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A Friendly Critique of the Break Free Climate Actions

Article – Robert J. Burrowes I have enjoyed reading accounts and seeing photos of those committed and courageous climate activists who participated in the recent Break Free from Fossil Fuels actions conducted at various locations in 13 countries from 4-15 May 2016. See ‘Break Free … A Friendly Critique of the Break Free Climate Actions Robert J. Burrowes I have enjoyed reading accounts and seeing photos of those committed and courageous climate activists who participated in the recent Break Free from Fossil Fuels actions conducted at various locations in 13 countries from 4-15 May 2016. See ‘Break Free from Fossil Fuels’. https://breakfree2016.org/ Much of what was done was creative (some of it demonstrating considerable flair) and, mostly, how it was done reflected a sound understanding off nonviolent principles and dynamics to which virtually all activists adhered. In this regard I must acknowledge the thoughtful ‘action agreements’ signed by participating activists, the conduct of nonviolence education workshops, the police liaison, legal briefings and arrest support, and the widespread recognition that secrecy and sabotage have no part to play in nonviolent actions for them to be strategically effective. My friendly criticism is directed at those key organisers who planned the nonviolent actions without understanding how to make the commitment and courage of those who were mobilised have maximum strategic impact on the ongoing climate catastrophe. I understand that it takes phenomenal...

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PM Press Conference Dominated by Solid Energy Debacle

Article – Mark P. Williams PM Press Conference Dominated by Solid Energy Debacle PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 25 Feb 2013 PM Press Conference Dominated by Solid Energy Debacle PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 25 Feb 2013 Scoop Audio+Video+Photos By Mark P. Williams Today the Prime Minister began his regular post-cabinet press conference in ebullient spirits, speaking confidently about his forthcoming trip to Latin America to meet leaders from Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Brazil to discuss shared trade interests and economic opportunities, including those arising from Mexico’s inclusion in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. He spoke of New Zealand’s shared interests in ‘agribusiness’, such as dairy and beef production, and referred to the long standing relationship between Chile and New Zealand. However, the press conference concluded in a distinctly changed mood as the questions were increasingly dominated by the interrogation of his government’s response to the Solid Energy debacle dating back to 2009 and 2011. ******* Questions to the Prime Minister The PM was asked what he made of today’s Labour reshuffle. He described it as a sign of a divided caucus that did not have faith in David Shearer’s leadership. Asked if he was concerned about the performance of his own MPs now that Annette King was back on Labour front benches he responded that he was confident in their abilities. The PM was asked if he would agree...

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