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US-Saudi-Israeli State Sponsors Of Errorism Against Iran

By   /  April 11, 2019  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

I’m pretty sure that if *anybody’s* guilty of the whole aiding and abetting “terrorism as a tool of statecraft”, and generally being a “state sponsor of terror”, it’d be the Americans.

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The Multiple Faces Of Radicalisation

By   /  April 11, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

The readiness to withhold empathy from those whose values the radical extremist abhors has always been the first step on the staircase that leads to terrorist atrocity. The second is the radical’s hate and rage when those deemed to hold abhorrent values refuse to be silent.

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On Bolsonaro’s Ahistorical Naziism

By   /  April 11, 2019  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Several days ago, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro made headlines for his visit to a Holocaust memorial in Israel. Not so much for the visit itself, of course – it’s the sort of thing that is almost de rigueur for newly minted world leaders heading to that particular country on political pilgrimages. But rather, for his ensuing statement upon exiting the remembrance center, about those archetypal villains of the narrative of the 20th Century, the Nazis. Namely, that they were of the “left”. 

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Convenient Fictions

By   /  April 9, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

THE APPALLING CONDUCT of the Waikato DHB raises broader questions about the robustness of New Zealand’s liberal democracy. Most particularly, it challenges the whole notion that the administrators of New Zealand society remain accountable to the people they administrate

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Dave Macpherson: Waikato DHB tries to bully legal system into changing Coronial outcome in Nicky Stevens case

By   /  April 8, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

After trying for two months to get a copy of Waikato DHB’s complaint to the Solicitor General about the Coroners findings regarding our son Nicky’s death, our family has finally got its hands on a copy – and no wonder the DHB was refusing to give us a copy!

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Dr Liz Gordon – Under the sea

By   /  April 8, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

No-one wishes a stroke on anyone, and I was sorry to hear that he-who-had-a-right-wing-website-that-shall-not-be-named had two last year and has now declared bankruptcy. I wish him a speedy recovery. A friend of mine wondered how the big fish website was going now it was no longer owned by ‘he-who-had’.  

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Tom Scott and Aramoana’s Long Shadow

By   /  April 8, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

From Tom Scott’s collection of cartoons, “Life in New Zealand”‘ – his take on the Aramoana massacre on 13 November 1990 where a crazed gunman shot and killed thirteen people.

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What about the actual military weapons?

By   /  April 8, 2019  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

After the Christchurch massacre, there’s a rightful focus on the prevalence and public access to ‘semi-automatic military-style’ guns. It takes a crisis to create change but with the loopholes in our gun laws, and in light of previous governments’ missed opportunities and the current government’s previous plans to centralise gun registration inspections, in fact, reform is overdue. Shame it took a massacre to force this change.

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A shameful response to Turkey’s generosity at Gallipoli

By   /  April 8, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

When we in Australia and New Zealand cry, Lest We Forget our  fallen soldiers, we should also never forget President Atatürk’s comforting words.

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Cuba boosting ‘Pacific connection’ in defiance of US blockade

By   /  April 7, 2019  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

On a tour of New Zealand, Leima Martinez Freire, Asia Pacific director of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) says Cuba is in a position to offer support to Pacific nations, reports Michael Andrew.

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Reveal and shame the silence

By   /  April 6, 2019  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  15 Comments

Acts of love and solidarity terrify the racist, power-hungry leaders of Israel and its allies. The great unity that expressed itself in New Zealand, following the massacres at the Christchurch mosques, sent a strong signal of rejection to all who support race-hate and population control.Challenge their inhumanities.

Reveal and shame the silence that serves to cover for them!

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Unwilling To Disclose.

By   /  April 5, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  35 Comments

The suspicion arises that in 2014-2015, in some unspecified, possibly unlawful, and highly secretive way, the country’s national security apparatus was working hand-in-glove with senior elements within the police to silence and punish a couple of outspoken critics of the National-led 2008-2017 Coalition Government.

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Shadows Of The Past

By   /  April 5, 2019  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  108 Comments

While they continue to ride forth, pausing in their wild career, to salute with uplifted arms, and uplifted swords, “The Crusaders” cheering fans, deep racial memories, born of the bloody excesses of Pakeha New Zealanders’ ancestors, will stir and rise to the surface. The past has a dangerous way of intruding upon the present.

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How Patients Could Access Medicinal Cannabis by Christmas

By   /  April 5, 2019  /  Chris Fowlie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Here’s my ten picks for how to ensure patients can access medicinal cannabis as soon as possible. These can all be done within the regulations set to be developed this year. There are other measures which could increase the pace of patient access, such as allowing patients to provide for themselves (ie home growing, which I advocated for) and allowing patients with prescriptions to import cannabis medicines for their own use, however these would require changes to legislation and are outside the scope of what I’m proposing here.

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The secret closed trials of Soviet Russia. (And Aotearoa New Zealand)

By   /  April 4, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

Even worse is the realisation that it is not Martyn who is defending himself against criminal charges. It is the Police who are on trial for mis-using their powers by breaching a person’s privacy without due regard to the laws of this country.The police over-stepped and mis-used their powers of search and seizure. It was an illegal action, as Privacy Commissioner John Edwards stated with searing clarity, “that Police had collected his information in an unlawful way”.

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Please take the time to sign this in support of the NZ Tamil Association

By   /  April 4, 2019  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Urge the Government’s representative at the United Nations to engage more actively with the United Nations Human Rights Council on the issue of war crimes and genocide of minority Tamils by the Sri Lankan Government.

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