The Gutless and the Gutted

 
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By Simon Prast

Hosking has no sense of cause and effect. For him, ignoring facts and history is “the right, honourable and only thing to do” What part of ‘warmongering propaganda leading to devastation and calamity’ does he not understand to write such rubbish?

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Setting The Agenda View All →

Labour’s mistake on US bombing in Iraq

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By   8 hours ago

If Andrew Little studied the history of US bombing missions in the Middle East he would have to admit that Dunne and Norman are right.

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Covering John Key’s backside

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By   11 hours ago

We all know the deployment has nothing to do with what’s in New Zealand’s interests. It’s not a deployment based on principle in defence of New Zealand’s interests but is being made on behalf of US global strategic interests.

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The Gutless and the Gutted

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By   11 hours ago

Hosking has no sense of cause and effect. For him, ignoring facts and history is “the right, honourable and only thing to do” What part of ‘warmongering propaganda leading to devastation and calamity’ does he not understand to write such rubbish?

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A NZ Muslim view on re-invading Iraq

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By   1 day ago

It seems as if most people in New Zealand except the National party have negative feelings towards sending troops to Iraq, which is probably why there has been little democracy in this decision-making process.

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The Mendacities of Mr Key #11: Sorry, Prime Minister, what ‘mandate’ were you referring to?!

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By   1 day ago

It seems that Dear Leader is still making it up as he goes along. On “The Nation” this weekend (28 February), he told the people of New Zealand;

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What’s Good For Them: Tony Abbott and the Australian Electorate

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By   2 days ago

TONY ABBOTT, Australia’s beleaguered Prime Minister, is just the latest (and nearest) casualty of a steadily widening rift within the international political class.

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Normative Economic Journalism

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By   2 days ago

Let’s have more science, and less superstition, in our economic discourse. Emphasise the positive, not the normative.

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We just became less safe at home and abroad

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By   2 days ago

In a globalised world, sovereignty seems like a mirage. Our governments arbitrarily enter us into wars and free trade arrangements without consultation, and even most domestic ‘democratic’ action borders on farce.

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Deconstructing Headlines View All →

Why National might lose Northland and why Labour can’t win

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By   9 hours ago

The Northland by-election is shaping up to be a titanic battle of self interest masked as national interest.

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Secret military death panels – NZers who voted National should be ashamed

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By   10 hours ago

This removes transparency right when the Government are launching a war, shouldn’t we have MORE oversight and not less?

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So the spy watchdog has been neutered into a lap dog

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By   11 hours ago

If this was any other democracy, people would be on the streets demanding accountability.

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Winston to run in Northland

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By   3 days ago

Winston will start using Parliamentary privilege to let NZ know why Sabin had to stand down. The conservative folk of Northland will be very open to Winston’s style of demagoguery once Sabin’s issues have been made public.

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Audio+Text: New Zealand Report – NZ PM Criticised For Iraq Deployment + Eden Park Ready For Aussies

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By   3 days ago

Contrast how New Zealand is divided on John Key’s decision to deploy troops to Iraq and the solid public and political support for New Zealand’s role in RAMSI, the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands. Kiwis seem to remember there was little extra-regional military support for RAMSI nor for ANZAC efforts to help East Timor.

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Will Labour stand aside in Northland to let NZ First beat National?

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By   4 days ago

There is a private poll doing the rounds that shows NZ First neck and neck with National in Northland if the Labour candidate doesn’t stand.

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On Len Brown handing over public space to corporate interests

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By   4 days ago

This is what progress on public transport looks like in Auckland?

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What’s the point of a new flag if this is what it represents?

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By   4 days ago

Surely the decision to go to war is one of the most important a Government can ever make, and Key’s refusal to put the re-invasion of Iraq up for a vote in Parliament is totally unacceptable.

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Media Watch View All →

MEDIA WATCH: X Factor’s Redemption Song?

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By   11 hours ago

We need to be far more open to redemption and promoting of redemption as a society, so X Factor’s desire to give a convicted killer a chance to appear and contest on their alter of light entertainment would have been a great call

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This weeks Waatea news column – War. What is it good for?

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By   11 hours ago

This weeks Waatea news column – War. What is it good for?

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So when will the NZ Herald apologise to NZ for the Dirty Politics Donghua Liu smear?

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By   6 days ago

The NZ Herald used the manufactured Donghua Liu smear to generate a character assignation of David Cunliffe that culminated in Political Reporter John Armstrong questioning if Cunliffe should actually stand down as leader.

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This is Scoop’s answer?

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By   1 week ago

So Scoop’s giant idea after their long think about the future of news is a crowd funding project? I’m pretty sure they tried this a couple of years ago didn’t they?

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Improving Pacific media freedom record … but let’s get real

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By   1 week ago

It’s great to get some bouquets on media freedom issues instead of brickbacks in the Pacific for a change. But let’s not get carried away, especially over Fiji.

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What’s bigger news? Little’s missed invoice or $45m Novopay costs, ACC fraud & Charter School failures?

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By   2 weeks ago

Some none event missed invoice story is a bigger political issue than $45m in Novopay extra costs, ideologically driven Charter Schools failing and the Finance Minister fraudulently rigging ACC levies so as to pretend NZ will be in surplus?

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NZ Pork = sexist pigs

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By   2 weeks ago

NZ Pork have managed to make the phrase ‘sexist pig’ even uglier. What the hell were they thinking?

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This weeks Waatea news column – Do Maori win or lose from SkyCity deal?

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By   2 weeks ago

This weeks Waatea news column – Do Maori win or lose from SkyCity deal?

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Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts View All →

GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Why won’t the Greens stand?

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By   11 hours ago

Are we to believe that the Green Party really have no capable candidate prepared to represent them in the North?

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GUEST BLOG: Leslie Bravery – NZ’s timid silence at the Security Council

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By   2 days ago

It almost seemed as though it were John Key himself who was about to go off to fight ISIS, so heroic was his performance in Parliament concerning the sending of New Zealand troops to Iraq. That country is in ruins, both socially and economically, as a result of earlier Western intervention.

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Guest Interview: Aaron Mooar interviews Phil McCabe, Chairperson of Kiwis Against Seabed Mining

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By   6 days ago

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has just turned down the second application to mine the seabed and they discuss why the applications have been so poorly done and what the government is likely to do next to promote mining. Aaron Mooar from Raglan Community Radio interviews Phil McCabe, Chairperson of Kiwis Against Seabed Mining.

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GUEST BLOG: Roshni Sami – The 35 Billion Dollar Question

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By   6 days ago

Receiving an Auckland Council survey which offered me the finite choices of motorway tax or fuel tax in exchange for a functional public transport system shocked me into engaging in local government for the first time in my life.

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GUEST BLOG: Finn Jackson – To hug or hurt Labour?

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By   2 weeks ago

Labour thinks that with the departure of Russel Norman as Greens co-leader, the head has been cut off the Green snake, and they can now step on us without being bitten. How wrong they are.

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GUEST BLOG: Leslie Bravery – Facebook shuts out Miko Peled’s voice

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By   2 weeks ago

Over the next few weeks or so we intend to publish here the different aspects of the discriminatory, ideologically-driven violations of international humanitarian law that the Palestinian people are forced to live under.

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GUEST BLOG: Brenda McQuillan – A Problem Gamblers View of the Deal

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By   3 weeks ago

This government is now proposing to give $130 million dollars to one casino, that is more than eight times the money spent to help people harmed by problem gambling and most importantly, to keep our communities safe from gambling harm. Shame on you John Key, shame.

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GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – The sin of ommission censorship at the standard

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By   3 weeks ago

The inside word is that Winston Peters may stand in Northland and that he will be running on a platform of opposing offshore oil drilling and exploration in Northland.

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The Liberal Agenda View All →

HUMAN RIGHTS REALITY IN GAZA SHAMIKH BADRA

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By   1 week ago

Shamikh is undertaking postgraduate study at the University of Sydney and will discuss the human rights situation in Gaza (including his experience around restrictions of academic freedom in Gaza) and Palestinian grassroots and international nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation.

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ROYALS OF KIHIKIHI – cutting social commentary as theatre

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By   2 weeks ago

You are cordially invited to the wake of Mrs Royal – it’s time to pay your disrespects to the town drunk.

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TDB Auckland Fringe Festival 2015 picks

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By   2 weeks ago

Auckland Fringe have outdone themselves once again with a truly delicious range of creative and outside the box theatre that is unique, free thinking and wondrous.

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SPLORE 2015

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By   3 weeks ago

This family friendly party is more focused on community than your average drunk riots that masquerade as musical events, it is a must on the Auckland Summer Festival scene.

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Samah Sabawi – NZ Speaking Tour!

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By   3 weeks ago

Palestinian Policy Expert and Author:
Samah Sabawi, inspiring speaker from Gaza & Australia

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Auckland Action Against Poverty hosts Professor Guy Standing – Why a Universal Basic Income?

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By   4 weeks ago

UBI is an idea that has been around for a long time, and is widely supported in many left wing and green networks internationally, but has never got much traction here in Aotearoa.

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Why we aren’t taking money

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By   4 weeks ago

The idea for this tour was inspired in part by the pilgrimages of Satish Kumar, who travelled from India to Washington DC, and then around England with no money.

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UPDATE: Eleanor Catton is a hero but Radio Live host calls her a traitor

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By   1 month ago

It’s not just the “neo-liberal, profit-obsessed, very shallow, very money-hungry politicians who do not care about culture” who are the problem. It’s the NZ voters who listened only to the right wing corporate media and voted them in.

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The Daily Gallery View All →

Malcolm Evans – Humpty Dumpty

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By   4 days ago

Malcolm Evans – Humpty Dumpty

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Malcolm Evans – invading Iraq

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By   5 days ago

Malcolm Evans – invading Iraq

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Malcolm Evans – Bain compensation

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By   6 days ago

Malcolm Evans – Bain compensation

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Malcolm Evans – United Future?

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By   1 week ago

Malcolm Evans – United Future?

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Malcolm Evans – Jeanette Rankin

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By   2 weeks ago

Malcolm Evans – Jeanette Rankin

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Malcolm Evans – Fifty Grades of Shady

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By   2 weeks ago

Malcolm Evans – Fifty Grades of Shady

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Decide your own heroes

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By   2 weeks ago

Decide your own heroes

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What we should know about and what the news tells us

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By   2 weeks ago

What we should know about and what the news tells us

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