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Defend Qatar, Defend al-Jazeera

By   /  June 26, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  No Comments

The Saudi-led blockade of Qatar should concern us all. It is virtually an act of war for one country, Saudi Arabia, to cut off all land access to another, Qatar, and then combine with two other countries, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, to restrict air and sea access.

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Trumps anti-Cuba policy should be condemned

By   /  June 24, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

The latest rollback of the Obama presidency’s easing of relations with Cuba as a deepening of the blockade, now in place for 54 years, should be condemned.

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GUEST BLOG: Andra Jenkin – Business as usual – No, it’s worse, it’s Trump

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  93 Comments

People ask why I’m not writing about Barack Obama, because he too dropped bombs and gave military support to Israel and did any number of dubious things that American presidents seem to do as a matter of course. In fact presidents who have dropped bombs include but are not limited to Washington, Lincoln, Regan, Truman, Nixon, Bush senior and Junior

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Corbyn: A partisan revolution?

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

The reason that thousands of young people flocked to Corbyn’s program was because they agreed with it.  As did many die hard older Labour supporters despite decades of Blairism, and before that, decades of Labourite attacks on the working class.

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5 lessons we learnt from the British election result

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  Dr Wayne Hope, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Tony Blair`s dismissal of Labour`s election chances was entirely misplaced. Jeremy Corbyn increased Labour`s vote share by more than any leader since 1945. Labour received more votes in England than in Tony Blair`s landslide win of 1997. The success of Labour`s campaign slogan `For the many not the few` retrospectively exposed the vacuity of Tony Blair`s `third way` ideology.

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“Oh Snap” – Storming Into The New And Excellently Populist World Post-UK General Election

By   /  June 13, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

At the time of writing, we are perhaps a mere forty-eight hours after the results of the UK’s General Election came in. And already, it seems like an entire Amazonian forest of trees, and a fairly literal Black Sea of ink have already been spilled in attempting to make sense of what has happened.

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Letter from London 2 – Chris Trotter blogging election from UK

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

The Tory base may be larger than Labour’s, but its vision of Britain’s future is limited, backward-looking and profoundly hostile to all claims of social solidarity and progress. By contrast, the Corbyn-led Labour Party’s radical manifesto, and its direct campaigning style, has drawn tens-of-thousands of young and formerly disillusioned voters into the thrilling business of pursuing political, economic and social change.

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A victory for left in extaordinary UK election

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  Mike Treen, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Corbyn and the left now need their mandate to clean house within the Labour Party to ensure the loyalty of all MPs to the new left-wing party programme. It is probable a number will simply retire and take job offer from their big business mates rather than be part of a Corbyn-led party.  Others may want to start another centrist Blairite type party. But it is the absolute democratic right of members to go through a selection process for MPs before the next election.

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British Election Results are a Moral Victory for Corbyn’s Alternative Political Possibilities

By   /  June 10, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  32 Comments

The loss of Theresa May’s clear Conservative majority has already rocked conventional assumptions, agendas and elites. The realm of the politically possible has been blasted open – because the electoral support for Corbyn doesn’t just reflect a resurgence for British Labour, it has allowed a publicly popular discussion about a whole different political economy.

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Comey testifies – no smoking gun, Trump safe for now

By   /  June 9, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

Trump’s mix of corrupt capitalism, brittle ego and aggressive neurotic defensiveness makes trying to derive motive from his behaviour extremely difficult, and I think while Comey’s testimony is completely true and factual, the crazy shit that floats through the President’s mind which he can use to defend his comments makes impeaching him successfully an extremely unlikely event.

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Trump fiddles while Paris burns but is criticism cheap hypocrisy?

By   /  June 4, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

In short, Paris was a complete failure to begin with because it simply did not go anywhere near far enough. Trump pulling out is the least of our concerns.

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What, wait, John Armstrong just said what?

By   /  June 4, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  10 Comments

So that very same John Armstrong who demanded Cunliffe resign over a bottle of wine that never existed months before the 2014 election is now months from the 2017 election writing Labour off again?

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GUEST BLOG: John Stroh – What it means to “AVOID AMERICAN”

By   /  June 3, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

On this grand occasion of a visit by a Trump agitator to New Zealand next week – I speak of the former Fossil Fuel Industry ogre who is tasked with the oh so challenging job of finding a use for and promoting the sale of American weapons around the world – it seems timely to serve up a reminder to let go of America. The European Union is doing it and New Zealand as a country has opportunities to follow suite.

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Latest UK Poll – Labour cut Tory lead down to 3 points!

By   /  June 1, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

If Corbyn can do the impossible and pull off one of the great political wins of the 21st Century, he will remind every progressive political Left Party around the planet that an economically populist Left wing agenda can win the people over.

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GUEST BLOG: Te Reo Putake – The UK Election: May’s Munted Mandate

By   /  May 31, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  13 Comments

Unelected Tory PM Theresa May called an early general election on April 18th, saying that she needed a mandate for Brexit. At the time, it was hailed as a masterstroke and it was assumed the Conservatives would romp to victory. But now … not so much.

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Imagine if we had Journalists in NZ who had the courage and ability to do this

By   /  May 31, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

Imagine if NZ had a broadcaster with the talent and ability to do this. Imagine if the political lies could be shown up for what they are. Imagine the kind of media landscape and deeper debate we could have if we did.

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