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This is making the claim that there was a gas attack in Syria very difficult to believe. Robert Fisk is one of the great journalists of our age

By   /  April 17, 2018  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  23 Comments

Robert Fisk is one of the great journalists of our age…

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Passchendaele – Absent with Leave, a Soldier’s Story

By   /  October 14, 2017  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

John Alexander (his real name, but not his full name) – commonly known as ‘Jack’ – was 25 when World War 1 broke out. Jack was no war hero; nor was he an anti-war hero. No, Jack might best be described an anti-war anti-hero. Born as the ninth and youngest child of a South Canterbury […]

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Why I have to boycott the Poppy this ANZAC Day

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  25 Comments

There’s nothing to commemorate when we hide our war crimes, because the very honour we seek to respect can not stand while we turn a blind eye. To stand at attention during the Dawn Service with this disgrace hanging over our armed services makes us hypocrites, and the men and women who have died in our conflicts deserve better than that.

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American Overkill

By   /  April 15, 2017  /  Christine Rose, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  42 Comments

The new Sheriff is patrolling the global street, pulling out his guns at every turn. Unconcerned about overkill, a more secure world through superior American firepower seems unlikely.

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How is this MOAB any better than a Sarin gas attack?

By   /  April 14, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  19 Comments

Trump’s gotten a taste for bombing and the cheering corporate media that goes with it…

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Anyone claiming to know what is happening in Syria is pretending

By   /  April 12, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  15 Comments

For the love of all that is holy, Pentagon backed factions in Syria are currently fighting CIA back factions in Syria…

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Why Bill English is wrong to support Trump’s air strike on Syria

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Keith Locke, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

The rapidity with which Bill English fell in behind Trump’s unilateral strike on Syria shows how little the NZ government values the UN Security Council, despite just having completed two years on it. New Zealand sidelined the Security Council and supported a US strike contravening the UN Charter. Article 51 of the Charter allows one nation to strike another only in “self-defence”. America wasn’t being attacked by Syria.

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WTF: Why Trump Fired – The Tomahawks Of April

By   /  April 9, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  39 Comments

The world now waits and watches with amply baited breath to see what Putin and Russia will say or do in response. Not for the first time, the hopes for continued (broad) peace in our time rest upon burly Russian shoulders and pragmatic Slavic restraint.

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Trump Attacks Syria: America’s President Demonstrates His Country’s Commitment to “Peace and Harmony”

By   /  April 8, 2017  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  35 Comments

What has also become clear, since the missile launch, is that the American congress was not consulted or advised before the order to attack Syria was given. President Trump decided to make war upon another sovereign state unilaterally – apparently unconcerned that his decision was in clear contravention of Article One, Section 8, Clause 11 of the United States Constitution which states that “[The Congress shall have Power…] To declare War” – not the President.

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Donald Trump launches Tomahawk missiles at Syria

By   /  April 7, 2017  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  81 Comments

And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there:
Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

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GUEST BLOG: Lois Griffiths – PLEASE, NO MORE WAR

By   /  February 1, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  15 Comments

Around the end of January this year, a US Navy SEAL team , using armed Reaper drones for cover, carried out a commando raid in Yemen, attacking what the Americans said, was a compound harbouring officials of Al Qaeda .

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GUEST BLOG: Kieran Robert Kelly – US Wars are for Empire, Not for Profit

By   /  August 30, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

The idea that “war is a racket” and that wars are fought to line the pockets of profiteers is part of a tradition that comes out of an ideological consensus that is so widespread as to be nearly invisible.

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Obama and Hillary didn’t make ISIS – America did

By   /  August 18, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  23 Comments

Trump’s claims that Hillary and Obama created ISIS (a statement he now claims was sarcasm) misses the target.

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Nothing To Celebrate

By   /  August 17, 2016  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  42 Comments

New Zealand’s participation in the Vietnam War, no matter how marginal, represented a shameful capitulation to American pressure. It was an immoral war which we should never have joined, and the idea of “celebrating” its fiftieth anniversary should be repugnant to all thinking New Zealanders.

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The true horror of our unjustified war in Iraq

By   /  July 9, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

13 years after the deeply flawed and divisive decision to invade Iraq as punishment for a group of Saudi’s who had no connection with Iraq flying planes into the World Trade Centre, the Chilcot report has finally been released and it paints a grim and disurbingly naive British and American leadership who went to war based on little more than ego and bullshit.

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Gerry Brownlee uses Orlando shooting to justify NZ troops in Iraq

By   /  June 21, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  54 Comments

“We’re not insulated from the sort of thing that we saw in Orlando.” – Gerry Brownlee, re NZ extension of troop deployment in Iraq

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