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The Italian Job

By   /  May 31, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

RECENT EVENTS IN ITALY raise some disturbing questions about the possibility of executing radical policy reversals in this country. While New Zealand’s constitution is a considerably looser affair than Italy’s, it is still worth pondering what might happen here if a newly-elected, about-to-be-sworn-in government was promising to roll back the gains of neoliberalism. Before attempting an answer, however, it is worth re-capping what has happened in Italy.

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Trump flunks North Korea

By   /  May 25, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

News out overnight that Trump has walked away from the North Korean summit shouldn’t surprise anyone more than the original announcement of the summit.

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Trump’s Christian death cult behind US embassy move to Jerusalem

By   /  May 24, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

The massacre of Palestinians by Israel over the US Embassy recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital is driven by fanatical American Christians who see violence in the middle east as a pre-requisite for their rapture to heaven.

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America’s Bitter Legacy In The Middle East

By   /  May 11, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

THE QUESTION CONFRONTING the Democratic Party when it next takes control of the White House will, simply, be: “What now?” The next Democratic President will likely enter office with the two most powerful Islamic nations in the Middle East, Iran and Saudi Arabia, locked in a nuclear arms race. Faced with the prospect of two bitter foes acquiring the means to wipe it off the face of the earth, Israel (which already possesses its own nuclear arsenal) will be screaming at the new Democratic administration to: “Do something – or we will!” Doing something will be unavoidable – but what is it that the United States should do?

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“Convergence Des Luttes” – A Convergence Of Struggles

By   /  May 8, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

EMMANUEL MACRON will be hoping that Mark Twain was wrong about history. In the French President’s ears, the celebrated American novelist’s famous observation that although history does not repeat itself, it sometimes rhymes, can hardly be reassuring.

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Giving Trump Enough Rope

By   /  May 4, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  30 Comments

THE SPEED at which the Right is mutating is nowhere more evident than in Donald Trump’s America. One has only to examine the tensions within the American Republican Party to get some measure of its disarray. In spite of controlling all three branches of the federal government, the Republicans have never looked more fractious. Fewer and fewer on the right are convinced that politics-as-usual is any longer capable of delivering the changes they seek.

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Juchee Vs McWorld – On The Perhaps Surprising Twilight Of The Idols Commencing In North Korea

By   /  May 2, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

So North Korea might be getting a McDonalds. Gosh, the bonanza of boons as a result of this nuclear climb-down just keep proliferating!

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Happy 200th Birthday Karl Marx

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  11 Comments

May the fifth marks the 200th birthday of Karl Marx – philosopher, political economist and revolutionary. A few days before the celebrations begin he granted this extraordinary interview at an unnamed ale house in Auckland.     

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By suing Wikileaks. the DNC has shown how desperate they are to blame everyone but themselves

By   /  April 23, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

Opponents of Trump like to point to the Russian interference in the election to explain Trump winning, but I think blaming Russia for ‘hacking’ the US Election is deeply counter productive.

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Russia: An Alternative View

By   /  April 6, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  108 Comments

BEFORE CRITICISING THOSE who continue to treat Russia as an “evil empire”, I should first explain why I don’t. It’s not only because I know that without the extraordinary sacrifices of the Russian people during the Second World War (twenty million dead!) the United States and British Empire losses would have been much, much higher.

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The obscenity of the March For Our Lives

By   /  March 30, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

That naked and crucified truth, that these children are begging for safety while they learn, is too enormous and too profane to ignore and  any attempt to distract the focus from those children pleading to be safe in their schools is beneath our collective dignity and intelligence. 

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Teaching Their Parents Well

By   /  March 27, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

Forty years of right-wing counter-revolution has left its mark on the Baby-Boomers. For too many of them it proved a lot easier (and much more profitable) to give up the fight for a kinder, gentler America. For those “of tender years”, the trick will be to convince their parents and grandparents that the March For Our Lives is a march for their lives too.

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Trump’s tariffs, trade war with China, Evangelist voters & Porn Stars and his enormous North Korean gamble

By   /  March 20, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

…the latest sackings at the Trump White House & Casino this week show Trump is now so comfortable in his ignorance that he will  throw any semblance of caution to the wind and surround himself with people who flatter his ego rather than serve the Office.

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GUEST BLOG: Maire Leadbeater – 60 Years of diplomatic relations with Indonesia: black marks on the record card

By   /  February 27, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a snazzy theme to promote the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with Indonesia: ‘60 years as friends for good’.

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On Trudeau’s Indian Posturing

By   /  February 26, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

A brief word on this whole Trudeau thing. The recent one, I mean…

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Dow Jones crashes 1175 points

By   /  February 6, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  22 Comments

The grim reality that the wealth creation built since the GFC in 2007/2008 is an illusion that can only survive on record low interest rates and insane Quantitate Easing is starting to sink in with the Dow Jones following up the 666 point loss on Friday with a horror 1175 point plunge today.

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