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MAD DOGS and whales

It seems ironically fitting that the “whale”, as Cameron Slater likes to refer to himself, should be in Israel when Dirty Politics broke cover. This is because not only is Israeli politics a hornets nest of internecine warfare, but also because of Israel’s promotion of its “Mad Dog” persona and the Samson Option, the threat to bring […]

Israel beyond rogue state – now a pariah state

The continued invasion of Gaza by the IDF and its systematic destruction from the air has moved well beyond disproportionate to criminal. Yet despite the wanton and calculated destruction of homes, mosques and public infrastructure and the senseless and counterproductive murder of its civilians, western nations including New Zealand remain on the sidelines and essentially mute, issuing […]

Israel, US – Rogue states

In 2002 US historian and foreign policy critic William Blum published a book titled Rogue State – A guide to the world’s only superpower. He opened his introduction with this paragraph; This book could be entitled Serial Chain-Saw Baby Killers and the Women Who Love Them. The women don’t really believe that their beloved would do […]

Greed is not good – now what are we going to do about it?

If Reserve Bank of New Zealand governor Graeme Wheeler believes what he said to Brian Fallow at the Herald, that in the financial sector; “The compensation levels are outrageous in many cases for the added value truly generated.” The Occupy Wall St movement had a lot of powerful points to make. “But they didn’t have a […]

why the New Zealand banks hate the LVR restrictions

The latest data that the restrictions the Reserve Bank put on high Loan to Value loans is having the desired effect will be making both banks and property speculators rather nervous. In a single month high LVR loans have gone from 25% of bank lending to 11% and although other loans have partially offset this […]

Police – Protecting you or the status quo?

Britain has a long and disgraceful history of not only the intelligence services but also the police trying to both infiltrate and act as agent provocateurs inside peaceful protest groups. A recent Guardian newspaper article on how the police tried to recruit (not realising he was being filmed) a Cambridge student into spying on different […]

Have the New Zealand Green Party become banal?

Realpolitik, the belief that politics should be pragmatic and based on “reality” rather than any form of utopian or moral ideology. By moving to the banal center of New Zealand politics, that empty wasteland where policies and ideas are reduced to a single sentence or 30 second sound bite, where the debate is framed by […]