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Faith, hope, and charity in the nuclear age – Kazakhstan, New Zealand and everyone else - by Kennedy Graham
Back in ‘91 a younger President Nursultan Nazarbayev faced a dilemma. Along with independence just attained from the USSR, he had inherited 112 ICBMs sporting 1,200 nuclear warheads. A gift from heaven as it were, or from hell, depending on the level of your transcendentalism. Twenty years later, Nazarbayev has emerged as a hero of [...] read moreAugust 31, 2012 4:50 pm - 3 Comments
Parliament condemns killings in Syria - by Keith Locke
Yesterday I moved a motion in Parliament on Syria, which was passed unanimously. It read: “That this House condemn the shooting of peaceful demonstrators in Hama and other Syrian cities and call upon the Syrian Government to enter into a serious national dialogue to chart a transition to democratic government.” New Zealand now joins the [...] read moreAugust 4, 2011 4:54 pm - 4 Comments
Multi cultural Eid celebration in Mangere - by Keith Locke
It was a pleasure to be able to celebrate the Eid yesterday with members of the Muslim community at a big event in Mangere. It was a very multi-cultural event. There are 27 nationalities represented in the Auckland Muslim community. read moreSeptember 13, 2010 11:12 am - 2 Comments
Jon Stewart on the BP oil spill - by frog
A look at history puts Obama’s latest speech into context. Funny and sad at the same time. read moreJune 24, 2010 10:56 am - 8 Comments
One of the world’s biggest insurers is telling business that the two biggest risks they face are peak oil and climate change. It seems Lloyd’s has gone a bit green, or has started reading frogblog. read moreJune 17, 2010 6:49 am - 25 Comments
Finally, an answer - by frog
Geniuses at Oil Sciences have come up with a novel idea about how to stop the millions of barrels of oil from billowing into to Gulf of Mexico. And, you guessed it, they’ve put it up for sale to the highest bidder on Trade Me. read moreJune 14, 2010 10:37 pm - 11 Comments
Déjà vu in Iran - by Keith Locke
Many moons ago Barack Obama confronted a warmongering President, George W Bush, saying he would be willing to sit down and talk to the Iranian leaders. read moreMay 20, 2010 11:42 am - 7 Comments
President Obama’s administration has recently announced progressive new changes to the way future transport projects will be funded. Obama’s administration is now adding “liveability” to the measures used to evaluate new transport projects. “We want to base our decisions on how much transit helps the environment, how much it improves development opportunities, and how it [...] read moreJanuary 27, 2010 9:13 am - 9 Comments
Copenhagen Diary: It is a disgrace - by Jeanette Fitzsimons
Tonight’s outcome in Copenhagen is a tragedy for humanity. It is widely recognised as a failure papered over with some fine sounding words by Obama. The purpose of the meeting was to agree on a second commitment period for the Kyoto protocol. That has not been achieved. We came here wanting an ambitious, fair and [...] read moreDecember 19, 2009 1:03 pm - 76 Comments
As the COP15 climate summit draws to a close, Jeanette Fitzsimons and Kennedy Graham offer their views on what is, and isn’t, happening at this most important of international meetings. Jeanette discusses the lack of emissions reduction targets thusfar offered by rich nations, and the $100 billion pledge from the US that will begin in 2020 to [...] read moreDecember 18, 2009 11:14 pm - 1 Comment
Bring SAS troops home from Afghanistan! - by Keith Locke
It’s good that New Zealand won’t be sending any more troops to Afghanistan. However, that’s not because John Key has just seen the light. With its existing troop commitments – in Afghanistan, the Solomons and East Timor – the NZ Defence Force simply doesn’t have any troops to spare. I’m asking John Key to look [...] read moreDecember 3, 2009 9:58 am - 17 Comments
Someone wise once said that the word is more powerful than the sword, and today’s Government statement could be seen as a desperate and venal attempt by the New Zealand Government to provoke Indonesia. read moreOctober 18, 2009 5:39 pm - 12 Comments
Many Kiwis won’t be familiar with Moyers, who has had a long career in US journalism. In the 1960′s he worked for JFK, founding the Peace Corp, and later as Johnson’s press secretary. Moyers then played a key role in establishing the Public Broadcasting System which has been his home almost ever since. Bill is [...] read moreSeptember 12, 2009 7:07 am - No Comments
Bill Maher vs the “Obama Birthers” - by frog
This frog has always appreciated Bill Maher, the host of HBO’s Real Time, for his political analysis and biting wit. Here he takes on the “birthers”, whose campaign to expose Obama as not an American citizen has taken on nearly cult status. No PC zone is Bill’s show. Enjoy. read moreAugust 2, 2009 7:32 am - 10 Comments
Green Party pulls plug for planet’s sake - by frog
In a bold move to combat global warming and the Government’s indifference to New Zealand’s Kyoto commitments, the Green Party is leading from the front and will immediately stop using most electrical appliances in its Parliamentary offices as of today. “The current Government’s laissez-faire attitude to carbon emissions means that more needs to be done. [...] read moreApril 1, 2009 4:11 pm - 16 Comments
President Obama summed up the Green party position on transport pretty well during a press conference in Florida yesterday. (at minute 55) I would like for us to invest in mass transit because potentially that’s energy efficient. And I think people are a lot more open now to thinking regionally… The days where we’re just [...] read moreFebruary 12, 2009 10:24 am - 72 Comments
Gitmo is going, going, almost gone - by frog
It was with great pleasure this morning that I awoke to the news that President Obama has formally ordered the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison within a year. Within hours of his swearing in, his chief of staff had executed his order suspending all military trials at Gitmo for 120 days while he worked [...] read moreJanuary 23, 2009 9:34 am - 48 Comments
President Obama - by frog
At last the transition is complete. It was with more relief than pleasure that I watched Bush´s helicopter leave Washington with the Obama and Biden families waving him goodbye. I couldn´t help waving goodbye myself. I think this quote from Obama´s inaugural speech summarises my distaste for the Bush presidency: Our Founding Fathers, faced with [...] read moreJanuary 21, 2009 7:54 am - 39 Comments
On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The rights seem so simple and so obvious that we in New Zealand quite easily take them for granted. The document is not legally binding in the way a treaty is, but it does formally [...] read moreDecember 10, 2008 10:58 am - 34 Comments
Leadership - by frog
Obama telling it like it is and as we have always said it is: My presidency will mark a new chapter in America’s leadership on climate change that will strengthen our security and create millions of new jobs in the process. That will start with a federal cap-and-trade system. We’ll establish strong annual targets that [...] read moreNovember 25, 2008 4:30 pm - 39 Comments
Super Duper Tuesday - by frog
The big political event tomorrow in New Zealand will be Waitangi Day, but I get the feeling that political science junkies have all got one eye overseas on the United States Super (Duper) Tuesday Primaries – and especially the Obama-Clinton race. To many New Zealand eyes it’s fascinating that political parties would let this messy, [...] read moreFebruary 5, 2008 12:01 pm - 38 Comments