think the persecution of the Jews in Europe has been their own fault?" 65% of Americans say entirely or partially yes pic.twitter.com/Sx4WVKsKtw— Ariel Edwards-Levy (@aedwardslevy) January 27, 2017

    Gallup, 1938: "Should we allow a larger number of Jewish exiles from Germany to come to the United States to live?" 72% say no pic.twitter.com/gdbyoyA5a0— Ariel Edwards-Levy (@aedwardslevy) January 27, 2017

    1944: "Do you think the Jews have too much power and influence in this country?" 48% of Americans say yes pic.twitter.com/JDGyi4EmqS— Ariel Edwards-Levy (@aedwardslevy) January 27, 2017

    Americans have, in fact, opposed taking in refugees during the vast majority of crises https://t.co/ccxp9wKbws pic.twitter.com/rfadYL6E5C— Ariel Edwards-Levy (@aedwardslevy) January 27, 2017

  13. millsy 13

    150 years ago it was Irish Catholics.

  14. ACLU has won an emergency stay against the immigration ban. People who were being deported are literally being taken off planes right now.


    http://live.reuters.com/Event/Election_2016

  15. Rosemary McDonald 16

    Has anyone thought to paddle over and amend the ….https://www.howtallisthestatueofliberty.org/what-is-the-quote-on-the-statue-of-liberty/ ?

  16. Skeptic 17

    Upon reading the headlines on Trumps blanket ban on immigration from selected countries, and the kerfuffle over the US/Mexican wall, and the ongoing ethics and constitutional saga with divestment of his business interests, I think Trump is rapidly build a wall of hurt, both for himself personally and the USA generally.

    The immigration ban will draw reciprocity from nations affected – look for bans on all US citizens in those countries affected, along with condemnation from the UN and just about all other nations. This will have a significant affect on US businesses globally, probably leading to a major recession.

    The “wall” will ultimately be paid for by US citizens with taxes on goods they buy from Mexico. Most MNCs will avoid the import duties by the simple expediency of exporting from Mexico to another country and from there into the USA.

    The ethics committee hearings and suit against Trump on beaching the US Constitution are the two big one. They will be very difficult for Trump to avoid or shut down, because they go to the heart of what’s so very wrong with his administration. His obvious business interests in countries purported with hostile intentions toward the country he now leads, it at best a serious conflict of interests, at worse they are cause for outright treason. The suit filed three days ago may well drag on to the Supreme Court where the “strict constructionist conservative dominance” will be obliged to find against Trump or betray their own fundamental principles.

    All in all, if Trump isn’t impeached earlier through his own stupidity on twitter, he’ll be out within the year due to his refusal to follow the rules.

  17. Ovid 18

    But you don’t understand, Hillary spoke at Goldman Sachs.

  18. Glenn 19

    New York City cab drivers turned mounting chaos at John F. Kennedy International Airport into even more of a snarl with a strike to protest President Donald Trump’s crackdown on refugees and support travelers trapped by his executive order.

    As hundreds of protesters packed the streets outside JFK’s Terminal 4, cabbies stopped whisking people from the airport for an hour on Saturday evening, leaving the taxi line empty and a growing number of frantic travelers scrambling to find alternative transportation.

    “We cannot be silent,” the New York Taxi Workers Alliance tweeted. “We go to work
    to welcome people to a land that once welcomed us. We will not be divided.
    NYTWA called on all cabbies, including Uber drivers, to join them.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-york-cabbies-strike-muslim-ban_us_588d2cd0e4b0b065cbbc6512?x8r2n1ksx143rf6r&

  19. Steve Wrathall 20

    So, at last one western country has woken up and decided that enlightenment principles don’t mean you have to surrender vast swathes of your country to an ideology that says a women is worth half a man, that Jews are the sons of apes and pigs, and that those who don’t follow the ROP can be killed.

    • Macro 20.1

      I await the resulting pay equity for women, and the rescinding of the death penalty in the US, as a result of this decree, with anticipation.
      Not so sure about the Jewish population in the US – many of them are already on the pigs back.*
      Thank you Steve for those words of enlightenment and encouragement.

      *

      The consistent richest or second richest ethnicity in America for the past 40 years in terms of average annual salary, with extremely high concentrations in academia and other fields, and today have the highest per capita income of any ethnic group in the United States, at around double the average income of non-Jewish Americans

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Jews

      • Steve Wrathall 20.1.1

        Equal pay for equal work is a legally established fact for decades in almost all Western countries. Actual pay differences are a result of the different choices women make. Contrast that with islamic states where the right of a woman to even leave the house without their male “owner” is something they’ve yet to get their head around.

        • Macro 20.1.1.1

          Yes dear.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 20.1.1.2

          That’s what you tell yourself. It’s all about the “different” choices people make. Women choosing to be paid less for the same job, for example.

          Get your amygdala checked.

          • Macro 20.1.1.2.1

            ” It’s all about the “different” choices people make. Women choosing to be paid less for the same job, for example.”

            Yes I’m sure it is…

            Take doctors and surgeons. Women earn 71 percent of men’s wages — after controlling for age, race, hours and education. Women who are financial specialists make 66 percent of what men in the same occupation earn, and women who are lawyers and judges make 82 percent.

            You would think these women would know better! 😉

    • Morrissey 20.2

      Anne, this fool Wrathall is a bigot. He’s not a redneck, he’s a bigot.

      Open Mike 29/01/2017

      • Anne 20.2.1

        He’s both and worse… he’s a sociopath, a megalomaniac and a sexist buffoon. And if Jonathan Pie is to be believed… he has a skull full of fetid shit. 👿

        Oops… I thought you were talking about Trump.

      • Steve Wrathall 20.2.2

        Ah yes. Roll out the labels. Deplorable, bigot, racist, …. worked so well in defeating Brexit and Trump didn’t it? There is nothing bigoted about loving liberal values (rights of women, gays, blasphemers & apostates) and being horrified by the wholesale importation of the most regressive ideology on the planet, as is happening in Europe.

        • Psycho Milt 20.2.2.1

          I’m no lover of Islam myself, but you do seem like a genuine bigot.

          • Steve Wrathall 20.2.2.1.1

            Really? Then please explain why importation of the most regressive ideology on the planet shouldn’t be seriously restricted? If muslims really believe in democracy, liberal values, and open society, etc, why aren’t they fighting for that in their own countries. It’s a serious question. If the majority of e.g. Syrians are freedom lovers, why wasn’t Assad easily overthown in 2011, and a liberal democracy established? The answer isn’t very difficult isn’t it? Islam is incompatible with democracy. So why should democracies allow islam in?

            • One Anonymous Bloke 20.2.2.1.1.1

              The Republican Party is incompatible with democracy. So why should democracies allow Republicans in?

            • DeadSmurf 20.2.2.1.1.2

              Assad started to shoot his own people amid a brutal crackdown. Going to the streets against a brutal dictator is pretty brave.

              • Steve Wrathall

                But the question is, why so many of these “brutal dictators” are concentrated in parts of the world that have been subjected to centuries of cultural influence from the islamist ideology. Bad ideas have bad consequences. Why would free countries want to end up like them?

                • DeadSmurf

                  In the case of Iran and Iraq, western countries were pretty influential in putting the dictators in power or keeping them there. But there are, or have been dictators, in most parts of the world from Africa to the Americas and even Europe. Using religion as a way to judge people is pretty repugnant.

            • Psycho Milt 20.2.2.1.1.3

              Then please explain why importation of the most regressive ideology on the planet shouldn’t be seriously restricted?

              1. First and foremost, because discriminating against people on the basis of ideology or religion is wrong, and is therefore against the law in places that care about such things. Personally I think Peter Thiel is an adherent of a loathsome ideology, but that isn’t a reason why he should be denied NZ citizenship (the fact he doesn’t meet the criteria ought to be enough).

              2. It ought to be “restricted,” sure, and generally is – people whose only passport is that of a Muslim country can usually reel you off a bunch of stories about visa restrictions and obnoxious immigration officials that are unknown to people like us. Just slapping an outright ban on entire countries though is a recipe for confusion and chaos, and has delivered (uh, duh-uh) confusion and chaos.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 20.2.2.2

          Objectivism, Libertarian drivel, Randist gobshite, call it what you will, it came to Europe long before this recent wave of refugees.

          • Steve Wrathall 20.2.2.2.1

            A wave of refugees that has seen mass sexual assaults on German women, truck attacks on citizens enjoying traditional festivities, and mass murder as we saw in Paris, with the perpetrators subsequently able to hide out for months in the muslim no-go areas of Brussels. Can you blame America for deciding on a different way than Europe’s suicidal course?

    • emergency mike 20.3

      Uh huh, so which “vast swathes” exactly of the USA do you believe were about to be surrendered to Islamic fundamentalism?

  20. joe90 21

    A un-elected and un-vetted man who wants to burn it down gets to make the rules.

    Friday night, DHS arrived at the legal interpretation that the executive order restrictions applying to seven countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen — did not apply to people who with lawful permanent residence, generally referred to as green card holders.
    The White House overruled that guidance overnight, according to officials familiar with the rollout. That order came from the President’s inner circle, led by Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon. Their decision held that, on a case by case basis, DHS could allow green card holders to enter the US.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/28/politics/donald-trump-travel-ban/index.html

    • joe90 21.1

      Well thought out plan there fellas.

      Trump's immigration order is stopping airline crew with green cards from traveling to the U.S. https://t.co/YGt1gmcmqZ— Newsweek (@Newsweek) January 29, 2017

      http://europe.newsweek.com/trump-muslim-ban-green-card-passport-airlines-travel-549755?rm=eu

    • joe90 21.2

      15 of the 19 9/11 terrorists were Saudis, 1 was from Egypt, 2 were from the UAE and 1 was from Lebanon – all countries unaffected by the ban.

      • Steve Wrathall 21.2.1

        Right, so your criticism of Trump’s ban is that it doesn’t go far enough?

        • Macro 21.2.1.1

          Now ask yourself “Why?”
          Wouldn’t have anything to do with business interests by any chance?

          • Glenn 21.2.1.1.1

            A draft proposal of an executive order obtained by Bloomberg News reportedly shows that Trump is poised to suspend all entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries.

            Notably missing from the blacklist, however, are several Muslim-majority countries where Trump has business dealings, according to Bloomberg.

            The news organization has put together a map of the proposed suspensions, with the Muslim-majority countries where Trump has business interests—Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan—rendered in yellow.

            http://fortune.com/2017/01/27/donald-trump-muslim-immigration-ban-conflict/

            And of course none of the countries where he had business interests was affected.

            • Macro 21.2.1.1.1.1

              Yes – I am aware of this – I was just wondering if Steve was? 🙂
              I notice he hasn’t bothered to reply…

        • Andre 21.2.1.2

          It illustrates how poorly thought out the ban is – of all the terrorist attacks used by demagogues to frighten the US, this travel ban would have prevented precisely zero of them.

          However, interestingly, the countries where terrorists have been shown to originate from are exempt from the ban and happen to also have Trump interests in them (none of the banned countries are host to Trump interests).

          • joe90 21.2.1.2.1

            Surprise surprise…..

            Rudy Giuliani says on Fox that Trump called him and said, "I want to do a #MuslimBan. How do I do it legally?"— Kashmir Hill (@kashhill) January 29, 2017

          • Carolyn_nth 21.2.1.2.2

            Yeah, but it’s red meat to voters who voted Trump because too many Muslims.

            As with the election, Trump gets loads of fact-based opposition to his outrageous words and acts, gets extra publicity, and gains enough votes from those that buy the sentiment, to gain/stay in power.

            Attacking the discourse (“Muslims are terrorists”) is as (or more) important as attacking the irrationality. Also important to promote an alternative positive narrative.

  21. joe90 22

    The fix is in.

    IMPORTANT. Donald Trump filed with @FEC for 2020 reelection on January 20th, 2017. This is major for several reasons. /1 pic.twitter.com/t8y5MJZHyC— The Resisterhood (@resisterhood) January 28, 2017

    […]

    Because he's acting as Trump the candidate, not Trump the president. Different rules apply. /4— The Resisterhood (@resisterhood) January 28, 2017

    Even more importantly – completely changes how non profits can handle him. 501c3's cannot "campaign" or risk losing nonprofit status. /5— The Resisterhood (@resisterhood) January 28, 2017

    It means they can't speak negatively about him. Imagine @PPact having to convey risk to #PlannedParenthood w/ limits on how to address. /6— The Resisterhood (@resisterhood) January 28, 2017

    […]

    Diabolical maneuvering to skirt all conventional forms of #resistance. Norms don't matter; it's all about finding new ways to silence us /10— The Resisterhood (@resisterhood) January 28, 2017

  22. Steve Wrathall 23

    Oh BTW. 16 countries, including 6 of the 7 on Trump’s ban, ban Israelis. Cue Standard outrage…. (crickets chirping)

  23. Sabine 24

    Trump filed his formal announcement of seeking the candidacy for 2020.

    He is now ‘officially campaigning’ and thus a lot of things can’t be done anymore.

    this little twitter thing is an interesting read.

    but yeah, He will make ‘America’ great again. Sure thing.

    • Morrissey 24.1

      He’ll be in prison by then. If he’s not in prison, he’ll look something like this….

      https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/46/d8/2c/46d82ce4b3723d0c18d56e3dfa8250ff.jpg

      • Sabine 24.1.1

        why? because the Tea Party that has overtaken the Republican Party are going to impeach him?
        oh yeah, surely they will. And surely Wikileaks will find some ’emails’ to get the believers to stop believing that if they just deport all the others, get the women barefeet and pregnant into the kitchen and build a fucking wall all is well.

        seriously. What ever.

        • Morrissey 24.1.1.1

          why? because the Tea Party that has overtaken the Republican Party are going to impeach him?

          If the Democrats were united and even slightly competent, Trump would be gone by the end of February. But I have not the slightest faith they have the will or the character required to stand up to the ferocity of this neo-fascist onslaught.

          And surely Wikileaks will find some ’emails’ to get the believers to stop believing that if they just deport all the others, get the women barefeet and pregnant into the kitchen and build a fucking wall all is well.

          You seem to have a bee in your bonnet about WikiLeaks. Why? And why have you put the word “emails” in scare quotes? Is it to imply that the incriminating emails by and to Hillary Clinton that they revealed to the public were not real?

          seriously. What ever.

          Maybe that sounds clever in German.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 24.1.1.1.1

            incriminating

            [citation needed]

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                Totes incriminating, if fracking were actually criminal.

                • Morrissey

                  It is. it violates virtually every law in the United States. That’s why she and her supporters don’t like it when troublesome people like lawyers and environmentalists point that out.

                  • Andre

                    Can you name even a couple of laws Clinton’s fracking push violated? Preferably the most serious violations. Coz the linked article didn’t even hint that Clinton’s actions might be illegal.

                    • Morrissey

                      Fracking Goes on Trial for Human Rights Violations
                      The respected judges of the Peoples’ Permanent Tribunal will collect the facts and reach a precedent-setting decision.
                      by Kathleen Dean Moore, Truthout, November 18, 2015

                      As convoys of heavy trucks carry fracking equipment into new oil fields in neighborhoods and wildlands around the world, an alliance of human rights organizations is making plans to put the entire practice of hydraulic fracturing on trial. The court is the Permanent People’s Tribunal, a descendant of the Vietnam War-era International War Crimes Tribunal. The Peoples’ Tribunal is a branch of no government on Earth. It has no power of enforcement. It has no army, no prison, no sheriff.

                      So what’s the point?

                      The point is that it matters to tell the truth in a public place. It matters to affirm universal standards of right and wrong, to clearly say, “There are things that ethical people do not do to one another and to the Earth.”

                      It matters especially when international and national justice systems, even in purported democracies, are seemingly incapable of protecting people and the commons – air, water, fertile soil, stable climate and all the other necessary conditions for the exercise of basic human rights. It is especially important when transnational corporations are allowed to write the laws that regulate their own actions, making their transgressions effectively “legal,” no matter how outrageous.

                      Under those circumstances, “People themselves must re-imagine, occupy and appropriate the legal process to actively defend their rights,” according to Tribunal documents. The people themselves, writes Jayan Nayar, lecturer in law at the University of Warwick, must create “a public record of the truth – and of the crime of denial.”

                      There are two kinds of truths in question when it comes to fracking. The first are factual, having to do with health, geology and chemistry. What are the effects of the explosive extraction of gas and oil on human and ecological thriving? Grassroots organizations around the globe are making a powerful case: Fracking is an essentially harmful practice.

                      Read more….
                      http://www.alternet.org/fracking/fracking-goes-trial-human-rights-violations

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    For a more balanced view, try Gavin Schmidt:

                    Another frequent framing is the false dichotomy. Apparently, natural gas must either be perfect solve-all or worse than useless (see for instance, Keith Kloor’s take). One would think that the overwhelming consensus that there are no panaceas for decarbonising our energy supply might have at least started to make a little impact on the media. Any real policy initiative will have complex effects, and while scientists can certainly help quantify them, nothing at the scale we require is going to be completely neutral in all particulars – and the media should stop expecting it to be so. Since there will always be people who can be portrayed as having taken a black/white position on some issue, it is all too easy to frame any new result as undermining some over-optimistic idealist, which unfortunately buries the conversation related to the nuances of real issues.

                    Fracking Methane.

                    I guess he’s incriminated too.

                    • Morrissey

                      “A more balanced view”? Your anti-science fanaticism is showing, my friend.

                      Haven’t you got a Flat Earth Society meeting to get to?

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      In summation, the incriminating evidence you presented fell over at the touch of a feather and now you’re calling names.

                      Hyperbole, red herrings, ad hominem arguments; check your skin, you may be turning orange, my friend.

          • Sabine 24.1.1.1.2

            the democrats have lost the election.

            full stop. no matter if you or anyone else finds them good enough, pur enough, left enough or what ever bullsthit reasons they need to give themselves to not vote.

            Without support from the ‘Republicans’ nothing will get done.

            so yeah, sersioulsy what ever.

            and in german that would be Was immer dich gluecklich macht.

        • Macro 24.1.1.2

          Actually it’s not the Tea Party, or the Republicans, or for that matter the Democrats who get to impeach a President. That duty is reserved for The House of Representatives. And the decision to Impeach a President obviously requires a majority of those representatives. The fact is, that if Trump upsets enough of them – and he has already rattled the cages of Senators McCain and Graham and a number of other Republicans who do control the House, (they call this travel ban a “self inflicted wound” increasing the likelihood of further terrorist attacks on Americans and American targets) – and the Democrats are unlikely to hold back – then we may well see an impeachment.

          • Andre 24.1.1.2.1

            Erm, nobody loves a pedant, but impeachment gets voted on in the House of Representatives (where a majority is enough) where senators don’t get a vote. But the Senate then has to vote for a conviction by a 2/3 majority to actually remove the president.

            • Macro 24.1.1.2.1.1

              Exactly.
              The point I was trying to make above was that it wasn’t just the Tea Party or any other group who control the impeachment process.
              The Trump administration on the other hand have obviously been distancing themselves from the establishment. Many of these dictatorial decrees are ill conceived, with little thought to the consequences both domestically and internationally, and are obviously brain farts from the small group of “advisors” Trump has now surrounded himself with at the White House.
              He is rapidly getting himself off-side with not only Democrats but also Republicans and not all Republican representatives represent the alt right or Tea Party. They have their own domestic constitutions to consider.
              Trump is attempting to over ride the law makers – and they won’t take kindly to that.

              • Sabine

                well i guess that so far the only ones still identifying as Republicans are McCain and Lindsay Graham.

                For what its worth the Senate is held by the Republicans and so is Congress.

                and then you have Pence, and if anyone thinks Pence would do anything different? I have a some bridges somewhere to sell.

                This is an intersting read into the ‘evangelic’ vote of Trump.

                https://www.autostraddle.com/i-was-trained-for-the-culture-wars-in-home-school-awaiting-someone-like-mike-pence-as-a-messiah-367057/

                • Macro

                  Yes I’m well aware of the horrors of Pence….
                  And yes – he would most likely continue the devastation of liberties so hard won. However, there is one thing in his favour – he actually knows what governance is about. I believe he would be less of a dictator and a tyrant, and although his policies may parallel Trump’s to some extent they would be more coherent and “rational”.
                  The lesser of two evils.
                  Yes the Senate and the House are controlled by the GOP, but unlike NZ there are no whips, the congressmen act primarily for their constituencies and their own – dare I say it – political advantage. If they see their power being stripped from them by this relentless series of presidential decrees – many with little thought to the actual consequences – they won’t be sitting idly by.

                  • Sacha

                    When the Republican leadership decide Chump has become more trouble than he’s worth, they will replace him with another pen-holder. If he avoids other fates for that long.

    • joe90 24.2

      Candidate Trump spruiking for cash.

      .

      Donald Trump’s presidency is under attack from the crooked media – that was the bizarre message beamed into millions of homes last night, urging supporters to call a phone number to help.

      http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/called-creepy-defend-donald-trump-9716565

  24. Tanz 25

    Making America safe, what is wrong with that. Trump is the best thing to happen for a long time, the tide is turning.

    • Macro 25.2

      And how, dear Tanz, will this ban make the US safe?

      two prominent Republican senators broke with the president over his order, warning that it betrayed American values by turning away refugees and green-card holders.

      “Such a hasty process risks harmful results,” John McCain and Lindsey Graham said in a joint statement. “We fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism.”

      In an interview with CBS’s Face the Nation, McCain said that the order “in some areas will give Isis some more propaganda”.

      Now I’m no lover of John McCain – but even he can see stupidity of stirring up a hornet’s nest.

      Bear in mind these facts:
      Between 2004 and 2013 – 80 Americans were killed in terrorist attacks. (this does not include Americans in Combat zones such as Afghanistan) Of those – only 36 were killed in terrorist attacks in the US.

      https://www.start.umd.edu/pubs/START_AmericanTerrorismDeaths_FactSheet_Oct2015.pdf

  25. Henry Filth 26

    I’d always thought that the point of the American Revolution was to stop the man at the top make random arbitrary rules whenever he felt the urge.

  26. HDCAFriendlyTroll 27

    A bit of sanity:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/444370/donald-trump-refugee-executive-order-no-muslim-ban-separating-fact-hysteria

    So, what did Trump do? Did he implement his promised Muslim ban? No, far from it. He backed down dramatically from his campaign promises and instead signed an executive order dominated mainly by moderate refugee restrictions and temporary provisions aimed directly at limiting immigration from jihadist conflict zones.

    Let’s analyze the key provisions, separate the fact from the hysteria, and introduce just a bit of historical perspective. First, the order temporarily halts refugee admissions for 120 days to improve the vetting process, then caps refugee admissions at 50,000 per year. Outrageous, right? Not so fast. Before 2016, when Obama dramatically ramped up refugee admissions, Trump’s 50,000 stands roughly in between a typical year of refugee admissions in George W. Bush’s two terms and a typical year in Obama’s two terms…

    Indeed, given the terrible recent track record of completed and attempted terror attacks by Muslim immigrants, it’s clear that our current approach is inadequate to control the threat. Unless we want to simply accept Muslim immigrant terror as a fact of American life, a short-term ban on entry from problematic countries combined with a systematic review of our security procedures is both reasonable and prudent.

    Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/444370/donald-trump-refugee-executive-order-no-muslim-ban-separating-fact-hysteria

    So what’s the problem?

  27. What Andre said. Also:

    Iran isn’t a “Jihadist conflict zone.”

    Iraq only is one due to actions of the US government, which therefore bears a moral responsibility for looking after the refugees.

    Trump’s attempts at government by decree have resulted in chaos at airports and people with valid US visas being detained or removed from aircraft. It’s a clusterfuck and international relations disaster entirely of the orange blowhard’s making.

  28. Andre 29

    Interesting comment that maybe Bannon set it all up to promote a maximum shitstorm to play to his base. In which case the response maybe should be to emphasise that no terrorists have come from the banned countries (and Trump doesn’t have businesses there), but the countries terrorists have come from are exempt (and Trump has businesses in those countries).

    http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/01/trumps-immigration-fiasco-might-be-more-premeditated-we-think

  29. HDCAFriendlyTroll 31

    Statement by the world’s greatest president since Reagan, Donald Trump, on “extreme vetting”:

    Donald J. Trump
    1 hr ·
    Statement Regarding Recent Executive Order Concerning Extreme Vetting
    “America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave.
    We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror. To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting.
    This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days.
    I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria. My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering.”

    Please try not to be too awed.

    • McFlock 31.1

      Gotta love your post-truth alt-fact bullshit.

      Obama beefed up background checks after an Iraqi refugee turned out to have planted/made a roadside bomb back in Iraq. Tougher checks meant that there was a backlog created in the visas being processed at the time, although applications were never halted. There was never a ban, just slower processing before new systems could be bedded in.

      Trump just banned people at the border, whether they’d started or completed the process. Apparently this is for three months.

      “Awed” isn’t the word for it.

    • Well, it’s “similar” in the sense that competent administration and incompetent administration are both administration, but that’s not saying much. Also, Obama didn’t base the exclusion on protecting his business interests, didn’t create chaos and egregious examples of injustice at US airports and didn’t get slapped down by a federal judge within a day, but yeah, apart from all those things the similarity is uncanny.

    • joe90 31.3

      We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.

      Nope, lying liar lies. There was never any ban put in place,

      The previous administration slowed immigration from Iraq when they initiated tougher background check.

      http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/al-qaeda-kentucky-us-dozens-terrorists-country-refugees/story?id=20931131

      • HDCAFriendlyTroll 31.3.1

        “Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have *mistakenly* been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI agents investigating the remnants of roadside bombs recovered from Iraq and Afghanistan.”

        Yeah, that definitely supports your argument.

        • joe90 31.3.1.1

          Obama slowing the refugee program didn’t impact green card holders or anyone with a visa and didn’t affect refugees who had already gone through the vetting process.

  30. joe90 33

    Hertling’s a former commander of US forces in Iraq.

    Received 3 msgs today from Iraqi leaders (Cols and Gens) who asked: "Why is this happening, we are fighting ISIS too! This will help them!" https://t.co/tPYbCPcmoe— Mark Hertling (@MarkHertling) January 30, 2017

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  • A coward’s ploy.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    4 days ago
  • Left censorship and exclusion against gender-critical women: a Marxist critique
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    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    4 days ago
  • Citizens vs the Rogue Deep State
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
    5 days ago
  • Massey University’s free speech policy double-plus-good
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    RedlineBy Admin
    5 days ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • There is what corruption looks like
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Escape from Manus Island
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • When World’s Collide.
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    6 days ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • The IGIS annual report: Dead letters and secret law
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    7 days ago
  • Political parties and GMOs: we all need to move on
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
    7 days ago
  • Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • An age of protest.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    1 week ago
  • The disappearing Women …
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
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    1 week ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Zero Carbon: It’s not just a good idea, it’s the law
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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Climate change will fuel bush fires
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
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    SciBlogsBy Michael Reddell
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Thank Winston
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Illicit markets and Bali Booze
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    SciBlogsBy Eric Crampton
    1 week ago
  • This is not what armed police are for
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Spain’s failed electoral gamble
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The astroturf party
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • How to cheat at university
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    1 week ago
  • How NZ was put on world maps using a transit of Mercury
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
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    1 week ago
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    2 weeks ago
  • Chosen To Rule? What Sort Of Christian Is Chris Luxon?
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    2 weeks ago
  • War of the worms
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    2 weeks ago
  • Marvelly shows us how to be a feminist without feminism
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    RedlineBy Daphna
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  • Out of the past – Tories to revive racist laws from the 16th century
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  • 1000 of these now
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    SciBlogsBy Grant Jacobs
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    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: As predicted
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Let this never be forgot
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    2 weeks ago
  • Too Late To Change Capitalism’s Flightpath?
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    2 weeks ago
  • Whooping cough vaccine works well despite its imperfections
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
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  • Climate Change: Passed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Retailing of vaping products – New NZ Research
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
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  • Justice for Bomber
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Britain’s climate tyranny was unlawful
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Cowboy clampers will be stymied
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    17 hours ago
  • Mental Health Commission back on track
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    17 hours ago
  • New Zealand’s key assets are not for sale: national interest test delivered
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    1 day ago
  • National interest test added to protect New Zealanders’ interests
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    1 day ago
  • Electoral law breach allegations
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    2 days ago
  • Wayne Brown hits back at critics: Ports of Auckland has to move
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    2 days ago
  • Week That Was: Supporting our schools
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    3 days ago
  • Kiwis to have their say on End of Life Choice
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    7 days ago
  • Addressing miscarriages of justice
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    1 week ago
  • Week That Was: Historic action on climate change
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    2 weeks ago
  • Tax-free deployments for Kiwi troops
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  • A balanced Zero Carbon Bill passed
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    2 weeks ago
  • Paramedics’ status to be recognised
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    2 weeks ago
  • Week That Was: 2,000 teachers in two years
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    3 weeks ago
  • Winning an election one conversation at a time
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    3 weeks ago

  • APEC 2021 Bill passes first reading
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  • Making progress for our kids
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  • Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Two schools on the way for Omokoroa
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    16 hours ago
  • Families Package helps over 1 million New Zealanders in first year
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    19 hours ago
  • Clamp down on wheel clamping passes third reading
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  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill passes first hurdle
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  • Boosting border security with electronic travel authority – now over 500,000 issued
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  • Plan of action to protect seabirds
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  • National interest test added to overseas investment rules
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  • New housing part of support for Kaumātua
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  • Forestry helps prisoners into jobs
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  • Reform of public service a step closer
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  • Donations scheme to relieve pressure on families
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  • Further support for Samoan measles outbreak
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  • Speech to the Child Poverty Action Group 2019 Summit
      Fa’atalofa atu, malo e lelei, Kia ora koutou katoa Thank you to the Child Poverty Action Group for asking me to be here today to provide an update on some of the things that have been happening across my the social development portfolio.  Can I firstly acknowledge the vast ...
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Annual Conference
    ***Please check against delivery*** Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be with you this morning to open this year’s New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Conference and AGM. Firstly, thank you Dr Alan Jackson, NZTR Chair for your introduction. And let us acknowledge also: The NZTR Board; Dean McKenzie, Chair ...
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  • Fairer rules for tenants and landlords
    The Government has delivered on its promise to the over one million New Zealanders who now rent to make it fairer and more secure, Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing) Kris Faafoi has announced today. Both renters and landlords will benefit from the suite of practical changes to the Residential ...
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  • Two decades of marine protection celebrated at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako in Tairawhiti
    A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game ...
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  • Food industry asked to step up fight against obesity
         The Government is asking the food industry to step up work to tackle obesity including reducing sugar, fat and salt in their products, better information for consumers, and tighter restrictions on advertising to children. Health Minister David Clark and Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor have responded to a ...
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  • Modern emergency care for Queenstown area
    ew, modern emergency department and outpatient facilities at Queenstown’s Lakes District Hospital mean better emergency care for the growing tourist mecca’s visitors and locals, says Health Minister David Clark. Today Dr Clark officially opened the hospital’s redeveloped Emergency Department and Outpatient facilities. The new facilities include: •    An extended Emergency Department ...
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  • Contraception important for New Zealanders
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter says today’s release of sexual and reproductive health data reinforces the significance of the Government’s commitment to providing free or very low-cost contraception. The Ministry of Health today published statistics from the Ministry of Health’s 2014/15 Health Survey. “It is important people can make ...
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  • NZ medical staff and measles vaccines going to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that at the request of the Samoan Government, New Zealand will be providing further support to Samoa as it faces a worsening measles outbreak. “In response to a request from the people of Samoa, New Zealand is providing 3000 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ...
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  • Disability Action Plan 2019 – 2023
    “The new Disability Action Plan 2019–2023 moves us towards the inclusive and accessible New Zealand that this government has committed to,” Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today.  “The Action Plan was designed by disabled people, their family and supporters, the disability sector and government agencies. It will ensure ...
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  • Joint Statement – Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting
    Third Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting 14 November 2019 Joint Statement 1. Defence Ministers Ron Mark and Dr Ng Eng Hen today conducted their third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. 2. Building on the Enhanced Partnership signed between both countries in May this year, this annual meeting ...
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  • Sexual Violence Legislation Bill has its first reading
    A Bill to improve the court system’s response to sexual violence has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Justice Minister Andrew Little says the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill will reduce the trauma sexual violence complainants experience in court, while maintaining defendants’ fundamental rights and making sure the trial process ...
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  • Streamlined business invoicing a step closer
    Streamlined payment practices are a step closer for Kiwi businesses with the formal launch of New Zealand’s e-Invoicing framework. Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says the government has now established the structure to enable automated and direct data exchange between the accounting systems of buyers and sellers. “The move to ...
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  • More frontline biosecurity officers protecting NZ
    Another 51 quarantine officers and four new biosecurity detector dog teams will help protect New Zealand from invasive pests and diseases this summer, says Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system and support our valuable primary sector “New Zealand’s flora, fauna ...
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  • NZ space economy worth $1.69 billion
    A new report has found New Zealand’s space sector contributed $1.69 billion to the economy in the last financial year and employs 12,000 people, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. The report by Deloitte was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and shows New Zealand ...
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  • New Chair for Royal Commission into Abuse
    Judge Coral Shaw has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. "Judge Shaw, who is currently one of the inquiry commissioners, is extremely well qualified for the ...
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  • Better mental health facilities for Palmerston North
    The Government has confirmed its third major mental health facility upgrade since the Budget, this time at Palmerston North Hospital. The Prime Minister and Health Minister today visited MidCentral DHB to announce that $30 million has been allocated to upgrade its acute mental health facility. It follows earlier announcements in ...
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  • Bowel Screening hits halfway point
    The roll out of the National Bowel Screening Programme has reached the halfway mark, with 10 out of 20 District Health Boards now part of the programme. MidCentral DHB, which covers Palmerston North, Manawatu and surrounding districts, this week became the latest to DHB to offer free bowel screening to ...
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  • More vaccines for meningococcal disease
    The Government welcomes PHARMAC’s decision to fund a vaccine to protect young people from meningococcal disease from 1 December this year. “Meningococcal disease is a serious threat which people at higher risk should be protected from,” says Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter. “The combined pharmaceutical budget was increased by ...
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  • Fisheries innovation projects supported
    Groups involved with innovative fisheries research projects are encouraged to apply for government support in the latest funding round from the Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures programme. Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash says the SFF Futures funding is designed to be flexible enough to support small or large projects across a ...
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  • Government fixes culturally arranged marriage visa issue
    The Government has fixed an issue affecting how Immigration New Zealand has processed visa applications for culturally arranged marriages, which will now see a consistent process applied which ensures people with legitimate arranged marriages can visit New Zealand while also preventing any rorting of the system. Earlier this year Immigration ...
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  • Extension for Royal Commission into Mosque attacks
    The Royal Commission into the Attacks on Christchurch Mosques will report back on 30 April 2020 to give it more time to hear submissions and consider information, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin announced today. The Royal Commission was originally scheduled to report back to Government by 10 December 2019. “There has ...
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  • Terrorism and Trade on agenda as Foreign Minister visits the United States
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC today to attend a ministerial meeting focused on defeating ISIS, and to continue pursuing New Zealand’s trade opportunities. Mr Peters will participate in a meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers from key countries contributing to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. ...
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  • Hoiho get extra support alongside 168 community conservation groups backing nature
    The recently crowned Bird of the Year, the hoiho/yellow eyed penguin, is getting a much needed helping hand alongside more than 168 other community conservation projects announced Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage today. 168 community conservation projects throughout New Zealand are benefiting from $8 million in government grants, including $500,000 ...
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  • New safety measures for modified pistols
    Controls on assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms are to be broadened to include some types of pistols, under changes to a bill currently making its way through Parliament. Police Minister Stuart Nash has tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to the Arms Legislation Bill, which is currently before a Select Committee ...
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  • Minister of Defence to visit Singapore and Thailand
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark will travel to Singapore today to conduct a counterpart visit and to co-chair the third annual Singapore-New Zealand Defence Ministers’ Meeting with his counterpart, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen. “Singapore is one of our most important defence partners in the region, and our ...
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