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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Trump Plays with Fire in Korea

By   /  August 14, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

Trump is reviving Bush junior’s bellicose approach to the DPRK which carries great risks for the whole world.

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Could Trump use the JFK assassination to burn America’s establishment to the ground?

By   /  August 5, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  24 Comments

…if the papers reveal a plot to assassinate its own President, in one move Trump could kill off any loyalty to the Republic and replace it with himself. Previous Presidents might have decided that such information would be too destructive to the establishment to ever release, Trump wouldn’t care.

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The jump in Green vote is a slap in the face to every white angry rich male broadcaster who spat venom at Metiria

By   /  July 31, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

The Green surge has blunted NZ First, if Metiria can rally that missing million vote, the Greens are in for the greatest result in their history.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Rogercomic: the socialist Aotearoa that might have been…

By   /  July 25, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  24 Comments

Rogercomic is a comic published by the Socialist Alliance in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 1986.

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Apartheid Israel – Violent News Gets More Clicks

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sian Robertson  /  7 Comments

By now you’ve probably heard about the deaths in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank following protests at al Aqsa mosque. That’s because violence makes for great headlines. What received almost no attention from English language media was a historic legal procedure.

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“Let’s Get Together”: National’s Campaign Video Ticks All The Boxes

By   /  July 21, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  41 Comments

George Orwell argued that power is defined by the ability to inflict pain. It is, therefore, vital that those who wield decisive power in our society be insulated from the social pain that secures it. To preserve their dominance we, the vast majority of citizens, must be persuaded that the people in charge are just like us – ordinary, decent Kiwis. And that all will be well in our beloved country so long as enough ordinary, decent Kiwis “get together” – and vote for the National Party.

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A Cautionary Tale From Canada

By   /  July 19, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

With Winston exhaling anger, and Metiria Turei breathing hope, Andrew Little and Labour need to offer the New Zealand electorate something more than a deflated ideological balloon.

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G20 meeting highlights the crisis of capitalism

By   /  July 16, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

The self-selected ‘cabal’ of ‘Caesars’ meeting at the G20 represented 85% of the world’s GDP, had limited political mandate to make decisions, and excluded most of the ‘Global South’. They embodied the world’s richest elites making decisions affecting the world’s poorest, behind closed doors.

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GUEST BLOG: Andra Jenkin – Trump: In his Own Words

By   /  July 13, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  48 Comments

When I was a kid, around 12 I guess, my father was a newsreader on Radio Windy. The news would come out of a clunky teletype machine in a long roll of paper. Circled with a line through it was the news not to be broadcast on the air. Dad assigned me the task of reading these items.

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Some bold ways of funding Green election promises

By   /  July 9, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Election promises can cost a lot of money. Here are some ways the Greens in government could raise some extra cash. All these proposals are consistent with existing Green policy.

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A Tale For The Times

By   /  July 8, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  30 Comments

WHY IS “THE HANDMAID’S TALE” so bloody scary? The movie was bad enough, but the television series is so chilling I find it hard to watch. And what, exactly, is the raw nerve which the story is touching this (it’s third) time around?

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White Wednesdays: an emerging resistance of Iranian women against the compulsory hijab

By   /  July 6, 2017  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

A new campaign designed to challenge the compulsory hijab law in Iran is encouraging women to show their support by wearing white headscarves in public every Wednesday.

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Why the PNG election is heading the country towards ‘dictatorship’

By   /  July 3, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

“We are inching closer towards dictatorship and the ensuing bloodshed and violence that must come from the hostility towards it. But, like lemmings and sheep, we are led to that reality with little resistance at all. Is this the Papua New Guinea we all believed in once upon a time?” — Oro Governor Gary Juffa

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Why is NZ supporting US use of white phosphorus weapons?

By   /  July 3, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

New Zealand’s good name is being tarnished by comments in Iraq by Kiwi Brigadier, Hugh McAslan. In his role as deputy commander of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Operation Inherent Resolve, McAslan is supporting the use of white phosphorus weapons, which have been widely condemned, including by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

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This evidence more than anything else proves why we should all fear Trump

By   /  July 2, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  17 Comments

…The US intelligence apparatus could not prove that the Syrians had committed a chemical attack, but that didn’t matter to Trump, he went ahead with a military strike regardless.

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Defend Qatar, Defend al-Jazeera

By   /  June 26, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

The Saudi-led blockade of Qatar should concern us all. It is virtually an act of war for one country, Saudi Arabia, to cut off all land access to another, Qatar, and then combine with two other countries, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, to restrict air and sea access.

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