Settling back into the status quo: NZ Herald and its Hit and Run coverage

I had a little interaction with an often very good NZ Herald investigative business reporter this morning about their morning coverage as it related to Hit and Run (Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson’s new book on an SAS operation gone very very wrong): David Fisher is outstanding and has covered New Zealand’s military operation overseas… Read More Settling back into the status quo: NZ Herald and its Hit and Run coverage

Nukes are back in fashion: proliferation, a terror we thought we had left behind

In the beginning of October, 40 million Russians engaged in three days of drills in preparation for a nuclear or natural disaster. Last week, Vladimir Putin instructed Russian officials overseas to bring all their relatives home. India and Pakistan are escalating their decades old conflict in the Kashmir. Syria and Iraq seem quagmires that more… Read More Nukes are back in fashion: proliferation, a terror we thought we had left behind

It’s time for an intervention: Australia’s goose-stepping over refugees to villainy

It is a matter of historical record that the majority of European governments knew of the existence of concentration camps prior to World War II. Political refugees who had escaped the Third Reich brought reports of beatings, torture and executions, and this was backed by a few brave reporters. European powers reacted with disbelief. Similarly,… Read More It’s time for an intervention: Australia’s goose-stepping over refugees to villainy

National Security: an open cheque for the GCSB and SIS

The Review of Intelligence and Security by Sir Michael Cullen and Dame Patsy Reddy is a strange beast. The two eminent reviewers see themselves as proposing a sensible and sober streamlining of our two intelligence services, the Security Intelligence Service (SIS) and the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB). John Key sees the review as having… Read More National Security: an open cheque for the GCSB and SIS

Monsters amongst us: inhumane commentators damn us all in their refugee crisis response

[Trigger warning: the photos of Alyan Kurdi’s body and Laith Majid with his children are in this blog] This is not a blog about Alyan Kurdi. But it is a blog about who we allow to speak to us about Alyan Kurdi. The public outpouring of grief and the demand for change in the pathetic… Read More Monsters amongst us: inhumane commentators damn us all in their refugee crisis response

We need to impose sanctions on Australia

Currently New Zealand abides by the UN Security Council sanctions imposed on Al Qaida and the Taliban, the Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, North Korea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The range of sanctions include: asset freezes in which we “prohibit dealings in… Read More We need to impose sanctions on Australia

Not in our name: remembering our World War I peacemakers this Anzac Day

Often the two World Wars are given as the final winning argument as to why non-violent resistance and pacifism is not a practical solution to conflict and stopping aggressors. The argument is simply that only violence could have stopped the Kaiser in World War I and Hitler and the Third Reich in World War II.… Read More Not in our name: remembering our World War I peacemakers this Anzac Day

Lest we remember: the jarring jingoism of the Iraq deployment on this Anzac Day

Like many of you, I imagine, the centenary of the invasion of Turkey at Gallipoli by the Anzacs including the New Zealand Expeditionary Force has piqued my interest in my own personal ancestral connection to this distant conflict. None of my ancestors were at Gallipoli itself, but I had three ancestors who joined the armed… Read More Lest we remember: the jarring jingoism of the Iraq deployment on this Anzac Day

The Copenhagen shootings & building the case for the inhumanity of Muslims

On Morning Report, the public service radio station here in Aotearoa New Zealand, sandwiched between faux outrage that Andrew Little, the leader of the Labour party, paid a bill late and real outrage from the Greens party that Andrew Little doesn’t care what they think, a report on the Copenhagen shootings included an interview with… Read More The Copenhagen shootings & building the case for the inhumanity of Muslims

Fighting ISIS & the troublingly “high price” of being family with the USA and Britain

On 24 May 1965, Keith Holyoake and his Cabinet formally committed to provide combat troops to the growing conflict in Vietnam. Though they had provided modest support up until this date, this was the point at which our position became the position of our allies Australia and the USA. Over the next decade, more than… Read More Fighting ISIS & the troublingly “high price” of being family with the USA and Britain