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Will The New Zealand Election Outcome Mean A Fair Go For Russia?

By   /  October 17, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

[Author’s Note: this piece was originally prepared for an international audience; and is presented unaltered from its original form] Late last month, New Zealanders went to the polls for our most recent General Election. The final results have just a few days ago been announced, and they place the nationalist New Zealand First party of […]

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How Winston could use MMP for NZ First and put New Zealand second

By   /  October 16, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  37 Comments

There was a lot of behind the scenes happiness that Labour and NZ First were making great head way in terms of policy agreements, but the fact that the actual model of how the Government would function hasn’t yet been discussed should have Jacinda blinking rather than winking.

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Why Trump’s misnaming of the Persian Gulf has angered Iranians

By   /  October 16, 2017  /  Donna Miles, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

It was not the decision to decertify the Iran’s nuclear deal that has left most ordinary Iranians incensed but the US President’s misnaming of the Persian Gulf as the Arabian Gulf. Many Iranians have taken to the social media to express their rage and disappointment at the President’s failure to refer to the Persian Gulf by its proper name.

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WaateaNews: Metiria Turei vs Jian Yang – Compare the media values at work

By   /  October 14, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  23 Comments

How come a Maori solo mum who stole to feed her child a quarter of a century ago is a bigger story than a possible Chinese spy deeply embedded inside our own Government?

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How Neoliberalism Made me Selfish

By   /  September 26, 2017  /  LaQuisha St Redfern, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Saturday was election day in New Zealand, and while the final configuration of parliament is still being negotiated, as has become normal under the proportional representation system, it’s petty clear that New Zealand has voted for a continuation of a neo-liberal approach to governance.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Will US vs China/Russia end in WW3?

By   /  September 8, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

The Pentagon now agrees with anti-imperialists that the US is in decline and faces the rise of Russia and China. They term this the “loss of US primacy” or global hegemony, and want the US military to gear up to take on Russia and China.

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What’s really slowing housing markets? A 10 year old birthday present from the GFC

By   /  August 22, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  16 Comments

Lot’s of ’10 years ago today’ stuff last week marking the beginning of the meltdown in global markets as weapons of mass destruction derivatives forced a global market collapse that almost tail spun the entire planet in a steep economic depression.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Trump Plays with Fire in Korea

By   /  August 14, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  14 Comments

Trump is reviving Bush junior’s bellicose approach to the DPRK which carries great risks for the whole world.

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Could Trump use the JFK assassination to burn America’s establishment to the ground?

By   /  August 5, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  24 Comments

…if the papers reveal a plot to assassinate its own President, in one move Trump could kill off any loyalty to the Republic and replace it with himself. Previous Presidents might have decided that such information would be too destructive to the establishment to ever release, Trump wouldn’t care.

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The jump in Green vote is a slap in the face to every white angry rich male broadcaster who spat venom at Metiria

By   /  July 31, 2017  /  Martyn Bradbury, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

The Green surge has blunted NZ First, if Metiria can rally that missing million vote, the Greens are in for the greatest result in their history.

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GUEST BLOG: Dave Brownz – Rogercomic: the socialist Aotearoa that might have been…

By   /  July 25, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  24 Comments

Rogercomic is a comic published by the Socialist Alliance in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 1986.

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Apartheid Israel – Violent News Gets More Clicks

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Sian Robertson  /  7 Comments

By now you’ve probably heard about the deaths in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank following protests at al Aqsa mosque. That’s because violence makes for great headlines. What received almost no attention from English language media was a historic legal procedure.

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“Let’s Get Together”: National’s Campaign Video Ticks All The Boxes

By   /  July 21, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  41 Comments

George Orwell argued that power is defined by the ability to inflict pain. It is, therefore, vital that those who wield decisive power in our society be insulated from the social pain that secures it. To preserve their dominance we, the vast majority of citizens, must be persuaded that the people in charge are just like us – ordinary, decent Kiwis. And that all will be well in our beloved country so long as enough ordinary, decent Kiwis “get together” – and vote for the National Party.

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A Cautionary Tale From Canada

By   /  July 19, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

With Winston exhaling anger, and Metiria Turei breathing hope, Andrew Little and Labour need to offer the New Zealand electorate something more than a deflated ideological balloon.

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G20 meeting highlights the crisis of capitalism

By   /  July 16, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

The self-selected ‘cabal’ of ‘Caesars’ meeting at the G20 represented 85% of the world’s GDP, had limited political mandate to make decisions, and excluded most of the ‘Global South’. They embodied the world’s richest elites making decisions affecting the world’s poorest, behind closed doors.

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GUEST BLOG: Andra Jenkin – Trump: In his Own Words

By   /  July 13, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  48 Comments

When I was a kid, around 12 I guess, my father was a newsreader on Radio Windy. The news would come out of a clunky teletype machine in a long roll of paper. Circled with a line through it was the news not to be broadcast on the air. Dad assigned me the task of reading these items.

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