UK Intelligence

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, January 7th, 2018 - 43 comments
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For quite some time now, there has been what I’d term an enforced consensus across “the west” on foreign events and situations. That enforced consensus is bolstered by consigning anyone proposing a critical analysis; one that runs counter to officially endorsed narratives, as being somehow complicit with who-ever today’s ‘agreed’  enemy is. And that consensus gorges itself on endlessly repeated innuendo, rumour and purportedly solid conclusions based on nought but previously reported bullshit and nonsense. Anyone with the temerity to engage their brain is dismissed as a “Putinbot” or similar, and anyone of note who raises their head is either roundly ignored by “our” media, or subjected to some degree of personal ridicule or character assassination by “our” media.

It’s against that backdrop that Emily Thornberry, UK Labour’s shadow foreign secretary, has stepped up with the following in response to a thinly veiled attempt at a  “gotcha” aimed at Jeremy Corbyn. Nick Robertson was conducting the interview on BBC Radio 4:- (from 33.00 min)

Our approach now is one of extreme caution when it comes to Iran and a recognition that the society in Iran is an immensely complex one, and seemingly contradictory. For example, with these current riots, sometimes they are calling to reinstate the monarchy, sometimes they’re calling out against [Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei, sometimes they’re calling for Khamenei, sometimes they’re calling for the price of eggs. It’s very difficult, in those circumstances, to actually come to a conclusion as to what political forces are behind the current disputes on the streets of Iran. So we take a cautious approach to Iran and we don’t want to leap to judgment and say: “Well, we don’t like the regime in Iran, these people are against it, they must be the guys with white hats.”

Because it doesn’t work like that.

We’ve seen that in Syria, we’ve seen it in Libya, we see it time and time again, in Egypt – actually as westerners we cannot simply impose our views on people who are fighting against Mubarak, who we don’t like.

May her voice be the first of many prominent voices talking sense. It won’t be easy. The Guardian piece that provided most of the above quote, reported her words in a piece that was (yet again) simply “running the lines”, and links in the piece went to similar pieces of uncritical anti-Iranian reporting.

It’s going to be a long, hard and probably thankless row to hoe.

43 comments on “UK Intelligence ”

  1. andrew murray 1

    Stand by for a ‘Psycho 90’ attack from ‘Mars’

  2. Brewer 2

    “Why there won’t be a revolution in Iran
    Regime change is unlikely but what is in play is setting the scene for a further renewal of economic sanctions ”
    http://www.atimes.com/article/wont-revolution-iran/

    • Bill 2.1

      The video link in your Asia Times piece includes an interview with Mohammad Marandi. The interview was (how to say?) “interesting”. So I had a wee search for further commentary by him.

      I found this doozy from the BBCs Hardtalk (Feb 2017). Introducing an academic as “a supporter of the Iranian government” by way of shoving him off into “that” box was kind of ludicrous (ie – would an American academic be introduced as “a supporter of the US government?)

      Anyway. He serves up the antagonistic Hardtalk interviewer rather well with hard, well sourced facts. Well worth the 20 odd minutes.

      • Brewer 2.1.1

        Marandi is, like most Iranians of my acquaintance, rational and realistic. The interviewer comes across as a schill, a proponent of Western propaganda.

      • Stuart Munro 2.1.2

        With the possible exception of Bill English, I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone so far out of their depth.

    • SPC 2.2

      The USA would need partners, they are not in the UNSC or EU/NATO, they do not have any.

  3. francesca 3

    I think the Europeans are keen to maintain the Iran nuclear deal, avoid any more refugee crises,and maybe finally have developed the backbone to defy the US
    I think Syria has broken the mold

  4. roy cartland 4

    “May her voice be the first of many prominent voices talking sense. It won’t be easy. ”

    Too right, because ‘sense’ implies that one is sensible – i.e. is at least making an effort to understand – what is going on. Which, as well as taking longer, is never going to be easier than lazily parroting.

    Viva la thinking!

  5. adam 5

    I wonder if some on the left are getting that we have to talk about capitalism, and its role in all of these problems.

    These simple arguments of us ‘good’, the other ‘bad’ – helps no one but those in power, and those looking for profit.

    I’m sick of it, the dominant ideology is what the left traditionally was against, and for really good reasons. The problem, over and over is when it comes to international politics, so many so called leftist submit to the dominant ideology framework in a situation, faster than you can say boo.

    Good to see an MP taking a broader view, and indeed calling into question the official narrative.

    • francesca 5.1

      And courageous too.Witness the times that Corbyn has been excoriated in so called leftwing newspapers like the Guardian for taking a principled stand against imperialism and war

  6. SPC 6

    The thing about Iran is that this is about an economic problem (growing population and unemployment).

    There is the urban liberal middle class who supported the nuclear deal and who claimed it would improve their economic position (they voted in the current President), and there are those less well off who are generally more nationalist and socially conservative (the former President represented them).

    While we in the west may prefer the current President to the former one, he is of the middle class and places the economy before the needs of the poor – who are not seeing much gain from the end of sanctions, certainly not in trickle down to meet their needs. Thus protest at the lack of benefit to many of the poor (the still unemployed) promised by the current President.

    The American belief, that this is a rebellion against the theocratic regime under which the Presidency and parliament operate, is self-delusion. Those suffering economically are more often social conservatives. And despite American hopes that economic protests could undermine support for the regimes foreign policy activism, polls still show support for this foreign policy (basically Iranians are not linking their economic difficulty to the cost of their foreign activism, or if they do they do not mind).

    • Bill 6.1

      It’s not a theocratic regime. Sanctions have economic consequences. And it can be argued that Iran has stemmed the spread of ISIS and Al Qaeda (Syria and Yemen).

      I can’t see how it can be sensibly argued that “economic difficulty” is down to Iran’s “foreign activism” as though there is no sanction regime. But hey.

      • SPC 6.1.1

        Yeah it is.

        1. An unelected Ayatollah in office for life with more real power than the President
        2. The vetting of candidates for elected office for compliance with the revolutions continuance
        3. The Revolutionary Guard serve the regime, not the elected President.

        Interesting that you blame NOW ENDED sanctions for their economic problems – when that is just supporting the line of the government and its middle class market economics policy.

        The issue on the ground is a challenge to Rouhani’s economic programme. His policies advantage the middle class for the good of the economy (less support to those in need after the end of sanctions than during sanctions). He campaigned for re-election on the basis that the end of sanctions would improve things, but part of the problem has been the dismantling of support to the poor since sanctions ended – classic let the market trickle down help them in the markets own good time mantra of the middle class everywhere.

        >I can’t see how it can be sensibly argued that “economic difficulty” is down to Iran’s “foreign activism”<

        Never said it was – the underlying issue is a high youth demographic and lack of jobs – a problem whether there was economic sanctions or not, or an activist and costly foreign activism or not.

        It seems your own analysis is based on support for Iran's foreign policy and opposition to America's – no more based on reality than the American's position.

        PS The Russians should have cited the Occupy Wall Street protests when the UNSC looked at the Iran issue …

        • Brewer 6.1.1.1

          “1. An unelected Ayatollah in office for life with more real power than the President”
          Simply not true.
          The Spiritual Leader is elected by and can be removed by the eighty eight member Assembly of Experts (a sort of constitutional watchdog body), elected by public vote for eight-year terms.

          If you believe that Western systems do not vet candidates there is a bridge in Tehran I can sell you.

          The Revolutionary Guard has its equivalents in Western systems – National Guard, Dept of Homeland Security, SIS etc.

          Close study of the Iranian system reveals a democratic, albeit pyramidical structure consisting of a series of competing power centres reminiscent of the British system – local Councils, the Majlis (Parliament), Guardian Council (a bit like the House of Lords), Assembly of experts (The Law Lords). In the 2016 elections more than 12,000 people ran for office. Voter turnout is around 75%.

          Most Westerners object to the Iranian system because of our dedication to separation of Church and State. This reflects a misunderstanding of the political nature of Islam – a Mosque is a community centre, not a church, an Imam is appointed by the community, not the Church. It is also worth remembering that Iran is 90 – 95% Shiite Muslim so separation of Church and State is simplly not an issue. Minority sects (Judaics, Armenians, Zoroastrians etc) have guaranteed representation in the Government (except, for some reason I have never been able to figure out, Bahai).

          • SPC 6.1.1.1.1

            So its a theist regime which has its own procedural order to imply mandate to its continuance.

            But given no living Ayatollah has ever been voted out of office … and the lack of practicality of running as a challenger … .

            The Revolutionary Guard exist to protect the theist regime.

            Those challenging the continuance of the theist regime (not the only ones) are banned from contesting elections.

            Any party can form and contest elections in a real democracy. Even to promote constitutional change.

            Jews and Christians before Islam – in their eyes final evolved stage, Zoroastrian as Iranian cultural – Bahai rejected for being post Islam – Islam rejects any conversion of Moslems to another faith.

            • Brewer 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Your reply indicates a one-dimensional view obviously gleaned from the popular press. The vast majority of Iranians are perfectly happy with their system of Government because they understand it and it delivers what most of them want. Reformists poll about 13-15%.
              No system is perfect but the Iranian seems to deliver better outcomes for voters than the U.S. for example:
              “After examining differences in public opinion across income groups on a wide variety of issues, the political scientists Martin Gilens, of Princeton, and Benjamin Page, of Northwestern, found that the preferences of rich people had a much bigger impact on subsequent policy decisions than the views of middle-income and poor Americans. Indeed, the opinions of lower-income groups, and the interest groups that represent them, appear to have little or no independent impact on policy………..In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule—at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes. When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover … even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it.”
              https://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/is-america-an-oligarchy
              Sixty-five percent of Americans are dissatisfied with their nation’s system of government according to Gallup’s polling.

              You can cherry pick and issue unsupported statements about Iran all you want but the massive pro-government rallies in the last few days tell a different story.

              • SPC

                And yours is derived from various “dimensions” of the “unpopular” media … whatever. The mirror image on the right says fake news a lot to dismiss unwelcome challenge.

                It’s a theist regime, and like some others called revolutionary does not allow itself to be challenged by democratic means, actively marginalises opponents and manages the media – little wonder those involved as reformists are either participants in a form of bi-partisanship, or soon taken out of the process.

                Sure it has some engagement, to the level this is allowed. Including in voting. And the countrywide majority for the regime seems genuine. It appeals to identity, religious and national, and has successfully combined the two. But for the same reason that (in some part religious) pro Zionism in the USA results in a problematic involvement in the ME peace process, this is not something that informs a constructive
                involvement in the wider region.

                Which is the real issue here. Two nations doing harm to other nations, as two powers external to the Arab people and region imposing their will.

                And sure the American oligarchy uses religion and nationalism itself, to preserve its own primacy. And has a freer media so voices about this are heard and thus the greater level of discontent.

                Iran better, America worse is not a complex or nuanced position by the way …

                • Brewer

                  For someone with a demonstrated paucity of knowledge on the subject you have altogether too much to say in my opinion.
                  Complex matters require complex explanations, too complex to undertake with someone so obviously, chauvinistically wedded to the paradigms implanted by a limited life experience and imagination.
                  Feel free to ignore my contributions to this forum. They are intended to elicit informed discussion, not bald assertions.

                  • SPC

                    Flounce off then, convinced of your superior knowledge, life experience and imagination etc.

                    You were responding to my post by the way.

                    It was my response to your own post you ignored. If you missed it, it was that neither the UN or EU/NATO will join new sanctions on Iran. It is only in play in the Americans “imagination”.

                    We can agree regime change in “Iran” is unlikely.

        • Bill 6.1.1.2

          I’ll come back to this later SPC, because there’s a lot of inaccuracy in your comment. Short on time right now.

          But just a wee question for you to ponder. Who elected the Queen of England and what was the name of the last Catholic PM of the UK?

          • SPC 6.1.1.2.1

            Comparison between an apolitical head of state without any power and the regime in Teheran …seriously …

            Tony Blair.

            You could raise the issue of the throne being reserved for those of the Church of England, as there is a state church (more a symbol of national independence than a religious divide – I wrote to Blair and questioned the continuance of it way back in 1998 before he came out). But this has no impact on political governance and I suspect many Christians of other denominations like the idea of a Christian throne and prayer in parliament continuing (especially those of the morality in law, military alliances and mammon order to economic society aspect).

            • Bill 6.1.1.2.1.1

              I’ve no idea about the relative powers of the Queen/Royal Family and the Ayatollah. But one is hereditary while the other is elected and can be recalled.

              Tony Blair was not a Catholic PM. He converted after leaving office. There has not ever been a Catholic PM of the UK.

              • Blair considered himself a Catholic while he was Prime Minister (and apparently for many years before that). He took communion occasionally and attended services regularly while in No 10. While his formal conversion to Catholicism took place a few months after he left office, he apparently received Papal blessing while still PM.

                Blair was certainly widely known as a closet Catholic while PM. However, there’s no end of pedantry in religion and I guess it depends on whether one cares about the exact rules and rituals of the Vatican or the simpler doctrines of the heart. For mine, if Blair believed he was a Catholic, he was a Catholic. His conversion merely confirmed the fact.

                Ultimately, what is more important for the purposes of political discussion is assessing what affect his Catholicism had on his dodgy decision making while PM and, happily, also raises the interesting question of where Blair thinks he’s heading in the afterlife.

    • spikeyboy 6.2

      Yes Rouhani appears to be your standard neoliberal leader engaged in austerity and slashing of social programs including raising the price of petrol by 50%. The protests that have started over there may be the beginnings of genuine class action. This is the same way that the Shah was overthrown when workers took over their workplaces.

      https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/01/04/pers-j04.html

      • SPC 6.2.1

        Rouhani is certainly going about uniting the opposition around a Presidential candidate with a different economic policy.

  7. reason 7

    Oliver Stones latest documentary is quite informative and details a new type of warfare …. ‘the color revolution’ …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAaMRAplJks

    Called “Ukraine is burning” …. it is mainly about the Ukraine … but details the new weapons used in this new warfare …. N.G.O’s …

    It compares the remarkable similarity of ‘color protest and their techniques across Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Iran etc …. plus the similar propaganda bullshit our ‘respectable’ media reports .

    With the Ukraine we are given a bit of history about the O.U.N with their ethnic purity goals which they undertook …. often as the SS Galizien division …. murdering between 150,000- 200,000 Jews … and huge numbers of Polish and gypsy people .

    The Ukraine Nazis were protected and shielded by the u.s.a and britian after world war II …. Stone shows the direct links of their ideology and beliefs…. and how this was utilized when they partnered up with the u.s.a in the violent illegal overthrow of Ukraine s elected Govt ….

    U.s.a war promoter Victoria Nuland …..”We’ve invested over 5 Billion Dollars to assist Ukraine in these and other goals” ….

    This is the second ‘color revolution that the Ukraine has been subjected to …. The first temporarily installed Victor Yushenko whose wife was a former u.s.a state department employee and worked at the white house under president Raygun ….

    Backed by the west but Lasting only one term in power, one of his last acts was to commemorate a mass murderer …….

    Victor Yushenko ….” I signed a decree ….For an unbreakable spirit, heroism and self sacrifice in the struggle for the independence of Ukraine …. I am granting a status of a hero of Ukraine along with the Order of state …. to Stepan Bandera …. Glory to Ukraine”

    New Zealand is participating in a economic siege (sanctions) against russia because of this pro fascist anti russian shit.

    We are literally,.. thanks to National … part of the fuckwits that have helped move the nuclear clock to three minutes to midnight ….. by encouraging and joining in this madness. https://thebulletin.org/timeline

    We are participating in war acts ……Just like we are by donating $ 600,000 Nz dollars to the Isis / Al Nusra first aid team … known as the white helmets …..

    We need to stop this sneaky dishonest warmongering legacy shit that John Key signed us up too ….. Its a barbaric disgrace.

    New Zealand needs to get some guts and stop running with war criminals ….

    • SPC 7.1

      American backed Ukraine regime independent of Russia bad, Russian backed one remaining in power better for peace and security … .

      The language is a propaganda parody of the time there was a German occupied Ukraine before liberation by the Red Army.

      If condemning independence as nationalist fascism why not subordination to a more powerful neighbour as imperialist colonisation?

      • reason 7.1.1

        Simplistic white hat black hat shit SPC …. No one is calling independence fascism…… racial hygiene is though.

        And there is no denying OUN and Bandera is fascism …. the O.U.N with their ethnic purity goals which they undertook …. often as the SS Galizien division …. murdering between 150,000- 200,000 Jews … and huge numbers of Polish and gypsy people .

        The Ukraine Nazis were protected and shielded by the u.s.a and britian after world war II …. Stone shows the direct links of their ideology and beliefs…. and how this was utilized when they partnered up with the u.s.a in the violent illegal overthrow of Ukraine s elected Govt ….

    • reason 7.2

      U.s.a general Wesley Clark and what an insider told him … way back when bush was president and before the illegal invasions and mass killings in Iraq & Afghanistan & Libya etc …

      ” “I just got this down from upstairs” — meaning the Secretary of Defense’s office — “today.” And he said, “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.”

      There s a yankee doodle bitcoin waiting for you SPC ….. 😉 🙂

      https://www.globalresearch.ca/we-re-going-to-take-out-7-countries-in-5-years-iraq-syria-lebanon-libya-somalia-sudan-iran/5166

      • SPC 7.2.1

        So you resort to a cartoonish association of those who disagree with you as American stooges – in that you are more alike them than different.

        The sort of person the FBI liked to place inside dissident groups … or just naturally tribal …

        FYI I was visited by the New Zealand police in 2002 because of faxes sent to the US embassy opposing their planned (by PNAC at that stage pre adoption by the White House policy) intervention in Iraq – one of many anti-American lefties investigated by them as threats to Tiger Woods (criticise American plans, get seen as anti-American, then seen as threats to the lives of Americans – sort of funny that they later had Obama who also opposed the Iraq regime change as POTUS).

        • reason 7.2.1.1

          SPC to me …. “Is a gummy bear bit-coin now in cyberspace for you to collect?”

          me to SPC …. ” There s a yankee doodle bitcoin waiting for you SPC ….. 😉 🙂”

          SPCs head then explodes in a blaze of straw ….

          Although its Good to see you support peace SPC ……….. and I do mean that.

          War is the disease of sick adults …….. which kills and maims children.

          • SPC 7.2.1.1.1

            The comment was made after you called Ad’s position on Russia, Syria (Iran) and Israel in the ME as support from him to people giving Nazi salutes in the Ukraine – this deserved the line I used in response.

            I suspect that we on the left virtue signal against each other more than we do the right.

            • reason 7.2.1.1.1.1

              If I was kind I’d call Ad an enigma ………

              On certain subjects he sings from the song sheet ………. of power.

              regarding nazis …. I was specifically referring to the Ukraine where the ‘Govt’ soldiers can be seen dancing while doing the nazi salute.

              I’m not sure how Isis dance …

              And I prefer Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther kings statements on usa foreign policy … Which fits perfectly in regards to the dirty blood thirsty usa/Nato sponsored proxy war that Isis / Al Nusra are fighting against the Syrian people.

              Arguing about posters reputations in relation to the suffering inflicted is almost obscene ………

              Ad is not for peace or truth IMO ………….. and i was not making it up about the usa backed nazi dancers in Ukraine

    • greywarshark 7.3

      While thinking about Ukraine and the changing borders and invasions in WW2 we should think of Belarus also. All round this area there was a lot of suffering from every force that went through the area.

      In 1939 Germany and USSR struck the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and divided lands between them, West Belarus and West Ukraine and Baltic States were occupied by the USSR.
      http://www.belarusguide.com/history1/WWII_partisan_resistance_in_Belarus.htm

  8. greywarshark 8

    Emily Thornberry makes an impact. Sounds cautious, not hot headed and jingoistic,
    sounds as if she and UK Labour are trying to understand the problem from the most practical perspective, not one that would have chosen to dash and bash into Iraq if they had their time again. She sounds good, she looks good, could we be seeing a future Deputy Prime Minister, with Jeremy Corbyn as PM (or indeed the other way round). And I like her name, has promises of sweet and sour being in balance.

    • SPC 8.1

      In just discussing some awareness of the protests and the complexity of the situation, she dismisses (without needing to actually say so), as quite simplistic, the characterisation that the Americans rushed to make.

  9. Ad 9

    Here’s the Foreign Policy journal’s summary of 10 big conflicts around the world for 2018, covering:

    – North Korea
    – US-Saudi Arabia – Iran
    – Myanmar-Bangladesh
    – Yemen
    – Afghanistan
    – Syria
    – Congo
    – Ukraine
    – Venezuela

    http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/01/02/10-conflicts-to-watch-in-2018/

    Plus a nice throwaway line on Israel-Palestine:
    “The Trump administration’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel for purely domestic political reasons, with no conceivable foreign-policy gain and a risk of explosion, must rank as a prime example of diplomatic malparactice.”

  10. Brewer 10

    Full coverage of the U.N. Security Council Emergency on Iran Jan. 5.

    https://youtu.be/2FHojWiUsuA

  11. greywarshark 11

    Concerning foreign relations – not good and what to be concerned about, or scared about this 2016 piece on fears held in the USA of an EMP – electro magnetic pulse – bomb had, and no doubt still has people edgy there.

    …an EMP, an electromagnetic pulse which could take down the entire electrical grid on the eastern seaboard, potentially killing millions.”…

    Back at the podium, Gilmore had massed evidence from all corners of the internet for his projections of disaster, including a 2011 video report from the Christian Broadcasting Network which claimed that Iran would have the capability of a missile-launched EMP attack by 2015.

    He was not just concerned about North Korea – “Iran, Russia and China” are capable of unleashing the same weapons, especially since Obama has been treating them with kid gloves. When it happens – and for him it’s not an “if” – he predicts the grid will be down for up to 10 years.

    “Life will go back to the 1850s” unless we prepare. But how? First with faith – “above all follow God” is Gilmore’s best advice.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/10/preppers-survivalists-survivalcon-expo-nuclear-bomb-republicans-mormons

    And we are in there as an escape route…
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/02/preppers-survivalist-summit-constitution-americas-midlife-crisis

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    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
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    2 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    2 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    3 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

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  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
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  • Dodging Bullets.

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Had the assassin’s bullet found its mark and killed Donald Trump, America’s descent into widespread and murderous violence – possibly spiralling-down into civil war – would have been immediate and quite possibly irreparable. The American Republic, upon whose survival liberty and democracy continue to depend, is certainly not ...
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  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

    There comes a point in all our lives when we must stop to say, “Enough is enough. We know what’s happening. We are not as stupid or as ignorant as you believe us to be. And making policies that kill or harm our people is not acceptable, Ministers.”Plausible deniability has ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

    This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Jeff Masters and Bob Henson June 2024 was Earth’s warmest June since global record-keeping began in 1850 and was the planet’s 13th consecutive warmest month on record, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, or NCEI, reported July 12. As opposed to being focused in ...
    3 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    3 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

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    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    3 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    4 days ago
  • About fucking time

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    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    4 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

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    4 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

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  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

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    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Wednesday, July 17

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

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    4 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

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  • Some “scrutiny” again

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    5 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    5 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
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    5 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

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    5 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

    Late on the night of July 16, 1984, while four National Cabinet Ministers were meeting in the Beehive office of Deputy Prime Minister Jim McLay, plotting the ultimate downfall of outgoing Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, another crisis was building up in another part of the capital. The United States ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    5 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

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    6 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

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    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

    What happened?Media is reporting that police have lost in their pay dispute with the Coalition Government.Some of you might remember that the police rejected Labour’s previous offer in September, 2023, possibly looking forward to be taken care of by the self-touted ‘Party of Law and Order’ - National.If you look ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

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    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    6 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

    This afternoon we rolled into Budapest to bring to a close our ride across Europe. We did 144 km yesterday, severe heat messages coming in from the weather app as we bounced along unformed Hungarian back roads and a road strip strewn with fallen trees from an overnight tornado. Somewhere ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
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    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28

    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    7 days ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response

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  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment

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    7 days ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President

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    1 week ago
  • Questions from God

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    1 week ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity

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    1 week ago
  • Were scientists caught falsifying data in the hacked emails incident dubbed 'climategate'?

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  • What Happened to David D'Amato's Millions?

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  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

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  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

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    1 day ago
  • Update on global IT outage

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  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

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  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

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  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

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  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

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  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

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  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

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