Category Foreign Affairs

Pilger compares ISIS to Khmer Rouge – US complicit

Love him or loathe him, John Pilger cuts to the chase in a recent article on ISIS, From Pol Pot to ISIS: “Anything that flies on everything that moves” ISIS is the progeny of those in Washington and London who, in destroying Iraq as both a state and a society, conspired to commit an epic […]

XKEYSCORE – Nah, yeah

In a remarkable admission John Key has been forced to admit that Edward Snowden’s claims about the Five Eye’s comprehensive spying platform XKeyscore may very well be true but the data is not coming from mass surveillance on New Zealanders by the GCSB. This is how Key was reported in the NZ Herald; Prime Minister […]

Snowden was the star

Tonight’s Moment of Truth mostly lived up to it billing, with the notable and glaring exception of Kim Dotcom’s email revelation pertaining to John Key allegedly knowing about him well before the mansion show raid; and actively participating in his entrapment here, colluding with US interests. It is not clear why he pulled this part of […]

Time for New Zealand to leave the UN

The United Nations like the League of Nations that preceded it is nothing but a sham, a pretence for civilised debate while the economic and military behemoths of the world serve their own interests, regardless of what is expressed in its chambers and with impunity thanks to the ludicrous Security Council veto. Little old New Zealand, who so […]

Where are you on Gaza Helen Clark?

Having a browse of Helen Clark’s tweets of late you could be forgiven for thinking she has no strong personal position on Gaza. A number of retweets, mostly from the BBC, that bastion of British conservatism, reporting casualties in Gaza does not a protest make. Sure she is not the Secretary General but she is in […]

John Key – Obsequious sycophant

Has there ever been a more obsequious New Zealand Prime Minister than John Key? Far from his reputation as the “smiling assassin” there seems no end to how far he will go to ingratiate and prostrate himself with the US President or his Secretary of State. To be fair he has history. As a new […]

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 meet Iran Air Flight 655

The likely destruction on Flight MH17 by military surface to air missiles has several precedents including one in 1988, when a US navy cruiser accidentally shot down an Iranian airliner carrying 290 people, killing all of them. As western pressure goes on Russia to establish the extent of its liability for the recent tragedy the […]

Israel, Gaza and collective punishment

The inane and futile Palestinian/Israeli conflict is once more being played out in Gaza. Vox.com presents a very revealing graph of the disturbing asymmetry between Israeli and Palestinian casualties since 2000. Israeli response to Palestinian rockets or suicide bombers has been grossly disproportionate and there seems as little will on the Israeli side as the […]

Iraq, Wikileaks and military force – here we go again

Julian Assange has just had his second anniversary of being holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. A good time to remember why Wikileaks and Assange became so hated by those in authority. I don’t know if Assange is more egotistical and misogynistic than your average bloke – his personal attributes or failings have nothing […]

Turkish genocide denial and Gallipoli day

In an earlier post from 2012 I discussed the uncomfortable connection between the Armenian Genocide and Gallipoli Day and the notable silence in Australia and New Zealand surrounding both the genocide and its denial by Turkey. With the 100th commemoration of Gallipoli less than 18 months away I questioned whether this was because Australian and […]