Category Foreign Affairs

Assassination by drone

In a previous post on the ethics of Realpolitik I questioned the morality of acceptable “collateral damage” ie civilian deaths. Given the New Zealand Prime Minister’s long unflinching support for unilateral US action in Iraq and Afghanistan, and indeed that of many previous governments for US intervention, I am curious as to the formula both […]

US navy 1 – national government 0

“Does not subservience and obsequiousness breed contempt?” I said this in a post a couple of days ago in reference to the sycophantic approach of successive New Zealand governments to their dealings with the US. The Key government has taken things to a new level and lo and behold news comes in of the NZ Navy being […]

The rise and rise of the military-industrial complex in the us

Excellent documentary shown on BBC in 2005 about how pervasive the military and the corrupt military-industrial complex behind it  has become in the US and how corrosive it has been to the body politic. It also raises several of the points I made in an earlier post about cognitive dissonance, propaganda and co-opting the media. Another documentary […]

American Hypocrisy on cyber warfare & human rights

Some excellent posts by American blogger and author Glenn Greenwald. He is a former Constitutional and civil rights litigator, is the recipient of the first annual I.F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism, and is the winner of the 2010 Online Journalism Association Award for his investigative work on the arrest and oppressive detention of Bradley […]

Why we need the journalism of outrage particularly in times of war

An essay on journalism and propaganda in times of war as part of my PGrad Dip in Communications in 2011. “On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question “Is it […]

realpolitik – gutless excuse for the status quo?

Realpolitik  – politics or diplomacy based primarily on power and on practical and material factors and considerations, rather than ideological notions or moralistic or ethical premises. Is there room for ethics and morality in international politics? I ask this question after re-reading three excellent articles by Rolling Stone Magazine on Afghanistan, one of which resulted […]