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One Indian Worth More Than Bridges’ & Ross’ Brainpower Combined

By   /  October 19, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Now while, to be sure, it is possible that this may have been meant as a direct comment on how National’s two Indian MPs are seen within the party as individuals … I think given the surrounding context of the conversation that it is quite clear the National Party does not see the Indian communities within New Zealand in a particularly positive light.

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Should There Be A Statute Of Limitations In Politics?

By   /  October 8, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

It is a curious thing. By the end of last week, a pretty appreciable portion of my newsfeed were discussing Clayton Mitchell’s “NZ Values” proposal. Or, at least, that’s what they *thought* they were doing.

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Didn’t Like ‘The Last Jedi’? You Might Be An Unpatriotic Russian Troll Undermining American Democracy … Apparently

By   /  October 5, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

There is an anecdote about how, in Stalin era USSR, everything would somehow be blamed on Trotsky. Soviet economy didn’t meet 5 year plan output targets? Trotsky’s fault. Collectivization of agriculture has unintended effects on food supply? Trotsky’s fault. Building collapses? Trotsky’s fault. Factory machinery stops working? Trotsky’s fault. Fall down the stairs? Trotsky’s fault. Etc.

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Actually Democratic Conversation Around What Recreational Drug We Want Available Is The REAL NZ Value

By   /  October 1, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Er … they want to do what? Potentially deport people for, among other things, not being in favour of recreational access to alcohol?

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A Modest Proposal For Russia’s Response To Israel In The Wake Of An F-16

By   /  September 21, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

So now the dust (or, perhaps, some measure of the ‘fog of war’) is starting to clear over Monday’s events in Syria, it’s probably prudent to reflect on what Putin can and should do in response to what has occurred.

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Jihad Vs McLanguage in Maori language week

By   /  September 13, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Over the past year or two, I’ve endeavoured to popularize the concept of “Jihad Vs McWorld”. If you want a really tangible demonstration of “McWorld” in action, look no further than the McDonalds workplace policy brought to light by Newshub this evening – wherein Maori staff responding to Maori customers attempting to place an order in Te Reo Maori, was firmly clamped down upon by McDonalds’ management, on grounds that “English is our McLanguage” .

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METHINKS THE KINGDOM DOTH PROJECTETH TOO MUCH – On Saudi Arabia’s Attack Against Canada

By   /  September 6, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

You know, it is the most curious thing. I opened my newspaper earlier in the week (not in a web-browser, either – I am archaic like that); and saw the Saudi Foreign Minister boldly stating that his country’s recent declaration of economic war against Canada was motivated by opposition to “an unacceptable interference in our […]

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Plaudits For Law-Change Free Prison Muster Reduction

By   /  September 5, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on Plaudits For Law-Change Free Prison Muster Reduction

It is worrying in the extreme that a situation of unjust imprisonment may be welcomed ‘just because’ it may make somebody else feel a little bit safer – indeed, it is tantamount to starting down the greased incline of asking whether certain segments of the population ought be ‘walled off’ for the general protection of the rest of us even regardless of whether they’ve actually been proven to have committed any crime.

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What To Make Of Allegations John Bolton Is A Russian Spy

By   /  August 27, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

I have to say, the recent news that the Democratic Party is gunning for John Bolton as an alleged ‘Russian Spy’ … has me feeling seriously “confused”, to say the least.

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This Man Is Your Friend: He Fights For Freedom!

By   /  August 15, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Reflections On The Geopolitical Significance Of India On Independence Day

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“…And That’s How You Get Nazis” – The Polish Example

By   /  August 10, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

What if these “anti-Nazi” measures are, in point of fact, at least occasionally “how you get Nazis”?

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What’s Really Behind American Threats Against India

By   /  July 19, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

You know, it is a curious thing. When Pakistan made moves about potentially acquiring Russian-made S-400 anti-missile/anti-air system … there was, largely, silence. Yet when India goes to actualize acquisition of S-400 systems as part of a deal with Russia that was negotiated in 2016 – United States moves to impose sanctions on India.

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If You’re Serious About Southern – This Is The Next Logical Step

By   /  July 17, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

While s61 of the Human Rights Act makes it unlawful to “excite hostility against or bring into contempt” racial/ethnic groups in a variety of contexts … I am unaware of any parallel and corresponding prohibition on doing likewise against religious groups or adherents on a similar basis.

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US Withdrawal From UN Human Rights Council Is Cold War Caricature

By   /  June 25, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

The US having issues around ‘inconvenient truths’ on human rights being brought up at the UN is not exactly a new phenomenon. This cartoon from the height of the Cold War depicts then-US President John F. Kennedy facing off against then-Premier/First Secretary of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev.

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Why I’m Not That Concerned About ACT Twerking Its Way To 2020 Victory

By   /  June 20, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

it’s probably useful at this point to take a bit of a closer look at the prediction being advanced in certain quarters that David Seymour’s efforts on a certain reality tv show of late might somehow singlehandedly revive the ACT Party. As an actual “party”, I mean, rather than an entity whose Parliamentary Caucus can currently be counted using the single finger of one hand. 

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“If This Is Marxism Then I Am Not A Marxist” – What Would Karl Think Of The PRC Claiming His 200th Birthday?

By   /  May 13, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

It kinda amuses me, kinda infuriates me how much of a big deal the People’s Republic of China’s been making in relation to Marx’s birthday over the weekend.

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