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NZ Politics and Shades of Grey

by Oui Wed Mar 28th, 2018 at 05:27:39 PM EST

The United States of America leading the 'Free World' ...

President Bush's Address on Terrorism Before a Joint Meeting of Congress | NY Times - Sept. 21, 2003 |

Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes visible on TV and covert operations, secret even in success.

We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place until there is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism.

Every nation in every region now has a decision to make. Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.

From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.  

Geez ... within a decade the United States used Sunni Terrorists to fight their proxy war with Saudi Arabia and Qatar to force regime change in Syria and overthrow once again another authoritarian regime by any means. Who is with the terrorists now? Not Putin's Russia who effectively downgraded the terrorists operating within Syria's sovereign territory. From their intervention from September 2015, the number of deaths and casualties made a sharp decline. The US and its allies had to destroy the Islamic State in Iraq and Eastern Syria because their proxy had become a danger to the region and Western Europe.

The refugees crossing from Turkey to Greece and beyond became a rallying cry for populist far-right anti-immigration parties leading to a poor decision in Great Britain to leave the European Union. How the intervention of NATO led nations in Syria ended up destroying the fiber of unity within the EU. Such a poor, poor leadership ... or was this the intent from the outset? The fact that the Tory supported Cambridge Analytica played such a major role in the Leave campaign in the UK referendum and a year later in the underdog win of the right-wing conservatives to elect Donald Trump did cause a revolutionary change in the Western world. Oh well, whether its an Orange, Rose or Maidan revolt the CIA and its cohorts to "democratize" outlier nations must be appreciated to further the aim of corporate power and pure capitalism. John McCain before you die, well done fellow ... you've got more backing later in life than you had flying warplanes above Vietnam.You'll even find bipartisan support for your aggravation of anti-Russia sentiment.

I always thought you were a loser in politics running for the office of President while photoshopping your way to illustrate the safety on the streets of Baghdad, later in Tsiblisi, northern Syria amongst jihadists fighting your war against dictator Assad and the successful coup d'état of the Maidan revolt in Kiev in 2014.

Former political leader of Christian Democrats in Holland, foreign minister in support of US invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, by appointment of George Bush to become NATO's Secretary General to coordinate European nations to expand NATO to the borders of Russia, Ukraine as the highest possible prize: Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.

More below the fold ...

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New Zealand says it would expel Russian spies ... but it can't find any | The Guardian |

No room for diplomatic shades of grey on Russia - NZ's choice is black and white

OPINION: "Where she goes, we go. Where she stands, we stand."

Uttered by prime minister Michael Joseph Savage at the outset of World War II, the famous statement was the justification for New Zealand following the mother country in to battle.

Good grief.

UK High Commissioner to New Zealand Laura Clarke said the UK felt it was clear the Novichok nerve agent had stemmed from Russia.

Thank goodness times have changed and New Zealand has forged its own fiercely independent foreign policy - one based historically on doing what's right and standing up to bullies.

We are thankfully independent, and we're much wiser to the implications of wading into a stoush that may not directly affect us. And let's be clear, no-one is talking war - this is a diplomatic test.

Still, the United Kingdom has asked for New Zealand's support in dealing with Russian aggression and on this, only one side is the right side.

It's not with Vladimir Putin.

New coalition government to reopen trade talks with Russia  

Re: Not The Onion (none / 1)

I took a look at Politico.eu's front page, too. I noticed one dodgy reporting on Tory gov's latest "Brexit 'backstop' plan" and was reminded of the summer of '07, when Politico appeared out of nowhere in first row of a televised WH press corps gaggle. That was Bush announcing his nomination of Bob Gates (CIA dir) to replace Rumsfeld. Both events were startling, memorable.

Politico had only launched in Jan 2007. Turns out, behind the edgy, start-up "branding" were a couple of mainline WaPoo reporters with personal, portable WH press corp credentials.

I dug around tonight for this article to refresh my recollection of its trajectory. Take in Pro edition subscription rates for Belt-way "verticals." It goes a distance to explain editorial priorities for EU expansion since 2015.

by Cat @EuroTrib on Wed Mar 28th, 2018

New Zealand's claim it has no Russian spies is perplexing. Why is it isolating itself? | The Guardian - Opinion |

he New Zealand Labour government's refusal to join international collective action against Russia over the nerve agent attack in the UK on former spy Sergei Skripal is perplexing.

The 26-nation solidarity coalition expelling Russian diplomats and intelligence officers from their soil includes all of New Zealand's major security partners as well as important trade counterparts.

New Zealand is a member of the Five Eyes signals intelligence collection and sharing network including Australia, Canada, the UK and the US, so it has better knowledge than most as to what evidence the UK has to indicate that Vladimir Putin's regime ordered the hit on Sergei Skripal.

New Zealand is an extra-regional Nato and EU associate, and like the majority of the members of the coalition it is a democracy. New Zealand fashions itself as a good international citizen and honest broker in international affairs, so it seems odd that it would not join its closest diplomatic interlocutors in what is largely a symbolic gesture of repudiation of Russian misbehaviour abroad.

The decision was made all the more quixotic by prime minister Jacinda Ardern's claim that there are "no undeclared Russian intelligence operatives" in New Zealand and hence there was no need to expel anyone.

Although Russian intelligence operations will be adversely affected in places like the UK, US and Germany, many of those being expelled are "normal" diplomats who can be recalled at some future date. So the downside to joining the coalition would seem relatively small even with Russian threats of retaliation, and the upside in terms of being seen to be a good diplomatic partner that supports international norms could well outweigh whatever the Russians can respond with.

Perhaps there lies the explanation. New Zealand's foreign policy in recent years has been trade obsessed and speculation has it that members of the foreign policy establishment see the possibility of advancing a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with Russia in the vacuum left by the trade sanctions levied on it in the wake of the Ukrainian invasion and annexation of Crimea.

NZ Eyes China trade: signing the new #CPTPP with 10 other Pacific Rim nations!

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 28th, 2018 at 07:20:11 PM EST
Yes. Some westworld presses are at odds with realities which have been long banished from their sphere of influence --westworld readers.

"Third World" alignment in self-defense is inexorable.

At risk of immodesty, I dare say, I am pleased to have had the foresight to set my child on the path to Mandarin fluency many years ago. Swiss arm knife that in 50 years time.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Mar 30th, 2018 at 12:23:09 AM EST

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