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International, Politics

The case for Democrats to be obstructionist

The case for Democrats to be obstructionist

Over in the dumpster fire that is the United States Government, Trump has announced his Supreme Court nominee, one Justice Gorsuch. A known Christian conservative. This appointment is to replace the late Justice Scalia who died in February last year.

by × February 2, 2017 × 2 comments

International, Politics

Between a Trump and a Russian place

Between a Trump and a Russian place

I saw an article yesterday that came from early December about the current intelligence community and its panic over Donald Trump. The article, from Reuters, says that Canada is concerned about Trump’s comments around using torture and other ethical atrocities as well as his ties to Russia

by × January 15, 2017 × 0 comments

International, Politics

When is a door not a door? When it’s ajar.

When is a door not a door? When it’s ajar.

Since *that* election I have read myriad reasons why it played out the way it did

by × November 17, 2016 × 0 comments

International, Politics

A complete abdication of responsibility

A complete abdication of responsibility

It was a fascinating day yesterday, watching the Brexit results come in and seeing how divided United Kingdom had become.

by × June 25, 2016 × 0 comments

International, Politics

Why Donald Trump is good for democracy

Why Donald Trump is good for democracy

Hello friends, I’m not going to be writing a whole lot of these pieces but I thought I’d dip my toe back into the punditry land, if only for a brief swim.

by × May 4, 2016 × 0 comments

Humour, International

Comedy fest review: Beth Vyse in Funny as Cancer

Comedy fest review: Beth Vyse in Funny as Cancer

Write what you know. That’s what they tell you when you start doing comedy. Beth Vyse got breast cancer, so she’s written about that. And it’s funny as hell.

by × May 4, 2016 × 0 comments

International, News, Politics, Uncategorized

Trump, the View From Moon Zealand

Trump, the View From Moon Zealand

For a while now I’ve wondered when exactly we should start taking seriously what is going on in US politics around Donald Trump. How foolish of me. The time is now.

by × March 31, 2016 × 1 comment

International, Politics

The American Election II: Who’s Cruz?

The American Election II: Who’s Cruz?

We all know somebody like Ted Cruz. You know, that guy who ran for class president every year?

by × December 4, 2015 × 0 comments

International, Politics

The American Election: Trump For Dummies

The American Election: Trump For Dummies

It’s unlikely that New Zealanders, Americans, or anyone else in the world will be looking at President Trump in 2016.

by × November 26, 2015 × 3 comments

International, News, Politics

Discontent warning

Discontent warning

Sometimes it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

by × September 4, 2015 × 7 comments

International

This is Raro: and how I learnt to not be an imperialist

This is Raro: and how I learnt to not be an imperialist

Last week I spent five nights in Rarotonga. It was my first time having an “island” holiday. The closest I’d come was a week in Phuket. It was not what I expected.

by × August 2, 2015 × 0 comments

International, Politics

Meet the socialist running for US President

Meet the socialist running for US President

Bernie Sanders is, on first blush, a grumpy old man with crazy white hair who’s constantly yelling numbers into microphones about income inequality. He’s been doing it for decades.

by × July 13, 2015 × 0 comments

International, News, Politics, Rights

American Political Batshit: With malice towards none

American Political Batshit: With malice towards none

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.”

by × June 30, 2015 × 1 comment

International

Never transit through Shanghai-Pudong

Never transit through Shanghai-Pudong

1020 – Descent (ascent) into Hades. The terminal boasts a giant billboard picturing blue sky.

by × June 24, 2015 × 1 comment

International, Rights

This should have been a place of worship.

Letter to White America

Dear White America For better or for worse, your country is the leader of the Western world.

by × June 20, 2015 × 1 comment

International, Reviews

Documentary Edge Festival review: War of Lies

Documentary Edge Festival review: War of Lies

The Iraq war started twelve years ago, briefly after the invasion of Afghanistan following the attacks on New York City in 2001.

by × May 25, 2015 × 0 comments

International, Rights

Baltimore Riot 1861. Slightly different shit, slightly different time, same place

Baltimore of the same

There’s a whole lot of frustrated people in Baltimore right now. Not without reason either, it’s been a pretty frustrating few weeks.

by × May 11, 2015 × 0 comments

International

Cricket and India, India and cricket

Cricket and India, India and cricket

What exactly did the producers of Australia’s Today Show actually think was going to happen

by × March 27, 2015 × 2 comments