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GUEST BLOG: Maire Leadbeater – Indonesian Military Sensitivity revealing

By   /  January 20, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Earlier this month, the touchy Indonesian military commander in chief, Gatot Nurmantyo, set off a mini diplomatic storm with Australia. He took offence at teaching materials in use at a Perth military base where some of his officers were being trained.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – More to the Azaria Story

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

Superficially much media coverage is being given to Israeli soldier Elor Azaria’s being found guilty of manslaughter, after shooting a 21-year old Palestinian who posed no threat.

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GUEST BLOG: Arthur Taylor – Xmas mail, New Serco allegations, and Peter Leitch

By   /  January 9, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

I am reliably informed that the I.D.U. rate (positive drug test results) at SERCO Wiri is at least 25%….i.e. one quarter of the prisoners have tested positive for drug use

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GUEST BLOG: Comrade Dave Brownz – 1917-2017: Happy Bolshevik New Year!

By   /  January 5, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

New Years celebrations are bitter sweet, reflecting past failures and future hopes. Except New Year today has lost its significance. It is a cultural hangover alienated from its origins as the celebration of mid-winter. While observing Matariki (literally the ‘eyes of god’) in Aotearoa celebrates the mid-winter as recognition of the renewal of life, it is as a cultural ritual detached from economic reality.

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TDB EXCLUSIVE: Alan Johnson – The horrific truth about Bill English’s State Housing Privatisation

By   /  December 30, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  13 Comments

In essence then the National led Government has washed its hands of any direct involvement in providing housing in Tauranga and a well-respected charity – the IHC, has provided it with the cover and the excuse to do this.

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GUEST BLOG: Ben Peterson – 2016- the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By   /  December 30, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

Sleepy New Zealand might feel a world away from the political storms brewing in the US and Europe. We are not as isolated as it may seem. The NZ election might not be til next year, but 2016 showed important possibilities and dangers for those who want to see progressive change.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF ? THE TRUTH MAYBE?

By   /  December 24, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

The US State Department has denied an entry visa to 15 year old Palestinian Ahed Tamini . She has been invited by FOSNA (Friends of Sabeel North America) to take part in an US speaking tour beginning in mid-January, No Child Behind Bars , Living Resistance.

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GUEST BLOG: Mike Lee – Why we urgently need rail to the Airport

By   /  December 21, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

Deliberately excluding route protection for future rail to the airport is one of the most irresponsible planning decisions I have witnessed during my time in Auckland local government.

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GUEST BLOG: Kieran Robert Kelly – Trump’s Straw Nazis: A Horror Story

By   /  December 15, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  19 Comments

People have been digesting the appointment of Stephen Bannon as Trump’s chief strategist and the sudden rise in overt racism and Nazi symbology. There are people saying “Heil Trump”, giving Nazi salutes, and spray-painting swastikas in alarming numbers. The US is a large, populous, diverse country, but there is clearly something of significance here beyond just a few ignorant teenagers with spraycans and emotional issues.

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GUEST BLOG: Damon Rusden – The psychology of Trump’s victory

By   /  December 13, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Psychology tells us we have huge, indomitable confirmation bias. We find rational arguments to justify our intuitive position. Is it so hard to believe, when a candidate like triggers ALL of the modules in our morality matrix, that he won? That in a polarised election the one who ticks all the morale boxes was going to lose?

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GUEST BLOG: Ben Peterson – The truth about Winston Peters.

By   /  December 12, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

The Winston Peters myth is constantly evolving, but he often likes to paint himself as a political outsider. Winnie likes to portray himself as straight talking, and standing up to the establishment. To give him credit, the fact he can sometimes pull this off is a master class in political spin. The reality is, Winston Peters has more claim to being the political establishment as any other New Zealand MP.

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GUEST BLOG: Robin Aldridge-Sutton – Dont dismiss a possible Maori Party-Mana Movement alliance

By   /  December 6, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  15 Comments

A lot of people shared this article on my facebook feed recently, Behold, Māori politics’ great realignment. Or, don’t believe the hype. Clickbait alert – Godfrey Morgan suggests the latter option. But I didn’t really like it.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – #FJK Agent of Finance Capital

By   /  December 6, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

what are the hidden assumptions behind the evaluations of political reputations? Unless these assumptions are tested and critiqued, John Key’s actual historic role as an agent of the international finance capital cannot be understood.

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GUEST BLOG: Lizzie Cook – Addressing a failure by the Government to adequately support Kura Kaupapa Māori

By   /  December 3, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

My take on the matter is that it is racism, Institutional Racism that does not like the independent Māori doing well and being successful. Pākahā dominated institutions still want to apply Pākehā rules and tell Māori what to do and how to do it.

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GUEST BLOG: John Stroh – says it all…

By   /  December 3, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

I hope one of the more experienced TDB Bloggers picks this up and uses it to light some fires elsewhere in the media. It would seem a wasted opportunity to let this study go unnoticed.

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GUEST BLOG: Martin and Lois Griffiths – HEBRON

By   /  December 3, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

The Israeli journalist Gideon Levy warns, “If you want to know what callousness is, if you want to know what racism is, if you want to know what evil is, if you want to know what injustice is and if you want to know what malice looks like, Hebron …is the best place on earth to find out.”

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