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Posted Jun 3, 2020 at liberation
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John Moore's podcast on the Politics of the Coronavirus crisis Or download here: Download Episode_audio_616C593E-14F7-4673-9F32-E739F6684F80 Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at liberation
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Podcast by John Moore on: International Women's Day Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2020 at liberation
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John Moore's new podcast: Episode One on FGM Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2020 at liberation
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Posted Nov 28, 2019 at liberation
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Posted Nov 24, 2019 at liberation
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Posted Sep 11, 2019 at liberation
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Posted Aug 7, 2019 at liberation
The occupation of disputed Māori land at the site Ihumātao in Auckland is heating up. Last week police made several arrests and used pepper spray at the occupation. Several hundred protesters are currently active at the Ihumātao site. John Moore looks into the issues in this guest blog post. The nature of the current dispute has now taken on the dimensions of not just a dispute between protesting Māori versus Fletcher Building (the legal owners of the disputed land) but also a dispute between the local Māori Establishment versus disaffected Māori. The very question of how Māori should orientate towards... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2019 at liberation
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Posted Jul 22, 2019 at liberation
Recent research suggests the public is becoming more trusting of government and politicians again. Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University highlights new studies on trust, and says that “Jacindamania” still appears to be having a positive impact on society’s view of politics. [Note this column was originally published in 2018 on the Newsroom Pro website] Growing distrust of politicians and authorities has been one of the most important political trends of recent decades, especially as it has accelerated around the globe in the last decade. Most notably, it has been connected to the revival of populist and radical electoral forces... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at liberation
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Abortion law reform is back on the political agenda. According to Dr Bryce Edwards of Victoria University of Wellington, this area of debate is the ultimate polarising issue in what are often called the “culture wars” – but that doesn’t necessarily mean New Zealand is about to be embroiled in a heated and divisive battle of values. [Note: the column was originally published on the Newsroom Pro website in November 2018] Both in New Zealand and around the world, politics are increasingly revolving around non-economic policy issues that divide societies along lines that are more “liberal vs conservative” than “left... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at liberation
“What on earth is May Day?” you might ask. May Day is International Workers’ Day - a celebration of the organised trade union movement and working class-centred politics. But in New Zealand it’s pretty much a non-event. However, in many countries May Day is a public holiday, and rallies of unions and the left are held throughout the world. This is especially true with those nations of the Global South (Third World) which have a particular tradition of militant unionism and socialist politics. For example, in Manila in the Philippines, and Jakarta in Indonesia, tens of thousands of workers and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2019 at liberation
Bite-sized alternative political analysis Facts: RSA veterans are upset with plans to have a Muslim prayer at Anzac Day service. The RSA is NZ’s ex-military service organization. A Muslim Imam had been invited to say a prayer at an RSA Anzac service at Titahi Bay, near Wellington. The RSA’s move was an attempt to both show inclusiveness, as well as out of respect to the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack. However, RSA veterans were less than happy with this move. A backlash against the proposed Muslim prayer has led to the RSA branch dropping the Muslim prayer from its... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at liberation
The Southeast Asian nation of Brunei has implemented the death penalty for homosexuality. Brunei is a small Muslim-majority nation on the island of Borneo. The country is a dictatorship, ruled by its Sultan. The Sultan is Head of State, as well as Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Inspector General of the Royal Brunei Police Force, and Head of Islam. So, what he says goes. The Sultan of Brunei, has been well-known for his playboy lifestyle. However, over the last decade Brunei’s royal family has, on the face of it, embraced a very... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at liberation
Bite-sized alternative political analysis The facts: Jacinda Ardern’s trip to China has brought into question the Government’s lack of protest over China’s treatment of its Turkic-Muslim population. The Chinese Government has received international criticism for its treatment of the Uighur ethnic minority in the northwest of China. Uighur are a Turkic ethnic group who are predominately Muslim. A Uighur independence movement has been calling for an independent Uighur state. The Chinese State firmly suppresses any calls for independence. Currently, up to a million Uighur are interned in what are essentially concentration camps. The Chinese Government is currently imposing forced ideological... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2019 at liberation
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Posted Apr 2, 2019 at liberation
Conservative public intellectual Jordon Peterson has been caught up in the reaction against the Islamophobic terrorist attack in New Zealand. The Canadian psychologist and self-help guru initially had his book– 12 Rules for Life – removed from the Whitcoulls book chain store. And the academic’s visiting fellowship at Cambridge University has been rescinded. The Peterson ban, both by Whitcoulls in NZ and by Cambridge in the UK, can be seen as a reaction against the spreading of alt-right and new conservative ideology. Jordon Peterson promotes conservative values in relation to gender and social hierarchy. The book chain Whitcoulls pulled Peterson's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2019 at liberation
Bite-sized alternative political analysis The facts: Jacinda Ardern has stated that she sees climate change as the major issue of the 21st Century. And she has indicated that her Government will act to be a world leader on tackling global warming. Tomorrow, striking students will aim to put pressure on the Government to take decisive action on the ongoing threat of global warming. But how active is this Government with dealing with environmental concerns? The long-awaited Zero carbon Bill is on the way. But how radical will this bill actually be, and will it address the necessary steps needed to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2019 at liberation
Bite-sized alternative political analysis The facts: A global student strike is happening this Friday. In New Zealand, thousands of students are expected to bunk school and attend climate change protests across the country. Politicians have generally expressed hostility or indifference to the protest. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been non-committal over whether she supports the protests actions or not. However, the Green Party is publicly supporting the protesting students, as are a handful of Labour MPs. Analysis: This strike action by students against climate change inaction is hugely significant. The politics of climate change tends to be an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2019 at liberation
The facts: The NZ Government has implemented comprehensive gun reform in response to the Christchurch Islamophobic terrorist attack. The Government has banned assault rifles and military-style semi-automatic (MSSA) guns. All political parties, apart from Act, support the reforms. Further reforms of gun laws are expected. Analysis: There is an argument that the Government’s gun reforms do not go far enough, and a counter-argument that they go too far. Those pressing for a comprehensive ban on semi-automatic weapons have raised concerns that, with these new reforms, there is not in fact a comprehensive ban on such weapons. For example, the ban... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at liberation
Kia Ora Te Whanau I am Gayaal Iddamalgoda from the Migrant and Refugee Rights Campaign. To be honest with you all, I have struggled to find words to share with you today. Our Muslim friends and neighbours have been hurt so badly by this evil act of terrorism. I don't think I'm alone in trying to process our collective grief, I don't think I'm alone in trying to find every way to comfort our Muslim brothers, sisters and friends. Today, before I came here, I resolved to try and tell you 'the truth' as I see it. There's so much... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2019 at liberation
New Zealand has now come face to face with 21st Century terrorism and the politics of extreme hate and violence. It is now clear that no country is immune from political violence and extreme sectarian politics. People in this country have expressed their grief and feelings of shock at the terrorist attack that happened on Friday in Christchurch. The attack on Muslim worshippers has been met with a deep sense of humanity and empathy from people in New Zealand. A universal sense of humanity has come to the fore, with a heartfelt sense of solidarity shown towards the victims of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2019 at liberation
Bite-sized alternative political analysis: Michael Jackson and the spectre of censorship The facts: The tainted legacy of Michael Jackson has become world news with the release of a documentary on the deceased artist. The documentary Leaving Neverland puts forward the case that Jackson sexual abused children. Leaving Neverland has most probably destroyed Michael Jackson’s legacy. One political question that has come from the documentaries release is over the censorship of Jackson’s songs. NZME, which owns ZM, The Hits, Flava and Newstalk ZB, has made the decision to no longer play Jackson's songs on air. And similar moves are being taken... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at liberation
Bite-sized alternative political analysis: China expert treated as a pariah by Labour Party The facts: University of Canterbury academic Anne-Marie Brady was blocked by Labour MPs from making to a submission on foreign interference. Professor Brady asked to make a submission to the Justice Select Committee regarding its inquiry into foreign interference in the 2017 general election and 2016 local elections. And in what was a shocking move, the Labour members on the committee voted against Brady giving a submission. The Labour MPs voted against Brady ostensibly on the grounds that her request was late. However, the National MPs on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at liberation