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Israel and Saudi Arabia: the rise of rogue states

By   /  October 14, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  35 Comments

The West should choose it’s friends in the Middle East more carefully.

And New Zealand should have as little as possible to do with Israel and Saudi Arabia as possible. They are both rogue states.

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Dear Israel – you are suing the wrong people!

By   /  February 1, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

You should be suing us instead! It’s unfair to give The Spinoff the privilege of being singled out when we despise what you do to the Palestinian people so much more than they do.

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – What a Trio, a Toxic Trio: Trump. Netanyahu and Mohammed Bin Salman

By   /  December 17, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

We here in NZ need to debate our role in the world. There is too much at stake. New Zealand should not be afraid to have an independent foreign policy. Someone must say NO to militarism , NO to war, YES to sanity, YES to humanity.

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Busting the myths around Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

By   /  December 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, The Nomad  /  26 Comments

Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has produced a lot of hot air; not only from the President himself, but from the mainstream media, which seems stuck more or less in the same narrative it’s been in for decades.

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Another month of Israeli oppression – November 2017 in Palestine

By   /  December 10, 2017  /  Leslie Bravery, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

In the month just ended, one that also marked the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the Palestinian people continued their struggle to survive under Israel’s profitable and cynically-imposed regime of population-control.

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The self-fulfilling evangelical death cult prophesy that pushed Trump into declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  24 Comments

For this voting block, the Bible is a literal version of events, not a metaphorical one. They believe the Earth is less than 10 000 years old, they believe climate change won’t flood the planet because God showed Noah a rainbow and they believe that the end of times and Armageddon could be upon us and they will all be raptured away to heaven.

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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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