Hypocritical Connecticut Congress members condemn Trump’s Russian ties: all are connected to pro-Moscow organizations
June 26, 2017 – 12:13 am EST | No Comment

Trevor Loudon From: WND Few Congress members have been so critical of President Donald Trump’s Russian ties as has the Connecticut delegation. Yet, Connecticut’s two Senators and five House members all have their own long standing ties to a pro-Moscow organizations, operating in their own state. In early May, the entire delegation issued statements on […]

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Trevor Loudon Replies to Russel Norman
February 6, 2006 – 2:31 am EST | 29 Comments
Trevor Loudon Replies to Russel Norman

While Russel Norman has yet to satisfactorily reply to my questions to him, there has been interest expressed on this and other Blogs, in my answers to questions posed by Russel to me. To remove any impediment to Russel clarifying the answers to my questions, I will now answer his questions to me. I hope […]

Fisking Russel Norman
February 4, 2006 – 10:59 pm EST | 13 Comments
Fisking Russel Norman

After confirming that he was once a member of an Australian Marxist-Leninist organisation, the Democratic Socialist Party, I sent Green Party official, Russel Norman some further questions. Below are the questions, Russel Norman’s replies and my comments. Trev. “Can you please confirm if you held any official positions in theSWP/DSP, or any of its auxiliary […]

S.A.P. Number 6, David Bedggood
February 4, 2006 – 1:18 am EST | 17 Comments
S.A.P. Number 6, David Bedggood

My sixth Socialist Academic Profile is on Auckland University senior sociology lecturer, David Bedggood. Bedggood is a veteran of the department, having joined it in 1972 after gaining an MA from Canterbury and a DPhil from Waikato. He was educated at Hamilton Tech and part-time at “every NZ university except Otago and Massey, while working […]

Roger Douglas Made Me Rude!
February 4, 2006 – 12:59 am EST | 2 Comments
Roger Douglas Made Me Rude!

From today’s Herald, Hat Tip Rodney Hide Boorish Kiwis could all be the fault of the fourth Labour Government, says Auckland University sociologist David Bedggood. He believes the sweeping market reforms that began with the advent of the David Lange-led Labour Government in 1984 moved people’s mindset away from egalitarian ideals of the past to […]

Marxists Set to Launch New Mag
February 3, 2006 – 7:14 am EST | 4 Comments
Marxists Set to Launch New Mag

In Australia, the Marxist-Leninist grouping, Democratic Socialist Perspective, has joined with the International Socialist Organisation and some other small Marxist parties, to form an umbrella group, the Socialist Alliance. The Socialist Alliance contests student, union, local body, state and federal elections and is attempting to become a “third force” in Australian politics, to the left […]

Chavez and Morales Ally to Fight Capitalism
February 3, 2006 – 4:23 am EST | 5 Comments
Chavez and Morales Ally to Fight Capitalism

New Bolivian President Evo Morales and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez have confirmed eight agreements to create greater cooperation between the two countries. Chavez said the two governments are united in a “battle against neoliberalism, against capitalism”. The areas that Venezuela and Bolivia have agreed to act on include health and education, as well as energy […]

Greens Love DSP, DSP Loves Chavez
February 3, 2006 – 3:05 am EST | 3 Comments
Greens Love DSP, DSP Loves Chavez

Russel Norman, Jeanette Fitzsimons and Keith Locke’s comrades in the Australian, Democratic Socialist Perspective, love Venezuela’s Marxist strongman, Hugo Chavez, like a chocolate. Here are excerpts from an article in GreenLeft Weekly from February 1, 2006 by long time DSP member Jim McIlroy, on Chavez’s speech at the recent World Social Forum in Caracas. VENEZUELA: […]

Heather Roy on Police Power and Juvenile Crims
February 3, 2006 – 12:46 am EST | 3 Comments
Heather Roy on Police Power and Juvenile Crims

ACT MP Heather Roy is the Party’s spokesman for security issues. Consequently she spent part of her Xmas break out with the Porirua police. Heather’s comments on juvenile offending and police power (or lack of)to deal with the problem. Juvenile offending has become a serious and escalating problem. I was surprised by the extent of […]

Further Questions For Russell Norman
February 2, 2006 – 6:47 am EST | 2 Comments
Further Questions For Russell Norman

Thank you Mr Norman, for confirming your membership of the Socialist Workers Party/Democratic Socialist Party. Perhaps you would be good enough to answer these questions. Can you please confirm if you held any official positions in the SWP/DSP, or any of its auxiliary organisations ie Resistance, Environmental Youth Alliance, CISLAC etc? Did you ever travel […]

Green's High Flier, Admits Marxist Background
February 2, 2006 – 6:13 am EST | One Comment
Green's High Flier, Admits Marxist Background

Leading Green Party co-ieadership contender, Russell Norman has admitted to beginning his political career as a member of a Marxist-Leninist political party. In response to my post on Norman’s links to the Australian , Norman, today, posted a statement on the Green Party’s FrogBlog. Here is an excerpt. I joined the Democratic Socialist Party (or […]

Rodney’s Vision for New Zealand
February 2, 2006 – 3:02 am EST | One Comment
Rodney’s Vision for New Zealand

Rodney Hide delivered his Forward Thinking for New Zealand speech at the Crowne Plaza Auckland, this morning. It’s just the kind of speech that ACT needs to set the tone for the next three years. ACT’s principle’s are laid out in practical terms and there’s good advice for Don Brash, on how to keep his […]

ACT on Campus Storms the Fortress
February 2, 2006 – 12:16 am EST | 2 Comments
ACT on Campus Storms the Fortress

ACT is set to elect a new board, president and vice-president. This is do or die stuff. ACT either has to get on track fast, or next election will be our last. What heartens me most and gives me confidence is the role ACT on Campus activists will be playing in the Party’s future. David […]

Green Party’s Marxist Links, Demand Explanation
February 1, 2006 – 7:22 am EST | 2 Comments
Green Party’s Marxist Links, Demand Explanation

The NZ Green Party, for many years, has been closely linked to the Australian “Democratic Socialist Party”, (now Democratic Socialist Perspective). Party leader, Jeanette Fitzsimons, International Affairs spokesman and MP, Keith Locke and 2005 campaign manager and probable next co-leader, Russell Norman, all have close ties to the DSP. So what? The DSP, despite its […]

Was the Green’s "Mr Clean", a Marxist-Leninist?
January 30, 2006 – 2:08 pm EST | 63 Comments
Was the Green’s "Mr Clean", a Marxist-Leninist?

The Green Party will choose a male co-leader at its national conference in June. In a speech to Green Party members Whangarei on the 28th of January, Greens’ co-leader, Jeanette Fitzsimons “sent a strong signal to the party’s grassroot members that they should consider looking outside the current crop of MPs for a new male […]

Red Flag Flies Over Latin America
January 30, 2006 – 3:15 am EST | 8 Comments
Red Flag Flies Over Latin America

The Communist Party USA sees great hope in Latin America and the Caribbean. Below are excerpts from an article from their “People’s Weekly World” reprinted in the Communist Party of Australia’s “Guardian” of 20th April, 2005. This was written before the socialist victories in Chile and Bolivia and of course, the possible socialist victories looming […]

Chavez Chooses Socialism
January 30, 2006 – 1:58 am EST | No Comment
Chavez Chooses Socialism

I believe Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez sees himself as the heir to Fidel Castro. I believe he will try to use his country’s oil wealth, to achieve Castro’s dream, socialism from Mexico to Argentina. Here are a few items on Chavez, taken from the Australian Communist Party’s “Guardian” and the Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s […]

Jordan Carter on Why Labour Can Win Again.
January 29, 2006 – 2:39 am EST | 8 Comments
Jordan Carter on Why Labour Can Win Again.

Jordan Carter of Just Left has has blogged on why he believes Labour can win a fourth term (shudder). The article is well worth a read by anyone who thinks the Centre/Right can coast to victory in 2008. Jordan Carter makes the point that; “Never again is there going to be the kind of confluence […]

Google Bes Evil
January 29, 2006 – 1:14 am EST | 5 Comments
Google Bes Evil

David Farrar at KiwiBlog has an excellent post on Google’s decision to set up a Google China service which will censor out terms unacceptable to the Chinese Government. Google’s motto is “Don’t Be Evil” so its fair to say that many, including myself are shocked and appalled by their decision. Says David “To put it […]

Cuban Trained Doctors "Sow the Seed of Solidarity"
January 28, 2006 – 6:50 am EST | 5 Comments
Cuban Trained Doctors "Sow the Seed of Solidarity"

In a recent post I wrote about the fact that Cuba is training East Timorese doctors. “Cameron” in a replying comment said “I don’t see what’s so wrong with this. East Timor can get a cheap boost to its poorly resourced health system” What Cameron misses is the fact that Castro does nothing for nothing. […]

W.A.Y.N.C.R. Number 3, Dale Frew
January 28, 2006 – 6:49 am EST | 3 Comments
W.A.Y.N.C.R. Number 3, Dale Frew

Anybody who attended Waikato Uni in the’90s would probably remember the subject of my third “Where Are You Now, Campus Radical?”, profile, Dale Frew. Frew was a “mature” student. He came to Waikato in ’92 after 10 years as a union official, first with the Butchers and grocers Union and then as Waikato Secretary of […]

S.A.P. Number 5, Mike Law
January 28, 2006 – 4:35 am EST | 7 Comments
S.A.P. Number 5, Mike Law

My latest Socialist Academic Profile is of Mike Law of Waikato University. Law has a BA from Auckland, a Diploma of Education Studies from Waikato and a masters of Education from Rutgers. He is chairman of the Department of Sociology and Social Policy and is Seniorr Lecturer (Labour and Trade Union Studies). Law has a […]

New Slogan for ACT?
January 27, 2006 – 11:53 pm EST | 2 Comments
New Slogan for ACT?

Rob Good at Puntiki wants your suggestions on a new slogan for ACT. “What would be a better slogan for ACT, should ACT drop a slogan all together, or do you like “The Liberal Party” slogan?

The "Liberal" Word, Help or Hindrance?
January 27, 2006 – 7:04 am EST | 23 Comments
The "Liberal" Word, Help or Hindrance?

From comments on ACT’s future posted on Rob Good’s Puntiki Dan King “ACT has never employed marketing effectively. Our liberal brand means nothing to the average Jo Schmo who might vote for us, if he actually knew us. We need to ditch this intellectual ‘liberal rubbish’ and go for grass roots branding. ‘The party for […]

Aaron Tells it Like He Sees It
January 26, 2006 – 10:56 pm EST | 6 Comments
Aaron Tells it Like He Sees It

The kinder part of a comment posted on Rob Good’s Puntiki by former ACT Deputy Board member and current National Party member, Aaron Bhatnagar. “I am not interested in handing out specific free advice for ACT, other than to note that ACT has always searched for one single silver bullet to fix all its problems […]

Owen McShane Talks Sense on House Prices
January 25, 2006 – 10:55 pm EST | 6 Comments
Owen McShane Talks Sense on House Prices

From the NBR 20.2.06 by Owen McShane’ Everyone knows we all want higher incomes and lower prices. Nobody likes to see headlines saying “oil prices rose 20% last year”… or “Price increases of 20% demonstrate continuing strong economic growth”.Yet headlines that read “House prices continue their strong upward trend” are cause for celebration by the […]

Councils and RMA to Blame for High House Prices.
January 25, 2006 – 10:31 pm EST | 3 Comments
Councils and RMA to Blame for High House Prices.

This morning’s Press Release from Christchurch based property investor, Hugh Pavletich, is right on the button. “Recent comments by two Bank economists ( NZ Herald – “Low incomes blamed for affordability crisis” – by Anne Gibson – 25 January 2005 ) in response to the 2006 Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, are seriously wide of […]

W.A.Y.N.C.R.? Number 2, Marinus La Rooij
January 25, 2006 – 9:36 pm EST | 9 Comments
W.A.Y.N.C.R.? Number 2, Marinus La Rooij

Those of you at Otago Uni, in the early ’90s or Vic in the mid ’90s, might remember the subject of my second “Where Are You Now, Campus Radical?”, profile, Marinus La Rooij. La Rooij joined Jim Anerton’s New Labour Party in 1989, while still only 17 or 18. He stood for Parliament for the […]

Who is Cindy Kiro?
January 25, 2006 – 1:45 am EST | 6 Comments
Who is Cindy Kiro?

When Cindy Kiro was appointed as Children’s Commissioner in 2003, the Commission put this bio on their webste. “Dr Kiro has a PhD in Social Policy and has worked mainly in the area of public health and advocacy for children and young people. She is married and mother to two young men and is of […]

Every Child Needs a "Big Brother"
January 25, 2006 – 12:41 am EST | 4 Comments
Every Child Needs a "Big Brother"

From this morning’s Christchurch Press. “The Children’s Commissioner wants the Government to test every New Zealand child four times during childhood as part of a radical plan to keep tabs on child welfare. As part of the proposal, commissioner Cindy Kiro said she wanted children assessed at milestones in their life as part of an […]

Cubans Targeting East Timor
January 24, 2006 – 11:00 pm EST | 4 Comments
Cubans Targeting East Timor

In December 2005, East Timorese Prime Minister, Bim Amude Mari Alkatiri, paid a state visit to Cuba at the invitation of the President of the Council of State and Ministers of Cuba, Fidel Castro. conforming to a familiar pattern, Castro announced that Cuba is prepared to send up to 300 doctors to East Timor, in […]