Philippines

Hey Helen, how’s that “benign strategic environment” looking now?

Remember this?

Prime Minister Helen Clark yesterday dismissed former United States Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun as a pecan farmer from Alabama.

The terse remark was reminiscent of the sneering reference in 1977 by former Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, who described US President Jimmy Carter as just a peanut farmer from Georgia.

And it was a far cry from the fond farewell between the women at a farewell party for the ex-ambassador this year.

Jimmy Carter’s apparent crime was that he was a Democrat.

Carol Moseley Braun’s was that she has been challenging Helen Clark’s assessment that New Zealand exists in a “benign strategic environment”.

That was the line the PM used to justify scrapping the combat wing of the Air Force – in May this year.

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At least one politician in our region realises there is a problem with Islamic terrorism

There is at least?one politician in our region that realises that there is a problem with Islamic terrorism…and that the problem is getting closer to home.

Shame it isn’t one of our politicians.

Julie Bishop has warned of the prospect of a new Islamic caliphate being declared in the southern Philippines following the return of foreign fighters from the war against Islamic State in the Middle East.

Speaking on Sky News, Ms Bishop argued this would bring the threat of Islamic State ?right to our doorstep? and said she raised the problem of foreign fighters returning to the Southeast Asian region at the Washington meeting of the coalition against IS last week.

Ms Bishop said the Trump administration used the meeting to convey their interest in intensifying the military campaign against IS in the Middle East and identified Syria as the next phase in the battle against the terror group. ? Read more »

Seems a reasonable solution to our meth problem

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The NZ Herald has what they describe an interview with President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, which apparently is his first and only interview while in NZ, ?in which he doesn’t resile from his policy of shooting drug dealers.

You have to wait until right at the end of the article, which is more opinion and mocking by the journalist than it is an interview.

Duterte, who took office on June 30, promised to wage his own war – this one against drugs in his country.

His promise to kill more than 100,000 drug users and fill Manila Bay with their bodies, and his urging citizens and police to conduct extra-judicial killings, has earned him the nickname of “The Punisher”. ? Read more »

Photo of the Day

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“They?went into my closets looking for skeletons, but thank God, all they found were shoes, beautiful shoes.”

-Imelda Marcos

The Marcos Regime is primarily known for its brutality and corruption. However, Imelda Marcos is known notoriously for her love of material things and most infamously shoes.

Imelda Marcos, in full Imelda Romu?ldez Marcos, n?e Imelda Remedios Visitacion Romu?ldez (born July 2, 1929, Manila, Philippines) public figure in the Philippines who wielded great power during the 20-year rule of her husband, Pres. Ferdinand Marcos. She remains one of the richest politicians in the Philippines through her collection of clothing, artwork, and jewellry, along with money in offshore bank accounts under the pseudonym “Jane Ryan”. As a result, she has been called a kleptocrat by her critics who accuse her of plunder.

The harsh rule of?Ferdinand?Marcos?and the Marcos regime led to much of the poverty in the?Philippines?and suffering. Yet, Imelda and the presidential?family?hardly suffered. They lived a lavish,?ostentatious,?glamorous, royal?lifestyle?at the expense of their people. Draining most of the funds from the Philippine?government,?Imelda?Marcos purchased extravagantly. Imelda travelled to New York and other?destinations?to buy fashions, high-end jewellery and other luxury items. She visited all of the major palaces and cities of mankind and purchased items left and right. Imelda bought the world’s biggest diamond in 1983. She bought a Michelangelo piece?for three and a half million dollars. In addition, she bought a 26 story?skyscraper?in Manhattan.

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Does banning guns do anything?

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I’m not surprised that there are calls to ban guns this week after the Kawerau incident. Hordes of wowsers hate guns and want them to be gone forever. So, when I hear calls to ban guns, or certain types of guns, my eyes roll back in my head.

But does banning guns do anything?

I don’t think it does. In fact, it only gives rise to black market weapons, which is really the issue.

Think that banning guns will curb black market guns getting into crim hands? Then you are wrong there too.

In the Philippines the black market has learned how to manufacture guns from nothing but scrap metal. That’s even more likely to be a real prospect in the future as 3-D printing and, more realistically, CNC machines become cheap affordable tools that anyone can buy. ? Read more »

Bludgers too lazy to work, so we import workers instead

Kerre McIvor nails it:

More than 63,000 fit, capable, work-ready New Zealanders are looking for jobs, so why are we importing workers?

Between 2011 and last year, more than 23,000 Filipinos were granted temporary visas to work on New Zealand farms, because, apparently, there were no Kiwis to do the jobs. Yet Government stats state there are.

I can understand why overseas workers might be brought in to work in industries or professions where years of specialist training is required.

But being a good farm worker requires little more than basic common sense and a willingness to work. And the furore over the faked Filipino work visas proves that. It is believed one in three of the thousands of Filipino farmer workers is here with faked documents.

Farmers are beside themselves as this is one of the busiest times of year. They say the Filipino workers may not have had experience before they arrived, but they have proved invaluable and losing them would be devastating for their businesses. ?? Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: AP Photo/Kyodo News. In this March, 1974 photo, Hiroo Onoda, center, salutes after handing over his military sword on Lubang Island, Philippines, when he comes out of hiding in the jungle. Onoda, the last Japanese imperial soldier to emerge from hiding and surrender after World War II.

Photo: AP Photo/Kyodo News.
In this March, 1974 photo, Hiroo Onoda, center, salutes after handing over his military sword on Lubang Island, Philippines, when he comes out of hiding in the jungle. Onoda, the last Japanese imperial soldier to emerge from hiding and surrender after World War II.

Hiroo Onoda, was a Japanese soldier who refused to surrender and quit his World War II fight until the 1970s ? decades after peace was declared.

At a certain point in his training, he was chosen to be trained at Nakano School as an Imperial Army Intelligence Officer.? In this specialized military intelligence training, he was specifically taught methods of gathering intelligence and how to conduct guerrilla warfare.? He was being groomed to go in behind enemy lines and be left with small pockets of soldiers to make life miserable for Japan?s enemies and gather intelligence in the process.

On December 26th, 1944, Onoda was sent to Lubang Island in the Philippines.? His orders from his commanding officers, Major Yoshimi Taniguchi, were simple:?You are absolutely forbidden to die by your own hand. It may take three years, it may take five, but whatever happens, we?ll come back for you. Until then, so long as you have one soldier, you are to continue to lead him. You may have to live on coconuts. If that?s the case, live on coconuts! Under no circumstances are you [to] give up your life voluntarily.

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2015 Islamophobia Awards and the nominees are……

Believe it or not there is such a thing as the Islamophobia Awards.

Not only do they nominate individuals for the award, they also have nominated books and films.

They have even helpfully included a quote to go with each of the nominees. Frankly I am struggling to find any lies. All I see are facts and opinions. I don’t see any hate but what I do see in the creation of these awards is Islam attacking Freedom of Speech yet again. Admittedly this is a ‘ moderate ‘ way to try to silence the dissenting voices, but it is an attempt to silence us nevertheless.

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Is extradition to Germany actually Kim Dotcom’s card get out of jail free card?

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There has been a lot of speculation about whether or not Kim Dotcom may be extradited if his residency is revoked for lying on his application.

There is also debate about where he would be sent to.

Some say Hong Kong as that is where he moved from to live in New Zealand….or to Germany…or to Finland….he holds passports in both of the latter jurisdictions.

Then you have to query David ‘Tainted’ Fisher’s expose…surely he knew about this already when he launched his dictated hagiography that he tried (and failed) to claim was work of journalism.

Could it perhaps be that ‘Tainted’ Fisher wrote the article to actually assist Kim Dotcom escaping justice by fleeing back to Germany? ?? Read more »

Face of the day

Laila Harre

Laila Harre

I watched 3rd Degree last night where three of Dotcom’s ex employees were interviewed.

It was a shocker.
I wonder if Laila Harre was watching and how deep in denial she actually is. Remember Laila is pro union and pro workers rights. She doesn’t believe in a class system as we are all equal. She would never call anyone SIR for example.

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