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G20 meeting highlights the crisis of capitalism

By   /  July 16, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

The self-selected ‘cabal’ of ‘Caesars’ meeting at the G20 represented 85% of the world’s GDP, had limited political mandate to make decisions, and excluded most of the ‘Global South’. They embodied the world’s richest elites making decisions affecting the world’s poorest, behind closed doors.

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When Winston Came to Town

By   /  July 5, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  35 Comments

Winston Peters came to my home town of Kumeu last weekend. I thought I’d go along to check him out. I’d wondered why people vote NZ First, though a number of good people I know are keen supporters. I wanted to see if the hype was true about his alleged charisma and charm, get to the bottom of those provocative immigration policies, try to get a measure of the man.

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Grenfell Tower – an Epitaph to Epic Failure

By   /  June 18, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Only when inequality, deregulation, austerity and privatisation are reversed, will justice be done for the Grenfell dead.

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British Election Results are a Moral Victory for Corbyn’s Alternative Political Possibilities

By   /  June 10, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

The loss of Theresa May’s clear Conservative majority has already rocked conventional assumptions, agendas and elites. The realm of the politically possible has been blasted open – because the electoral support for Corbyn doesn’t just reflect a resurgence for British Labour, it has allowed a publicly popular discussion about a whole different political economy.

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The war on terror fails innocents everywhere

By   /  May 27, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  52 Comments

The war on terror has desensitised the western world to senseless waste of life and acts of arbitrary justice in the Middle East, and hypersensitised us to terrorism risks at home.

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Fertiliser causes social injustices in Western Sahara and environmental injustices here

By   /  May 14, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

New Zealand farmers are out of step. As a developed agricultural nation selling our produce and our brand to the world, our companies should be among those showing social responsibility in refusing to buy rock phosphate fertiliser from Moroccan occupied Western Sahara.

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Anti-immigration rhetoric blames the victim not the system

By   /  April 21, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

Instead of standing of the side of the cultural and capitalist oppressor and adopting its discourse of exclusion and the antagonism of difference, thinking workers of New Zealand, and elsewhere, should show solidarity with other workers and stand for better standards of living and workplace rights. Don’t blame the victim when the system itself is the problem.

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American Overkill

By   /  April 15, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  42 Comments

The new Sheriff is patrolling the global street, pulling out his guns at every turn. Unconcerned about overkill, a more secure world through superior American firepower seems unlikely.

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

By   /  March 26, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

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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Industrial scale egg production is cruel, that’s the real problem

By   /  March 18, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

The fact that most of the billion eggs produced and sold in New Zealand are generated through the cruel mistreatment and industrial commodification of hens, is a greater issue than that a relatively smaller percentage of them were mislabeled as free range when in fact they were from cages.

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The whole world is burning

By   /  February 18, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

‘On the last day of the world / I would want to plant a tree’ wrote US Poet Laureate WS Merwin. Indeed, sometimes it feels like the whole world is burning, and to act in the spirit of hope is to plant a whole forest.

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Trump Wild Card a Modified Status Quo

By   /  January 19, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  44 Comments

Trump’s abrasive style and irreverence for established policies and protocols looks to be destabilising at global level. He has us thinking that he’ll be a real threat to the existing fragile international peace between nuclear capable superpowers. He’ll make a gaff, or a wrong statement, commit some diplomatic faux pas, and China or Russia will push the red button.

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Christmas is the opiate of the masses in a world that’s mad

By   /  December 24, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

If religion is the opiate of the masses, then it’s no wonder semi-religious consumerist celebrations like Christmas incite frenzied and irrational buying and eating. We’re addicted to modern Christmas rituals involving spending madly, as much as religious iconography.

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Damage control better for business than for dolphins?

By   /  December 17, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

After years of fishing industry denial that their practices pose any harm to Maui dolphins, this week two significant New Zealand fishing companies announced they were aiming for Maui-safe fishing methods on the North Island West Coast by 2022.

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The war machine rolls on while children beg for blankets

By   /  November 26, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Have you thought about the children of Syria lately? Is it ‘so last season’s war’, a normal state of affairs, background in the news as a change from more current, closer crises? Do the battles of Homs and Mosul, the Kurdish Peshmergers and the ‘Coalition’, sound slightly theoretically and strategically intriguing, like chess, or ‘Risk’, using someone else’s real life army and someone else’s real life country as the playing ground?

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Tamaki’s ‘post-truth’ hate speech a cynical MO

By   /  November 19, 2016  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Tamaki’s attitudes are so outdated and narrow minded they have no place in civil society. Who actually believes that shit? and who in their right mind takes it seriously. But there’s a worry that the media attention helps his cause. It’s exposure Tamaki probably enjoys. He’s certainly unrepentant.

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