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The war on terror fails innocents everywhere

By   /  May 27, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 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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McDonald’s agreement confirms why we need unions

By   /  May 26, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

McDonald’s workers will be voting on new Collective Agreement between the multinantional giant and Unite Union this week.

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Budget 2017 – here we go again

By   /  May 25, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  38 Comments

All indications are National is about to outflank Labour on the left with its 2017 budget and leave the party that claims to represent working New Zealanders struggling to appear relevant.

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Stake Holders for the TPPA

By   /  May 25, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

It’s like a scene from a Dracula movie where the zombie comes back from the dead. The TPPA is dead but the TPPA-11, without the US, has just opened one eye. The idea of reviving the TPPA without the US, but still including all of the dangerous aspects that the US introduced into negotiations, makes no sense.

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This Is Your [Former] Police Minister On Drugs

By   /  May 24, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Earlier this week, somebody asked Judith Collins what she thought of Gareth Morgan. Ever the diplomat, her curt response was that if she wound up having to deal with him … she’d “probably take up drugs”. No word, as yet, on whether she’d also find this necessary working with Winston.

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A Radically Reasonable Proposal For Cigarettes And Dairy Owners

By   /  May 23, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

The ongoing travails of our nation’s convenience store and dairy operators have grown to such a scale that even those perennial champions of Ostrich Economics in our Government are unable to ignore them.

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Iran’s democracy is a sham but here is why I voted in the Presidential Election

By   /  May 23, 2017  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

My friend and I cast our votes for the Iranian Presidential Election in Christchurch last Friday knowing full well the election was effectively rigged in advance by unelected clerics who had decided who could and couldn’t run.

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Dave Macpherson – Being part of the Health Establishment means never having to say sorry

By   /  May 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

A leading suicide prevention campaigner published a social media post on the weekend asking why the Southern District Health Board had yet to apologise to her family over the poor care for her son, who was a victim of suicide 4 years ago.

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The TPPA is now a 2017 election issue

By   /  May 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

Ground control to Major Tom? Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong. Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you hear me, Major Tom?

Apologies to the late lamented David Bowie. But the bullshit from the National government on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) since the Trump administration formally pulled out in January is really off the planet (apologies, I don’t usually swear in blogs, but I couldn’t find a suitable acronym).

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MUST READ: The lies National need to spin over Housing Crisis

By   /  May 21, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

National is increasingly on the back-foot with New Zealand’s ever-worsening housing crisis. Ministers from the Prime minister down are desperately trying to spin a narrative that the National-led administration “is getting on top of the problem”. Despite ministerial ‘reassurances’, both Middle and Lower Working classes are feeling the dead-weight of a housing shortage; ballooning house prices, and rising rents.

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Open Letter to ASH from Dave Macpherson

By   /  May 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

My son Nicky, 21, died as a direct result of being sent off the Waikato Hospital campus, unescorted, while a known suicide risk, to smoke; when there was (and is) a perfectly good safe outside courtyard area that he could have been in.

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The Zionist Inquisition

By   /  May 20, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

The Spanish Inquisition, claiming to combat heresy, was a brutal political device for consolidating the power of the monarchy, leading up to and following the Christian reconquest of Andalucia. Previously, the region’s Jewish population had been among the largest in Europe, growing both in numbers and professional status.

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Why Our Government Really Has No Interest In “Solving” The Kiwi Mental Health Crisis

By   /  May 18, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

I will be genuinely surprised [and inestimably pleased] if any of our political class dare – as part of what’s set to become this year’s election debates – to name the specter whose rapacious possessionary antics have fed so perniciously into the mental health crisis of today.

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Dave Macpherson – 13 Reasons Why NZ needs an independent Mental Health Review

By   /  May 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on Dave Macpherson – 13 Reasons Why NZ needs an independent Mental Health Review

Here are 13 reasons why NZ needs an independent Mental Health Review…

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The Nakba

By   /  May 16, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  50 Comments

Yesterday, 15 May, marks 69 years of the Palestinian Nakba, the catastrophe imposed upon the Palestinian people by the Zionist enterprise. On this day, in particular, the Palestinian people remember the massacres of Deir Yassin and Abu Shusha, among the many crimes against humanity perpetrated in order to found the Zionist state.

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Dave Macpherson – Suicide Prevention Strategy shown to be a fraud

By   /  May 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The only problem was, the Government didn’t like even the idea of a target they could actually be held to. Accountability is a concept for others, not them, so they had that removed, and other offending words sanitised, so it read like a pile of “PC waffle”, according to Panel member Mike King, who promptly up and resigned in protest.

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