Is Erdogan a double dealing tyrant helping Daesh?

From what I can tell Turkey was seriously over-reaching shooting down Russian’s Su-25 when it was barely over Turkey.

Putin won’t be pleased but there are other reasons why we shouldn’t be that pleased with Erdogan and Turkey at the moment.

Michael Burleigh writes in the Daily Mail about Erdogan’s actions and duplicity

Despotic presidents tend to have many admirers who will hail them as saviours of their nations. But they also have a tendency to lock horns with other despots.

The clash between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian fighter, is one which has set the entire world on edge as diplomats desperately work overtime to reduce the tension.

Putin is not blameless in this affair. His air force has been probing Western air spaces provocatively in a number of different locations in recent months. But was the Russian president right, after the downing of the jet, to accuse ‘back-stabbing’ Turkey of being the accomplices of ISIS terrorists?

And was there any truth in Putin’s accusation yesterday — made just as Moscow was expelling 39 Turkish businessmen attending a conference in Russia — that Turkey is propping up ISIS by buying oil from them?

This latest claim inevitably prompted a furious response from Erdogan, who accused Putin of slander. But the fact is that Erdogan’s regime has on many occasions turned a blind eye to ISIS activity in Turkey, as well as to Turkish businessmen and smugglers doing trade deals with the jihadist butchers.

To be fair, on the surface, Turkey’s president is fully involved in the fight against ISIS. In October he allowed U.S. jets to use Turkey’s Incirlik air base for operations against ISIS, pledging that his forces, too, would join the fight.

But the truth is that Turkey’s planes have aimed their missiles almost exclusively at the one army which poses a real threat to ISIS, and has won countless battlefield victories against them — the Kurdish PKK forces inside Syria.

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Farrar’s birthday present to Labour

David Farrar delivered up a gift for Labour’s celebration of 80 years since they first attained government.

It is good to see he has stopped posting pictures of cats and focused on his job as the number two blog in New Zealand.

To mark the 80 years since, I’ve compiled this chart to show how they have done in the 26 elections since.


A long way down from 1935!

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Police admit to being tougher on Maori

via: The Guardian

via: The Guardian

Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the police force has been influenced by unconscious bias in their relations with Maori.

But he says police have recognised the problem and have made positive steps to address it.

“I think like any good organisation, you have to recognise that there can be some unconscious bias in your organisation. We’ve recently started some training with the executive, which will filter through the rest of the organisation, because the first thing you have to do is acknowledge that it exists.” Read more »


Chris Cairns will lose, even if he wins

The jury considering Cairns’ fate will resume deliberating on Monday after failing to reach a verdict on Saturday morning, NZ time.

Chris Gallavin, former dean of law at Canterbury University, said if Cairns was convicted he was likely to face jail time and have the damages awarded to him in his 2012 libel trial against former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi reversed.

“The perjury is probably the least of his worries.”

Modi has issued legal proceedings against Cairns in London to claw back $5.5m in damages and costs from the libel trial, but that action is on hold until after the criminal proceedings.

Gallavin said there was one way Cairns might avoid further court action: Modi might not have to proceed with his case because the judge in the perjury trial could order Cairns to repay the $948,000 damages and costs awarded against Modi – plus the businessman’s own substantial legal costs.

“I daresay that would destroy him financially. He’s completely in the s… if he’s convicted of this.”

And if he’s found not guilty of perjury, he faces a $5.5M defamation suit.    Read more »

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Face of the day

Sumatran elephant, (Elephas maximus sumatrensis) a member of Flying Squad in Tesso Nilo National Park, Riau, Indonesia

Sumatran elephant, (Elephas maximus sumatrensis) a member of Flying Squad in Tesso Nilo National Park, Riau, Indonesia

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

hortatory (adj) – Marked by exhortation or strong urging

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1580s, from Middle French hortatoire and directly from Late Latin hortatorius “encouraging, cheering,” from hortatus, past participle of hortari “exhort, encourage, urge, incite, instigate,” intensive of horiri “urge, incite, encourage.”

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 28

20 The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.

Saturday nightCap

Why? Because they’re mad. That’s why