June 11, 2018 – 11:33 pm EST |

Part 9 here. It is almost certain that without the intervention of Steve Phillips and the help of his old communist networks across Alabama, Doug Jones would not be a US Senator today. President Trump would have one more vote in the Senate and the Republic would be at least slightly less imperiled. San Francisco […]

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I Believe You Too, Louise
April 4, 2006 – 2:56 am EST |
I Believe You Too, Louise

I think by now most of us know about the suppressed evidence in the Louise Nicholas rape trial. Yesterday a group of Wellington women distributed 1200 leaflets exposing the suppressed information. One of the them was Grace Millar, from the UNITE union. I don’t often agree with socialists like Grace Millar, however I admire her […]

World Social Forum-Socialist/Muslim Love Fest
April 2, 2006 – 10:29 pm EST |
World Social Forum-Socialist/Muslim Love Fest

Excerpts from Green Left Weekly April 5th 2006 It had been touch and go for this six-day World Social Forum, postponed from January because of the devastating earthquake last October. But in the end, more than 35,000 people attended — mostly Pakistanis but also activists from 59 other countries… Farooq Tariq, the general secretary of […]

Socialist/Muslim Co-operation
April 2, 2006 – 10:08 pm EST |
Socialist/Muslim Co-operation

From Green Left Weekly, 5th April 2006 The fourth Cairo Conference took place on March 23-26 under the theme “With the resistance in Palestine and Iraq against globalisation, imperialism and Zionism. Those attending the conference included the International Socialist Tendency, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the Red Alliance in the Netherlands, Palestine solidarity activists from Canada […]

Who’s Saving the Snails?
April 2, 2006 – 2:48 am EST |
Who’s Saving the Snails?

According to Scoop 14 March 2006 Twenty-two members of the Green Party, walked into Happy Valley for the weekend to show their support to members of the indefinite occupation. The Save Happy Valley Coalition is grateful for the support shown by members of the Green Party and is pleased to be able to share interest […]

Spies and Conflict at Happy Valley
April 2, 2006 – 2:31 am EST |
Spies and Conflict at Happy Valley

According to today’s Sunday Star-Times State-owned coal company Solid Energy has admitted hiring private investigators to spy on environmental activists protesting against a proposed West Coast mine. Solid Energy chief executive Don Elder said the company had a contract with Thompson and Clark Investigations Ltd, a private investigations firm specialising in providing security to the […]

Rodbo!
April 1, 2006 – 10:39 pm EST |
Rodbo!

From Rodney’s Blog Remember the Herald’s Rambo Hide story? It fuelled a lot of fury about a politician being photographed holding a gun—at a gun show of all places. I was back at the Henderson Gun Show yesterday and met the fellow who took the picture. He said the Herald paid him $1200 for it. […]

Texas FBI’s Terrorist Watch List
April 1, 2006 – 12:09 am EST |
Texas FBI’s Terrorist Watch List

In a guest lecture at the University of Texas School of Law on March 8, FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent G Charles Rasner listed Indymedia, Food Not Bombs and the Communist Party of Texas as “terrorist watch” cause groups in Austin. Rasner gave a presentation entitled “Counter-Terrorism Efforts in Texas” to a US law and […]

Aussie Communist "Peace" Activists Honoured
March 31, 2006 – 11:45 pm EST |
Aussie Communist "Peace" Activists Honoured

From the Communist Party of Australia’s “The Guardian” 29 March, 2006 Communist Party of Australia President Hannah Middleton and Central Committee member Denis Doherty have been honoured with one of Australia’s most distinguished peace awards. The Sydney Peace Foundation has previously honoured outstanding international activists such as Indian author Arundhati Roy, Palestinian peace campaigner Dr […]

Bring Back "Patterns Based Evidence"
March 31, 2006 – 11:02 pm EST |
Bring Back "Patterns Based Evidence"

This is an issue that has long bugged me. I have no legal training so I’d appreciate any comments from lawyers or law students who could correct or confirm my understanding. Once “patterns based evidence” was admissible in our law courts. Now it usually isn’t. To illustrate; say a man was on trial for burglary […]

Maoists on the March in India
March 30, 2006 – 11:15 pm EST |
Maoists on the March in India

Excerpts from a Reuters article By Simon Denyer 30.3.06 Rattled by a wave of Maoist attacks that have left hundreds dead, officials from 13 Indian states will meet on Friday to try to stem a rebellion that is menacing huge swathes of the country’s centre, east and south. The Maoist insurgency dates back 40 years […]

How I Discovered Liberty
March 30, 2006 – 7:55 am EST |
How I Discovered Liberty

I attended Rangiora High School from 1971 to 1975. In 1972 I was over the moon when the Kirk Labour government came to power. By my 5th form year,1973 I was a committed leftie, communist even. That was the year of the oil shock. I remember arguing with Chris Rowe that V8 cars should be […]

Venezuela and Vietnam Strengthen Ties
March 29, 2006 – 11:34 pm EST |
Venezuela and Vietnam Strengthen Ties

From Green Left WeeklySocialist Vietnam and Venezuela, led by socialist President Hugo Chavez, have agreed to build a “strategic relationship” and to bring their economic relationships on a par with their already strong political links. The countries’ two-way trade in 2004 was only US$4.5 million. Vietnam National Assembly chairman Nguyen Van An led a delegation […]

Why Can’t We Be Friends?
March 29, 2006 – 2:33 am EST |
Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Expat ACT Goddess, Cathy Odgers has done an interesting guest post on Clint Heine’s Blog. Like most of us she wants Sir Roger Douglas and Rodney Hide to work more constructively together My formal disclosure is that I absolutely love both Rogerand Rodney. For entirely different reasons. I have nevermet two completely different, yet so […]

Peter Harris on Robert Mugabe
March 29, 2006 – 12:46 am EST |
Peter Harris on Robert Mugabe

After returning from working in an economic commission in Zimbabwe, Peter Harris was interviewed by the Public Service Association Journal of September 1980. He had this to say about Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe. “So far I think it has been managed very well and I think Mugabe is an enormously impressive person. He’s done very […]

How "Left" is Peter Harris? Does it Matter?
March 28, 2006 – 11:31 pm EST |
How "Left" is Peter Harris? Does it Matter?

Peter Harris, the “left wing” half of the Harris/Hooten team canned from Radio NZ is an interesting character. The Listener of 14.4.01 described him as one of the inner circle of power in the Labour government. He served as an economic advisor to Minister of Finance, MichaelCullen from 1999 to 2003. In September 2003, Harris […]

Radio NZ or Radio Labour?
March 28, 2006 – 11:05 pm EST |
Radio NZ or Radio Labour?

David Farrar’s Kiwiblog reported yesterday that Radio NZ has canned its only anti Government voice. This was the nine to noon politics segment with Matthew Hooton and Peter Harris. Harris, a former (and I think also does some current work for Labour) staffer for Cullen, and Hooton, who worked for National in the 90s, would […]

My Best Ever Threat
March 28, 2006 – 1:37 am EST |
My Best Ever Threat

As Pete Lusk will tell you, “on the edge” political activism often invites anonymous threats. I’ve had a few over the years, but by far the best happened in 1986. I’d been campaigning for a while against the Soviet use of prison labour to produce goods for export. NZ law forbade the import of prison […]

Red Green Turns Yellow
March 27, 2006 – 11:45 pm EST |
Red Green Turns Yellow

According to the Dom Post of March 25th, West Coast Greenie, Peter Lusk is chucking in his spokesmanship of two groups because of threats and intimidation. Lusk has been the high profile spokesman of the Buller Conservation Group and the West Coast branch of Forest and Bird. He has also been active in the occupation […]

Humble Apology Time
March 27, 2006 – 10:41 pm EST |
Humble Apology Time

Pip posted this on David Farrar’s Blog yesterday I am interested that the VP of ACT doesn’t think expropriating someone else’s property is any kind of an issue. Pip was referring to my cut and paste of some biographical notes on Radical Youth member, John Darroch. I lifted the segment, with slight editing, from Tearaway […]

ACT Backs Flat Tax
March 27, 2006 – 8:43 am EST |
ACT Backs Flat Tax

Excellent!!!!! From a Dom Post report on Rodney Hide’s speech to the weekend’s ACT conference. ACT would press for a flat 15 per cent tax rate and a Bill of Taxpayers’ Rights, which would hold per capita spending at present levels unless a referendum approved an increase

Dump This Dodgy Deal Mayor Moore.
March 27, 2006 – 3:55 am EST |
Dump This Dodgy Deal Mayor Moore.

So far, Cristcthurch City Council’s plan to sell a part share in the Lyttelton Port Company to a subsidiary Hutchison-Whampoa has not gone smoothly. So far, several letters to the editor and blog posts have revealed Hutchison’s links to the Chinese Government and Peoples Liberation Army. Otago Port Company has swooped on Lyttelton Port Company […]

Opposition to Lyttelton Port Deal Growing
March 27, 2006 – 3:44 am EST |
Opposition to Lyttelton Port Deal Growing

From Alliance Party member, Joe Hendren’s Blog The Keep Our Port Public coalition (KOPP) is holding a public meeting in Christchurch opposing the sale of Lyttelton Port Company to Hutchison, a Hong Kong based multinational corporation. The sale represents the restart of the agenda to privatise publicly owned assets, and there are good indications the […]

"Kiddie Commie" Skites to Aussie Comrades
March 27, 2006 – 2:19 am EST |
"Kiddie Commie" Skites to Aussie Comrades

Excerpts from today’s issue of Aussie Marxist-Leninist paper Green Left Weekly. Article by Omar Hamed of Aotearoa Radical Youth. On March 20 in the heart of Auckland’s central business district, 1000 high school students who had walked out of school that morning rallied to demand an end to youth rates. The students were demonstrating the […]

Rodney’s Rebels
March 25, 2006 – 10:57 pm EST |
Rodney’s Rebels

Part of the new ACT Board at yesterday’s ACT annual conference in Wellington. Standing Warren Jones, Helen Simpson, David Seymour, Garry Mallett (President), Mike Collins, Muriel Newman, Andrew Falloon, Yours Truly, Barbara Astill (Party Secretary) Seated Great leader, Rodney Hide, Helmswoman, Heather Roy

ACT’s New Board
March 25, 2006 – 9:04 am EST |
ACT’s New Board

Members of ACT New Zealand have elected Garry Mallett as their new President and Trevor Loudon as Vice-President “ACT members have once again elected quality people with talent and passion”, said outgoing ACT President Catherine Judd. Regional Board Members Auckland North: Brendon CullenAuckland South: David SeymourWellington: Michael Collins Deputy Board Members Auckland South: Warren JonesWaikato/BOP: […]

Congratulations Mr VP
March 24, 2006 – 8:03 am EST |
Congratulations Mr VP

Congratulations to my husband, Trevor, on his sucessful bid for Vice Presidency of ACT today. The party couldn’t have a more diligent, loyal and philosphically aligned VP. Love Tracey

Russia and China Co-operating on Energy
March 23, 2006 – 6:59 am EST |
Russia and China Co-operating on Energy

From Outsidethecube Worlds largest energy cooperation agreement. A number of important cooperation agreements have been signed between Russia and China during the visit to China of President Putin. The most important are in the energy cooperation and a number of joint ventures.It is readily identified that the growth of the Chinese economy has been fueling […]

W.A.Y.N.C.R.? Number 5, Joss Debreceny
March 23, 2006 – 12:07 am EST |
W.A.Y.N.C.R.? Number 5, Joss Debreceny

My Fifth, Where Are You Now, Campus Radical? profile is of TVNZ’s newly appointed publicity manager, Joss Debreceny. From a “Public Relations” family (his father worked for the Labour Party in the ’70s), Joss Debreceny is well on his way up the corporate ladder. Immediately before joining TVNZ, Debreceny worked for a well known PR […]

W.A.Y.N.C.R.? Number 4, Quentin Jukes
March 22, 2006 – 5:05 pm EST |
W.A.Y.N.C.R.? Number 4, Quentin Jukes

My latest Where Are You Now, Campus Radical? profile is of Quentin Jukes, a long time colleague of Green MP, Sue Bradford. Quentin Jukes was active in student politics at Waikato Uni in the early ’80s. Jukes studied Social Sciences and was on the Waikato Students Union executive in 1982/83. In 1985 he was Vice […]

Another Good Reason to Ban Human Cloning
March 21, 2006 – 10:26 pm EST |
Another Good Reason to Ban Human Cloning

If human cloning ever becomes a reality, this picture might be a taste of the horrors to come. From Rodney’s Blog British Labour MP Austin Mitchell’s snap of me the day before the election last year has won 100 pounds for the CLIC Sargent charity that provides care and financial support for children and families […]