VIDEO: CAFCA’s Murray Horton on NZ’s independence and foreign policy

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In the era of President Donald Trump in the US, CAFCA’s Murray Horton provides a hard look at Aotearoa’s place in the world. And he asks the question – why are we still a loyal member of the American Empire?

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Courtesy of the Pacific Media Centre and Asia Pacific Report

The advent of President Donald Trump in the US provides an unprecedented opportunity to take a good, hard look at Aotearoa’s place in the world.  And to ask the question – why are we still a loyal member of the American Empire?

As the old saying goes, you are judged by the company you keep.

CAFCA Murray Horton says it’s time for this country to pull the plug, to finish the business started in the 1980s, which saw us out of ANZUS, and break the chains — military, intelligence, economic and cultural — that continue to bind us to the American Empire.

Speaker: Murray Horton, national organiser of the Christchurch-based Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA).

Plus a clip from John Pilger’s new documentary The Coming War on China.

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  1. CLEANGREEN says:

    About time we considered Neutrality nation status ahead of the coming third world war.

  2. Sam Sam says:

    Military organisations serve two functions. Before the the brake down of the ANZUS treaty in the 80’s white papers and weapons procurement document where pretty open about what they where doing which was to fund the next revolution in high speed technology and that is an important function of the military, you can do this because people think we’ve got defend ourselves so we will pour money into stimulating private enterprise, mostly abroad. Another function is beating people up, if you want to run the world you have to have force. The reason why Wiahopai station and the US air base in Christchurch is aimed at any one who might be a problem someday is what Dean Backer calls the nanny state for the rich. So a large function of the military is making sure the rich is protected.

    The Danger for these stimulus bubbles is playing out in the market for energy company debt. Since 2010 oil exploration in New Zealand raised hundreds maybe billions as the reserve bank holds borrowing costs near zero, investors are question the ability of some issuers ability to meet there debt obligations. Some researchers say the default rate for energy junk bonds will double next year, because New Zealand is a dwarf in this sector so each step down is difficult with no soft landings.

    The income from energy junk bonds is used to collateralise more bond issuance, and so we have billions of energy junk bonds leading to new zealand energy sector is collateral for tens of billions possible hundreds of billions in loans through out the system. So the demand for oil is that there is no demand for oil relatively speaking and all the money printing in the world is simply going into a black hole of debt and not stimulating enough economic activity to uplift the demand for oil.

    So if you want to talk seriously about organised defence of Aotearoa/New Zealand you have to talk about transforming New Zeelands energy and decentralising it and the modalities to secure it and so on and so forth and that conversation starts with alternative sources of energy that creates upward mobility. Further more Aotearoa/New Zealand off grid definitions should include but not be limited to:

    – no mortgage debt or rent
    – No electric bill
    – Free water with no fluoride
    – Grow your own organic food
    – Total self sustainability
    – Be with nature
    – Still have every modern luxury

    Once and energy source is procured that creates upward mobility you will not hesitation to defend Aotearoa/New Zealand.

  3. Mike in Auckland says:

    While Mr Pilger and others may have some valid concerns to raise, it is naive to the extreme, to think, that Mainland China has no ambitions of its own to become a more influential superpower and create its own network of “bases” all over the globe. They have a smarter, more subtle way of exerting influence, mostly through trade links and so forth, but they cannot be dismissed as not having any intentions that may endanger the freedoms and independence of other nations.

    Tying up other nations through trade relations is one expert strategy, to exert influence, as in NZ we are now having Councils and Central Government do all, to control and stop protestors, who may appear and wish to express their voices, when a Chinese official or dignitary visits here.

    One poor example was the incident with the Russel Norman protest outside Parliament, with his Tibetan flag. That was harmless, we have police stop protestors all over the show at other times, and few media dare show the hundreds or thousands of immigrant Chinese wave their national flag, when outside hotels and so “welcoming” the heads of state of the nation they originate from.

    Tell Africans about the “benefits” of Chinese investment, it is increasingly becoming a double edged sword they deal with.

    I get the point of this post, but hey, be less one eyed, thanks.

    I totally support New Zealand becoming more independent from the US and other powers, but the economics show, we are so compromised, it is not funny.

  4. Jack Ramaka says:

    Nah under this National Regime we will go where the USA goes, following our big brother.

  5. Helena says:

    We are an outpost for the U.S. Military Industrial Complex and we give a “clean green” home to its worst evildoers:
    I strongly believe that until we kick these leaches out and claim this land back as Sovereign Land belonging to we, the Sovereign people, in hand with our police and Armed Forces, we will continue to be hamsters/lemmings led by one political party or another who itself is over-ruled by outside politics. Too simple? Why make the problem complicated when it’s plain to see whatever the PM’s name is that he/she stands naked.

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