State surveillance & the Five Eyes

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:

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

The only government department . . .

Posted: August 20, 2013 by Admin in Capitalist ideologyDemocracy movementsSurveillance state


The conviction of Bradley Manning: predictable and repugnant

Posted: August 12, 2013 by Admin in Capitalist ideologyCover upsDemocracy movements,Imperialism and anti-imperialismInternationalismIraqMiddle EastState repressionState terrorismSurveillance stateUnited StatesUS 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 […]


Edward Snowden and the American state: David v Goliath in the world of hi-tech

Posted: July 12, 2013 by Admin in ‘Counter-insurgency’AfghanistanCapitalist ideologyCover ups,Democracy movementsImperialism and anti-imperialismInformation technology,InternationalismIraqMiddle EastState repressionState terrorismSurveillance 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 […]


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?


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 »

imagesby 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 »

Weekly Digest of Alt. Media. . ., September 13

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 »

isis-target-europe-middle-east-conflict-hamas-i-20140824_art_fullby Yassamine Mather

Every day news of new atrocities by the Islamic State is making headlines. From the beheading of young journalists to the mass extermination of religious and national minorities in Iraq and Syria, there seems to be no end to the barbarism and brutality of this latest brand of Islamist jihadism. US air strikes might have slowed down the IS’s military progress – earlier this week the two Shia cities of Amerli and Suleiman Beik were recaptured, the latter with the direct intervention of Iranian Revolutionary Guards. However, it is clear that the IS is far from defeated.

It is ironic to think that only a year ago the debate was about US military intervention on the side of Syrian opposition forces – even then dominated by the very jihadists who later chose the name ‘Daesh’ (in Arabic), or Isis. Today the US is conducting an air war against the group (and the United Kingdom is close to joining in). This air war will no doubt bolster the regime of Bashar Assad. The mass media portray US air raids and drone attacks as yet another humanitarian intervention, downplaying the enormity of the US change in policy over the last 12 months. Has there been regime change in Syria? Has the dictator the imperialists were so keen to ditch relinquished power? Is his government more democratic than a year ago? Of course, the answer to all these questions is ‘no’. Assad has consolidated his power with phoney elections; his army (supported by another ‘rogue state’, Iran) is as repressive as ever before. In short, what has changed is the priorities of the imperialist powers – there is now an urgent need to maintain control over the country they ruined in another ‘humanitarian’ intervention in 2003: Iraq.

So Shia Iran, and therefore its ally, Syria, are no longer the main enemy. On the contrary, Read the rest of this entry »

indexby Philip Ferguson

Don Franks’ critique of Mana’s anti-poverty campaign touched on the contradiction between what seasoned activists in Mana know and what they put forward in practice.  Don noted, “But MANA’s veteran activists understand the basic nature of capitalism. Why do they wilfully misrepresent it?”

This is at the very heart of far-left involvement in Mana/Internet Mana.  Sections of the far left continually make out that radical-reformist politics are better than revolutionary politics most of the time in practice.  So when are revolutionary politics to be argued and fought for, and put before workers?  Apparently, not today.  Maybe tomorrow?  But then tomorrow becomes today, and so, once again, the time is not right for advancing revolutionary politics.

This self-limiting stance taken by the left groups involved in Mana/Internet Mana – although at least ISO is engaged in some reconsidering and useful open debate – means, in effect, that the time is never right for advancing revolutionary politics.

Instead the far left groups, despite the subjective intentions of their more radical members, play the role of gate-keeper, Read the rest of this entry »