National and the Greens have called for the government to condemn US president Donald Trump’s policy of family separation. Acting PM Winston Peters, however, has said that while he and all of the cabinet are “concerned” about the policy, they have refused to condemn it. It shows what a tricky thing international politics is. There’s … Continue reading The fine line of international politics
Ireland, traditionally one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries, has voted to legalise abortion in a landslide vote, 68% to 32%. Given that Ireland is a predominantly catholic country, this a big win for pro-choice candidates. This also speaks volumes about what might happen when NZ looks to changing abortion laws. PM Jacinda Ardern has … Continue reading What could Irish abortion law reform mean for NZ?
If you’ve been paying attention to the recent trouble plaguing the Gaza strip, then you will have almost certainly have heard differing reports about what is happening. Pro-Palestinian supporters say that Israeli troops fired upon peaceful protesters. Pro-Israeli supporters say that most of the protesters were part of Hamas, a terrorist organisation, who attacked the … Continue reading The alternative reports coming out of Gaza
Fifteen. That’s how many Australian politicians have been forced to resign thanks to their laws stating that you can’t hold dual citizenship and be a politician. Laws like this are, quite frankly, stupid. Just because your parent was an immigrant, and you still hold the privilege and benefit of being a dual citizen, doesn’t mean … Continue reading Australia’s citizenship crisis continues
US President Donald Trump has given exemptions to his steel and aluminium tariffs to US allies like Mexico, Canada, Australia and the EU, but New Zealand was not on that list. Trade Minster David Parker said it “belies our strong positive relationship.” There were also people on Radio New Zealand this morning complaining about it. … Continue reading We don’t get to complain about the tariffs
The UN has made Syria chair of the UN disarmament forum. The country which was the perpetrator of a deadly chemical weapons attack last week (chemical weapons were also banned by the disarmament forum), is now going to be the chair. The hell? You don’t put a country that just violated the rules of your … Continue reading The frustrating UN
Charles Puidgemont, the leader of the Catalan independence movement has been detained in Germany, and could face up to 30 years in prison for trying to secede from Spain. Jesus fucking Christ. Look, I don’t believe that Catalonia should be it’s own nation. Not yet anyway. They only got 37% turnout in their independence referendum, … Continue reading Puidgemont detained
Basically, a whole lot of shit is going down between the UK and Russia. The Brits are accusing the Russians of poisoning one of their double agents. Russia then ignored a deadline for them to explain how they used a nerve agent against their spy/agent. So the Brits then expelled 23 Russian diplomats, and tensions … Continue reading England and Russia at each others throats