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Log it, mine it, burn it

By   /  May 10, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Another term of office of this government would see exploitation of our remaining natural resources and environmental damage on a larger scale, all in the name of short term profits for a few. There are better alternatives. We need a change of direction towards a fairer and more sustainable economy. We need a new government, with the Greens at its heart.

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Yes We CAN? Labour launches its Community Action Network

By   /  May 9, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

PEOPLE ON THE LEFT bang on and on about “community”. It’s a nice safe word that allows Labour centrists to express ideas that are vaguely collective in nature, but without resorting to that awful, unspeakable word – class. That said, it is difficult to drive into an ageing state-house suburb like Otara, in Auckland, without the word “community” popping into your head.

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Viva La What Exactly…?

By   /  May 9, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Well, the dust has already started to clear; and the inevitable, inordinate triumphalism appears to have begun in earnest. No sooner had news of Macron’s 65-35 victory over ‘the dreaded’ Le Pen become public, than the caterwauling chorus of ‘usual suspects’ had come out of the woodwork to proclaim this some combination of the Midway and the D-Day in the ongoing fight of once-dominant neoliberal globalism back against the newly resurgent ‘spectre’ of more economically left nationalism.
But was it really?

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Trumpwatch – What’s a few more nails in the planet’s coffin?

By   /  May 9, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

Trump’s First 100 Days can boast of several “achievements”. But not the variety that progressive-minded people – especially those concerned with global environmental problems and threats to peace – would welcome with a cheer.

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Rave hospitality, but Indonesia fails West Papua with media freedom hypocrisy

By   /  May 8, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

“Indonesian hospitality was given a rave notice this week for hosting World Press Freedom Day 2017, but it was also given a huge black mark for its ‘gagging’ of free discussion over West Papua violations.” The author was one of just two New Zealanders among 1300 media people at WPFD2017.

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Spin-off outsmarted: Why the NZME -Fairfax merger decision is essentially correct

By   /  May 8, 2017  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Predictably, opposition to the Commerce Commission`s decision came from Fairfax and NZME; their own submissions had argued strenuously for a merger go-ahead. Accordingly, the New Zealand Herald`s May 5 editorial was entitled `Blocking this merger is a big mistake.`

Less predictably, Duncan Greive on `Spin-Off` was even more virulently opposed to the Commerce Commission`s decision.

I expected a more considered argument from an on-line magazine which is said to employ `some of New Zealand`s best non-fiction writers to create smart, shareable content`.

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NO GANG OF FIVE, JUST LET THE TPPA DIE!

By   /  May 7, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Just let it die. Let the TPPA die. Not a dignified death, because it doesn’t deserve that. But at least let the corpse be buried in some deep hole, wrapped in the American flag, without the threat of being disinterred and shrouded in some surrogate garb.

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UK Government’s shameless complicity with the Zionist enterprise

By   /  May 6, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Ever since the announcement of the Balfour Declaration in 1917, successive British governments have stood imperiously by it, regardless of its irrational and discriminatory purpose. They have, at different times, been either complicit in or turned a blind eye towards Zionist human rights abuses, atrocities and violations of international law.

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Gerry Brownlee’s new “kith and kin”

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  41 Comments

In one of his first acts as Foreign Minister he has written to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to get our diplomatic relations “back on track” after Israel withdrew its ambassador to New Zealand last December following our co-sponsoring of a security council resolution which condemned Israel for continuing to build Jewish-only settlements on Palestinian land.

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“Extend the Amnesty” – A strategy for Immigration reform

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

Unionists and other progressive minded people need to put a stake in the ground in opposition to the latest immigration proposals from the government.

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Three strikes and Minister Brownlee should be out

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

In twelve days Gerry Brownlee has shown why he should never have been appointed Foreign Minister.

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Commission gets it right by declining NZME/Fairfax merger

By   /  May 4, 2017  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

This week New Zealand Commerce Commission released its final decision to refuse the proposed merger of two of the countries biggest newspaper networks: NZME and Fairfax. This is a decision worth celebrating, as the proposed merger would have seriously weakened an already diluted quality of news and diversity of voices in New Zealand media.

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Let’s have open slather on the 1990s

By   /  May 3, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Susan St John  /  24 Comments

I warmed to Jim Bolger considerably after his Mea Culpa moment. His government indeed was responsible for the unfortunate gutting of the unions and the massive redistribution to the wealthy under National’s failed trickle down theory.

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Dave Macpherson: Dodgy Doctor claims health has passed annual ‘check-up’

By   /  May 3, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

While I was walking 4 kms around Hamilton Lake on Saturday, in the company of 500 other citizens aiming to draw attention to the high and worsening rates of suicide in New Zealand, a press release from Health Minister ‘Dr’ Jonathan Coleman arrived in my in-box.

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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  /  4 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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Inflicting Pain Without Flinching: Jenny Shipley Talks To Guyon Espiner

By   /  April 30, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  75 Comments

IT IS NEVER ADVISABLE, when writing political commentary, to get angry. Powerful emotions distort our judgements and make the already difficult job of political analysis even harder. Sometimes, however, giving vent to our anger is the right thing to do. Sometimes, maintaining a calm and dispassionate analytical posture serves only to give despicable behaviour a free pass. Some people are only deserving of the most forthright and unequivocal condemnation.

Jenny Shipley is one of those people.

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