Mark Taylor, the Kiwi recruit to ISIS, ultimately put himself in the hands of the Kurdish forces in northern Syria. That was smart of him, and/or lucky.
The scandal now engulfing Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party is the kind of train wreck that confirms the public’s worst feelings about politicians and their back-room dealings.
At the initial prompting of Trump’s disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn, the US has been enabling Saudi Arabia to pursue a nuclear capability.
Very positive messages have come from National Party politicians (past and present) about the desirability of increasing China’s trade and investment relationships with New Zealand
To ordinary earners whose income is taxed via PAYE and who also pay GST, there’s something quite surreal about the centre-right’s anguish at the Tax Working Group’s final report.
The resignation of seven UK Labour MPs in protest against the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn is another example of the centre-left’s readiness to sabotage its own cause…
If New Zealand’s relations with China are ‘deteriorating’ then you still need a microscope to detect the signs.
Even in the US, there is polling evidence that modern Americans are inclined to treat socialism as meaning ‘equality’ rather than the ‘government ownership or control’
As it turns 40 years of age this week, Iran’s Islamic Revolution is experiencing a fullblown mid-life crisis.
The Nelson fire has been a warning of things to come.
Across the Tasman a Royal Commission has been barking very loudly indeed about the activities of the Australian banks that own the main NZ banks.
In its attitudes to tax, New Zealand has been the last colonial outpost of Thatcherism. Change, however, may be in the air.
How Hawai‘i is managing the therapeutic use of cannabis
Simon Bridges has unveiled a heavenly vision of a “Not Tax But Still Spend” government.
Every year around about this time, National floats its own distinct vision of a different sort of Green Party…
The history of harm done by the US military is now tending to obscure the harm that’s being done by the polar opposite impulse: American isolationism.
The ‘wellbeing budget’ sounds like a marketing slogan… It’s just as easy to forget that GDP – the common measure of how well an economy is performing – is also a marketing device
Brexit is not the only concern for New Zealand’s Shipping Trade.
Normally when a major policy like this gets so crushingly rejected – by 230 votes – the PM would resign and/or a fresh election called.
The past month has devoted a lot of space to the best music and films of 2018, and far less to the past year’s human rights violations.
Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive.
For the past 100 years, the West has sold out the Kurds over and over again.
Fear has become such a routine part of the political toolkit that it hardly gets noticed anymore, for what it is.
It seems naive to bemoan how state agencies spy on ordinary citizens without addressing how those agencies came to be the hired hands of the policies of the government of the day.
Oliver Godji, who records as Octavian, is a French/British/Angolan rapper based in London. As someone born in Lille, France, he didn’t qualify for welfare in Britain…
‘Tis the season to be jolly, and for wrapping a plea bargain under the Christmas tree for all ye formerly merry, Trump-connected gentlemen.
Come December 2019, the West’s social democracies could be gone through quite a few changes at the top.
Crunch time is looming on Tuesday night in Britain, amid every sign that May’s compromise deal for Brexit is headed for a heavy defeat.
’Tis the season of goodwill towards all humankind… except it would seem, towards the Speaker of Parliament.