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fmg-web-2The following was first published in the April edition of INCITE Politics.

During the 2011 election, my wife Rachel and I had been invited by TVNZ to cover the leaders’ debates for our television website Throng. While the purpose of us being there was to provide a look at what happens out of view of the camera, the final debate resulted in Rachel being central to a NZ Herald story.

During one ad break, John Key struck up a conversation with Rachel about being in his electorate and then onto one of National’s main election policies, the UFB rollout. As a web designer, she would potentially be an ideal beneficiary of the policy.

Bevan Hurley of the Herald on Sunday overheard this conversation and who she would be voting for became the lead angle for a story. After the debate, Hurley pressed Rachel for an answer. Refusing to disclose who she would be voting for come election night, Hurley was told that in previous elections she had voted for at least five different parties and that she wasn’t aligned with any of them. She gave Hurley a few other useful pieces of insight with the caveat that he could use her words but that there was no permission to use either her name or photograph.

Over the course of the next few days, Hurley called multiple times, begging for permission to use Rachel’s name and photograph. He was told repeatedly, by both Rachel and myself, that permission wouldn’t be granted to use either.

If a journalist wanted to research who Rachel might vote for, the picture is complex. One of Rachel’s late grandmothers was a staunch Labour supporter Read more »

A letter from an Arab to a Jew that you must read

The people who help change the world are often the last people we would expect. They are the ones who have views that run counter to the views of people from their own ‘culture’. They are people who look beyond what they have been taught by others and who see reasons for doing things differently. This open letter from Arab Fred Maroun to Jews who support BDS is a great example of this. Both he and the Jews he is writing too are examples of people who run a counter current to their own communities. Both have the potential to create change. I will let you decide which side has the most harmful  beliefs and aims.

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Fred Maroun

Fred Maroun is a Canadian of Arab origin who lived in Lebanon until 1984, including during 10 years of civil war. Fred supports Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, and he supports a liberal and democratic Middle East where all religions and nationalities, including Palestinians, can co-exist in peace with each other and with Israel, and where human rights are respected. Fred is an atheist, a social liberal, and an advocate of equal rights for LGBT people everywhere


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You are Jewish, probably young and probably American, but you may be European or even Israeli, and you may not be so young any more. You have embraced the Arab battle against Zionism and you support the BDS movement, which as I demonstrated previously, aims for a single binational state in place of Israel and the Palestinian territories, and aims for the “return” of millions of Palestinian refugees who would make Israel overnight an Arab state.
Your position interests me because I am the same as you and yet I am your opposite. I am the same as you in that I am in the countercurrent of my own community, but I am the opposite of you in my ethnicity and in my allegiances in the Israel-Arab conflict. I am an Arab who supports Jewish nationalism.

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Someone’s got to say it; may as well be me

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The NZ Herald today published the names and details, such as the law allows, of the 61 children killed in the past 10 years.

It is a helpful list, and it reveals several factors that could be used to identify children at risk.

Here are the names and brief details, for the full information you can find it at the Herald:

Chris and Cru Kahui, Cheyenne Petersen, Tyla-Maree Darryl Flynn, Nia Maria Glassie, Jyniah Mary Te Awa, Tahani Mahomet , Dylan Rimoni, Duwayne Tietutaote Pajlegutu, Riley Justin Osborne, Cherishsiliala Tahuri-Wright, Jayrhis Lock-Tata, Trent James Matthews, Kash Meshetti McKinnon, Jacqui Petersen-Davis, Hail-Sage McClutchie, Karl Richard Arch Perigo-Check, Seini Unaloto Ikamanu, Cezar Taylor, Sahara Jayde Koro-Baker, Mikara Reti, Serenity Jay Sott-Dennington, Terepo Taura-Griffiths, James Joseph Ruhe Lawrence, Hinekawa Topia, Leilane Mary Jane Lotonu’u-Lorigan, Raynar-Lee Soljar Thompson-Hatley, Atreyu Taylor-Matene, Cassius Takiari, Soul Mathew Turany, Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand, Leith Allen Hutchison, Leon Jayet-Cole, Esme Kinraid, Gracie-May McSorley, Ihaka Paora Braxton Stokes, Maggie Renee Watson, Moko Sayviah Rangitoheriri, Matiu Wereta.

That list is a travesty. But, as you can see and read from the Herald summary, there seem to be four factors common amongst almost all of them.   Read more »

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Considerations for the gun inquiry

​All the gun control loons will be working hard over the next few months to attempt to convince the Government to ban more guns.

The door has been opened for an enquiry and the anti-gun brigade will do everything​ they can to argue the crude idea that banning guns solves problems. Which, of course, they don’t. There is no evidence anywhere in the world that banning guns has worked. Even in Australia it’s been a total disaster.

Politicians in Wellington will be keen to be seen to have done something. Public opinion matters and doing nothing is not an option.

So, ahead of an enquiry, there are a few things everyone needs to consider:

1. The latest purported gun issue in NZ isn’t about the type of guns or gun-licensed law-abiding firearms owners. The issue is scumbag criminals who are neither licensed nor following any laws and who are managing to obtain guns. How? So an enquiry must focus on that: how are they getting guns;

2. Police have no ability to administer further gun controls if they are implemented through law reform. They can barely administer the laws we have now so more onerous law revisions will be hard to act upon;

3. It will be impossible to register all guns in NZ. With over a million guns, the likelihood of all of these being voluntarily registered is beyond absurd;   Read more »

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What the New Zealand charter school debate boils down to

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It is always interesting to distill down the arguments for and against charter schools in New Zealand. After watching a New Zealand debate on the topic I have now summarised for Whaleoil readers the key points raised by people from both sides of the debate.

These are not direct quotes but are accurate summaries of what was said.

 

AGAINST CHARTER SCHOOLS:

  • We want to see ALL New Zealanders succeed but we don’t think that charter schools are the answer.
  • Charter schools are an answer to a problem that doesn’t exist.
  • It is a solution for a problem we don’t have.
  • Poor schools and bad teachers and bad principals failing Maori students is not the reality.
  • The rise of charter schools is directly connected to the Maori failure rates.

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Who made Trump? The blame game is underway.

The media are trying to blame the GOP. Plenty of other people are pointing fingers everywhere but at who is really to blame for  the Trump phenomenon.

Cory Doctrow at Boing Boing actually blames the media:

The media made Trump: he’s the perfect, click-driving mashup of fearmongering and demagoguery, and if it bleeds, it leads.

He also piles into attacking Trump and gives him oxygen.

The media do actually have a large amount of responsibility as Dan Gillmor explains:

A few weeks ago, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof weighed in on who is to blame for the poisoning of American politics.

The G.O.P. Created Donald Trump,” blared the headline. In recent decades, Kristof wrote, Republican leaders “pried open a Pandora’s box, a toxic politics of fear and resentment, sometimes brewed with a tinge of racial animus, and they could never satisfy the unrealistic expectations that they nurtured among supporters.”

True enough, but incomplete. The lies and predations of the power elite have given voters ample reason to be angry. Almost every major institution in American society, including government and big business, has failed in some fundamental ways. That so many voters have gravitated toward a bigoted, egomaniacal liar like Trump points us toward another failed institution with which Kristof is intimately familiar: the nation’s newsrooms.

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Why are RadioNZ and John Campbell allowing death threats against the Prime Minister?

Radio NZ and John Campbell posted an interview with John Key on their Checkpoint Facebook page.

Now you might say, “Why am I holding John Campbell responsible for the appalling comments that have been posted there?” But you have to really because he has set about crusading about a stupid little pin on the PM’s jacket.

Because of that, his legion of supporters think he is the man…but what the post unleashed is rather unsavoury and shows a nasty feral underbelly of New Zealand, and now also Radio NZ and John Campbell’s supporters.

First some dildo throwing and allusion to Nazis.

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Hitler’s Germany revived in France

When you import a Jew-hating culture you cannot be surprised when they turn on them. Hitler’s Germany has been revived in France thanks to France’s suicidal immigration policies.  Not only have scenes identical to Hitler’s reign of terror been re-enacted inside France, Palestinian protesters – who liberals like to say are anti-Israel and not anti-Jews, have made their hatred of Jews destructively and verbally clear.

France’s politicians and community leaders have criticised the “intolerable” violence against Paris’ Jewish community, after a pro-Palestinian rally led to the vandalizing and looting of Jewish businesses and the burning of cars.

It is the third time in a week where pro-Palestinian activists have clashed with the city’s Jewish residents. On Sunday, locals reported chats of “Gas the Jews” and “Kill the Jews“, as rioters attacked businesses in the Sarcelles district, known as “little Jerusalem”.

Manuel Valls, France’s prime minister said: “What happened in Sarcelles is intolerable. An attack on a synagogue and on a kosher shop is simply anti-Semitism. Nothing in France can justify this violence.”

…Francois Pupponi, the mayor of Sarcelles, told BFMTV that the violent attacks were carried out by a “horde of savages.”

“When you head for the synagogue, when you burn a corner shop because it is Jewish-owned, you are committing an anti-Semitic act,” interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters at a press conference at the local synagogue.

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Herald continues to act as publicist for poverty-stricken Dotcom, as he spends $24 million on a video

David Fisher, when he isn’t chasing dog stories or nasty neighbour exclusives, is still running publicity for Kim Dotcom.

Best he get as many stories as he can out of the large German gentleman because in a few short months he is going to be flying in stainless steel bracelets to a new home that measures 6′ x 9′.

The story?

All about how Kim Dotcom spent $24 million making a video he released yesterday after crying poor to the media for months.

Welcome to Kim Dotcom’s Good Life — but was it worth $24 million?

The dollar figure is the cost Dotcom put on the making of the music video which he made public today.

It was released on the fourth anniversary of the FBI raid which saw Dotcom’s Megaupload website pulled down and his fortune seized in a series of co-ordinated court and law enforcement actions across the world.

“Just like every year on this special anniversary I have created something for you. I hope you will like it,” he tweeted this morning.

The music video is set to the Good Life track from Dotcom’s 2014 album, Good Times. Dotcom released it on Youtube with the autobiographical description: “A fat kid and school dropout from a poor family made his dreams come true. You can do it too.”

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Kahui ranting on Facebook against John Key: “Take him out!”

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AN IRATE Chris Kahui has taken to Facebook to support Maori nationalists seeking to undermine the John Key-led National Government.

The usually reserved Kahui, who was acquitted back in 2008 of murdering his three-month-old twin sons Chris and Cru, has fallen in behind extremists wanting Key’s Government to legislate for the return of confiscated Maori land.

“He (Key) only helps the rich and not the poor,” Kahui wrote on his Facebook page.

Kahui has been promoting Maori nationalist thinking on social media by posting commentary from separatist groups like “Maori Life” who devote much of their rhetoric to criticising Key.

Recently Kahui ‘shared’ this post from Maori Life on his Facebook page: “What a pathetic leader you are John Key and your best mate Paula (Bennett) who likes to tell people they can’t have the support like she did many years ago. These two should be run out of the country for good. Two low life scum of the earth people,”   Read more »

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