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Who cares about War Crimes?

By   /  March 23, 2017  /  Michael Timmins, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  19 Comments

The book co-authored by Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson, “Hit and Run”, contains allegations that some people have said could amount to war crimes.

Why does it matter? Horrible things happen in war, so let’s just get over it. Right?

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Q+A with Nicky Hager on war crime allegations

By   /  March 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Q+A with Nicky Hager on war crime allegations

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New Zealand’s First “Revenge Raid” – Surafend, Palestine, 1918

By   /  March 22, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The shocking events described by Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson in Hit and Run: The New Zealand SAS in Afghanistan and the Meaning of Honour are not without precedent in the history of New Zealand’s military engagements overseas. In the tiny Palestinian village of Surafend, in the final days of 1918, New Zealand troops participated in what was indisputably a serious war crime. The parallels with the SAS “Revenge Raid” of August 2010 are striking.

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On Recent Opinion Polling

By   /  March 22, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

In any case, whilst my affection for the Roy Morgan poll is well known, it is certainly not the only game in town. And the Reid Research material out the same day makes for some decidedly interesting comparison-work between the two analyses.

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“Once Was Enough, Gareth.” – Why I won’t be voting for TOP

By   /  March 21, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  58 Comments

Fuck it, I’ve seen enough. Morgan’s shown himself to be just another latter-day Procrustes*. If the TOP man has his way, New Zealand and New Zealanders will, once again, be “restructured” to fit the ideologically-determined dimensions of Morgan’s Procrustean bed.

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Dave Macpherson – Why isn’t this country talking about suicide?

By   /  March 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

In the last week, high profile mainstream media personalities have raised the issue of suicide and mental illnesses that can lead to it, mainly on the back of the suicide of a friend of one particular personality, Jono Pryor.

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The Rise and Rise of Daddy State: MSD blackmails NGOs for private data

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

To date, New Zealanders have been mostly apathetic as the government build up it’s ability to spy and store personal information on us. Most of the government’s “targets” have been so-called “terrorists”, immigrants, criminals, student-debt defaulters, and those on welfare benefits or living in state houses.

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Your Voice Election 2017 – Kate’s* experience of CYFs stealing her children

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

As part of our election coverage of shaming the neoliberal welfare state who treat the poorest and most vulnerable amongst us with contempt, here is Kates* experience of how CYFs stole her children.

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Grief, repression, life and death in West Papua’s Highlands

By   /  March 19, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

The global “Free West Papua” movement, fuelled by inspired and continuous social media exposes and debate, has been growing exponentially in recent years. But you wouldn’t know that if you merely relied on the parochial New Zealand media.

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What would you do Prime Minister English?

By   /  March 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  42 Comments

Bill English claims to be keen on rewarding ‘hardworking’ New Zealanders.

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2017 – Ongoing jobless tally

By   /  March 19, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

All unemployment data from Statistics NZ should therefore be treated with caution. Unemployment is likely to be much higher than Statistics NZ figures indicate.

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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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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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DAILY BLOG EXCLUSIVE: Auckland Housing Crisis Special Investigation – Homeless using after hour Bunnings Carparks as home

By   /  March 17, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

Why the bloody hell is New Zealand getting so unaffordable that an Australian companys carpark is the best help available to a growing number of our people?

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Super vs tax cuts – what’s affordable?

By   /  March 16, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

The super debate hasn’t been super. It has missed the most important issues. The government has tried to focus on misleading measures of financial affordability in 2040, in an attempt to position themselves as responsible. But the real issues are about fairness and equity, across and within generations.

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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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