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Trump’s move over Jerusalem undermines international law and disgraces the US

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

US President Trump’s surrender to Israel’s territorial ambitions reveals contempt for international law, in particular the Fourth Geneva Convention. Trump’s announcement contradicts even the most recent Security Council Resolution, UNSCR 2334 of December 2016. Israel’s control of East Jerusalem, including the Old City, is illegal because under international law, an Occupying power does not have sovereignty over foreign territory it militarily occupies.

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Trump Recognises Jerusalem: The Zionist End-Game Begins

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

By announcing the United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Trump has sent two very important messages to the extreme Zionist elements in Israeli society. The first message is brutally simple: the so-called “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is dead. The second, to the government of Benjamin Netanyahu, is that, as the political logic of the two-state solution’s demise is followed to its inevitable and brutal conclusion, the United States has got Israel’s back. Not just at the UN Security Council, but everywhere Israel needs American support.

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Poverty and inequality won’t be challenged by Tax working group

By   /  December 5, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Last week Statistics NZ released the National Accounts for the year to March 2017, which revealed that working people are receiving only 48.7% of the national pie compared to a peak of 58.7% in 1981.

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Compulsory Maori language in New Zealand schools

By   /  December 4, 2017  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  56 Comments

Brash’s comments criticising the use of the Maori language on Radio New Zealand are childish and pathetic. And that’s before we get to the underlying oppressive racism.

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URGENT ATTENTION ALL ANTI-TPPA ACTIVISTS

By   /  December 4, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  33 Comments

We discovered less than a week ago that MFAT is hosting ‘consultations’ around the country, with David Parker, this week on the TPPA-11. It appeared to be a last-minute decision to do something before Xmas, and somehow they forgot to send invitations to critics who have attended previous ‘consultations’. Presumably the business sector was given priority notice. There is no information on the MFAT website, but we know at least about these:

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Don Brash’s attitudes a relic of colonialism

By   /  December 3, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  46 Comments

Don Brash also overlooked the historical and contemporary diversity, and complexity of New Zealand, saying ‘New Zealand values are British values’, and that a lot of socio-economic deprivation among Maori is because they ‘don’t speak English properly’.

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Mr English: Where are National’s secret coalition negotiation papers?

By   /  December 3, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  46 Comments

Bill English has been kicking up a shit-storm, demanding that Labour release what they have been describing as a “secret coalition agreement” between Labour and NZ First.

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Radical Transformers? Doesn’t Sound Like It.

By   /  December 2, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  41 Comments

TO ACCUSE POLITICIANS of being part of a “tax and spend” government is just another way of calling them social-democrats. By the same token, politicians who explicitly renounce the policies of tax and spend are signalling that they are anything but social-democrats.

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The bizarre de-registration of anti-WTO NGOs

By   /  December 2, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

Yesterday I wrote to Trade Minister David Parker asking him to intervene urgently over the sudden and bizarre de-registration of representatives of prominent NGOs who had been accredited to attend the World Trade Organization ministerial conference from 10 to 13 December in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Green Party Lesson No. 1: Anticipating The Direction Of Political Sniper Fire

By   /  November 30, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

IN POLITICS, as in war, the aggressor’s first strike is almost always directed against the defender’s weakest point. That being the case, the National Opposition has clearly identified the Ardern Government’s lacklustre political management skills as its primary target. Their secondary target, equally clearly, is the Greens

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Golriz Ghahraman has answered her critics well

By   /  November 30, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

In summary, Golriz has never hidden her defence role in the Rwanda and former Yugoslavia Tribunals. She has spoken about those experiences many times, and put them on her LinkedIn CV. It has been good to see the legal experts such as Andrew Geddes and so many progressive people coming to her defence.

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EXCLUSIVE: Waikato DHB Chair jumps off cliff before being pushed

By   /  November 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

As suggested in The Daily Blog only a couple of days ago, Simcock’s continuing presence as the supposed ‘leader’ of one of the largest DHB’s ($1.4B annual turnover) was a major impediment to the organisation’s recovery from the excesses of rip-off merchant Nigel Murray, the former CEO outed, and ousted, six weeks ago, after blowing $218,000 of taxpayers’ money on wine, women and travel. 

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The latest on resisting the TPPA

By   /  November 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Professor Jane Kelsey, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

David Parker has promised to hold consultations after the TPPA-11 has been agreed and before it is signed. That could be at very short notice and in a very short window, unless people intensify the pressure on the government to follow Canada’s lead and go back to the table.

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National’s $11.7 billion hole is right where they left it

By   /  November 28, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

The claim of an $11.7 “fiscal hole” became a dominating irritant throughout the election campaign, even though in large part it failed simply because no one else (except Bill English) agreed that it existed.  TV3’s “Newshub” even created this now-famous, handy, infograph to illustrate the fact that Joyce and English were effectively on  their own;

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Genuine Open Government Empowers People and politicians alike

By   /  November 28, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

The old adage: “Information is Power”; imposes a real moral burden on democratic socialist politicians. If democracy is all about giving power to the people, then withholding information from them is, objectively, an act of deliberate disempowerment.

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EXCLUSIVE: WAIKATO DHB – the Nats flunky taking the organisation down with him?

By   /  November 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

Many will have heard mainstream or social media chatter in the last few months about the ripoffs and rorts perpetrated by the rather unsavoury Nigel Murray, now former CEO of the Waikato DHB.

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