Kazakh PresidentÂ Nursultan NazarbayevÂ doesn’t like the name Kazakhstan.Â Maybe he will rename the country Wogistan.
“Kazakhstan has the ‘stan’ ending like many other nations of Central Asia.Â At the same time, foreigners take an interest in Mongolia, the population of which makes up only two million, but its name does not end in ‘-stan,’” he told onlookers while visiting a school in Atyrau,Â according to his official website. “Perhaps, eventually it is necessary to consider an issue of changing the name of our country into the ‘Kazakh Nation’, but first of all, it should necessarily be discussed with people.” (His proposed nameÂ would be rendered asÂ ”Kazakh Eli” in English.)Â Read more »
Michael Field has taken a break from writing poorly researched pieces aboutFiji or whispering the same erroneous information into Karl du Fresne’s ear to write one of the most outrageously stupid articles I have seen in a long time.
The headline makes you think that we are under attack from Drones or that a massive accident has occurred as a result of drones.
Far from the alarmist headlines what ewe find upon reading the article is that it’s actually a story using the press to try and protect one blokes own interests. Â Worse he is using his media pals to do it making Michael Field a gun for hire advocating for legislative change to protect his mate.Â Read more »
Helen Clark’s Â United Nations Development Program, a trough as deep and wide as the Grand Canyon, spends billions, a fair bit of it on inflated wages for failed socialist politicians’ retirement funds.
There is an opportunity for someone to join Chris Carter in the first-class carriage of the gravy train:
“The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan invites highly qualified and experienced persons to apply for excellent opportunities and assignments in the Country Office and Projects. UNDP is looking for competent and motivated persons with a strong believe in the purpose of UNDP and its mandate, who are willing to dedicate themselves to a rewarding career in Afghanistan.”Â Read more »
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I can’t describe this video any better than this:
Please take 4 minutes and watch this short film from Australian soldier Tom Abood who shares his new gratitude for life, freedom, education and home. The video is not graphic and does not contain any violence. It does have a powerful message though.Â Iâ€™m sure a lot of our fans can relate to Tom whether through their own experience in war or the experiences of friends and family.Â Read more »
Check out this article about a UK trougher who spentÂ ÂŁ500,000 of taxpayerâ€™s money to see whether childrenâ€™s opinions on war and the armed forces are affected by playing with dolls wearing military clothing.
I’m not kidding…finding out if Action man is a warmonger forÂ ÂŁ500,000.
ResearchersÂ from the Universities of Portsmouth, Exeter, and Royal Holloway University of LondonÂ will spend three years looking in to whether dolls like Action Man help children understand the military.Â Read more »
Barack Obama reckons that the US cannot turn a ‘blind eye’ to Syria.
Has he forgotten his campaign slogan?
In his weekly address to the nation,Â President ObamaÂ said: “There’s a reason governments representing 98 per cent of the world’s people have agreed to ban the use of chemical weapons.Â Read more »
It looks like the Seppos no longer trust their politicians and feel like they are governed by a bunch of unaccountable ratbags.
This is a particularly bad time to sell the American people a war, and make no mistake: we are being sold, and this â€śmilitary action,â€ť in another time and place â€” and in some quarters, here and now â€” would be called an act of war.
mericans are not only weary of war, theyâ€™re weary of the politicians who commit us to it.
According toÂ Gallup, only 10 percent of Americans now have a â€śgreat dealâ€ť or â€śquite a lotâ€ť of confidence in Congress, a record low since Gallup started tracking the measure in 1973.
Only 36 percent have the same level of confidence in the presidency.Â Read more »
This is the sort of non-hippie green power solutions I can get behind.
US marines go to war in Afghanistan with solar cells embedded in their rucksacks, efficient enough to recharge lithium-ion batteries for radios and greatly lighten loads.
Field patrols will soon have almost weightless solar blankets as well. These will be able to capture a once unthinkable 35pc of the sun’s light as energy with thin membranes, a spin-off from technology used in satellites.
This new kit is a military imperative. Taliban ambushes of supply convoys are a major killer. The Pentagon says the cost of refueling forward bases is $400 a gallon. Â Read more »
Look at this tool, he thinks he is being spied on because the NZDF read some of his very public tweets.
Gregory Hussey is wondering if “spooks” are monitoring him on social media after the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) demanded he remove a tweet just 20 minutes after he wrote it.
The Timaru man was working for a private company in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan province at the time and had only eight Twitter followers – two of them journalists.
Hussey said a friend, also in Bamiyan, contacted him on August 19, 2012, to tell him there was a gunfight happening 2km away and “not to go up there to the valley on your motorbike”.
Hussey tweeted : “Poor Kiwis under fire in Bamiyan :-(“.
Just 20 minutes later he was contacted by a member of the NZDF, told to remove the tweet and instructed to attend a meeting immediately at the NZDF base in Bamiyan where he was told he was a “security risk”.
A defence force officer had contacted one of Hussey’s friends in New Zealand, asked for his number and phoned him with instructions to remove the tweet.
“I was told that there would be widespread panic from the families of soldiers back in New Zealand if it got out,” Hussey said.Â Read more »