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Election ’17 Countdown: Joyce – let the lolly scramble begin!

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

You can tell it’s election year; the lolly-scramble (aka, hint of tax cuts) has begun;

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Must see TV: Al Jazeera’s “Up Front”

By   /  February 19, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on Must see TV: Al Jazeera’s “Up Front”

. . On Al Jazeera’s current affairs programme, “Up Front“;  New York University history professor and expert on fascism Ruth Ben-Ghiat; Shadi Hamid, a senior fellow at Brookings Institution;  senior Haaretz correspondent Anshel Pfeffer, and Martin Quencez, a fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, discuss the rise of Donald Trump and […]

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Election ’17 Countdown: The Strategy of Ohariu

By   /  February 17, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  40 Comments

Had Dunne been ousted from Ōhāriu in 2014 our recent history would have been completely altered. Anyone who believes that the Labour-Green accomodation was a “dirty” deal might ponder the ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ whilst spending the night in a car or under a tarpaulin. Preferably in winter.

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Trumpwatch: The Drum(pf)s of War

By   /  February 13, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  55 Comments

Not since Bush launched a propaganda war against three nations (Iran, Iraq, and North Korea) with his jingoistic “Axis of Evil” rhetoric in 2002, has a U.S. president so successfully instigated Cold War II on so many fronts.

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The Mendacities of Mr English – Social Services under National’s tender mercies

By   /  February 7, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

English’s bland assertion that “government actually with a good record on addressing, in fact, some of the toughest social issues” is at variance with actual, real, mounting socio-economic problems in this country.

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Trumpwatch: Muslims, mandates, and moral courage

By   /  February 1, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  57 Comments

The Trump Administration has led humanity into uncharted waters. Looming on the dark horizon may be the inevitable;

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Trumpwatch: Voter fraud, Presidential delusions, and Fox News

By   /  January 28, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

Trump’s campaign and presidency has been marked by a series of exaggerations, half-truths, and outright lies. One of Trump’s most recent lies is his allegation of massive voter fraud in the US 2016 presidential elections;

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Cutting taxes toward more user-pays – the Great Kiwi Con

By   /  January 26, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

Here in New Zealand, National’s funding cuts have not been restricted to the Health sector and NGOs. Government agencies from the Police , Radio NZ, to the Department of Conservation have had their funding slashed (or frozen – a cut after inflation is factored in).

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St John management applies tourniquet to workers’ throats

By   /  January 15, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

Charitable organisation, St John, which operates ambulance services nationwide, as well as other medical services, has been engaging in anti-worker actions during recent industrial negotiations to conclude a collective agreement.

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The Legacy of a Dismantled Prime Minister

By   /  January 4, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

Following his unexpected announcement to resign as New Zealand’s Prime Minister on 5 December last year, much has been said of Key’s “legacy”. Pundits have been scratching their heads, trying to figure out what “legacy” can be attributed to eight years of a Key-led administration.

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Trump escalates, Putin congratulates

By   /  December 27, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

With 115 characters, Donald Trump declared a return to a global nuclear arms race.

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Protestors condemn Russian involvement in atrocities in Aleppo

By   /  December 19, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  58 Comments

Wellington, NZ, 16 December – About three dozen people attended a rapidly organised protest outside the Russian Federation’s sprawling embassy in Messines Rd, Wellington.

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The Sweet’n’Sour Deliciousness of Irony: Russia accused of meddling in US Election

By   /  December 18, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

It is unsurprising that most of the world looks upon American grievances of (alleged) Russian “meddling” with risable scorn. Whether true or not – and most probably harbour a secret hope that it is true – the Americans richly deserve what they have been meting out to other nations throughout the 20th, and first decade of, the 21st century.

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MUST READ: Charter Schools in a Post-Truth Era

By   /  December 11, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

For many on the neo-liberal Right, education is a business not a public good and therefore should be no different to electricity supply (semi-privatised); Air New Zealand (semi-privatised – again); or a whole host of other services and assets that were once owned by the tax-payer but have been sold off over the last thirty years.

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The Dismantling of a Prime Minister – Completed

By   /  December 7, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  75 Comments

As with the death of Princess Diana; Trump winning the Presidency, or (if you’re old enough) the assassination of JFK, you will recall where you were when you heard this sudden, unexpected and gob-smacking public announcement from John Key;

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Tax Cuts Galore! Money Scramble!

By   /  November 27, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Since National has not thought twice at under-funding the Health Budget, it certainly does not seem troubled at using tax-cuts as an election bribe, and undermining this country’s future superannuation savings-fund for selfish political gain.

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