Posted: September 16, 2014 by Admin in capitalist crisis, Capitalist ideology, Class Matters, Economics, John Key, Labour Party NZ, Limits of capitalism, Marxism, National Party NZ, New Zealand economy, New Zealand politics, Unions - NZ, Workers' rights
John Key: smarmy manager of a bankrupt economic system, yes; but neoliberal, no
by Philip Ferguson
Much of the left have banged on for the past six years about neo-liberalism being the dominant economic policy in New Zealand. Before, and for several years after, the 2008 election many on the left also claimed that John Key had a secret agenda to pursue a ruthless neo-liberal policy programme.
Here at Redline, and in our previous political involvement in the Workers Party, we argued that this was, to put it bluntly, nonsense. The Key government was a middle-of-the-road government that gave a few things and took away a few things. We also argued that a Marxist analysis, rather than the almost hysterical anti-National Party politics which typifies much of the left, would show that NZ capitalism needs extreme neo-liberalism like it needs Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 15, 2014 by daphna in Surveillance state
Journalist Glen Greenwald visiting New Zealand has been exposing the role of this country’s spy agencies in the network of powers. The involvement in Five Eyes shows New Zealand is a significant player in the imperialist alliance. Here are some articles we have posted in the past year on state surveillance:
Posted: October 24, 2013 by Admin in ‘Counter-insurgency’, Alienation, At the coalface, British politics, Capitalist ideology, Censorship and free speech, Cover ups, Democracy movements,Imperialism and anti-imperialism, Information technology, New Zealand politics, Protest, State repression, Surveillance state, United States, US history, US politics
by Andy Warren
Amongst growing public outrage in the US and international scandal surfacing around previously secret National Security Agency (NSA) activities, let’s take a quick look into the current shenanigans around the NSA, PRISM, Edward Snowden and, in New Zealand, the GCSB amendment. Firstly, what does it mean when we’re told the government is
by Daphna Whitmore
It is no secret that the GCSB (Government Communications Security Bureau) has been spying on New Zealanders. As is often the way, the spying came to light through a series of blunders. In this case Kim Dotcom, a German national with New Zealand residency, had been spied on at the behest of […]
by Yassamine Mather
Edward Snowden’s revelations about internet and phone surveillance by the Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) in the UK and National Security Agency (NSA) in the US did not come as a surprise to anyone with knowledge of the current state of communication technology and the extensive use of the ‘terrorist’ threat as an
Posted: August 20, 2013 by Admin in Capitalist ideology, Democracy movements, Surveillance state
Posted: August 12, 2013 by Admin in Capitalist ideology, Cover ups, Democracy movements,Imperialism and anti-imperialism, Internationalism, Iraq, Middle East, State repression, State terrorism, Surveillance state, United States, US history
by Paul Demarty
To almost nobody’s surprise, corporal Bradley Manning – the soldier who was the source of the most sensational Wikileaks disclosures – has been convicted of the vast majority of charges against him. Sentencing is the subject of a whole new bout of judicial wrangling, taking place now, but he faces up to […]
Posted: July 12, 2013 by Admin in ‘Counter-insurgency’, Afghanistan, Capitalist ideology, Cover ups,Democracy movements, Imperialism and anti-imperialism, Information technology,Internationalism, Iraq, Middle East, State repression, State terrorism, Surveillance state,United States
by Jim Creegan
National chauvinism – more charitably called patriotism – is the strongest ideological cement binding subaltern classes to their rulers. But American patriotism – like that of Britain and other empires past – has long functioned not only as an ordinary bond between government and governed, but as a super-adhesive, endowing its believers […]
Posted: July 8, 2013 by Admin in Afghanistan, Capitalist ideology, Cover ups, Democracy movements, Imperialism and anti-imperialism, Iraq, Middle East, Political prisoners, State repression, State terrorism, US history
The trial of Private Bradley Manning is underway – although no one would know it, it’s been kept so much under wraps. Manning, a 25-year old, is accused of having sent 700,000 classified documents to Wikileaks. Prosecuted for making public intelligence that could supposedly aid the enemy, this soldier could spend the rest of his […]
Above is a mural created by the Irish socialist-republican movement éirígí in the New Lodge area of Belfast. Unfortunately, we lack a radical mural-painting tradition in this country. Anyone fancy starting one?
Posted: September 15, 2014 by Admin in At the coalface, Democracy movements, Imperialism and anti-imperialism, insurrections, Israel, Middle East, Palestine, PFLP, Political prisoners, rebellions, Uprisings, insurrections, rebellions
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in Gaza City organized a mass rally and military march with thousands of cadres, members and supporters of the Front and hundreds of fighters with the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades. The event came in celebration of the victory of the Palestinian people in Gaza in the recent aggression, and in commemoration of the 13th anniversary of the assassination of Abu Ali Mustafa, General Secretary of the PFLP, on August 27, 2001, by a US-made missile fired into his Ramallah office by the Zionist airforce .
Marchers carried Palestinian flags, PFLP banners and resistance images from the region and around the world, saluting the Lebanese resistance and Latin American nations and people who stood consistently with Palestine.
Comrade Jamil Mizher, member of the Political Bureau and leader of the PFLP’s branch in Gaza, saluted the masses of the Palestinian people who defined the meaning of resistance and struggle as they Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 15, 2014 by Admin in BRICS, China, Economics, Imperialism and anti-imperialism, India, Russia and Russian politics, South Africa, United States, United States - economy, US politics, World economy
by Tony Norfield
Nobody wants to be one of the PIIGS, but membership of the BRICS is highly valued. Both acronyms were devised in the City of London, the former by analysts describing a group of crisis-hit euro countries, the latter by Goldman Sachs in a 2001 paper that identified several countries that had come to prominence in the global economy. The Goldmans formulation came at an opportune time: slower growth in the major capitalist powers was being outpaced by developing countries that also appeared to have brighter economic prospects. Its author called for including Brazil, Russia, India and China more formally in global economic decision-making (South Africa was added later), and this was an adept investment bank marketing tool to attract business both from and into the relevant emerging powers, ones that craved recognition.
The BRICS are evidently diverse countries, geographically, socially, economically, politically and in terms of their potential power in the world economy. However, they share some common interests that the original Goldmans formulation did not anticipate. Rather than them all simply wanting to be included in the current hegemonic structure of global decision-making – being included in forums like the G7, for example – what has happened over the past decade is that they have Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 13, 2014 by Admin in General/Digests
by Andy Warren
The week wouldn’t feel complete without some Chomsky:
And if you get the chance, I recommend “Notes to Eternity” – which screened fresh from the editing suite in the recent New Zealand International Film Festival.
Some Practical Black Ops
A Little Parody
A Forgotten 9/11 History Worth Remembering…
(Quoting Occupy Wall St)
On September 11th 1973, US-backed General Pinochet overthrew the democratically elected leader of Chile, Salvadore Allende. Pinochet ordered an air strike on the Presidential Palace, labor activists and famous folk guitarists were rounded up for torture, disappeared, and killed. Pinochet converted the national football stadium into a detention facility like Guantanamo Bay. Chile’s economy was turned into a Read the rest of this entry »