Khader El-Yateem: DSA Marxists run Socialist Lutheran Arab for New York City Council
July 27, 2017 – 10:25 pm EST | No Comment

Lutheran pastor Reverend Khader El-Yateem is the latest Democratic Socialists of America crypto-communist to seek public office. He is running for New York City Council to represent the Bay Ridge area in Brooklyn. El-Yateem says he’s running as a Democrat to “reform the party from within”. According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle; “When I became […]

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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 […]

Chilean Communist "Reminds" Socialist President.
January 24, 2006 – 10:48 pm EST | 4 Comments
Chilean Communist "Reminds" Socialist President.

On December 17, Guillermo Teillier, leader of the Chilean Communist Party, reminded Chile’s new Socialist president, Michelle Bachelet, that without the support of the left she would not have won. Said Teillier,“We now hope that Bachelet will fulfill the promises that she has made before the people and trade unionists. We are now going to […]

New Bolivian President Cements Links with Cubans
January 24, 2006 – 7:55 am EST | 3 Comments
New Bolivian President Cements Links with Cubans

From Prensa Latina “Bolivian President Evo Morales and Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage held talks at the governmental headquarters in La Paz on Monday, in an environment of friendship that marks historic relations between both nations. Lage, who heads the delegation that attended Morales´ swearing-in on Sunday, is accompanied by Foreign Investment and Economic Collaboration […]

Make Communist Fronts History
January 24, 2006 – 6:36 am EST | 3 Comments
Make Communist Fronts History

From Scoop Hat Tip Lindsay Mitchell “A diverse panel of community representatives is calling on all NZers to make “poverty wages history” in 2006 at a press conference this Wednesday January 25, 12 noon at the Mercure Hotel, 8 Customs St. The panel includes grassroots organisations, including health, student, ethnic and poverty groups, NGOs, unions […]

Advice for ACT’s Next President?
January 24, 2006 – 12:42 am EST | 7 Comments
Advice for ACT’s Next President?

Rob Good has come up with a great idea. He asks“If you were elected as the President of the ACT party, and if you had the power and ability to make some big changes within ACT what would that be and how would you implement it?” Link to Rob at Puntiki and give him your […]

Heat Produces Light!
January 23, 2006 – 10:55 pm EST | 5 Comments
Heat Produces Light!

There’s been some scrapping over five blogs recently between some National supporters and some ACTivists. While there has been some personal stuff, I think the results have been positive. It’s got people thinking more about National/ACT relations and also what we need to do to improve our respective parties. Spiit of ’76 has come up […]

"Woeful" Washout at Waihopai
January 23, 2006 – 4:26 am EST | 5 Comments
"Woeful" Washout at Waihopai

Organisers of last weekend’s protest at Waihopai surveillance station are disappointed at the turnout and lack of local support. About a 100 protesters marched through Blenheim chanting “Waihopai spies, people die”, yet this inspired hardly a local to turn up in support. For all the publicity, it is actually a little bit woeful, how many […]

Bolivia’s New Leader, Cosies up to Castro
January 23, 2006 – 4:06 am EST | 3 Comments
Bolivia’s New Leader, Cosies up to Castro

Before even being inaugurated, Bolivia’s president-elect, Evo Morales of the Movemement Towards Socialism, paid a flying visit, just before new year, to Fidel Castro in Cuba. During the visit, Castro and Morales announced a 30-month plan to eliminate illiteracy in Bolivia, provide free eye operations to up to 50,000 Bolivians and provide 5,000 medical scholarships […]

W.A.Y.N.C.R.? Number 1, Bruce Cronin
January 21, 2006 – 11:20 pm EST | 8 Comments
W.A.Y.N.C.R.? Number 1, Bruce Cronin

Some of you who attended Auckland University in the ’80s and ’90s might remember my first “Where Are You Now, Campus Radical?” profile, Bruce Cronin.Cronin is now is Director of Postgraduate Programmes at the University of Greenwich Business School, UK. He teaches on corporate strategy and business networks. “He has researched, consulted and published on […]

W.A.Y.N.C.R.s are Coming!
January 21, 2006 – 10:42 pm EST | 3 Comments
W.A.Y.N.C.R.s are Coming!

I’ve had a lot of positive feedback on my Socialist Academic Profiles, so I thought I’d add another series to run in tandem. Some of my ex uni student readers might sometimes wonder, “what ever happened to those Marxist stirrers?, who tried to run student politics when I was at uni?”. You know the types; […]

Gerry Eckhoff Still Fighting for Property Rights
January 21, 2006 – 10:27 pm EST | 7 Comments
Gerry Eckhoff Still Fighting for Property Rights

Former ACT MP, Gerry Eckhoff might be back on the farm, but he’s still doing what he does best-sticking up for property rights From Newstalk ZB “Former ACT MP and Central Otago farmer Gerry Eckhoff has issued a trespass notice against DOC, stopping department staff going onto his property to survey a supposedly endangered plant. […]

Free Markets Make You Safer
January 21, 2006 – 2:25 am EST | 3 Comments
Free Markets Make You Safer

In an earlier post I wrote about how taxi companies and insurance companies, working together in a free market could ensure passenger safety more effectively and fairly, than an any state regulatory agency. I suggested that in a true free market, taxi companies could be sued and therefore would need to carry public liability insurance. […]

Why We Need a Free Market in Sperm
January 21, 2006 – 1:55 am EST | 6 Comments
Why We Need a Free Market in Sperm

From Radio NZ “Fertility clinics are turning down sperm donations from gay men because of Australian regulations aimed at curbing the spread of HIV, a fertility specialist says. A Wellington man says he has been discriminated against after he was rejected by a sperm bank as a donor because he is gay. The man, who […]

Keith Locke Wins "Hypocrite of the Year, 2006"…. in January!
January 19, 2006 – 11:45 pm EST | 13 Comments
Keith Locke Wins "Hypocrite of the Year, 2006"…. in January!

Green MP Keith Locke has pulled off a stunning coup in taking out the New Zeal “Hypocrite of the Year” award for 2006, in January. However our panel of judges felt compelled to award the prestigious prize to Mr Locke as they felt no one could possibly match his latest achievement. As reported in this […]

Nohopers Protest at Waihopai
January 19, 2006 – 1:46 am EST | 7 Comments
Nohopers Protest at Waihopai

The annual protest at the “US spybase” at Waihopai near Blenheim takes place this weekend. Organised by the Christchurch based, Anti Bases Campaign, a motley gathering of communists, anarchists, peaceniks, hippies and other no-hopers, will camp outside the base from Friday to Sunday and try to get themselves on TV. This how ABC describe the […]

Who Protests at Waihopai?
January 19, 2006 – 1:13 am EST | 4 Comments
Who Protests at Waihopai?

Waihopai protest 2000. Marxist Green MP Keith Locke. Waihopai protest 2003. On left, Dr Hannah Middleton, President, Communist Party of Australia.

Don Brash Looks to the Future
January 18, 2006 – 9:54 pm EST | 8 Comments
Don Brash Looks to the Future

According to Colin Espiner in today’s NZ Herald, Don Brash is firm on leading National into the next election and is realistic about the need to work with other parties. “Brash, who turned 65 after the election last September, said yesterday that after “overwhelming” positive feedback from the party, his colleagues and the public, he […]

Three Generations of Real Revolutionaries
January 18, 2006 – 1:53 am EST | 6 Comments
Three Generations of Real Revolutionaries

Sir Roger Douglas, ACT MP Heather Roy and some of the ACT on Campus leadership at last weekend’s retreat in Wellington.

10,000 Hits
January 17, 2006 – 11:45 pm EST | 11 Comments
10,000 Hits

Just ticked over 10,000 hits in 68 days blogging (seems like forever). This is a lot better than I thought I’d do. Thanks for reading, thanks for your comments and thanks to the other bloggers for your links and hat tips.

A Typical Chilean Exile?
January 17, 2006 – 6:14 am EST | 5 Comments
A Typical Chilean Exile?

After Pinochet overthrew the Allende government in the early ’70s, thousands of Chilean socialists fled the country. Many came to NZ, including Victor Humberto Batista. Formerly an officer in the Chilean Army, Batista was tortured by Pinochet’s secret police, before fleeing the country to NZ. Batista settled in Wellington with his wife and eleven children. […]

Socialists Hold Chile, Chavez Cheers
January 17, 2006 – 6:13 am EST | 8 Comments
Socialists Hold Chile, Chavez Cheers

Abridged from today’s Reuter’s “Chile president-elect Michelle Bachelet, a Socialist who will be the country’s first female leader, vowed on Monday to shrink the gap between rich and poor that persists in the South American nation despite lower poverty and a thriving economy. Bachelet, from Chile’s ruling centre-left coalition, won 53 percent of ballots cast […]

Chile’s Socialist President, Michelle Bachelet
January 17, 2006 – 4:47 am EST | 6 Comments
Chile’s Socialist President, Michelle Bachelet

Chile’s first woman president, Michelle Bachelet has an interesting history.Bachelet, was born in Santiago in 1951, the daughter of an Air Force general. In 1971, while studying medicine at the University of Chile, she became active in the Socialist Party’s youth wing. At the time the party was “Guevarist” and was led by Marxist, Salvadore […]

Pravda’s View of Castro, Chavez and "Lula"
January 17, 2006 – 3:30 am EST | No Comment
Pravda’s View of Castro, Chavez and "Lula"

Text excerpts from Pravda online 28.7.05 by Ivan Shmelev “The beginning of the year 1959, when Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba, became a bucket of cold water emptied on the USA. Castro was not saying anything about socialism at first. However, the new Cuban leader aimed his political course towards the USSR after […]

Falloon on the Ins and Outs of Sperm Donation
January 16, 2006 – 6:29 am EST | 6 Comments
Falloon on the Ins and Outs of Sperm Donation

Andrew Falloon has an excellent piece on free market solutions to the sperm donor shortage. “Allow the free market to operate in sperm “donation.” If a couple (or single woman) wants a baby, is willing to pay, and a “donor” is willing to accept the terms, allow it. This would allow those wanting a child […]

MMP-More Marxists in Parliament, Part 3 (Final)
January 16, 2006 – 1:37 am EST | 6 Comments
MMP-More Marxists in Parliament, Part 3 (Final)

Part 2 here In September 1991, just prior to the formation of the Alliance Party, Bill Andersen wrote a widely circulated open letter, from his Socialist Party of Aotearoa, calling for a “people’s coalition to form a government of national salvation” in order to “meet the broad interests of the NZ people“. Andersen said the […]