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On Human Rights – Declared, Upheld, And Otherwise

By   /  December 11, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

The 10th of December marks the 70th Anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. It’s a pretty interesting document – not least because, if you peruse its contents, it contains an array of “rights” that have largely fallen by the wayside here in modern, neoliberal society.

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On The Opportunistic, Would-Be Hijacking Of The Yellow-Jackets By Neoliberals

By   /  December 7, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

A thought that’s been gestating in my head these past few days about the Yellow Jackets “political moment”, is how … I guess you could say that “populism” looks like *very* different things to different people.

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When It Comes To Huawei, Corporate Media Think “National Interest” Is The Dividend China Gets For Owning Us

By   /  November 30, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

It’s pretty interesting watching the reactions in the media to the GCSB disallowing Spark from using Huawei tech in the 5G network upgrade.

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On ‘smashing Brahminical Patriarchy’

By   /  November 27, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on On ‘smashing Brahminical Patriarchy’

Another day, another case of an American man whipping up ignorance and divisive idiocy via the Twitter medium they’re immanently associated with. Except in this case, it’s Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. And rather than speaking on a matter that is relevant to America, he’s chosen to wade into India’s ongoing post-colonial internal conflicts over “caste”.

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Why The Democrats Actually Lost The Midterms

By   /  November 9, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Controversial Opinion: The Democrats actually kinda *lost* yesterday’s US Midterms.

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Trump Is Many Things – An Anti-Semite, He Is Not

By   /  October 30, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

During my .. brief awokenness this afternoon, I happened to peruse the newspaper. And what did I see? Pieces commenting on the recent attack at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. This is, of course, to be expected. But what was *not*, like *at all* to be expected, was the escalating level of accusations in relation to the attack that Donald Trump… is apparently an anti-semite.

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On National’s Yet-Unsinking Poll Numbers

By   /  October 26, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on On National’s Yet-Unsinking Poll Numbers

Thinking about the National Party’s recent woes – there’s a funny sort of … I guess you’d say “symmetry” to a lot of happenings politics; and not simply in the sense that they occur “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce”.

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On TVNZ Thinking It Was “Diwali” Last Weekend

By   /  October 23, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

So you get somebody at TVNZ endeavouring to engage in a nice gesture (which, again, I *do* think is a pretty cool intent here – and should be lauded, up to a point), on grounds that they’ve heard that Auckland City Council is holding a “Diwali” event, and therefore without doing the proper research, they just kinda assume … and ‘get onboard’ by wishing us all a “Happy Diwali” two weeks early across multiple channels.

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On Jamie-Lee Ross’ Present Trajectory

By   /  October 22, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

There are several things that need to be said on the most recent development with everybody’s favourite Botanical bete-noir.

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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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