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Trade liberalisation for the Pacific

By   /  April 25, 2017  /  Barry Coates, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

In the wake of the collapsed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the New Zealand government has desperately chased new trade liberalisation deals, despite calls for a re-think of trade policy and the development of fair and sustainable agreements.

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You know shit is bad when Scientists are protesting on the streets

By   /  April 23, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  No Comments

Scientists have been missing in action when it comes to public debate on the big issues confronting us, partly because they are so busy with expanding the total pool of human knowledge and partly because Scientists haven’t seen the need to champion science because it’s self explanatory as to why we need to listen to science.

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Jeremy Corbyn and the Magic That Failed

By   /  April 20, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  41 Comments

POOR OLD JEREMY CORBYN. He must know that the worse he does on 8 June the better most Labour MPs will like it. Indeed, an absolutely disastrous performance by Labour in the forthcoming UK general election is about the only outcome likely to convince the rank-and-file “Corbynistas” that their brave experiment has to end. They tried, and then tried again, to impose a left-wing leader on a right-wing caucus. Couldn’t be done.

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GUEST BLOG: Julie Carter – When the one-liner isn’t a joke

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Whenever simple solutions are proposed to address complex questions, alarm bells should start ringing. In the last year, the likes of Trump in the U.S. and Nigel Farage in the UK have successfully wooed electorates with populist messages that are big on rhetoric, but scant on detail.

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UK Snap Election Called

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  24 Comments

New Zealanders will wake up this morning to news that the UK Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a snap election.

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What response to SBWs rugby jersey really says about NZ

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

We are a nation who demands that our bread and circus occurs without ever having to know how the bread was baked or circus made.

We are blind, deaf and dumb when it comes to why are attention is being distracted in the first place.

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Why I have to boycott the Poppy this ANZAC Day

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  25 Comments

There’s nothing to commemorate when we hide our war crimes, because the very honour we seek to respect can not stand while we turn a blind eye. To stand at attention during the Dawn Service with this disgrace hanging over our armed services makes us hypocrites, and the men and women who have died in our conflicts deserve better than that.

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GUEST BLOG: Andra Jenkin – Flip-flopping over Ratings and the Russian Constitution

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

The problem of writing about Trump is usually where to start. Last week it was clearly with his bombing of Syria. You know, that country he didn’t want to bomb because it wasn’t America’s problem, so why should he get involved? But flip-flopping has been this week’s buzzword. Things Trump is currently flip-flopping over include […]

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Battle For The Heartland: Understanding America’s Unrelenting Hostility Towards All Things Russian

By   /  April 13, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  47 Comments

WHAT THE HELL’S GOING ON?! As events in the Middle East spiral out of control, and the prospect of a shooting war between the United States and Russia moves from possible to probable, that’s the question more and more people are asking.

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Trump launching missiles shows how easily emotionally manipulated he is or how Machiavellian he is

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  13 Comments

There are two reasons Trump decided to go 180 degrees on bis position on Syria, and neither of them are safe.

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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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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – Martin Luther King, We Need You Today!

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

In April 1967, FIFTY YEARS AGO, Dr Martin Luther King spoke at the Riverside Church in Manhattan, NYC, warning of the moral failure of a country addicted to war.

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GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Anyone who supports the Assad regime in Syria cannot be a friend of the Palestinian people

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  22 Comments

In reply to Chris Trotter and other New Zealand Leftists and Liberals rushing to excuse, or explain away, the Syrian Regime’s aerial gas attack on the liberated Syrian province of Idlib.

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Remember sleepy hobbits – this is the media company who want a newspaper monopoly in NZ

By   /  April 9, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

…for Christ’s sakes people, Fairfax’s Australian owners are telling you to their face that their editorial position will be the one that benefits their corporate masters, not our fourth estate obligations. How much more clearly do you need it spelt out to you?

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WTF: Why Trump Fired – The Tomahawks Of April

By   /  April 9, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  39 Comments

The world now waits and watches with amply baited breath to see what Putin and Russia will say or do in response. Not for the first time, the hopes for continued (broad) peace in our time rest upon burly Russian shoulders and pragmatic Slavic restraint.

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Israel’s apartheid water crime

By   /  April 8, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

For Jewish-only colonists in the Palestinian West Bank there are, of course, no water shortages. The average Israeli uses around 300 litres of water per person per day and settlers enjoy up to six times the amount of water than that allowed for nearby Palestinian communities.

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