BREAKING: 16 questions NZDF must answer over war crime allegations

By Nicky Hager & Jon Stephenson

The Hit and Run authors say the defence force leadership is trying to confuse the public and government to reduce pressure for an independent inquiry into the revelations in the book.

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Labour and Green’s promise to uphold neoliberal dogmas – why?

By Mike Treen

The strange part of Labour and the Greens signing up to tired dogmas from the past is that people actually don’t care about them. Only the ruling elites do. There are not many votes there. That’s Math.

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Those NZers attacking Nicky Hager & Jon Stephenson would have cheered the Nazis on in the 1930s

What people are really saying when they attack Nicky and Jon is ‘shut up about our murder and maiming of innocents, we not only prefer to be ignorant, we prefer to not even have to be confronted by our abuses of power’.

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TV3’s The Project – A Babyboomer lowers the boom

By Frank Macskasy 

If Mediaworks is attempting to cater to Babyboomers, then shite offerings such as ‘The Project’ will not cut the mustard. It is a pale, immature, sickly parody of professional journalism. What else can you call something that is fronted by people whose day-jobs are comedians?

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Setting The Agenda View All →

In defence of Gareth Morgan’s TOP – a response to Chris Trotter

By   2 hours ago

I think TOP is worth paying attention to and here are my main reasons:

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New Zealand SAS directly implicated in unjustified cowardly killings

By   2 hours ago

We should all feel a profound sense of shame.

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Reflections On Trump’s Failure With ‘Ryancare’

By   2 hours ago

Late last week, the abysmal healthcare ‘reform’ proposal of Paul Ryan’s which Trump had inexplicably chosen to support … failed fairly unequivocally. How badly did it flounder? It didn’t even make it to First Reading, on grounds that even other Republicans could not bring themselves to vote for it.

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Common cause in civilian ‘collateral damage’ in Afghanistan or London

By   1 day ago

Nicky Hager and John Stephenson’s new book, Hit and Run, claims the NZ SAS carried out a revenge raid on an Afghani village which killed six and injured 15 civilians, including women and children. In response, the jaded and inhumane say ‘civilians die in war’, ‘human collateral damage is inevitable’.

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Labour and Green’s promise to uphold neoliberal dogmas – why?

By   2 days ago

The strange part of Labour and the Greens signing up to tired dogmas from the past is that people actually don’t care about them. Only the ruling elites do. There are not many votes there. That’s Math.

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Not Being Venezuela: The Political Logic of the Labour/Green “Budget Responsibility Rules”.

By   2 days ago

FOR THOSE WHO THINK Labour and the Greens are being too cautious, economically-speaking, I have only one word: “Venezuela”. Andrew Little may not resemble Hugo Chavez in the slightest. Nor are Labour and the Greens, by any stretch of the imagination, Bolivarian revolutionaries. But, to hear the Right tell the story, New Zealanders are being courted by dangerously left-wing political parties.

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Justice depends on freedom of speech

By   2 days ago

The New Zealand Jewish Council (NZJC) has declared its opposition to the idea of new hate-crime legislation. NZJC President, Stephen Goodman, explained the Council’s position, commenting that: “Freedom of speech is much too important to restrict, unless there is also a threat of violence involved”.

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Helen Clark and John Key share the blame for the fiasco in Afghanistan

By   4 days ago

As the government does its best to squirm its way out of holding any inquiry into the killing of civilians during an SAS-led raid on two villages in Afghanistan its worth looking back at why we were there in the first place – or better still – why we shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

The two reasons NZ desperately need to be put on trial for war crimes

By   24 hours ago

The lack of outcry from the people of NZ to a war crime signed off by their precious John Key that killed and maimed 21 is one thing but the feral scream of Hager and Stephenson hate speaks to something far more damaged in the NZ psyche that can only be cauterised by global shaming.

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Those NZers attacking Nicky Hager & Jon Stephenson would have cheered the Nazis on in the 1930s

By   24 hours ago

What people are really saying when they attack Nicky and Jon is ‘shut up about our murder and maiming of innocents, we not only prefer to be ignorant, we prefer to not even have to be confronted by our abuses of power’.

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OIA request reveals naked truth about NZs Unemployment rate

By   1 day ago

We are a country with hollow jobs propped up by part time work.

Welcome to the Precariat.

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How National have snookered Greens & Labour into a neoliberal economic straightjacket

By   1 day ago

National have borrowed billions in tax cuts for the rich, stripped state assets and privatised its social obligations. The long term goal of the National Party is to mutilate the States capacity to raise revenue so that it simply can’t fund the social infrastructure the Left call out for.

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John Key’s blood drenched legacy

By   3 days ago

Key was in it for Key. He didn’t give a damn about the country, he only cared about being loved by the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind, and Christ did they love him. His laid back anti-intellectualism allowed NZers with property to not care about those who didn’t. He made it okay to not care about the poor, the homeless, the vulnerable. He made it ok to not have to ask hard or deeper questions. He made it ok to not give a fuck and be as selfish as he was.

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List of official denials made to the media about SAS civilian deaths (2010 – 2014)

By   4 days ago

New Zealand, your political, military and media class have lied to you about an atrocity and possible war crime that we have carried out and was signed off by the Prime Minister.

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With Wayne Mapp admitting civilian deaths – Government & Military can no longer pretend

By   5 days ago

…remember the NZ Military and Government are still claiming nothing happened here and there doesn’t need to be an inquiry.

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List of lies NZ Defence Force have used to deceive NZers about Afghanistan

By   5 days ago

when we look over all the deceit, misinformation and anti-democratic tactics used by the NZDF to manipulate the compliant mainstream media, how much more difficult is it to believe the NZDF are suddenly telling the truth now?

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Media Watch View All →

TV3’s The Project – A Babyboomer lowers the boom

By   2 hours ago

If Mediaworks is attempting to cater to Babyboomers, then shite offerings such as ‘The Project’ will not cut the mustard. It is a pale, immature, sickly parody of professional journalism. What else can you call something that is fronted by people whose day-jobs are comedians?

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Public Broadcasting takes another mutilation in election year

By   1 day ago

The National Party have been intent on killing off public broadcasting because the fewer media sources that are trying to hold the Government to account, the better for them.

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The Project meltdown – when Executives come out to support your 7pm Show, that’s when you know you are in trouble

By   1 day ago

TV3 have attempted to make current affairs for people who listen to the Edge, the problem is that generation doesn’t watch TV. So TV3 have alienated Gen X and Boomers who want actual current affairs at 7pm to gain a generational audience who don’t bother with the platform TV3 are using.

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72 000 watch TDBs live stream of Hager & Stephenson Hit & Run launch

By   3 days ago

Our live stream of the launch of Hit and Run has almost hit 72 000, don’t you dare allow others to tell you people don’t care about this.

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Compare NZ Herald coverage of John Key’s war crimes to the Dom Post

By   5 days ago

…this morning the NZ Herald had a story about Justin Bieber dancing sexily with an old woman as a bigger story than Key being complicit in a war crime.

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Rachel Smalley’s feminism and the hypercritical cult of motherhood – on beneficiaries and children

By   6 days ago

As a cis male member of the heteropatriachy, it ain’t for me to step in and pretend to be an expert on how women and their identity towards having children should or shouldn’t be supported, but I can hazard some guesses.

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New Nicky Hager Book Launch live streamed 5pm from Wellington on The Daily Blog

By   6 days ago

The Daily Blog is proud to live stream the launch of Nicky Hager’s latest book, 5pm today live from Unity Bookshop in Wellington.

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Paul (the bloke The Standard banned for 3 years) – Terror attacks and war crimes

By   2 hours ago

Last week, two serious news events dominated our airwaves. The way these stories were disseminated tells us plenty about the way we, the New Zealand public, are fed propaganda.

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GUEST BLOG: Comrade Dave Brownz – Rip, Shit, Bust: The Pike River Mine Disaster and the Role of the Unions

By   2 hours ago

Pike River was a failure of the unions to insist on health and safety conditions for the miners under both Labour and National Governments. The deregulation of industry was started by the 4th Labour Government under Lange. It was symptomatic that under Labour the unions fell into line with its policies and failed to put up a serious fight against the monetarist deregulation of the economy at the cost of many workers lives.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Courageous Move from Labour Māori MPs

By   2 days ago

Congratulations to Labour’s Māori seat Members of Parliament who have asked to not be included on the parties list for this year’s election.

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GUEST BLOG: The Opportunities Party – Crossing to the Dark Side

By   2 days ago

Young progressives, I’m sorry to tell you that you have lost a father figure this week. A father of your movement Chris Skytrotter was killed by an evil turncoat known as Darth Boomer.

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GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson – Are we selling our water down the river

By   3 days ago

There is no resource more precious and valuable to the people and its land than water, yet on almost every front our rivers and lakes are under attack. Farming continues to pollute our rivers for more milk powder and greedy overseas interests effectively steal our water free and make millions in profit from it.

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GUEST BLOG: Andra Jenkin – Lost homes and Lives – A National Tragedy

By   4 days ago

21 Civilians dead and injured is disgusting. If their homes were burned in a revenge attack, that is a crime, and it must be punished. But my focus is not on war crimes. Because National declared a war on the poor a long time ago, and the crimes haven’t stopped.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – Now You See It, Now You Don’t

By   6 days ago

In mid-March, a report commissioned by the UN Agency ESCWA (Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia) was released, that concluded unequivocally that Israel practises Apartheid policy. It saw official daylight for two days. The UN pulled the report and removed it from the UN website, after intense pressure from the US and Israel.

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GUEST BLOG: Andra Jenkin – The Great Pretender

By   1 week ago

The GCHQ is telling us to just ignore the claims the president is making. “They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.” This is problematic, because it puts me in the uncomfortable position of completely agreeing with a spy agency.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

Vigil for the victims of the Tirgiran Valley Raid and Cover-up

By   17 hours ago

A pre-cabinet meeting plea will be made at Parliament on tomorrow morning 27 March requesting that the Government hold an open and independent inquiring into the NZ SAS attacks on two Afghan villages in 2010.

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The Daily Poem – Alone by Wanda Kiel-Rapana

By   4 days ago

The Daily Poem – Alone by Wanda Kiel-Rapana

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TDB International Documentary Film Festival picks

By   7 days ago

The International Documentary Film Festival is about to kick off, and here are our picks for 2017…

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New Nicky Hager book launch this Tuesday

By   1 week ago

The book is not a sequel to Dirty Politics nor related to the election. It is a completely different book but nonetheless gripping and important.

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Ocean Film Festival 2017 : Auckland 24 March : SkyCity Theatre

By   1 week ago

Designed to mesmerise and enthral, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.

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POETRY REVIEW: Shane Hollands

By   1 week ago

Poetry has been everything you didn’t expect it to be for a pretty long time now, and Shane Hollands has been putting this to effect in the inner literary worlds of this city for the length and breadth of that time.

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Animal advocates say, “It’s time to talk Rights. It’s time to talk Vegan.” – A Vegan Future Hui

By   1 week ago

Note: The event is being held at Wellington High School, at 249 Taranaki Street from 9:00am – 5:30pm on Saturday the 18th of March, and from 9:00am – 4:00pmon Sunday the 19th of March.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Cellfish

By   2 weeks ago

Te Ao Maori puts a new tale into the New Zealand Maori literature canon on stage in the Festival this season.

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The Daily Gallery View All →

TDB Top 5 International Stories: Monday 27th March 2017

By   3 hours ago

5: Cyber Arms Race
4: Grief and questions amid wreckage of Mosul air strikes
3: Trump’s War on Terror Has Quickly Become as Barbaric and Savage as He Promised
2: In Major Defeat to Trump & Ryan, House GOP Pulls Bill To Repeal Obamacare
1: Shell-shocked Mosul survivors tell of intense airstrikes

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Monday 27th March 2017

By   3 hours ago

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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Political Caption Competition

By   1 day ago

Western Neoliberal Democracy

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TDB Top 5 International Stories: Sunday 26th March 2017

By   1 day ago

5:Trump’s Attempt to Repeal Obamacare Just Crashed and Burned
4: Coalition says it hit Mosul site where civilians died
3: In Major Defeat to Trump & Ryan, House GOP Pulls Bill To Repeal Obamacare
2: Iraq suspends Mosul offensive after coalition airstrike atrocity
1: ‘Move fast and break things’: Trump’s Obamacare failure and the backlash ahead

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The Daily Blog Open Mic – Sunday 26th March 2017

By   1 day ago

Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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Political Caption Competition

By   2 days ago

The only thing that could make this image more awkward would be a person dressed as a zebra…

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Daily Blog Guerrilla Radio – Foo Fighters – Everlong

By   2 days ago

Daily Blog Guerrilla Radio – Foo Fighters – Everlong

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Raw News feed View All →

BREAKING: 16 questions NZDF must answer over war crime allegations

By   1 hour ago

The Hit and Run authors say the defence force leadership is trying to confuse the public and government to reduce pressure for an independent inquiry into the revelations in the book.

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National and Maori Party to carve up playgrounds – Labour Party

By   2 hours ago

The Labour Party remains resolute that Auckland’s parks and playgrounds are not to be carved up for housing development and that Auckland’s public reserves remain public reserves, says Labour’s Maori Development spokesperson Kelvin Davis “National and the Maori Party are trying to get Labour to back their plan to carve up the Point England reserve […]

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Record level of investors as first homebuyers squeezed out of Auckland – Labour Party

By   2 hours ago

Latest CoreLogic data shows investors accounted for a record 44% of Auckland house sales in the first quarter of 2017 while first homebuyers’ market share fell to just 19%, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National’s speculators’ paradise is killing the Kiwi dream of owning your own place. Nearly half of all house sales in […]

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Aucklanders say ‘Yes’ to the Living Wage!

By   3 hours ago

Living Wage Auckland will today present nearly 2000 submissions on behalf of Aucklanders in support of the Living Wage at Auckland Council. Public consultation closes today on the 2017/18 Annual Plan which includes a proposal to pay 2200 directly employed and CCO workers the Living Wage of $20.20 over the current council term. Living Wage […]

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Hager/Stephenson reaction to Defence Force statement

By   3 hours ago

The NZDF press release is simply incorrect and implausible. To be true, it would require an identical raid by identical forces, using identical helicopters, on identical targets at the same time.

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Easter trading has Aucklanders worried – retail workers’ union

By   2 days ago

  Easter trading has Aucklanders worried – retail workers’ union A union representing thousands of working people in retail says Auckland Council’s decision to consult on possible Easter trading changes is putting retail workers offside. “People working in retail are only guaranteed three and half days off work each year. People want to see that […]

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Time for National to stop putting the brakes on light rail – Phil Twyford

By   2 days ago

Aucklanders can’t wait 30 years for light rail to the airport. Labour will start building it as soon as possible, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The agreement between Auckland Transport and NZTA to build light rail from the CBD down Dominion Rd to Mt Roskill and on to the airport is welcome news. […]

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Jon Stephenson’s back story in Hit and Run revealed in academic’s book, Reporting from the Danger Zone.

By   2 days ago

After a member of the country’s Special Forces was killed during a raid in Afghanistan, Jon Stephenson, co-author of Hit and Run, sought to fact-check what he believed was propaganda disseminated by the New Zealand government. “They took the unusual step of talking about what had happened in some detail while providing their account of […]

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