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False claims that Aleppo’s Synagogues have been destroyed

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:41:01 +1300 | Franklin Lamb

Given the massive destruction in large parts of Aleppo, Syria’s former economic juggernaut near the Turkish border, including in the city’s Medina souk and Industrial zone, claims of even more dire damage to Syrian heritage sites would perhaps be understandable.More >>

Five Navy helicopters sold to Peru

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:08:58 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Five Royal New Zealand Navy Seasprite helicopters have been sold to Peru, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee announced today. “Our recent purchase of eight new, more sophisticated Seasprite helicopters meant the older model Seasprites were available ...More >>

CIA report warned assassination programme might backfire

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:46:23 +1300 | Wikileaks

WikiLeaks today, Thursday 18 December, publishes a review by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of its "High Value Target" (HVT) assassination programme. The report weighs the pros and cons of killing "insurgent" leaders in assassination ...More >>

Raise Your Glass to Our Forces Overseas This Xmas

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:08:05 +1300 | NZ Returned and Services Association

The RSA is asking people at Christmas to pause for a moment and raise their glasses to New Zealand Defence Force personnel serving overseas. More >>

Brownlee’s Misplaced War on Acronyms

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:28:06 +1300 | New Zealand First Party

The beleaguered Minister of Defence who reportedly cannot tell an RFL (required fitness level) from an AWQ (annual weapons qualification) has declared war on military acronyms while proving the proverb about those in glass houses.More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Pakistan schoolchildren killings

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:56:49 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto something that’s become a pop cultural meme. Fans of the Homeland TV series will be well aware of the collusion between sections of ...More >>

RSA Offers Condolences To Victims Of Sydney Siege

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:43:01 +1300 | Returned Services Association

As an organisation representing over 100,000 New Zealanders, the RSA has today condemned the actions taken by Man Haron Monis during his siege in a Sydney café, and offered their deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson ...More >>

Forgotten Christmas Truce of 1914: Unlearned Lessons of War

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:19:11 +1300 | Gary G. Kohls

It was exactly 100 years ago this month when the Christmas Truce of 1914 occurred, when Christian soldiers on both sides of the infamous No Man’s Land of the Western Front, recognized their common humanity, dropped their guns and fraternized with ...More >>

US feels the heat on Palestine vote at UN

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:14:44 +1300 | Jonathan Cook

The floodgates have begun to open across Europe on recognition of Palestinian statehood. On 12 December the Portuguese parliament became the latest European legislature to call on its government to back statehood, joining Sweden, Britain, Ireland, France ...More >>

Germans rebuilt Dresden and the Syrians will rebuild Aleppo!

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:12:11 +1300 | Franklin Lamb

This observer has long sought an extended visit to the old city of Aleppo which is also one of this cradle of civilizations cultural and educational centers. Despite being in a continuing war zone, the visit materialized when security authorities ...More >>

WWI veterans had persisting higher risk of early death

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:38:59 +1300 | University of Otago

New research on the impact of the First World War on participating New Zealand soldiers shows they typically lost around eight years of life and had an increased risk of early death in the post-war period.More >>

NATO's General Breedlove about the long war

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:58:43 +1300 | Jim Miles

Evan Solomon, of CBC’s The House, recently had an interview with NATO’s current leading figure, four star General Philip Mark Breedlove, the seventeenth Supreme Allied Commander Europe.More >>

Bush to the Hague: International Arrest Warrants Requested

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:17:28 +1300 | Francis A. Boyle

Professor Francis A. Boyle of the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, U.S.A. has filed a Complaint with the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (I.C.C.) in The Hague against U.S. citizens George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald ...More >>

C17 Fantasy Not for New Zealand

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:14:06 +1300 | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is stunned by news that the New Zealand Defence Force has enquired about buying the $400 million C17 Globemaster III. More >>

The SIS has been politicised - by Labour

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:58:31 +1300 | Branko Marcetic

Only two weeks ago, the country was debating whether or not the Security Intelligence Service (SIS) had been unacceptably politicised. With the passing of the Counter Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill yesterday, 94 votes to 27, it seems we have a ...More >>

Claim Nobody's Punished for Drone Murders Mistaken

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:40:23 +1300 | David Swanson

A psychologist who played a key role in a U.S. torture program said on a video yesterday that torture was excusable because blowing up families with a drone is worse (and nobody's punished for that). Well, of course the existence of something worse is ...More >>

Elizabeth Warren Could Use Some Elizabeth Peacen

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:29:30 +1300 | David Swanson

Why people want to become fans of a senator rather than pushing senators to serve the public is beyond me. Why people want to distract and drain away two years of activism, with the planet in such peril, fantasizing about electing a messiah is ...More >>

State Assembly Elections in Indian-administered Kashmir

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:18:23 +1300 | Nayyar N Khan

State assembly elections 2014 in Indian administered Jammu Kashmir have glimmered a manic deliberation among the parties to the conflict and stakeholders. Indian media and politicians at Delhi and elsewhere in the country are depicting the participation ...More >>

Remarks at the To Walk the Earth in Safety Event

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:58:10 +1300 | U.S. Department of State

Puneet, thank you very, very much. That’s a lot of years you and I have been journeying together. And as Puneet said, I did get to know him pretty well when he worked on the Hill for then-Senator Joe Biden and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and ...More >>

U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:56:54 +1300 | U.S. Department of State

To Walk the Earth in Safety: New Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction More >>


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