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Saturday, May 02, 2009

Cuba's Kiwi Fifth Column

New Zealand has a significant pro-Cuban 5th column-mainly drawn from the local socialist movement.

Many were members of the now defunct Communist Party of NZ (pro- Albania), the Socialist Action League (Trotskyist, pro-Cuba), Workers Communist League (pro-China), or Socialist Unity Party (pro-Soviet).

Many are members or supporters of NZ's modern communist parties-Communist League, Socialist Worker, Socialist Aotearoa, the "mainstream" Socialist Party of Aotearoa, or the crypto-communist Alliance Party.



The NZ Committee to Free the Cuban Five has been campaigning to get the Obama administration to release the Cuban Five-captured Castro spies incarcerated in the US since 1998.

Their latest stunt was on April 8th when committee members tried to deliver a support letter to the US embassy in Wellington.

The US Embassy today refused to accept a hand delivered letter from MPs, City Councillors, trade unionists, church leaders,academics and other New Zealanders calling on the US Government not to oppose the petition to the US Supreme Court for the release of the Cuban 5. The US Government is require to respond to the petition this week.

An attempt to deliver the letter was made by Wellington City Councillor, Ray Ahipene Mercer and Secretary of the Weliington Cuba Friendship Society Gillian Magee but US Embassy Guards said they would not accept a hand delivered letter.

The letter has subsequently been posted to the US Embassy in Wellington and emailed to the US Attorney General Eric Holder
.

Initiating Members and Supporters of the NZ Committee to Free the Cuban Five were;

Hon Jim Anderton, Minister Agriculture, Biosecurity, Fisheries, Forestry, Minister Responsible for the Public Trust Associate Minister of Health Associate Minister for Tertiary Education. Leader of the Progressive Party (Involved in the late 80s with the Soviet front World Peace Council. (Linked to two Australian communist parties in the early '90s-Socialist Party of Australia and Democratic Socialist Party).

Dr David V Williams, Professor of Law, University of Auckland

Sue Bradford, Green Party MP (Former member of the Workers Communist League. Continues to run a marxist training school, the Kotare Trust, at Wellsford).

Dr Jane Kelsey, Professor of Law, University of Auckland (Formerly associated with some Workers Communist League members).

Gerald O'Brien, Former Member of the Parliament of New Zealand (Former leader of the Socialist Unity Party front, the World Peace Council affiliated NZ Council for World Peace).

Hon Matt Robson , Deputy Leader of the Progressive Party ,Associate-Foreign Affairs Minister 1999-2002. (Former member of the Socialist Action League. In the 90s associated with Australian Democratic Socialist Party).

Peter Cranney, Lawyer, Wellington (Formerly associated with some Workers Communist League members).

Helen Kelly, President NZCTU (Daughter of former Communist Party members and Workers Communist League associates Pat and Cath Kelly).

Hon Laila Harre, National Secretary, National Distribution Union, Auckland.
(Former NZ Cabinet Minister)(Veteran of 1987 coffee picking brigade to Nicaragua. Associate of some Socialist Party of Aotearoa members).

Robert Reid, President, National Distribution Union, Wellington (Former International Secretary of the Workers Communist League).

Cr Paul Bruce, Greater Wellington Regional Councillor, Wellington. (Green Party, former associate of some Workers Communist League members. Head of Latin America Solidarity Committee. Works closely with Cuban ambassador to NZ).

Des Brough, Peace Council Aotearoa (Former leader of the Socialist Unity Party front, the World Peace Council affiliated NZ Council for World Peace).

Dr Carol, Worthington

Ken Douglas, Councillor, former President of NZCTU (Former leader of the Socialist Unity Party and active in the NZ Council for World Peace).

Dr. G. Kleis, Alliance candidate Christchurch Central (formerly with Green Party. Travelled to Cuba in 2001 with a study brigade).

David Wiseman, Director of Humanitarian Programmes, Peace Council, (Active in Vietnam solidarity work.)

Mike Urlich, Peace Council Committee member,(Former leader of the Socialist Unity Party front, the World Peace Council affiliated NZ Council for World Peace).

Barney Richards, National Secretary, Peace Council Aotearoa New Zealand ,(Former Socialist Unity Party member and a leader of the NZ Council for World Peace).

Mike Treen, National Director, Unite Union, Auckland (Former member of the Socialist Action League, Communist League and Alliance Party).

John Minto, Spokesperson, Global Peace and Justice, Auckland (Marxist, former associate of Workers Communist League and Communist Party members. Now close to Socialist Worker).

Paul Piesse, President, Alliance Party, Candidate Christchurch East (Former member of the Socialist Action League and the NZ Council for World Peace. Formerly close to the Socialist Unity Party and the Australian Democratic Socialist Party).

Grant Morgan, Chair, Residents Action Movement (RAM), Auckland (Former leader of Socialist Worker. Former long time Communist Party member).

Warren Brewer, Secretary, Christchurch Cuba Friendship Society, Christchurch (Leading member of Socialist Party of Aotearoa. Former Socialist Unity Party member).

Pat Bolster, President, Wellington Cuba Friendship Society, Wellington (Formerly associated with some Workers Communist League members).

Gillian Magee, Secretary, Wellington Cuba Friendship Society, Wellington

Ina Lawrence, NZ Cuba Friendship Society, Auckland

Maxine Gay, Retail Secretary, National Distribution Union, Wellington (Former Workers Communist League member).

Mike Ingpen, Secretary, South Pacific and Oceanic Council of Trade Unions, Wellington

Dave Wickham, Trade Union Project Co-ordinator, Wellington (Formerly associated with some Workers Communist League members. Formerly worked with Jim Anderton in Alliance Party).

Omar Hamed, International Affairs Officer, Auckland University Students Association (Anarcho-communist. Arrested in October 2007 on firearms charges, after alleged participation in "quasi-military" training camps in the Ureweras).

Louisa Jones, National Organiser – NZ Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union

Kathryn Tucker, Unite Organiser, Hamilton (Socialist Aotearoa member).

Tom Buckley, Unite Union Organiser, Auckland (Socialist Aotearoa member. Former Socialist Worker activist).

Eric Gamble, Christchurch (Alliance Party).

Bob Anderson, President WISSE (Socialist Party of Aotearoa member. Hamilton NDU official. WISSE is Workers Institute for Scientific Socialist Education-the Socialist Party of Aoteroa training school).

Don Borrie (NZ North Korea Cociety leader. Former associate of many Workers Communist League members).

Kay Murray, Co-leader Alliance Party. Candidate Dunedin South

Quentin Findlay, Alliance List Candidate

Roger Fowler, Co-organiser, RAM - Residents Action Movement, Auckland (Former Communist Party member. Close to Socialist Worker).

Joe Carolan, Organiser, Socialist Aotearoa, Hamilton (Former Socialist Worker leader).

John Flygenring, Christchurch

Cameron Walker – student

Trevor Hansen, General Secretary Maritime Union of New Zealand (Closely associated with Socialist Party of Aotearoa).

Brendan Tuohy, Chair Socialist Party of Aotearoa (Former Socialist Unity Party member).

Sam Murray, CC Socialist Party of Aotearoa (Former Socialist Unity Party member).

Jennifer Francis, CC Socialist Party of Aotearoa (Former Socialist Unity Party member).

Lyn Doherty Project Co ordinator, Ohomairangi Trust

Hana Spierer, Alt TV Producer, “Green Core”

Nico Woodward, Student

Dr Gael Donald, Westfono Healthcare, Henderson, Auckland

Julie Webb Pullman, Journalist Wellington (Former associate of Workers Communist League and Democratic Socialist Party members. Has worked for Cuban government press agency in Havana. Also worked with Zapatista rebels in Mexico and leader of Wellington Zapatista Support Group. Support activist for "Urewera 17" activists. Works closely with Cuban ambassador to NZ).

Ian Powell, Wellington (Former member of Socialist Action League. Associate of some Workers Communist League and Democratic Socialist Party members).

Janet Roth, Auckland (Communist League leader. Formerly with Socialist Action League).

Adrian Guerrero, Carla Batista, Katia Cisternas, Victor Batista, Tomas Guerrero, Nicolas Guerrero, Nadia Batista, Cristian Batista, Enrique Batista, Antonia Marchesse, (Latin Americans living in NZ) (Victor Batista, a Chilean refugee was a member of the Socialist Unity Party. Many of these listed above are his children).

Oliver Woods - RAM Co-organiser, Auckland.

Helen Ritchie Cuba Solidarity Waikato

Annalucia Vermunt, Communist League, Auckland

Mike Tucker, Communist League, Auckland (Former Socialist Action League member).

Nick Fowler, Young Socialists (Youth wing of the Communist League).

John B. Turner, Waitakere.

Susie Powell teacher, Auckland.

Jane Bucholz, Auckland

Janfrie Wakim, Palestine Human Rights Campaign, Auckland

Christine Blance, Christchurch.

Malcolm McAllister, teacher, Auckland (Communist League. Former Socialist Action League member).

Joel Hildebrandt

Denis O'Connor. (Former associate of some Workers Communist League members).

Paul Maunder, Greymouth (Former associate of some Workers Communist League members).

Ron R. Miller, Auckland

Jim Holdom, Cuba Solidarity Waikato (Associate of some Socialist Party of Aotearoa members).

Jeremy Gorham, Business Manager, Auckland

Colin Pounder, Christchurch (Alliance Party).

Nick Laery, undergraduate student, University of Auckland.

Dora May Sutcliffe, Waitakere Auckland

Vinnie Molina Branch President ACFS Perth (President, Communist Party of Australia).

Elizabeth Hulm Secretary ACFS Perth

ACFS Perth Branch Australia-Cuba Friendship Society.

Any further information on any of these individuals much appreciated.

15 Comments:

Blogger MZL said...

does the Socialist Party of Aotearoa have a website?

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Lotha Von Trotha said...

Aww crap, why wasn't my name in there.

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there that much room under your bed Trevor?

9:07 PM  
Anonymous longmemory said...

I'd prefer it if you focused on telling us the goodnight story about free trade making us all rich and the milk n honey just running like a river. This goodnight story is a bit scary for me- I gives me nightmares about the chubby Venezuelan shagging Hilary Clinton...

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Groucho said...

The Cubans are coming for NZ, mark my words.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Scalia said...

This is very concerning. Your blog is a wealth of information. Keep it up.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Any further information on any of these individuals much appreciated."

They are all smarter than you?

1:45 PM  
Anonymous longmemory said...

Ok I was a little bit facetious back there Trevor. C'mon though, this assemblage of misfits aren't worth the time you are spending on them.
Lets get back into some positive discussion of how we can get this country back on track. There are several young layabouts in my street who are living examples of the challenges we face as a community. They live on welfare & spend their time loafing, drinking & collecting car wrecks. All have ignored my offers of odd-job employment recently (tree pruning etc).

I was chatting with someone today who suggested that youth who are not employed or in training should be drafted into LSV schemes. I agreed- Burnham is well appointed to deal with this idea. Welfare money should not be paid to the idle- if youngsters genuinely cannot find gainful employment, then our Defence Force should take them on board in a provisional capacity (say a 12 week course). I bet some of them will love it & ultimately join the regular force. Those who decide it isn't for them, will come out fitter with more self-belief. This has got to be a useful option. Any thoughts?

7:48 PM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

MZL-not really-this links to a SPA controlled business though.

http://www.reddfish.co.nz/

11:07 PM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

Longmemory-pretty much agree. Not in favour of compulsory part, but military training in exchange for dole money is fine.

Did a little TF myself in the 80s and was very impressed at what it did for me and the guys I went through with.

Some of then were pretty marginal, but responded very well to the discipline and the comradeship.

It made us all better and I for one am in favour of a much expanded LSV scheme, a big financial boost to the Territorial Force and a big increase in military apprenticeships.

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really doubt all these were founding members, my experience is groups are usually started by 6 - 10 people.

They probably all just signed some letter waved under their nose and you just copied all their names off it.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really doubt all these were initiating or supporting members, my experience is groups are usually started by 6 - 10 people. As for being members signing some letter doesnt make you a member of the group.

They probably all just signed some letter waved under their nose and you just copied all their names off it.

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, apologists for communism. Don't you melon greens realise the Cubans are already in Tonga, and probably talking to Bainimarama as we speak. They are coming, be prepared.

9:23 PM  
Anonymous longmemory said...

You are probably right about compulsion not being effective for an expansion of LSV or TF recruiting. Perhaps a financial incentive could be offered (on completion of training). I reckon a lot of youngsters would want to join RF after they got a taste.

I served in RNZN and there were plenty of 'rough diamonds' in there who absolutely thrived in the military environment. God knows what they would have been like growing up in a welfare sponsored dysfunctional household today...

I reckon our Yr 11 high school students should get a taste of military life- or is our education system to namby pamby to even consider this?

10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd do the whole army thing but it seems so communist.

9:35 PM  

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