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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Help Requested

I will be addressing the Weather Underground conference in Washington DC. on March 12.

Conference sponsors America's Survival and other organisations and individuals have generously covered my travel costs to this event.

However I would like to use this trip for further research into Barack Obama's radical connections, which will mean further travel for meetings and archival study.

If you would like to help me utilise this opportunity even more effectively please contribute via the PayPal donation button to the right of this post-or email me on

All help will thankfully received and responsibly utilised.

Thank you.

Trevor Loudon

Washington "Weather Underground" Conference

Yours Truly will be addressing this event.

Campaign for Justice for Victims of Weather Underground Terrorism
Sponsored by America's Survival, Inc.

March 12 National Press Club / First Amendment Lounge 12:30 – 2:30*

Sergeant Brian V. McDonnell:
Victim of Weather Underground anti-personnel shrapnel bomb allegedly planted by Bernardine Dohrn (the wife of Bill Ayers) at San Francisco Park Police Station, February 16, 1970.


Larry Grathwohl, former FBI informant in the Weather Underground, on how the Weather Underground targeted police for murder and how evidence in the bombing murder of Sgt. McDonnell points to Weather Underground member and now “Professor” Bernardine Dohrn.

Jim Pera, retired San Francisco Police Sergeant, one of the first on the scene of the Park Station bombing, on the impact of the Weather Underground bombing campaign and the search for justice in the McDonnell case.

Herbert Romerstein, former Congressional investigator, on the violent history of the Weather Underground and its links to other terrorist groups, including the Puerto Rican FALN.

Trevor Loudon, anti-communist researcher and international blogger, on how members of the SDS and Weather Underground are active politically and creating a new “student movement” on college campuses.

Cliff Kincaid, veteran journalist and president of America’s Survival, Inc., on the need for the media to tell the complete truth about the origins, foreign influence and direction, and present plans of the SDS and Weather Underground.

The Radical Oborg is Here!

RBO (Real Barack Obama) reports on a new initiative to Accountability Now push the US democratic party even further left and to "make space for Obama to be more progressive".

Accountability NOW? A new political action committee? Just the next step in what RBO and Trevor Loudon have been writing about for months! The radical OBORG has finally arrived to assimilate us all — or at least to drive non-conforming politicians from office and non-compliant voters from the polls.

First the official “news” report: Jim Rutenberg writes in today’s New York Times:

"A group of liberal bloggers said it was teaming up with organized labor and to form a political action committee that would seek to push the Democratic Party further to the left.

Soliciting donations from their readers, the bloggers said they were planning to recruit liberal candidates to challenge more centrist Democrats currently in Congress

Left-leaning” founding bloggers include Glenn Greenwald from and Jane Hamsher of Support will come from SEIU (you know — the one that helped spawn ACORN) and, which will “concentrate more fully on candidate recruitment on a statewide level.

Greenwald said “We’re going to be about targeting incumbents to make space for Obama to be more progressive, … There may be other times when the Democratic Party, as led by Obama, is being unresponsive, so yeah, we have the potential to push back against that as well.”

Hamsher said Accountability Now “might also involve itself in Republican primary contests, though the focus for now seemed to be primarily on the Democratic side,” Rutenberg wrote.

The AN home page states that SEIU, and will be joined by, Howard Dean’s Democracy for America, 21st Century Democrats and BlogPAC.

Read the rest here. RBO is one of the best sources of Obama news on the web. Add it to your "favorites".

Connecticut Communists Keep Obama "Dream" Alive

The Communist Party USA helped put Barack Obama into power and now they're helping to build a "peoples movement" on his coattails.

From a Communist Party USA's Peoples Weekly World article by party members Dorothy Johnson and Joelle Fishman. The Brian Steinberg quoted is also a party membe, as was the late WEB DuBois.

"The Peoples Weekly World 35th Annual African American History Month celebrations in Connecticut last weekend had overflow crowds in Hartford and New Haven including many young people. The events featured local panels, music and a tribute to W.E.B. Du Bois.

Panelists addressed questions around the theme, “Building the Momentum for Change. Realizing the Dream for Jobs - Peace - Equality.” They were asked to reflect on next steps to achieve equality and how to keep the unity growing that elected Obama...

Awards were presented to winners of the second annual People’s Weekly World high school arts competition around the theme “Dear President Obama, My dream is....” The students, from various area high schools, came with their families, accepted their prizes and shared their work.

Multi-racial and multi-generational audience celebrates African American History Month at PWW awards ceremony in New Haven.

New Haven panelist Clifton Graves, a long time civil rights activist, emphasized to the audience “you are not going to agree with everything Obama does, but it is up to us to keep the momentum going for change. This is one of the best opportunities that Americans have had in decades. “

Graves spoke especially to the youth in attendance about earlier civil rights struggles which enabled Obama’s election, quoting Frederick Doublass that “power concedes nothing without a demand, it never has and it never will.” The fight for affirmative action is not over, he said.

Ashaki Binta, a union organizer with UE, thinks a good way to keep the ball rolling is to re-establish some of the coalitions that have faded in recent years. She warned about the dangers of the right-wing which continue even as the country is moving in a more progressive direction

Andrew Greene, high school student and member of New Growth Praise Center, wasn’t shy about speaking his mind. He was very motivated when he went to Philadelphia to door knock for Obama in the summer. He believes this will help some young people turn their lives around so they will know there is hope for them. He encourages his fellow high school students to stay focused and get a good education.

Craig Gauthier, a former union leader who moderated the discussion, concluded by saying that “our tasks and responsibilities have been laid before us. We must take up the banner for equality, justice and organize to take action in these hard economic times.”

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists president Kathleen Jackson recalled being spat on at school where she was the only Black student. She helped organize a bus to the Inauguration just to be present as Barack Obama was sworn into office.

Brian Steinberg reflected on the change in thinking that has taken place in the South since his experience in the 1960's during Freedom Summer in Mississippi when three civil rights activists were slain. He said Obama’s election represents an expansion of democracy in our country, won by the unity of the people, which must continue on.

The events raised nearly $2,000 for the People’s Weekly World fund drive."

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Scrap Jobs "Talk Fest", Just Listen to Sir Roger

Prime minister John Key could save the taxpayer thousands by cancelling tomorrow's timewasting Jobs Summit.

Instead he simply needs implement the proposals laid out in ACT MP Sir Roger Douglas's latest press release.

Jobs Summit Must Look At The Big Issues

Hon Sir Roger Douglas, ACT New Zealand

Thursday February 26 2009

The problem with the upcoming job summit is that it is likely to be a distraction that concentrates more on minor issues - that is cents, at a time when New Zealand needs to look at the dollars, ACT New Zealand Finance Spokesman Sir Roger Douglas said today.

"While the summit will take a micro-look at how we might produce a few jobs in the short term, it will not address the fundamental issues we must address if we are to expand the number of well-paying jobs over the longer term," Sir Roger said."What we need is an overall strategy to place the country at the forefront of productivity growth among the developed countries.

This would primarily require:

* Concentrate on big issues, rather than the inconsequential.
* Stop wasteful expenditure.
* Reduced tax to restore incentives to work and save - by ending wasteful government expenditure.
* Improve productivity in government services via the introduction of competition, both private and public.
* Remove central planning and political interference on major infrastructural areas.
* Remove the disincentive that currently exists in the New Zealand income transfer systems - ie high effective marginal tax rates for low-income families
* Continue the wind-back of excessive regulation.
* Put in place constitutional laws to help ensure economic progress is achieved – eg expenditure limits.

"As they look to government departments for innovation, National and Finance Minister Bill English must realise that long-term growth won't be achieved without a dramatic increase in productivity.

"Some of the ideas that will be laid out by various interest groups at this summit may as well be from Mars - while they might help individual companies, they won’t help New Zealand.

"If the Government chooses to pick winners, rather than allowing the markets to decide, it will find itself on the slippery slope to disaster. Rather than Mr English choosing a policy of permanent restraint in our monopolised and taxpayer-fu

"Future innovation will come from the introduction of competition in the State sector - which is where much of the waste lies. Competition is the main ingredient needed to achieve the sought-after objectives of the job summit."

Hear, hear Sir Roger. Add total labour market de-regulation to the mix and you have the the problem licked.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New "Soviet Bloc" in Central Asia

From the Communist Party of Australia's The Guardian 18 February, 2009

At the beginning of February this year a meeting took place in Moscow which may have very long-term effect on the world security. The Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) is transforming itself into a full-blooded military bloc which will be as powerful as NATO, according to Russian President Medvedev.

The CSTO is a security grouping which consists of former Soviet republics of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

The treaty, signed in 1992 following the collapse of the Soviet Union, remained practically dormant until 2000, when Russia began regaining its influence in Central Asia.

In 2002 an organisation with a permanent structure was set up on the basis of the treaty. This was at the time when Russia and the United States vied for a leading role in Central Asia where the USA set up its bases after 2001 to supply NATO’s troops in Afghanistan.

The US is pulling out of most Central Asian republics where it originally deployed its forces – Kyrgyzstan is the latest in deciding to scrap its agreement with the USA on the Manas Air Base.

Current events show a strong desire on the part of CSTO members to pursue an independent policy in this area, keeping third countries out. A collective rapid-response force will give the CSTO a quick tool to deal with whatever emergency develops (leaving no time for third parties to intervene).

The stated aim of the rapid response military force will be to repulse military aggression, conduct anti-terrorist operations, fight transnational crime and drug trafficking, and neutralise the effects of natural disasters.

The force will be permanently based in Russia and placed under a single command, with CSTO member countries contributing special military units.

The creation of this post-Soviet regional security bloc may also indicate that the former Soviet republics are continuing the trend towards closer cooperation and mutual assistance.

It also means that the USA may have less opportunity to gain control of the region’s rich resources (gas and oil) and create tensions between countries such as China and Russia through the use of its military bases in the region.

New Leadership for Communist Party of Australia

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Australia has unanimously elected Dr Hannah Middleton as the new general secretary, following the death of Peter Symon in December last year.

Dr Middleton, was previously CPA president for 16 years and is the first woman to lead the CPA in its nearly 90 year history.

Hannah Middleton and her partner Dennis Doherty leads the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition, which for over 20 years has campaigned against US bases in Australia.

Middleton and Doherty, Blenheim, near Waihopai 2003

The couple also works closely with NZ's Anti Bases Campaign. In January 2003 they both joined the protest against the US satellite tracking station at Waihopai, near Blenheim.

Dr Middleton is convenor of the Sydney Peace and Justice Coalition and is director of the Blue Paper Project which lobbies against Australian military spending.

Dr Middleton is also a board member of the communist influenced Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.

Denis Doherty, of the CPA's Port Jackson (Sydney) branch takes the new position of party organiser. Mr Doherty has been a leader of the New South Wales branch of the Catholic peace organisation, Pax Christi and with Middleton is active in promoting the "peace" message in Sydney secondary schools.

Unions West Australia International Committee member and CFMEU organiser Vinicio (Vinnie) Molina is the new CPA president. Mr Molina moved to Australia from Guatemala in 1995 and is currently president of the West Australian branch of the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society.

Warren Smith, Sydney Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia is new Central Committee chairman.

Hannah Middleton, Vinnie Molina, Warren Smith and and Melbourne based Guardian staffer Anna Pha (right) were elected to the CPA's ruling body the Central Committee Secretariat.

DSA Leader on Glenn Beck

US commentator Glenn Beck interviews Frank Llewellyn February 18th. Llewellyn is head honcho of Democratic Socialists of America-the 7,000 strong crypto-marxist organisation which has backed Barack Obama for many years.

Frank plays the moderate and throws a little smoke by claiming that Sarah Palin is more socialist than Obama or Biden.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Where Printing Money to Cover Deficits Gets You

Governments all over the world, including New Zealand, are planning to fight recession with deficit spending backed up by borrowing or an increase in the money supply or both.

Increased debt will lead to the impoverishment of our children to pay for the cowardice of our contemporary politicians.

Increasing the money supply, in a shrinking economy will lead to the debasement of the currency, inflation and the de-frauding of everybody with a dollar in the bank.

Zimbabwe tried this approach-this is where it got them.

Bite the bullet John Key and Bill English.

Cut government spending, slash taxes and let people produce their way to prosperity.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Saturday, February 21, 2009

How Socialists Helped Obama at the Grassroots

The crypto-marxists of Democratic Socialists of America/Young Democratic Socialists put all their resources behind Obama's presidential campaign. After all he is their man.

Most of this came through DSA's influence in the trade unions and mass organisations, but they also did a lot of grassroots campaining for Obama-and against McCain.

From the minutes of DSA's September 13/14 2008 National Political Committee meeting.

DSA’s main program focus through the rest of 2008 will consist of (1) working to help ensure the election of Barack Obama and (2) continuing work on the Renegotiate NAFTA petition drive.

Work on the Obama campaign will include:

1) email blasts and other communications issuing from the National Office attacking McCain/Palin and explaining the necessity of voting for Obama,
2) encouraging locals to do DSA-day volunteering en bloc for the Obama campaign,
3) circulating pro-Obama/anti-McCain literature that YDS is developing to nonyouth DSA members,
4) encouraging DSA members to write anti-McCain letters to the editor for their local newspapers, and provide them with sample language and tips on getting published;
5) if YDS organizes volunteer efforts for Obama, especially in swing states, urge them to open their actions to a multi-generational component, and if they agree, inform DSA members of the availability of this option;
6) materials from DSA on reasons to support Obama shall reference the Economic Justice Agenda whenever possible.

Work on the Renegotiate NAFTA campaign will follow the strategy laid out in the Program Committee report to the September 2008 NPC.

Locals and at-large DSA members will be encouraged to work on both campaigns to the extent of their ability, but the Obama campaign will be the priority until the election.

Well at least the socialists got a return on their investment.

Congressional Progressive Caucus-Fifth Column at the Heart of the US Government

The Congressional Progressive Caucus has just updated its roster. There are now 74 open far left Democrats in the US Congress and one socialist "independent" in the US Senate-Bernie Sanders from Vermont.

Before last year's election the CPC had 71 members in Congress. They lost Hilda Solis as a likely recruit to Obama's Cabinet, so the caucus has gained, so far, four members from the new Congress. The final figure is expected to top 80, making it by far the largest power bloc in the US Congress.

In the last Congress CPC members held 11 of the top 20 House Committee chairmanships, including the most powerful Ways&Means.

CPC was set up in 1991 by then Congressman Bernie Sanders, in conjunction with Democratic Socialists of America and the far left Institute for Policy Studies.

Many leading CPCers have close ties to Institute for Policy Studies, Democratic Socialists of America, Communist Party USA, or in a few cases all three.

CPC is one of the most destructive forces in the USA-its members are a fifth column for the far left at the heart of the US government.

From the Congressional Progressive Caucus website

Caucus Member List

Friday February 20, 2009

Hon. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07)
Hon. Lynn Woolsey (CA-06)

Vice Chairs
Hon. Diane Watson (CA-33)
Hon. Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18)
Hon. Mazie Hirono (HI-02)
Hon. Dennis Kucinich (OH-10)

Senate Members
Hon. Bernie Sanders (VT)

House Members
Hon. Neil Abercrombie (HI-01)
Hon. Tammy Baldwin (WI-02)
Hon. Xavier Becerra (CA-31)
Hon. Madeleine Bordallo (GU-AL)
Hon. Robert Brady (PA-01)
Hon. Corrine Brown (FL-03)
Hon. Michael Capuano (MA-08)
Hon. André Carson (IN-07)
Hon. Donna Christensen (VI-AL)
Hon. Yvette Clarke (NY-11)
Hon. William “Lacy” Clay (MO-01)
Hon. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05)
Hon. Steve Cohen (TN-09)
Hon. John Conyers (MI-14)
Hon. Elijah Cummings (MD-07)
Hon. Danny Davis (IL-07)
Hon. Peter DeFazio (OR-04)
Hon. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03)
Rep. Donna F. Edwards (MD-04)
Hon. Keith Ellison (MN-05)
Hon. Sam Farr (CA-17)
Hon. Chaka Fattah (PA-02)
Hon. Bob Filner (CA-51)
Hon. Barney Frank (MA-04)
Hon. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11)
Hon. Alan Grayson (FL-08)
Hon. Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)
Hon. John Hall (NY-19)
Hon. Phil Hare (IL-17)
Hon. Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)
Hon. Michael Honda (CA-15)
Hon. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-02)
Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
Hon. Hank Johnson (GA-04)
Hon. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)
Hon. Carolyn Kilpatrick (MI-13)
Hon. Barbara Lee (CA-09)
Hon. John Lewis (GA-05)
Hon. David Loebsack (IA-02)
Hon. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14)
Hon. Ed Markey (MA-07)
Hon. Jim McDermott (WA-07)
Hon. James McGovern (MA-03)
Hon. George Miller (CA-07)
Hon. Gwen Moore (WI-04)
Hon. Jerrold Nadler (NY-08)
Hon. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC-AL)
Hon. John Olver (MA-01)
Hon. Ed Pastor (AZ-04)
Hon. Donald Payne (NJ-10)
Hon. Chellie Pingree (ME-01)
Hon. Charles Rangel (NY-15)
Hon. Laura Richardson (CA-37)
Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)
Hon. Bobby Rush (IL-01)
Hon. Linda Sánchez (CA-47)
Hon. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)
Hon. José Serrano (NY-16)
Hon. Louise Slaughter (NY-28)
Hon. Pete Stark (CA-13)
Hon. Bennie Thompson (MS-02)
Hon. John Tierney (MA-06)
Hon. Nydia Velazquez (NY-12)
Hon. Maxine Waters (CA-35)
Hon. Mel Watt (NC-12)
Hon. Henry Waxman (CA-30)
Hon. Peter Welch (VT-AL)
Hon. Robert Wexler (FL-19)

Every freedom loving American voter should be familiar with this list.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Truly Sickening

John Key bows to the Butchers of Beijing.

From the Communist Party of China International Department website

WELLINGTON, Feb. 17 -- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key met with the CPC delegation led by Minister Wang Jiarui of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee today at the Parliament House in the capital city of Wellington.

Key said the National Party government of New Zealand places high premium on its relations with China an important one which he hoped could be elevated further with the implementation of the FTA between the two countries. New Zealand will continue to be committed to the one-China policy, Key said, adding that he is looking forward to visiting China in April to exchange views with the Chinese side on issues like how to jointly cope with the financial crisis.

Wang Jiarui spoke positively about the relations between China and New Zealand and the friendship between the CPC and the National Party. He commended the consistent support of New Zealand for the one-China policy and called on the New Zealand side to give full respect and consideration to China's concerns of its fundamental interests promote all-round development of the bilateral relations.

During his visit in New Zealand, Wang also met with Lockwood Smith, speaker of the Parliament, Bill English, deputy prime minister and minister of finance, Murray McCully, minister of foreign affairs, Pansy Wong, minister for ethnic affairs and minister for women's affairs, Judy Kirk, president of the National Party, Phil Goff, leader of the Labour Party in opposition and former Prime Minister Helen Clark.

The CPC delegation arrived in Auckland yesterday for a 3-day visit in New Zealand at the invitation of the National Party.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Undiluted Truth from Sir Roger Douglas

Another reason why roger Douglas should be Minister of Finance

From the ACT Party website

Govt Should Not Be In The Business Of Business

Posted on 19 Feb 2009

ACT New Zealand Finance Spokesman Sir Roger Douglas today urged the National Government to first set out clear goals about what it hopes to achieve before considering a bailout of Fisher & Paykel or any other private company.

"So far, the only known advice that Prime Minister John Key has sought is that received from a phonecall to Fisher & Paykel's managing director," Sir Roger said.

"National is considering bailing out Fisher and Paykel without any financial data or independent advice on the implications - how will Fisher & Paykel raise the required finance now, when any rational investor will fear the company will be nationalised?

"With its accounts already in deficit, the Government can't afford to prop up businesses. More spending means more borrowing and higher taxes. No one is willing to mortgage their children's future, so why can National do it through borrow and spend policies?

"Talk about attaching conditions to a potential bailout, like requirements that jobs stay in New Zealand, is worrying. Government should not be in the business of business - we tried that before and it failed. Companies must be competitive and innovative; governments tend to monopolise and stagnate. Picking winners is no way to run an economy.

"The approach to bailouts is similar to the Government's approach to the 'jobs summit' - the plan is ill thought-out and lacks logic, and the only goal seems to be how to retain the number of jobs we currently have. The real issue is about growing job opportunities.

"The only way to encourage job creation is by lowering the compliance costs associated with employing people. Those costs increased 60 percentage points under Labour, and National seems unwilling to get rid of these barriers to employment.

"We must look beyond the short term. While bailouts and jobs summits may reduce fears now, we will regret it when we start repaying the debt we are amassing. Only by lifting our sights, setting goals, and developing policies to achieve those goals can we lift a stagnating economy. We must stop fiddling with the cents and move on to the dollars
," Sir Roger said.

Rodney Hide on Local Government

From the ACT Party website

Local Government - The Way Ahead

Posted on 19 Feb 2009

Speech to Local Government NZ conference

Good afternoon.

I have to say, ladies and gentlemen, that I don't regard myself the Minister of Local Government - I consider myself the Minister for Ratepayers.

I don't represent councils.

I represent the people whose hard work and savings pay the rates.

And provide councils with their income.

That sums up the way I approach to my job.

When ACT went into its support agreement with National after the election, I took on my two ministerial portfolios - Local Government and Regulatory Reform ...

Because these are important areas that affect people and their communities in so many ways.

I also took them on because these areas in real need of change.

Here are my aims.

First, I want to keep rate rises down and encourage you to focus on core activities.

On the necessities, not the luxuries.

There can be no doubt that, overwhelmingly, ratepayers right across the country support this goal.

No one wants to pay more rates than they have to.

And there can also be no doubt that rates have been rising way beyond the rate of inflation for a good many years.

As have other charges and fees.

So I will be pushing for councils to accept that rates rises should be capped at the rate of inflation, or less.

Sure, councils for good reason may need to increase rates faster than inflation.

But they should get the consent of ratepayers for such increases.

After all, it's their money.

And it's a good test for a planned spend-up to get the agreement of those who are paying for it.

We all know the perilous state of the economy.

We must be a lot more careful with money than we were in the past.

That includes councils - although there've been calls from ratepayers and ratepayers groups for many years to cut back the big rates rises.

And to get back to basics, to what should be the core roles of councils ...

Providing public services such as rubbish removal, road maintenance, parks, libraries, and light handed-regulatory controls.

We all have wish lists - but councils must make better judgements about what they decide to support and spend money on.

They should not be running banks, investing in hotels, or paying for some superstar to visit.

Councils need to ask themselves each time a spending proposal comes up - "Is this a core service for local government to provide - and can our ratepayers afford it?"

When I look at the expanding breadth of activities that councils engage in, the answer must surely be, "Businesses should be doing this - not the council."

Even if it is a job appropriate for local government, the answer may still be "No, our ratepayers can't afford it."

So there are two fiscal tests we should be applying to councils.

Here's my second aim.

Ratepayers want greater transparency and accountability in local government.

Right now, council processes are murky and confusing.

I want to change that.

Ratepayers want to know who is responsible for council decisions - and who to hold to account.

For good decisions, we need good governance.

Good governance requires transparency and accountability.

I believe we can and should do better.

My third aim is to cut the red tape that's strangling businesses, and driving ordinary people homeowners crazy.

I want to see fewer of the absurd compliance demands in the regulatory area.

I want to see the burden that is placed by central government on local government reduced.

I want to see respect for private property rights

I want the freedom of individual New Zealanders enhanced.

When I went on the TV show Close Up late last year, I asked viewers to write to me about the problems they'd been having with their councils.

I got literally a sackful of mail.

Once it was known I wanted change in the local government sector, people wrote to me en masse.

I've had around 1100 people letters so far, and more come in each day.

But that's just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the extent of the problems people are having with councils.

I accept that much of the overbearing regulations and petty restrictions imposed by councils come from government legislation such as the RMA and the Building Act.

And that's why we're making changes to both.

The first raft of changes to the RMA was announced earlier this month.

There will be more work on the RMA and related issues.

Next, we're looking at the Building Act.

I'm working with Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson on these improvements.

But that's not all.

The practice of central government imposing more and more obligations on councils, which leads to more costs being passed onto ratepayers and the wider public, must stop.

I understand that just to put a Para Pool in your background for the kids will take months to get the paperwork done, and can cost thousands of dollars.

That's just for the council consent alone - which can cost up to fifty per cent as much as the pool itself.

Families can't afford a Para Pool because of the council costs and even if they can do so, they may not get the consent through in time for a swim till next summer.

That's ridiculous.

Some of these situations impact directly on just a few people.

Others affect many.

But the cumulative effect of getting rid of them will be substantial.

Like smoothing out a whole series of small potholes in a road.

Much of the problem lies with poor legislation.

But councils have also become very risk-averse and over zealous.

Earlier this week I visited a fantastic New Zealand business that is being driven to its knees by local council demands.

It's one of many in that situation.

The company is called Access Automation, based in the Hutt Valley.

Simply trying to carrying out their everyday business is now a nightmare.

They constantly have to battle councils just to carry out their business.

They make cable cars to give people access up steep hill sides and cliff faces, which we have a lot of in Wellington.

It's a clever, innovative, and successful company.

But it only has eleven workers.

That makes it a typical New Zealand company.

There's not a lot of fat.

Over the last four years, the council rules and regulations about what it can and cannot do have got tighter and tighter.

The company is now at risk - and so are the jobs of those eleven people.

Two and a half managers now spend 80 per cent of their time filling out council documentation simply to get resource consents.

No matter what is provided, the council wants more.

More reports, more analysis, more information, more data, more forms to be filled in.

Blah blah blah.

It's taking nine months to get a resource consent to put in a cable car ...

... so that an elderly lady can get to her house easily up a steep cliff from the street.

Things have got much worse over the past four years - as the council throws more and more absurd barriers in their way.

They get contradictory advice from council staff, departments don't talk to each other, and they often have to deal with different people from the ones they dealt with last week.

The guys at Access Automation are being ground down.

The company's at risk, the jobs are at risk, but imagine the combined effect of the same thing happening to thousands of similar companies around New Zealand.

They've had enough. They want change. And they're not alone - as I said earlier, my mail bag confirms that.

So do my emails, and conversations from people who come up to me all the time at airports and events around New Zealand.

It's my belief that we can and we must do better in local government.

That means greater transparency and accountability.

Getting our costs down.

Greater respect for taxpayers and ratepayers, and their rights.

Ending the petty red tape that's tying us up in knots.

We need to make it easier for New Zealanders to go about their business and everyday lives ... not harder.

Together we can do it.

Thank you.

New Zeal Thankyou Rodney. At last a Minister who knows who he's working for.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Zimbabwe USA?

What Obama's mega billion bailout will lead to.

Hat tip Truth&Consequences

Friday, February 13, 2009

Tamil Tiger Supporters and Communists Rally in Auckland

Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (Tamil Tigers) are listed as a terrorist organisation in many western countries-but not New Zealand.

While nationalist in propaganda, the LTTE are basically just one more third world marxist "liberation movement."

If there was any doubt that the Tamil Tigers are backed by Marxist-Leninists, this Indymedia report of the February 4th rally in Auckland should settle the question.

Note the prominent LTTE flag. Note the desecration of the Sri Lankan flag.

Why does the New Zealand media not call these people to account for their blatant lies and disinformation about Sri Lanka-a country that is supposedly a friend?

From Cameron of the Indonesian Human Rights Committee.

The 4th of February Auckland’s Tamil community held a demonstration against the Sri Lankan Army’s (SLA) massive onslaught on the North of Sri Lanka. The 4th of February is Sri Lanka’s Independence Day...The Sri Lankan government has declared this to be the ‘final assault’ on the LTTE, with no possibility of peace talks or a negotiated settlement.

When I arrived at Aotea Square just after 3pm I was surprised to see that a crowd of 200-300 people, mostly Tamil, had already gathered. The march wasn’t scheduled to start until 5pm. I commented to my Tamil friend Anne about the size of the crowd and she said “if they don’t turn up today they would never turn up. It’s that bad”. I asked if the situation in Sri Lanka was a bit like Gaza in the jungle and she answered that it was very similar.

I detected similar passion, anger and sadness among the Tamil crowd as I had among the Palestinians on the march against Israel’s assault on Gaza a few weeks earlier. One demonstrator held a large sign reading ‘Gaza and Sri Lanka are on the same planet. UN can’t you see us?’. Members of the Tamil Youth Organisation distributed a book of harrowing testimonies of Auckland Tamils about the killings of family members in Sri Lanka by the SLA. Plenty of stickers and pamphlets were also handed to passers-by.

At 5pm the crowd, which had since grown larger, marched down Queen Street to chants of ‘Sri Lankan Army stop killing Tamils’ and ‘New Zealand help us’. Large banners denounced Sri Lanka’s state terrorism. Some demonstrators carried portraits of the LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran and chanted ‘LTTE for Tamils’ and ‘Prabhakaran our leader’. While the LTTE’s authoritarianism makes me weary of offering them support, I can easily see why Tamils in both Sri Lanka and abroad see the Tigers as their liberation movement...

After a brief sit down and moment of silence at the bottom of Queen Street the crowd turned around and made its way back up to Aotea Square for a rally. At the square a young Tamil man introduced the speakers in the Tamil language, followed by translations into English of the introductions by Nirupa from the Tamil Youth Organisation.

The first speaker was Kafeba Mundele, a Congolese man who has been active in supporting refugees living in Auckland. Drawing on his personal experiences and the long standing opression of poor people in Africa, Mr Mundele said that it is “hard to be a slave in your own country” and hard to sleep while bombs were dropping. He emphasised that we all have to continue speaking out as long as the Tamil people are abused and denied freedom.

Well known activist John Minto, from Global Peace and Justice Auckland, denounced the assault on Tamil communities and the silence of New Zealand’s National led government on the conflict.

Maire Leadbeater, from the Indonesia Human Rights Committee, said that this was “a very dark time for Sri Lanka” and also condemned the silence of the NZ government on injustices happening around the World. Maire said that her group strongly supports the right of all people to self determination, whether they be West Papuans suffering under Indonesian Military control or the Tamil people in Sri Lanka.

Joe Carolan from Socialist Aotearoa angrily reflected that Sri Lanka’s official name is ‘The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka’. “That should be torn down” because socialism is “about working people coming together, no matter whether they are Protestant or Catholic or Sinhalese or Tamils” he declared. The oppression of Tamils by Sinhalese racists removed any right Sri Lanka had to call itself ‘socialist’. As an active trade unionist he apologised on behalf of the New Zealand trade union movement because trade union leaders had been slow to take up the issue of the conflict in Sri Lanka. Joe received a massive cheer from the crowd when he declared his support for the “Tamil liberation movement, the LTTE”.

Patrick Brown, from the Communist League, said that Sri Lanka’s fight for independence from the British was a struggle that united both Sinhalese and Tamils and was an inspiration to people around the World. He commented that the “New Zealand government’s silence” on the killing in Sri Lanka “speaks volumes”. Both Labour and National governments happily sign up to the US ‘war on terror’ and thus do not care about the plight of people around the World being terrorised in the name of ‘anti-terrorism’, such as the Tamils.

Both Patrick and Joe noted that the Sinhalese working class had to be won to the cause of Tamil self determination. Those Sinhalese workers who support anti-Tamil racism are working against their own interests by siding with the Sinhalese ruling class...

The rally ended with speeches by Dr Rasalingham and Mr Sundarajan from the Tamil community. Dr Rasalingham spoke in both Tamil and English condemning Sri Lanka’s assault on the country’s North and stressed that we must never stop lobbying against abuses committed against the Tamil people. Mr Sundarajan gave a stirring speech declaring that Tamils would “never surrender” in their fight for an independent homeland.

Breaking! Is Burma Going Nuclear?

Journalist Roland Watson from Dictator Watch has produced this very interesting (and chilling) report on the Burmese dictatorship's nuclear aspirations.

Will the Burmese military junta's friends in North Korea, Russia, China and Iran help the "generals" threaten not just their own people, but the whole South Asian region?


February 11, 2009

Unbeknownst to the Burma pro-democracy movement, and the journalist and diplomatic communities, there are events unfolding now in Washington, D.C., that will shape the Obama Administration's Burma policy for years to come.

These events specifically relate to the position the Administration will take on the military junta of Burma - the SPDC's - nuclear and missile proliferation programs: whether to acknowledge them or not.

Under Section 10 of the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta's Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2008, the Secretary of State is required to prepare a report, not later than 180 days after the enactment of the Act, and annually thereafter, on Military and Intelligence Aid to Burma from foreign countries, companies and other entities. Subsection 3 specifies that the report must include information on "the provision of weapons of mass destruction and related materials, capabilities, and technology, including nuclear, chemical, and dual use capabilities."

The report is to be submitted to the Foreign Affairs and Foreign Relations Committees of the House and Senate, respectively. An unclassified version "shall be placed on the Department of State's website."

President Bust signed the JADE Act into law last July 29th. This means the 180 day preparation period has expired. We assume that the report has been completed and submitted to the committees. Indirect evidence of this is that on January 15th, Senator Richard Lugar, as part of Susan Rice's confirmation hearing as Ambassador to the United Nations, asked Ms. Rice her position on Burma, including "its growing relationship with North Korea." She declined to answer this element of the question.

We believe Senator Lugar and now Ambassador Rice had read the report, and that it confirms that the SPDC has active nuclear and missile proliferation programs, with the involvement of Russia, North Korea and Iran. This would be consistent with information from our own sources, and which intelligence we have published for the last two years.

The report has not yet been posted on the State Department website. If, when it is made public, its contents support our intelligence, this will trigger a political and media firestorm. The State Department, and by default, the U.S. intelligence community, will have confirmed that the SPDC is a nuclear weapons aspirant. (We have previously reported radio intercepts, in the summer of last year, by the pro-democracy resistance in Eastern Burma of Burma Army communications discussing unsuccessful attempts to shoot down unmanned drones. The U.S. is the logical source for such drones, and if so they likely originated from the base on Diego Garcia.)

The State Department report will elevate Burma in the international discourse to shared status with North Korea and Iran as a threat of the most severe magnitude. It will instantly change the Security Council debate on Burma and the ability of Russia and China to sustain their vetoes on Council action.

We were heartened by President Obama's election campaign statements promising real change, and want to give him the benefit of the doubt. We also understand that Secretary Clinton has just assumed her position, and that there are many grave issues confronting both the United States and the world. Still, the Burma question cannot be put off indefinitely. The SPDC ruthlessly attacked peaceful monks and other pro-democracy demonstrators during the 2007 Saffron Revolution. It denied humanitarian relief to the survivors of the Cyclone Nargis catastrophe. Now, a report has been prepared, under the terms of a law that both President Obama and Secretary Clinton signed, as senators, which we are confident will reveal the SPDC to be a developing nuclear threat, and also a partner with North Korea and Iran.

This issue is forcing the Administration's hand on Burma, in its first few weeks in office. If the report appears shortly, and is not censored regarding the findings of Subsection 3, it will signal that the Obama Administration, unlike President Bush, intends to be open and firm on the SPDC. The campaign promises of honesty and integrity will have been satisfied.

If, on the other hand, the report is not released anytime soon, or it is heavily censored, this implies (1) that the U.S. knows that Burma has a proliferation program; and (2) that the Administration does not want to deal with this new and pressing policy issue (perhaps because of how it would complicate diplomacy with North Korea, Iran and Russia), and that Burma and the threat the SPDC poses to international security and peace will remain on the back burner. Moreover, notwithstanding comforting statements about democracy that will inevitably be forthcoming, including during Secretary Clinton's upcoming trip to Asia, the Obama Administration, like Bush, will not initiate or even support the types of steps that are needed to pressure the SPDC and ultimately to dethrone the junta's supreme leader, Burma's dictator Senior General Than Shwe.

We call upon the journalist community to ask their government contacts:

Where's the State Department nuclear report on Burma?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Green Mass Murder

Green policies have many negative consequences. Sometimes they even kill people-lots of them.

The forest fires still ravaging rural Victoria follow a pattern also seen in California.

As environmentalists stop intelligent tree felling and scrub clearage, forest fires, once started are very difficult to contain.

NBR's Nevil Gibson takes up this point in his latest Editor's Insight

The fires have caused Australia’s biggest loss of lives in peacetime – yet could have been avoided.

While media coverage has naturally focused on the many acts of heroism and family tragedies, some eyewitnesses and commentators have drawn unsettling conclusions.

One cause has been the heavy influence of Green politics on local councils that forbade the cutting of trees and undergrowth – all great fuel for a bushfire.

The much-interviewed Dennis Spooner, who lost his wife and son to the fire, was bitter about this on TV One, but the point was passed over. Then I saw this report in Melbourne’s Age, which quotes Mr Spooner’s surviving son, Warwick, as saying: “We’ve lost two people in my family because you dickheads won’t cut trees down.

A similar point is made by David Packham, a bushfire scientist and researcher at Monash University, who accuses authorities of ignoring the warning signs about the buildup of “fuel” (dried vegetation) in favour of “shocking pseudo science from a few academics.”

NZer Detained In Pakistan-Near Terrorist Stronghold

From Stuff

Pakistani security forces have detained a 35-year-old New Zealander who was trying to enter an al Qaeda and Taliban militant stronghold on the Afghan border.

Pakistani intelligence officials who declined to be identified have said they suspected he might have links with Islamist militants.

The man, identified on his passport as Mark Taylor, was detained at a paramilitary checkpost on the outskirts of Tank town, about 280km southwest of Islamabad, which is the gateway to South Waziristan.

The top government administrator in Tank, Barkatullah Khan, said, the man had told the soldiers who detained him that he was going to South Waziristan to get married.

"He was travelling in a passenger van. He has a beard and was wearing a shalwar kamiz as a disguise," Khan said, referring to a traditional baggy trousers and tunic outfit worn by men...

While some Westerners of Asian descent have been known to travel to Pakistan to join militants, very few Westerners with European roots have been know to have gone there for that purpose.

South Waziristan is one of Pakistan's seven semi-autonomous ethnic Pashtun tribal regions that have long been off-limits for foreigners without special permission and which in recent years have become plagued by militant violence.

New Zeal I have a Mark Taylor active in leftist politics at Auckland Uni in the mid '90s.

Anyone else know someone who might fit the bill?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

WSF Plans Global Revolution

The World Social Forum (WSF) is one of the major transmission belts of the global socialist movement.

6,000 people recently gathered in Belem, Brazil to be instructed on how to advance global revolution. Now they've fanned out across the globe to spread anarchy and chaos.

WSF is planning major international disruption this year to exploit the world economic meltdown, climate change, the Israel/Palestine conflict and third world ethnic tensions.

From Green Left Weekly

The ninth World Social Forum ended on February 1 in Belem with its “Assembly of assemblies” adopting “dozens of resolutions and proposals to be the subjects of a programme of mobilisations around the world in 2009”, according to a February 2 Inter-Press Service report.

The 2009 WSF, formed as an international gathering of the global justice movement, held “21 thematic assemblies” that broke “the apparent WSF taboo on taking common political stands under pressure from thousands of civil society groups anxious to seize the opportunity opened by the global economic crisis to progressive change”, according to the IPS.

As a result, global demonstrations have been planned between March 28 and April 4 to demand urgent action on climate change. IPS reported that a “key target of this initiative is the G-20 summit of industrial countries scheduled for Apr. 2 in London”.

The Palestinian Day of Return, on March 30, was also marked as a day for protest against Israeli aggression.

October 12, the anniversary of Spanish colonialism of the Americas has been set as another date for global actions in defence of the rights of indigenous people around the world.

According to the IPS: “Under a light rain on a soaked lawn at Belem’s vast Federal Amazonian Rural University campus, a spokesman of the WSF’s Assembly of Social Movements itemised some of the wider programmatic contents of the mobilization.”

These included: nationalisation of banks; no reduction of workers’ wages; energy and food sovereignty for the poor; ending foreign occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan; sovereignty and autonomy for indigenous peoples; the right to land, decent work, education and health for all; and democratisation of the media.

IPS claimed: “This is the closest the WSF has yet come to becoming a global political force, a dilemma it has faced since its inception in the city of Porto Alegre, in southern Brazil, in January 2001 as a counterpoint to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“Foreign correspondents and local media have underlined the sharp contrast between the vibrant atmosphere in Belem and the somber faces of corporate bosses and Western leaders in Davos, where Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown went so far as to admit the crisis has no precedent nor any reliable forecast.”

A January 30 article reported that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez spoke to a meeting of thousands on January 29 as part of the forum, in which he described Latin America’s social movements as “trenches of resistance” against global capitalism that need to go on an offensive towards creating an alternative to capitalism.

Chavez commented on the WSF slogan “Another world is possible” by stating that “another world is necessary, and another world is being born in Latin America and the Caribbean!”

“Just like Latin America and the Caribbean received the biggest dose of neoliberal venom”, Chavez said, “our continent has been the immense territory where social movements have sprouted with the greatest strength and begun to change the world”.

According to, Chavez called for social movements to “step up their popular offensive toward revolutionary changes”.

If Chavez and WSF get their way, 2009 will be a year of both economic and social turmoil.

Capitalism in a Small Country-We Are the Future!

Sir Roger recognised from afar.

From top US website National Review Online

Communism, as Boris Yeltsin famously declared, should have been tried in a small country first. Now a trial run in a small country has started to look like the best hope for capitalism.

Enter New Zealand.

Sir Roger Douglas, a prominent figure in the ACT Party, the party of traditional liberalism, has just proposed a sublimely simple new plan. Any New Zealander who agreed to provide for his own health insurance and retirement would receive his first $30,000 in income tax-free. And every dollar after that would be taxed at the flat rate of just 15 percent.

Michael Steele, book a flight to Wellington

Thanks to Andrew.


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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Nuclear Weapons-Saving the West From Barbarism?

For plain unvarnished truth, US commentator Jeff Nyquist is hard to beat.

From Jeff's latest weekly column

Even as these words are written, the United States is embracing collective suicide.

I am not talking about the economic crisis. I am referring to Barack Obama’s foreign policy, which promises to fulfill Nietzsche’s prophecy regarding the future dominance of Russia. As reported by the major media, President Obama has set out to eliminate most of America’s nuclear arsenal. We’re talking about bombs mounted on intercontinental rockets that can travel anywhere on earth and wipe out hardened military targets. We are talking about weapons that can reduce an Army to radiated debris, sink fleets, and devastate cities. These are the decisive weapons of our time – terrible and awesome.

Without the threat of American nuclear bombs, Europe would have been overrun by Russian tanks in the 1950s and the global economy wouldn’t have developed after World War II. As the center of global capitalism, the United States owes its very existence to The Bomb. Nevertheless, Barack Obama wants to reduce America’s arsenal. “We want a new arms reduction treaty,” he says. And Russia will give him one.

On their side the Russians are eager to encourage U.S. disarmament. There has even been liberal posturing from Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. A few weeks ago a Russian general, talking on the radio, publicly advised the Kremlin to take a more soothing stance toward the Americans. Half the American nuclear arsenal doesn’t work, he said, and the other half is seriously neglected. The Kremlin only needs a little patience and a little friendliness. If Russia lays low and avoids stunts like the recent incursion into Georgia, then Russia might enjoy the dominant position.

President Obama wants a nuclear arms reduction agreement. All Russia has to do is sign the agreement and ignore its requirements. This is what the Russians have already done. In 1997 the famous intelligence expert, Bill Lee, warned that Russia had a hidden stockpile of nuclear weapons that nobody wanted to talk about. As it turns out, arms reduction is too sexy. It is something that flabby and vapid people cannot resist.

America’s nuclear weapons infrastructure has suffered decline over many years. Last week I was told by an American expert that Pakistan presently has a greater nuclear weapons manufacturing capacity than the United States. Furthermore, the Russians and Chinese have produced a new generation of nuclear weapons that we know little about.

The American public has never understood the usefulness of nuclear weapons, especially when it comes to their own survival. Once I heard an American senator say that a few dozen such weapons would destroy the planet. Such childish notions are not believed by Russian generals, or by those who’ve bothered to study the rational military use of these weapons. To lay things out suggestively, let us say there are ways to disarm nuclear warheads in flight – through the detonation of interceptor nuclear warheads at a distance. But American politicians are too stupid to discuss such realities. Few grasp the strategic implications of “electromagnetic pulse”, low trajectory SLBM strikes, or gray terror.

During the 1970s, when the Australians studied the effects of a full-blown nuclear war in the northern hemisphere, they concluded there would be additional cancers due to fallout. But the overall cancer rate in Australia would go down because the imports of tobacco from the U.S. would be cut off.

If you think in strict strategic terms, nuclear war is perfectly winnable. A few years ago China’s Minister of National Defense, Gen. Chi Haotian, remarked on the strategic failures of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. They should have eliminated their enemies “one at a time,” he said. “If they had … gained some time to advance their research [and] …succeeded in obtaining the technology of nuclear weapons and missiles, and launched surprise attacks against the United States and the Soviet Union using them, then the United States and Soviet Union would not have been able to defend themselves and would have surrendered.” The logic applied by the Chinese general can still be applied to the present situation. As the American nuclear arsenal rots from neglect, the prospect of a surprise attack on the U.S. can once again be entertained.

The U.S. nuclear arsenal is presently believed to include about 2,300 warheads. Some experts on nuclear warfare believe that anything below 2,000 warheads would be dangerous for the American side. But Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has already notified Congress of her intention to begin talks with the Russians on “deep nuclear reductions.”

In terms of foreign policy, the arms reduction approach epitomizes flabbiness and vapidity. It is the answer one comes to expect from those who are “empty.” If this is our government, then we know what to expect. The United States is headed for disarmament. Who dares to raise an alarm against this shameful stupidity?

Monday, February 09, 2009

Locke Shock! Harawira Horror! MPs Under Security Scrutiny?

If this don't beat all?

Two of Parliaments most radical MPs complaining that their past activities have been monitored by security services.

From today's NZ Herald

The Security Intelligence Service has been spying on an MP's private life and his communications with constituents, he says.

Green MP Keith Locke, a former peace activist, applied under the Privacy Act to have his top-secret security file released - revealing what he describes as distasteful intrusion into his personal life and unacceptable intrusion into the democratic process.

The declassified file showed that he had previously been covertly photographed, that the SIS had kept track of his private work with constituents and that he had been monitored in other ways as late as 2006.

He is demanding assurances that the monitoring will not continue, and calling for tighter Government control and public accountability for the so-called spooks. "Clearly the SIS has been operating without adequate government oversight," he said.

I would be protesting if the SIS wasn't monitoring Keith Locke and would be most disappointed if they didn't continue to do so.

Locke has supported the Khmer Rouge conquest of Cambodia, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the the murderous communist insurrection in the Philippines. He has been great mates with the Australian Democratic Socialist Party who are buddies with the former East German communist party, the barbarous Cuban Communist Party and the ultra militant Communist Party of India (Maoist).

Locke supported the Urewera 17 "terrorists" in 2007 and the suicide bomber sympathising Students for Justice in Palestine in 2006.

Please view my Keith Locke files:





& here

Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said such surveillance of Locke would be a "huge discredit" to the SIS.

"MPs are elected by the people. To have the secret service spying on them is hugely anti-democratic," she said.

Why Jeanette-are bent MPs, with all their influence and access to information somehow less of a security threat than ordinary citizens?

Fitzsimons and Maori Party MP Hone Harawira will both be requesting their SIS files.

Harawira said he had been subjected to SIS surveillance as a member of the protest movement, before entering Parliament, and had once spotted his file while in police custody - alleging that he had been involved in an arms deal on a boat in Whangaparaoa Harbour.

Hone Harawira, now a Maori Party MP, was once arrested and secured by plastic wrist ties to a scaffold with fellow protesters . But the protesters moved the scaffold to read their files while police were away. His contained allegations he had done an arms deal on a boat in Whangaparaoa Harbour.

Hone Harawira of course denies this allegation, but he also supported those arrested in the October 17 2007 anti "terror" raids, who were using illegal weapons.

My Hone Harawira files;



& here

What do you think? Do these MPs warrant a little covert surveillance?

What about the more than 20 other serving MPs with former communist or far left backgrounds?

Help Wanted

I have been invited to present a paper on some of the radical elements of the Obama "movement" in the US in mid March-I will post details of this event soon.

The organisors are generously covering basic travel costs, but I would like to use the opportunity to do some research in several US cities.

Therefore I am appealing to those who value the information I have released so far on Obama's radical ties, to help me with some financial support.

I have a well thought out research agenda-there are many more skeletons in the Obama closet yet to see the light of day.

Please help me carry out this vital research.

If you want more truth to be told, please support me with a donation. Use the PayPal button to the right or email me at

Thanking you in anticipation.

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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Communist Unions Seek to Isolate Israel

Communist led unions are calling for an international labour boycott of Israel.

From San Francisco-note the communist controlled ILWU and Peace&Freedom Party presence, Socialist Action and International ANSWER (Workers World Party front banners.

From South Africa and Australia. COSATU is controlled by the South African Communist Party. MUA is heavily influenced by the Communist Party of Australia.

From Links


The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) launch Week of Action for Palestine supported by the Young Communist League and other progressive organisations

February 3, 2009 -- In a historic development for South Africa, South African dock workers have announced their determination not to offload a ship from Israel that is scheduled to dock in Durban on Sunday, February 8, 2009. This follows the decision by COSATU to strengthen the campaign in South Africa for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against apartheid Israel.

The pledge by the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) members in Durban reflects the commitment by South African workers to refuse to support oppression and exploitation across the globe.

Last year, Durban dock workers had refused to offload a shipment of arms that had arrived from China and was destined for Zimbabwe to prop up the Mugabe regime and to intensify the repression against the Zimbabwean people. Now, says SATAWU’s General Secretary Randall Howard, the union’s members are committing themselves to not handling Israeli goods.

SATAWU’s action on Sunday will be part of a proud history of worker resistance against apartheid. In 1963, just four years after the Anti-Apartheid Movement was formed, Danish dock workers refused to offload a ship with South African goods. When the ship docked in Sweden, Swedish workers followed suit. Dock workers in Liverpool and, later, in the San Francisco Bay Area also refused to offload South African goods. South Africans, and the South African working class in particular, will remain forever grateful to those workers who determinedly opposed apartheid and decided that they would support the anti-apartheid struggle with their actions.

Last week, Western Australian members of the Maritime Union of Australia resolved to support the campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel, and have called for a boycott of all Israeli vessels and all vessels bearing goods arriving from or going to Israel.

This is the legacy and the tradition that South African dock workers have inherited, and it is a legacy they are determined to honour, by ensuring that South African ports of entry will not be used as transit points for goods bound for or emanating from certain dictatorial and oppressive states such as Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Israel.

COSATU, the Palestine Solidarity Committee, the Young Communist League and a range of other organisations salute the principled position taken by these workers. We also take this opportunity to salute the millions of workers all over the world who have openly condemned and taken decisive steps to isolate apartheid Israel, a step that should send shockwaves to its arrogant patrons in the United States who foot the bill for Israel’s killing machine. We call on other workers and unions to follow suit and to do all that is necessary to ensure that they boycott all goods to and from Israel until Palestine is free.

This may seem small beer at the moment-but so was the anti-Apartheid/South Africa movement in the '50s and '60s.

Israel should be very worried by this trend.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Obama File 67 Breaking! Communist Leader Claims Obama Considering Nationalisation of Finance, Energy, Private Businesses

Obama file 66 here

The leader of the Communist Party USA claims that the Obama administration is "considering" a radical agenda which includes nationalising the US financial system, the Federal Reserve and even certain "problematic" private businesses.

Sam Webb also asserts that big defence cuts, expansion of US aid to the underdeveloped world, more "affirmative action" for women and ethnic minorities, greater union power, socialisation of childcare and healthcare and a "massive assault on global warming" are also strong possibilities for the Obama presidency.

In a January 31st speech entitled “Off and Running: Opportunity of a Lifetime”, to party members in Cleveland, Ohio, CPUSA National Chairman Webb stated;

The Obama administration and the broad coalition that supports him will almost inevitably have to consider – and they already are – the following measures:

* Public ownership of the financial system and the elimination of the shadow banking system and exotic derivatives.

* Public control of the Federal Reserve Bank.

* Counter-crisis spending of a bigger size and scope to invigorate and sustain a full recovery and meet human needs – something that the New Deal never accomplished.

* Strengthening of union rights in order to rebalance the power between labor and capital in the economic and political arenas.

* Trade agreements that have at their core the protection and advancement of international working class interests.

* Equality in conditions of life for racially minorities and women.

* Democratic public takeover of the energy complex as well as a readiness to consider the takeover of other basic industries whose future is problematic in private hands.

* Turning education, childcare, and healthcare into “no profit” zones.

* Rerouting investment capital from unproductive investment (military, finance and so forth) to productive investment in a green economy and public infrastructure.

* Changing direction of our nation’s foreign policy toward cooperation, disarmament, and diplomacy. We can’t have threats, guns and military occupations on the one hand and butter, democracy, goodwill, and peace on the other.

* Full scale assault on global warming.

* Serious and sustained commitment to assisting the developing countries that are locked in poverty and misery.

Webb went on to claim that "an era of progressive change is within reach, no longer an idle dream".

Webb also said that the "new model of governance wouldn’t be socialist, but it would challenge corporate power, profits and prerogatives".

Webb then went on to outline the role of organised labor in ensuring that the Obama administation did not compromise its agenda. It should be remembered that he old anti-communist US labor movement is no more. Since the mid 1990s US unions have become increasingly dominated by CPUSA, their allies in Democratic Socialists of America and veterans of the New Left.

In the meantime, we have some immediate struggles on our hands But the good news is that the broad movement that elected President Obama and larger majorities in the Congress is up and running.

This movement, or if you like, this loose coalition in which labor plays a larger and larger leadership role, can exercise an enormous influence on the political process. Never before has a coalition with such breadth walked on the political stage of our country. It is far larger than the coalition that entered the election process a year ago; it is larger still than the coalition that came out of the Democratic Party convention in August.

The task of labor and its allies is to provide energy and leadership to this wide-ranging coalition. Yes, we can bring issues and positions into the political process that go beyond the initiatives of the Obama administration. But we should do this within the framework of the main task of supporting Obama’s program of action.

We can disagree with the Obama administration without being disagreeable. Our tone should be respectful. We now have not simply a friend, but a people's advocate in the White House.

Webb finishes off with a list of missions for his troops-which includes supporting Obama's nomination for Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis. Is it coincidental that Solis was elected to Congress with Communist Party support and enjoys close ties to Democratic Socialists of America?

Of course, change won’t be easy. The pressures to weaken, even mothball, progressive, anti-corporate measures will come from many quarters.

That said, the opportunities for working class and people's gains are extraordinary. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Starring us in the face are some immediate challenges.

First, we have to support the passage of the President's stimulus bill in the Senate.

Second, we have to bloc any Republican efforts to derail the nomination of Hilda Solis, the nominee for the Secretary of Labor. This is the first round in the battle to pass the EFCA. Some may think this is a struggle of only the labor movement. But nothing could be further from the truth. A bigger labor movement in this country would strengthen the struggle on every front...

Third, we have to join others in resisting evictions and foreclosures – not to mention cutbacks and layoffs at the state and city level...

Fourth, the wars of occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan have to be brought to a close...

In any case, we have our work cut out for us. But I think we can confidently say that change is coming. And we will build a more perfect union.

Yes We Can!

Damn right they can.

Some enterprising journalist needs to ask Sam Webb this very important question-how do you know what the Obama administration is "considering"?

Obama file 68 here

Anti Communist Party Philippines Doco

Here's a 5 part documentary exposing the Communist Party of the Philippines/New Peoples Army campaign to impose socialism on the Philippines.

Narrated in Tagalog with some English captions, this is a sometimes brutal look at Asia's oldest and ongoing communist insurgency.

Most New Zealanders have little idea this war is going on, let alone that it still poses a major threat to Philippines and Pacific security.

Phillipines Communists 40 Year Celebrations

A small slide show taken during last year's 40th anniversary celebrations of the Communist Party of the Philippines' ongoing war against the Manila government.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

New Zealand "Tamil Tiger" Supporter Interviewed

With the looming military defeat of Sri Lanka's marxist influenced Tamil Tigers, expect to see an upsurge of Tamil activism in New Zealand,

Supported by our local marxists of course.

The Tamil Tigers or Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam are widely recognised as a ruthless terrorist group-one of the few non Muslim terror organisations to routinely use suicide bombers.

The LTTE has an huge international support network, which has been suppressed in many Western countries but remains relatively unhindered in New Zealand.

This interview with a young New Zealand LTTE supporter, Nirupa George, by Trotskyist leader Joe Carolan, gives some insight into the "sense of grievance" and bitterness of some Tamil New Zealanders.

It is also a warning that New Zealand is not as immune from the extremism that drives much third world terrorism as most of us would wish.

Socialist Aotearoa editor Joe Carolan talked to Nirupa George, the Media Liaison officer for the Tamil Youth Organisation New Zealand

Carolan Nirupa, when did you first become an activist for the Tamil cause?

George I would say I really became involved after I visited Sri Lanka in 2003- my extended family still live there- I never really had a chance to get to know my extended family due to limited contact due to the war, so really my motivation is not because I have family there but because all Tamils are my kith and kin.

Carolan Is there a big Tamil community here in NZ?

George There is a relatively large community- in total, over 5000 in NZ, and of that 3000 in Auckland.

Carolan How do you see yourself politically?

George Politically, I do not lean right, I am left wing and I support any oppressed people.

Carolan How did the present conflict in Sri Lanka begin?

George The conflict began, in essence with the divide and rule policy of the British colonialist that built up a racial divide between the two races, Tamil and Sinhalese.

Carolan Like Ireland, India and Pakistan, Israel and Palestine?

George Yes exactly, and after they left, they left the government in the hands of the Sinhalese who then embarked on an oppressive regime.

Carolan Tamils were a minority in the new state- how were they discriminated against?

George There was government job discrimination, where Tamils weren't given jobs for being Tamil.

Then legislative discrimination, such as in education- in 1972 there was standardisation against Tamil students for Uni entrance, and they made over 1 million Tamils stateless by revoking their citizenship via statute- they also made Sinhalese the only official language. This was all of course before they got into the genocide of Tamils- this was the so called 'lawful' discrimination- used to fuel hatred.

Carolan Sri Lanka was once famous throughout the world for having a large, revolutionary socialist party that united Tamil and Singhalese workers. How did this give way to racism and Singhalese chauvinism?

George Those who advocated for the rights of Tamils were killed and murdered

Unions and activists were brutally shut down, and such activities, were done by the government, but were used as propaganda to incite racial hatred.

Carolan It seems there was a strategy in Sri Lanka to divert the anger of the working class away from revolutionary socialism and into nationalist chauvinism.

George Yes, because they are well aware that socialism will unite the people, so they divide and rule.

Carolan Is there much of a Sinhalese community here in Aotearoa? Are they racist towards you?

George There is a community here, and they are not openly racist. But we have it on good authority they oppose the self determination of the Tamil on a political level.

Carolan Is there a divide within the Sinhalese people, and opposition to their murderous government?

George Hardly, none that we have seen. We have never had the Sinhalese community here support us in opposing the Sri Lankan government.

Carolan What were the events and oppressions that led to the armed struggle of the Tamil people? Was there a specific event in the 70s, like Bloody Sunday in Ireland?

George They shut down peaceful marches and protests. In 1974, the Tamil world conference was disturbed and many Tamil academics where murdered, and in 1977 there was a large riots in which many Tamils were systematically murdered., and on top of that, the killings of Tamil leaders who advocated for Tamil rights.

Carolan What is the current situation in Sri Lanka and what is it like for the Tamil people there?

George The current situation in SL is that the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) have set up 'safety zones', areas which they claim civilians are safe in. But the truth of it is that these safety zones are actually open prisons were Tamils are trapped and then murdered by continued shelling and artillery attacks.

The so called 'safety zones' are just elaborate fronts to give the international community the impression that the SLA is protecting the civilians, but really they are orchestrating a mass murder campaign.

We know that at least over 400 people have died in the last week or so but it is almost impossible to confirm exact numbers as there are no independent Media in the area as the government won't allow them in. There are also no NGO groups in the area so a lot of the government atrocities are going unquestioned

Carolan Is that why civilians are now fleeing with the fighters into the jungles, leaving ghost towns behind them?

George Yes, because the SLA has a long and recorded history of killing Tamils so people do not trust them, and they have been proven right by all the killings that have happened recently. They are safer with the LTTE so they would rather go live in the jungle with fighters who look after them.

Carolan What is the history of the LTTE?

George The LTTE is a people's movement- it was started by the people for the people. After all the oppression they faced and they felt they had no choice but to take up arms as peaceful measures had failed.

The LTTE has always advocated for the rights of the Tamil people- they have protected the Tamil people, especially after events like the tsunami. They provided food, aid, medical help, shelter and so forth when the government abandoned us

Carolan And they are opposed by powerful international forces as well as the SLA?

George Yes, all countries have a vested interest, for example India and the USA.

They will gain much from the LTTE being defeated as the north and east of SL has many resources such as deep water harbours that are essential for easy trade in that area

Carolan Would an independent Tamil state be a threat to them?

George Yes, because the Tamil state will not be a puppet to foreign powers as the interest of the Tamil people will come first. Also they know if the LTTE prevail, it will send a message of hope to other freedom movements, and they don't want that eg- US with Palestine and India with its freedom movement groups

Carolan If the LTTE are militarily defeated, the resistance of the Tamil people will continue against an SLA occupation of their land?

George Of course, because the LTTE are essentially the people- so until you kill off every single Tamil, the LTTE will never actually be defeated. As long as the Tamil people are oppressed, our resistance will continue

Carolan What can we do here in Aotearoa in solidarity with the Tamil people?

George Most importantly, raise awareness, because so many people don't know due to lack of media reporting.

Also talk to your local MP and write to the foreign minister. And join us on Feb 4th to show the government that you support us- urge the govt to condemn the Sri Lankan government's genocide.

Urge NZ to help Norway push for peace, and to stop cricket tours of Sri Lanka or the Sri Lankan team visiting.

Carolan Do you have much faith in Western governments aiding the Tamil people, really? The same people who support the USA, Israel etc?

George I personally have lost a lot of faith, but I remain hopeful.

Carolan Where is the demo on Wednesday Feb 4th?

George At Aotea Sq, starting at 3PM-7PM a march at 5PM, also there are protests in Welly and Christchurch.

Carolan Socialist Aotearoa support the right of the Tamil people for national liberation. We will be there.

George Thank you, your support means a lot to the Tamil community at this very distressing time

Our community is crushed because so many people have lost their relatives