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Large American Pot, Meet Small Chinese Kettle

By   /  July 20, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  29 Comments

IRONICALLY, THE CONCERN over Chinese influence in New Zealand is being raised against a backdrop of unchallenged American hegemony. Extending across the whole width of the nation’s political stage, this American backdrop has become so much a part of the play’s scenery that most Kiwis no longer notice it. The inclusion of a few Chinese props, however, is enough to induce something close to panic among New Zealand’s political class.

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What’s Really Behind American Threats Against India

By   /  July 19, 2018  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  No Comments

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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Zionist-Inspired Definition Of Antisemitism Deployed Against Jeremy Corbyn.

By   /  July 19, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  28 Comments

THE NEW ZEALAND LEFT is not alone in being torn apart by what should and should not be tolerated. Only yesterday, the British Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was publicly upbraided for being “an antisemitic racist” by Margaret Hodge, a senior British Labour MP. Hodge was furious that Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has refused to accept, in full, the definition of antisemitism issued by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

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Dr Liz Gordon – Crossing lines

By   /  July 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

The media is alive this week with the fall-out from Donald Trump’s visit to Europe. The snubs, the diplomatic faux-pas, the treatment of Theresa May, and NATO, and everyone (except Vlad-the-Lad). So much news to report, so many issues.  Oh yes, and then the Great Reversal, where Trump said he said ‘would’ but meant ‘wouldn’t’. His performance at that press conference was odd; while he lies all the time, this time you could hear the lie in his voice.

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Contrasting accounts of Indonesian genocide and betrayal in West Papua

By   /  July 18, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Two damning and contrasting books about Indonesian colonialism in the Pacific, both by activist participants in Europe and New Zealand, have recently been published. Overall, they are excellent exposes of the harsh repression of the Melanesian people of West Papua and a world that has largely closed a blind eye to to human rights violations.

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Mike Treen leaves NZ for Gaza Flotilla

By   /  July 18, 2018  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

Mike Treen – National Director of Unite Union Auckland speaks before departing to join the 2018 Gaza Freedom Flotilla

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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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An Inconvenient Truth About Free Speech Denialism

By   /  July 17, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  73 Comments

Nothing could be more helpful to the cause of the Right than a Left which has lost its faith in the people. What, after all, is more likely to cause the people to lose faith in the Left than a nagging suspicion that their self-appointed liberators regard them as being either too vicious or too stupid to grasp the arguments in favour of individual freedom and social justice without instruction from above?

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Free speech for racist or religious hatred?

By   /  July 17, 2018  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

In this environment progressive New Zealanders must fight for free speech in every arena possible but this does not include defending “rights” of anyone to promote racist or religious hatred which smooths the path to fascism.

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Dr Liz Gordon – Custodial alternatives to prison for women

By   /  July 16, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

There is a mountain of good research evidence that placing women in prison causes undue harm to their families and children.  Most children end up living with extended family (few are looked after by the father), often grandparents. The children are often traumatised. There is little therapy, counselling or other support for the children.  They are vulnerable to poor health outcomes and poor education outcomes.

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Never mind the wagging tail, the system’s a dog

By   /  July 15, 2018  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

This week a range of environmental group representatives, fishing company agents, scientists, consultants and international experts gathered in Wellington to review the threats facing Maui and Hector’s dolphins. The meeting was organised by DoC and Fisheries NZ and participants had to agree to Terms of Reference which included a clause saying they wouldn’t talk to the media about the proceedings.

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Urgent appeal: stop the ethnic cleansing of Khan al-Ahmar

By   /  July 15, 2018  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Condemnation of Israel’s most recent act of destruction in the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar was expressed on 4 July this year by the European Union and the United Nations. Since the 1950s the Jahalin Bedouin community’s homes, schools and livelihoods have been under constant threat by the Israel. As one villager, Tahreer Abu Dahouk, a mother of four children all aged under ten years, put it: “we sleep afraid, wake afraid”.

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American Fissures

By   /  July 13, 2018  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Recently, upon arriving in Eugene, Oregon a taxi driver told me a story which sums up America`s incivility today. A prospective customer, with avowed pro-Trump sentiments was about to enter the vehicle. When the driver, part Hispanic but Caucasian looking, gave an opposite view the customer walked away.  Avoiding the company of  an anti-Trump liberal was well worth the inconvenience of a delayed journey.

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Free Speech Denialism Is Fascism In Action

By   /  July 12, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  74 Comments

IT HAS BEEN DISPIRITING, this past week, to learn how little people who consider themselves leftists know about fascism.

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The Costa Rican Solution

By   /  July 12, 2018  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

GOLRIZ GHARAMAN, the Greens’ defence spokesperson has castigated her coalition partners for purchasing four Boeing P-8 maritime surveillance aircraft to replace the Air Force’s ageing fleet of Orions. Her stance is more-or-less in keeping with the Green Party’s pacifist leanings, but Gharaman’s objections to the aircraft’s war-fighting capabilities raises the more interesting question of why the party needs a defence spokesperson at all?

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Union leader Mike Treen to join ship trying to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza

By   /  July 11, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Veteran human rights campaigner and union leader, Mike Treen, is about to join the 2018 international Freedom Flotilla determined to challenge Israel’s 11-year inhumane naval blockade of Gaza later this month.

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