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Spying on Japan is hardly in New Zealand’s interests

By   /  May 1, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

New Zealand’s reputation in Japan has been damaged by revelations that our GCSB has been spying on its government communications. “New Zealand spied on Japan to help US at 2007 whaling confab” read the 26 April headline in the Japan Times.

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Novel art trail and auction for asylum seekers

By   /  April 22, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  No Comments

Today (April 22) marks the beginning of a novel online art auction to raise funds for the Asylum Seekers Support Trust, which runs an Auckland hostel for asylum seekers.

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The ugly side of win-at-all-costs sport

By   /  April 21, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The Warriors rugby league club is to be commended for helping one of its star players, Kieran Foran, through his mental health problems. Foran has been frank about his gambling addiction and his suicidal feelings.

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Why Bill English is wrong to support Trump’s air strike on Syria

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

The rapidity with which Bill English fell in behind Trump’s unilateral strike on Syria shows how little the NZ government values the UN Security Council, despite just having completed two years on it. New Zealand sidelined the Security Council and supported a US strike contravening the UN Charter. Article 51 of the Charter allows one nation to strike another only in “self-defence”. America wasn’t being attacked by Syria.

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Keating and English’s colonial response to the SAS raid

By   /  April 6, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Defence Chief Tim Keating and the Prime Minister exhibit the “colonial” reflex in completely ignoring the villagers as a source of information. Bill English looked at a few American videos of the battle and considered that to be enough to reject any inquiry. Keating didn’t consider evidence from the locals as relevant enough to mention.

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How Green Left succeeded in the Dutch election

By   /  March 17, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Green Left succeeded because of its strong green and left policies, as articulated by its young leader, Jesse Klaver. “What I would say to all my left-wing friends in Europe: don’t try to fake the populace,” said Klaver. “Stand for your principles. Be straight. Be pro-refugee. Be pro-Europe… We can stop populism.”

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America’s crazy war in Yemen

By   /  March 16, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

It is shameful that the New Zealand government supports the American/Saudi war on Yemen, which is causing such suffering. The UN reports that 7,700 people have been killed so far, including 1500 children. Millions have been displaced, primarily as a result the Saudi bombing of homes, hospitals and other infrastructure. It is a catastrophe.

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Lessons for the Greens from the Mt Albert by-election

By   /  February 27, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

In my opinion it is important for the Greens to continue to challenge Labour’s orthodox economic model, where success is measured by GDP growth. This leads to bad Labour policies, including supporting deep sea oil drilling, excessive dairy farm intensification, and trade and investment treaties that serve corporate interests.

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Labour’s law and order stance bad for the Left

By   /  February 19, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Failure to properly address the roots of most offending, especially poverty, condemns us to a higher crime rate than we need to have, and poor communities to an alarming rate of incarceration. Tough policies, imprisoning more of the poor, is not the answer.

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Israel’s anti-nuclear whistleblower more deserving of NZ citizenship

By   /  February 3, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

No self-respecting country sells its passports to rich people who don’t even live there, which is why it was so bad to grant NZ citizenship to the American multi-billionaire Peter Thiel.

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Mt Albert by-election good opportunity for the Greens

By   /  January 19, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

The Mt Albert by-election is a good opportunity for the Greens to get their message out. It will essentially be a two-horse race between two capable candidates, the Greens Julie Ann Genter and Labour’s Jacinda Adern. Whoever wins, both will still be in Parliament, as both are now sitting party list MPs.

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Scott Watson denied parole again as the case against him falls apart

By   /  December 19, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

The evidence now shows that Watson did not kill Olivia Hope and Ben Smart in the Marlborough Sounds on or after New Year’s Day, 1998. Since the trial, the Crown case against Watson has collapsed on all essential points, as demonstrated in books by Mike Kalaugher (The Marlborough Mystery) and Keith Hunter (Trial by Trickery), articles by Mike White, and two major TV documentaries, Murder on the Blade? and another, Doubt: the Scott Watson Case, on TVNZ two months ago.

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Don’t buy National’s spin on by-election result

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

I was disappointed that the mass media largely bought the National Party’s spin on the Mt Roskill by-election. National said a loss would be catastrophic for Labour (and Andrew Little would be toast) but a loss for National wouldn’t mean a thing.

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Why the world mourns Fidel Castro

By   /  November 28, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

When he dismissed Fidel Castro as a “brutal dictator” Donald Trump again showed how out of touch he is. Most of the world is mourning the death of Cuba’s revolutionary leader.

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How do we counter Trumpism?

By   /  November 15, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

How do we counter the right-wing populist currents emerging in several Western countries? The Trump victory shows that backing a liberal establishment alternative, like Hillary Clinton, is not a successful strategy.

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Vote-swapping app highlights unfairness for third parties in America

By   /  November 9, 2016  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on Vote-swapping app highlights unfairness for third parties in America

Amit Kumar’s vote-swapping app for the US presidential election shows up how third parties are disadvantaged by the one round, first-past-the-post race.

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