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Poor Helen, the Aussies look like they might drop support for her bid to be boss of the UN

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The Aussies look like they are changing their mind in their support of Helen Clark for the replacement of Ban Ki Moon.

Speculation that Australian support for any Helen Clark bid for the top United Nations job could be overturned comes amidst jostling by potential candidates, Labour’s foreign affairs spokesman David Shearer says.

Malcolm Turnbull’s Australian cabinet may overturn a commitment given by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott to back Helen Clark for Secretary General of the United Nations if she becomes a candidate, according to The Australian newspaper.

The paper revealed that Mr Abbott and Prime Minister John Key committed in letters to conduct a joint strategy to promote Ms Clark as the successor to Ban Ki-Moon whose term ends at the end of this year.

But that commitment looks set to be compromised by two factors: Mr Abbott did not consult his Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, before giving the undertaking to Mr Key.

And former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has made it known he is interested in the job.

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White House admits its $100 billion in aid to Iran will be used to fund terrorism

I wonder if Murray McCully is happy about this? He trumpeted the Iran deal to the world..and now we find out that Obama’s government will likely be funding terrorism as a result.

The Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran will provide $100 billion in sanctions relief to one of the world’s biggest funders of terrorism. Now, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that it is highly likely — “expected” even — that the Islamic Republic will use sanctions relief money to continue its support of terrorism around the globe.

The Free Beacon reports:

“The thing that’s important for people to recognize is that critics of this agreement often exaggerate the value of the sanctions relief that Iran will obtain, and they often overlook the rather severe economic priorities that are badly underfunded inside of Iran.”  Read more »

Andrew Little OK with SAS fighting in Syria

Andrew Little has flip-flopped on Labour’s position of involving the NZSAS in the fight against Daesh.

Labour leader Andrew Little said Labour would support sending SAS troops to fight Isis if the right conditions were met.

Those conditions were having a clear and realistic objective, that it would have to be part of a multinational mission mandated by the United Nations and that the level of risk needed to be acceptable.

“Troops on ground as part of a multinational force, targeting those areas where Isis has a stronghold and those areas where they have seized oil refineries and those sorts of things to defeat them in those sorts of areas – it is going to take more than just air strikes,” he said.

Asked if that meant he thought there was a place for troops on the ground with the stipulated conditions he said: Yes. If they are in the right place, properly mandated, and with a realistic objective then yes there is.”

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Rodney Hide gives Helen Clark a good kicking

Some days I do miss Rodney Hide’s intelligent debate, especially when he is off his personal crusades and kicking the crap out of socialists.

He gave Helen Clark a good kicking in the NBR over her COP21 comments.

Such is the Left’s conceit that it thinks it can dial up economic growth as a policy decision and not only hit a target but specify the features of the growth.

The most recent egregious example is from the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, our very own Helen Clark. (See here)

Winging her way to Paris to battle climate, she took the trouble to provide a bit of uplift for the rest of us toiling away to feed and house our families.

Her hope for Paris was “to put our economies and societies on a path to green, risk-informed, and inclusive growth, and move us all toward a zero-carbon, sustainable future.”

Ms Clark assumes world leaders can decide growth by type and size and resorts to nonsensical political babble by way of explanation.

What is a sustainable future compared to one that isn’t? Who exactly is pushing for an unsustainable future? Clearly, everything to date has been sustainable – we are still here. And we did that without Paris.

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There already is a UN mandate Phil

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Phil Goff likes to make things up. He told us that Don Brash told the Americans that our nuclear policy would be “gone by lunch time”, he made that up. He told us he’d never been briefed about Israeli tourists, he made that up too. He told reporters that he hadn’t dyed his hair in the lead up to the 2011 election, he made that up too.

Now he is saying that New Zealand shouldn’t assist in Iraq and Syria because there isn’t a UN mandate.

Labour defence spokesman Phil Goff said New Zealand should not rush into any additional commitments in Iraq, given how easily military deployments could escalate in duration and resources.

“It’s easy to be drawn into conflicts – exit strategies are much harder.”

Goff said it was not clear how much had been achieved by trainers in the current deployment, while the Iraqi Army had issues with poor leadership and bad living conditions for soldiers.

New Zealand would “almost certainly” be asked to send special forces soldiers to Iraq, but should not do so unless clear preconditions were met.

Goff said any intervention to fight IS should be UN-sanctioned, there needed to be “clear and achievable objectives”, and there should be an acceptable level of risk.

“The decision to go should not be made simply to be a member of the club.”

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Perhaps she could stop breathing to assist the cause

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Helen Clark has decided that she must share her pearls of wisdom on a zero-carbon Planet.

Soon I will be making my way to the Paris Climate Conference where it is hoped that a new global climate change agreement will be concluded. The Paris Agreement has the potential to put our economies and societies on a path to green, risk-informed, and inclusive growth, and move us all towards a zero-carbon, sustainable future. The world must seize this opportunity.

The main purpose of the climate conference, called COP21, is to agree on a comprehensive deal which places all countries on the same long-term development path. This bears repeating: Paris itself will not solve climate change. Instead, Paris will lay out the pathway towards that ultimate goal, the course we need to stay on in the years and decades to come.   Read more »

Omnishambles Woodhouse says our refugee vetting is just fine. Oh crap…

It’s not just that we are expecting them to screen suicide bombers and sleeper cells, but also other practical problems such as men with multiple wives.  

It’s all very well to say they are screened by the UN, but it would be a lot smarter to just not leave these sorts of decisions up to a Minister that said dairy farming was low risk, but worm farming can kill you.

The weekend attacks in France don’t mean Syrian refugees coming to New Zealand need further screening, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse says.

About 100 Syrian refugees are due to arrive in January, the first group of the 750 that the government has agreed to accept.

The attacks in France are reported to have been planned in Syria and carried out by terrorists who had been in Syria.

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The Greens want us to oppose Australia’s bid for a seat on the UNHRC

The Green Party want us to oppose Australia’s bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Most of their reasoning is on the basis that Australia is treating detainees poorly.

NZ UN Monitor says this is wrong and explains why we should be supporting Australia not boycotting them.

The New Zealand government was urged to speak out against alleged Australian human rights breaches during the standard four-yearly periodic United Nations review of Australia’s human rights record held at the UN earlier this week. At the same time, New Zealand’s Green Party also urged the government not to support Australia’s upcoming bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

The Green Party is wrong on this issue. New Zealand should welcome and unequivocally support Australia’s bid for a seat on the UNHRC, even while does in fact speak up at the UN in relation to Australia’s human rights record.

Australia’s human rights record at home, and reputation for seeking to uphold international human rights, is far superior to, and cannot possibly be compared with, that of other UNHRC members such as Saudi Arabia, a country that beheaded more people than Islamic State this year, or Togo and Ethiopia, countries that restrict the press and punish homosexuals, or Burundi, where an authoritarian government restricts freedom of speech, or UAE, where political dissidents are tortured, or Kyrgyzstan, where there is impunity for violence against LGBT citizens, or Laos, where the government mocked a damning UN review, or Pakistan, where extrajudicial killings and discrimination against minority religions are common, or even Ecuador, where news reports are interrupted by government censors, and Venezuela, where government corruption is rampant.

Having Australia on the UNHRC will provide a counterbalance to these more concerning and hypocritical state appointments.

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Our double standard terror policies

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Shalom Kiwi reports on our double standards when it comes to terrorist attacks.

British Prime Minister David Cameron made a strong, principled speech against extremism in July. In it, he said that if one says “‘violence in London isn’t justified, but suicide bombs in Israel are a different matter’ – then you too are part of the problem.”

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, was quick to condemn the recent terrorist attack in Ankara, Turkey, calling it an abhorrent attack on innocent people and declaring that “we stand with the people and government of Turkey in their fight against terrorism in all its forms.”

Given our solidarity with Turkey, why is it that New Zealand has, so far, failed to similarly condemn any of the dozens of recent terror attacks in Israel over the past month, including the killing of parents in front of their children, the stabbing of elderly, firebombing of children, and a shooting at a bus station.   Read more »

UN staff hail Palestinian terror attacks on social media

UNRWA has always been part of the problem, never the solution.

Now their staff have been busted hailing terrorist attacks on social media.

Palestinian employees of a UN refugee agency are inciting Palestinians to commit terror attacks against Israelis from social media accounts on which they explicitly identify as United Nations workers, a report from a UN watchdog published Friday charged.

UN Watch chief Hillel Neuer said his organization’s report was submitted to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, to UNRWA chief Pierre Krähenbühl and to US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power. The US, according to the United Nations monitoring group, is the largest funder of UNRWA with $400 million annually.

In the report, Neuer cites nine UNRWA employees and presents screenshots of what the group says are inciteful posts from their Facebook pages that call for the murder of Jews, or promote conspiracy theories claiming terrorists killed by Israeli security forces were innocent.

Among the purported employees cited in the report is Hani al Ramahi, who identifies as a project support assistant at UNRWA. He posted a violent image on his Facebook on October 8 in which a keffiyeh-clad man stares down the camera, holding a knife with a blade bearing the colors of the Palestinian flag and dripping with blood. “Stab Zionist dogs,“ reads the caption.

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