Images: Rainbow Warrior arrives in Auckland
Rainbow Warrior arrives in
The new Rainbow Warrior
sails in to Auckland for the first time, where she was
welcomed by Ngati Whatua. The first Rainbow Warrior was
bombed in the city's harbour by French secret service agents
in 1985. The Greenpeace ship will be spending the next few
weeks visiting ports around the country.
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Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand
The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.
To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.
The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>