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Recharging with Alastair Thompson, Publisher of Scoop Media

Fri, 29 May 2015 16:33:02 +1200 | Catherine Austin Fitts

I arrived in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, on Monday. Kiwi’s – as New Zealander’s call themselves – are one of the most literate populations in the world. With four million people on a series of large and small beautiful islands, ...More >>

Gun Salutes Mark Royal Milestones

Fri, 29 May 2015 10:51:49 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

Gun Salutes Mark Royal Milestones The New Zealand Defence Force will mark the official observance of the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a 21-gun salute at midday next Monday 1 June, and a further 21-gun salute will be fired at midday ...More >>

Commemorating WWI through place names

Thu, 28 May 2015 11:54:47 +1200 | Land Information NZ

Sixteen recorded place names linked to WWI are set to become official as part of the New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) contribution to the Government’s ‘New Zealand WW100’ programme.More >>

Minister to attend defence talks in Singapore

Thu, 28 May 2015 10:29:13 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee leaves today for Singapore to join his counterparts at the 14th annual Shangri-La Dialogue. More >>

Wikileaks releases US diplomatic cables from 1978

Thu, 28 May 2015 09:32:20 +1200 | Wikileaks

Today WikiLeaks has released more than half a million US State Department cables from 1978. The cables cover US interactions with, and observations of, every country. More >>

Member States unable to reach agreement on nuclear...

Wed, 27 May 2015 14:35:15 +1200 | UN News

23 May 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed disappointment at the inability of Member States to reach consensus on a “substantive outcome” on a non-proliferation treaty key for global nuclear disarmament, according to a United ...More >>

New Zealand Whisky to Commemorate Air Force Helicopter Fleet

Wed, 27 May 2015 12:37:28 +1200 | Alice Hansen

Oamaru, New Zealand – May 27, 2015 – For just over 49 years, the UH-1H Iroquois helicopter fleet has served the RNZAF, NZDF and New Zealand. On May 2015, a formal function will mark the retirement of the Iroquois (Huey) and bottles from the New ...More >>

Ramadi proves Iraq deployment high risk, low benefit

Tue, 26 May 2015 16:47:57 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

The fall of Ramadi and the collapse of the Iraqi Army proves Labour was right to be concerned about the deployment of our troops to Iraq, Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff says. “The fall of Ramadi brings IS fighters within striking distance ...More >>

Risk to Kiwi Troops Escalates as PM Dithers

Tue, 26 May 2015 16:24:12 +1200 | New Zealand First Party

The Prime Minister sent brave Kiwi soldiers to Iraq on mission impossible – and instead has landed them on the frontline, says New Zealand First. “Mr Key promised New Zealanders the Kiwi mission was to train Iraqi troops, yet, as we pointed out ...More >>

Air Force Engineer Wins Top Aeronautical Prize

Tue, 26 May 2015 12:50:34 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

Air Force Engineer Wins Top Aeronautical Prize The New Zealand Defence Force is pleased to congratulate Flying Officer (FGOFF) André Budel on winning the New Zealand Aeronautical Trust’s prestigious Ian Diamond Award. FGOFF Budel is an Engineering ...More >>

NZ forces should not be risked training Iraqi army

Tue, 26 May 2015 12:19:07 +1200 | Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the Government to withdraw New Zealand troops from Iraq given the Iraqi army seems unwilling to fight the Islamic State, Green Party defence spokesperson Dr Kennedy Graham said today.More >>

Academic shares story of emotional trip to Gallipoli

Mon, 25 May 2015 11:18:42 +1200 | Auckland University

Associate Professor Carol Mutch has returned from an emotional trip to Turkey where she accompanied her son to the 100th Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli.   Carol, head of Critical Studies in Education at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of ...More >>

Daisaku Ikeda: Shared Action for a Nuclear Weapon Free World

Mon, 25 May 2015 10:44:48 +1200 | Daisaku Ikeda

Daisaku Ikeda is a Japanese Buddhist philosopher and peace-builder, and president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) grassroots Buddhist movement (www.sgi.org )More >>

Why Elites Love Drones

Sat, 23 May 2015 11:45:42 +1200 | Robert J. Burrowes

I sometimes read that drone strikes are counterproductive to western security interests because each person killed by a drone results in more new 'terrorists'. See, for example, 'The more civilians US drones kill in the Mideast, the more radicals they ...More >>

If U.S. Military Spending Returned to 2001 Level

Sat, 23 May 2015 11:27:17 +1200 | David Swanson

The House of Representatives has headed out of town to memorialize wars without managing to achieve agreement with the Senate on reauthorizing some of the most abusive “temporary” measures of the PATRIOT Act. Three cheers for Congressional vacations!More >>

The 16 Core Progressive Policies, Really?

Sat, 23 May 2015 11:23:57 +1200 | David Swanson

Salvatore Babones' proposals in Sixteen for '16: A Progressive Agenda for a Better America are not bad, assuming a progressive agenda can limit itself to one nation. More >>

NZ welcomes interception of IUU fishing vessels

Sat, 23 May 2015 10:25:18 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the news that two well-known illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing vessels, Songhua and Yongding, have been found and boarded by local authorities in Cabo Verde.More >>

Kiwi Contingent Settling into Taji Task

Fri, 22 May 2015 13:29:40 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

2 May 2015 Kiwi Contingent Settling into Taji Task New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) trainers and supporting Force elements are now established in their base in Taji and have begun the task of training Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) in a range of military ...More >>

NZDF Conducts Urban Flying Training

Fri, 22 May 2015 09:42:46 +1200 | New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is conducting urban flying operations training of Air Force and Army personnel from 24-28 May 2015. The training will occur in and around the Kaipara Air Weapons Range and in the Auckland Central Business District. ...More >>

Defence Budget - under Staffed, Undervalued But Over There

Fri, 22 May 2015 09:07:47 +1200 | New Zealand First Party

The Defence Budget does nothing to return capabilities lost under Labour and National, says New Zealand First. “We question if $264 million of new operating funding, over four years, may in fact be sucked up by the Iraq mission,” says, New Zealand ...More >>

 

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