Tag: World News

Lament for Humanity: A 50 Year Reflection

Robert J. Burrowes Deeply affected by the death of my two uncles in World War II, on 1 July 1966, the 24th anniversary of the ‘USS Sturgeon’ sinking of the Japanese prisoner-of-war ship ‘Montevideo Maru’ which killed the man after whom I am named, I decided that I would devote my life to working out why human beings are violent and then developing a strategy to end it. The good news about this commitment was that it was made when I was nearly 14 so, it seemed, anything was possible. Now I am not so sure. Here is my report on 50 years of concerted effort to understand and end human violence. In 1966 one of my immediate preoccupations was war. The US genocidal war on Vietnam was raging and, as a sycophantic ally of the United States, Australia had been drawn into it some years previously. Trying to understand what this war was really about was challenging, particularly given the limited (mainstream) sources of information available to me at the time. But I was deeply troubled by another problem too. I had seen a photo of a starving African child in the newspaper when I was ten and I found this most disturbing. Why did adults let children starve? I wondered. And trying to make sense of this by reading newspaper reports or asking those around me was...

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Q+A: Expat and UK Leave Campaigner interviewed by Greg Boyed

Press Release – TVNZ Q+A: Expat and UK Leave Campaigner Shane Frith interviewed by Greg Boyed The idea that Britain cannot survive or thrive outside of the EU is nonsense says ex-pat Kiwi. Former NZ Young Nats president Shane Frith who worked on the Leave Campaign …Q+A: Expat and UK Leave Campaigner Shane Frith interviewed by Greg Boyed ‘The idea that Britain cannot survive or thrive outside of the EU is nonsense’ says ex-pat Kiwi. Former NZ Young Nats president Shane Frith who worked on the Leave Campaign and is based in London says people who don’t want to accept the results of the vote are ‘in the first stage of grief. They’re in denial.’ There is no chance of Parliament voting against the referendum to vote to stay in despite a Labour MP calling to do so, he says. “It shows the mind set of some individuals, who think that the will of the people should just be ignored.” Speaking to Greg Boyed on TV One’s Q+A programme, he says “it was not the best example of shining democracy. There were things done on both sides that I thought were appalling”. “On day one when Britain is fully out, essentially what will happen is existing British laws and existing British trade agreements will remain static. Britain can then start to negotiate new ones. And interestingly enough, I’ve seen...

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What happens when the power structure ignores the people

Speech – New Zealand First Party This has been as stunning 24 hours in world politics.Speech by New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters Public meeting Copthorne Hotel Fenton St Rotorua 1.30pm, 25th June, 2016 “What happens when the power structure ignores the people – British exit” This has been as stunning 24 hours in world politics. The British, against nearly all the predictions, have voted to leave the European Union. There has never been a national referendum in any country where so many outsiders, foreign power brokers, and financial market manipulators have intruded. Accompanying that was “expert after expert” telling us that Doomsday for the British was soon to come if they voted to leave. Now the thing about these economists is that they think they are experts when many of them are neo-liberal twits. There are experts in the medical profession and there are experts flying aeroplanes, but if economists were involved in either medicine or aviation half the country would be sick and aircraft would be crashing daily. Once again, in the British context, they got it entirely wrong. Having ignored the mass majority of the British people for decades they have woken up to a serious drop in the stock market and in the value of the pound sterling. As an aside, if they were experts they would have factored this...

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‘Brexit’ – a Window of Opportunity

Press Release – New Zealand First Party Prime Minister John Key may say, “it is in New Zealand’s interests for the UK to remain in the EU, but thatll be news to a great many New Zealanders. Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 21 JUNE 2016 ‘Brexit’ – a Window of Opportunity The Rt Hon Winston Peters is the Leader of New Zealand First and is a former New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister, Treasurer and Foreign Minister. He is also the Member of Parliament for Northland electorate. Prime Minister John Key may...

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Nno foreign investor rights to sue in new agreements

Press Release – Professor Jane Kelsey The Australian Labor Party has promised not to give foreign investors the right to sue the Australian government in any future free trade and investment agreements. That policy would include the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) …13 June 2016 For immediate release Australian Labor Party says no foreign investor rights to sue in new agreements, including RCEP The Australian Labor Party has promised not to give foreign investors the right to sue the Australian government in any future free trade and investment agreements. That policy would include the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) currently being negotiated in Auckland this week, says Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey. The promise forms part of the ALP’s policy platform in the current general election campaign. Latest polls have Labor slightly in the lead for the election on 2 July, which makes this a real possibility. ‘Presumably the Australian government is now in caretaker mode and can’t make commitments to the controversial investor-state-dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism in RCEP’, Professor Kelsey said. According to Professor Kelsey, a leaked text of the RCEP investment chapter from last October showed Australia – and New Zealand – had yet to table a position on ISDS. India proposed quite radical moves to strengthen governments’ rights to regulate, while Japan and South Korea sought to transfer some of the worst parts of the...

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