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Key misled New Zealand on Iraq deployment

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:47:15 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

John Key was misleading New Zealanders prior to the election when he ruled out New Zealand special forces being deployed to Iraq, says Labour Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff.More >>

New song aims to prod the conscience of Palestinian traitors

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:35:25 +1300 | Redress Information

“Tell me, are you satisfied with yourself” is the title of a new song and video which aims to prod the conscience of Palestinians – Bedouins, Druze and now some Christians – who have chosen the path of treason by joining the Israeli army to ...More >>

Fiji Election: Crooks in Suits

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:32:11 +1300 | Byron Clark

On September 17 Fiji held its first election since Voreqe “Frank” Bainimarama seized power in a 2006 coup. With his Fiji First party receiving 59.2% of the vote, Bainimarama will remain in power.More >>

PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:39:05 +1300 | The Scoop Team

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss: • Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland • Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security CouncilMore >>

Shadow Facts About Shadow Government

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:12:31 +1300 | David Swanson

Tom Engelhardt keeps churning out great books by collecting his posts from His latest book, Shadow Government, is essential reading. Of the ten essays included, eight are on basically the same topic, resulting in some repetition and even some ...More >>

A Different War-Is-Good-for-Us Argument

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:05:09 +1300 | David Swanson

It seems like we just got through dealing with the argument that war is good for us because it brings peace. And along comes a very different twist, combined with some interesting insights.More >>

The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:38:52 +1300 | The Nation

Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag More >>

Lisa Owen interviews Julia Gillard

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:15:07 +1300 | The Nation

Julia Gillard says there is “sufficient evidence” to fight Islamic State and does not think it will increase the risk of a domestic attack More >>

UK MPs blow a “raspberry” at Netanyahu and his serfs

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:15:00 +1300 | Stuart Littlewood

Despite all the veiled threats and the loony posturing of the pro-Israel lobby, parliament voted 274 to 12 on 13 October to recognise Palestine as a state. The motion, as amended, read: “That this House believes that the government should recognise the state ...More >>

‘Islamic State’ Sectarianism is Not Coincidental

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:52:19 +1300 | Ramzy Baroud

Consider this comical scene described by Peter Van Buren, a former US diplomat, who was deployed to Iraq on a 12-month assignment in 2009-10: Van Buren led two Department of State teams assigned with the abstract mission of the ‘reconstruction’ of ...More >>

WW100 commemorative pins

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:35:33 +1300 | Ministry For Culture And Heritage

If you wish to show your support for New Zealand’s First World War centenary through wearing the WW100 lapel pin, you will be able to purchase one through the Returned Services Association or selected NZ Post outlets and NZ Post online.More >>

On The Nation this weekend

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:49:58 +1300 | The Nation

This weekend on The Nation… New Zealand has been elected to the United Nations Security Council, but what happens next? Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully from New York about our goals for reform, what America wants from us in the ...More >>

Maori Contingent at Avondale 100 Years Ago

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:04:50 +1300 | Ministry For Culture And Heritage

17 October 1914 is a significant date on the Maori calendar. One hundred years ago, just a day after the Main Body of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force had sailed from Wellington, 500 volunteers for the Maori Contingent began arriving at Avondale ...More >>

Gordon Campbell on New Zealand (again) in other peoples wars

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:27:15 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

Apparently, the Key government is still pondering how New Zealand will contribute to the fight against Islamic State. Long may it ponder, given the lack of consensus among our allies as to how to fight IS, where to fight it (Syria, Iraq, or both?) ...More >>

NZDIA forum press release

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:17:10 +1300 | New Zealand Defence Industry Association

NZDIA forum press release Wellington - The New Zealand Defence Industry Association, with the support of the NZ Defence Force and the Ministry of Defence, will be holding a two-day international forum on October 21-22 at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington.More >>

World War One exhibition gives insight into war and conflict

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:33:05 +1300 | New Zealand Government

World War One exhibition gives insight into war and conflict The commitment and sacrifice of thousands of New Zealanders in the war to end all wars is brought to life in a compelling new exhibition at the National Library, Internal Affairs Minister ...More >>

Lest We Forget centennial supported by 7 Battalion Band

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:21:51 +1300 | 7 Batallion Band

The all-volunteer 7 Battalion Band Inc will play tonight (16 October) in support of the Wellington - Lest We Forget Departures centennial, which marks the centennial of the sailing of the Main Body of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War ...More >>

UK House of Commons Palestine vote: well meant but futile

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:31:44 +1300 | Alan Hart

For me the most depressing thing about the debate in the British House of Commons on a non-binding motion to recognise Palestine as a state alongside Israel was that all MPs who participated, including those who made informed and honest contributions, ...More >>

Centenary of WW1 Troops' Departure

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:24:08 +1300 | Ministry For Culture And Heritage

To mark the largest single departure of people to ever occur in New Zealand, the centenary of the departure of the first fleet of troop ships to the northern hemisphere, Wellington Harbour receives the Ngā Tapuwae New Zealand First World War Trails interpretative ...More >>

Proposed WW1 National Memorial Forest for the Coromandel

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:43:22 +1300 | Thames Coromandel District Council

A National WW1 Memorial Forest is being supported by Community Boards throughout the Coromandel. This week Mayor Glenn Leach has been at Community Board meetings to gauge support for the concept, which would be a series of forests, totalling approximately ...More >>


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