East Timor

East Timor gives NZ the finger, and climate change refugee a home

East Timor has come to the rescue of the so-called “climate refugee”, who is in reality a bludger with a novel approach.

Given?the?choice between East Timor and Kiribati…he might just stop at home.

East Timor’s former president Jose Ramos-Horta is offering to give the Kiribati man kicked out of New Zealand a home and find him a job.

Dr Ramos-Horta, who is now a United Nations special representative, says it’s sad New Zealand, a country he admires, is so heartless to deport “climate change refugee” Ioane Teitiota.

The 39-year-old was deported on Wednesday after the government refused to intervene in his long-running case. ? Read more »

Phil Quin on the left’s irrational rationale for not fighting ISIS

Phil Quin has a thoughtful and robust piece on ISIS, Islam and the left’s?irrational rationale for not fighting these scumbags.

Firstly are they Islamic?

For goodness sake, ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh may or may not conform to an acceptable interpretation of Islamic texts, but it?s clear they think they do???and who am I to argue? Or you, for that matter?

The question about ISIS and its religious roots is not really as serious or important as it first appears. Squabbling over which religious texts to take literally, which to relegate to metaphor, and which to ignore outright, is a feature of all intra-faith discourse. Of course ISIS is deeply marinated in their own version of Islam in ways no more or less ridiculous or arbitrary than any other iteration of religious belief. Muslims who disagree with them say that ISIS are not true Islam in the same way Martin Luther rejected Catholicism?s claims for itself. It?s like people arguing over who should rule Westeros, only a lot less interesting.

The near universal loathing of the military funeral picketing Westboro Baptist Church doesn?t stop its adherents from being both Christian and motivated by their understanding of what being a Christian means. Or???here?s a better example???how about the entire Catholic Bloody Church? I haven?t read the bible, but I?m pretty sure it provides provides greater scriptural justification for Westboro?s ?God Hates Fags? (Leviticus, apparently) than, say, transubstantiation or papal infallibility (nowhere).

ISIS are Islamic…it is in their name for god’s sake…Islamic State.

The more interesting development is how large swaths of the political far-left have become eager and subservient poodles to radical Islamism. At first glance, it is a baffling development???but quite straightforward on reflection. A cursory review of modern history will confirm that the dogmatic left will happily support genocidal maniacs as long as their shared enemy is the United States (oh, and Israel). (And it?s not hard for them to ignore or downplay the religious component of Islamic jihad since Leftists, almost always non believers themselves, just won?t take terrorists at their word;they refuse to accept that terrorists actually believe this shit).

Aside from an inability to take religious belief at face value, Leftists far prefer to shoehorn radical Islam into their conception of human events as a binary conflict between ?the oppressed? (good guys) and ?the oppressor? (bad guys).

(There is another reason???that elements of the Left are bored with Western civilisation and find the destructive nihilism of ISIS exhilarating???but I cannot summon the energy to mount that case).

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Hooton: Andrew Little sides with terrorists

Matthew Hooton points out the obvious…that Andrew Little has sided himself and Labour with head-hacking terrorists.

As Mr Minto and his comrades argued at the time, it would not do to claim apartheid-era South Africa was a long way away, that what happened there didn?t affect us and that it would be dangerous to put oneself in harm?s way against the Red Squad.? They argued that to go to a game was to tacitly support the South African regime even if one claimed to oppose apartheid.? For those young enough, fit enough and brave enough (like Mr Minto and Murray McCully, now John Key?s foreign minister) it was seen as an important withdrawal of consent to be bloodied by Ross Meurant?s PR24s.

For his efforts, Mr Minto was labelled a ?principled fanatic? by the SIS. With his background as a bland, middle-of-the-road union bureaucrat, no one will ever use that noun to describe Andrew Little. And now, after his despicable conduct over the training mission to Iraq, no one will ever use the adjective to describe him either.

Under Mr Minto?s formula, it is not enough for the Labour leader to say ISIS is evil but a long way away, nothing to do with us and too dangerous to oppose anyway.? His failure to support even the minimal contribution Mr Key has authorised ? falling well short of what the Iraqi government sought ? is to tacitly support religious barbarians so extreme that even Al-Qaeda has distanced itself from them.? Were he a Michael Joseph Savage, a Peter Fraser or even a Helen Clark, instead of bleating that Mr Key?s decision might put New Zealanders at risk, he would instead be attacking the prime minister?s minimalist response as cowardice.

Mr Little had a choice to stand beside Mr Key or Mohammed Emwazi, Jihadi John.? He chose the latter.

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An editorial you won’t see in a NZ newspaper

The Courier-Mail in Queensland had this editorial the other day.

It sums up my position…but you will never see something like this in a New Zealand newspaper.

WHAT price freedom? It is a question that each generation has asked itself as it has been forced to confront challenges ? sometimes internal, often from outside ? to the values, beliefs and way of life it holds dear.

Australia is fortunate that, unlike so many other countries, we have never been torn apart by civil war. Our young nation has been forged by people with a shared passion to build better lives and a better way of living, one founded in peace, justice and equality.

However that doesn?t mean we can be complacent and view conflicts overseas ? conflicts that have the capacity to change the world significantly ? as distant and removed from us.

Many of those who have helped achieve our ideals arrived here having escaped the horrors of the alternative ? the oppression, torture and genocide that are the stock-in-trade of fascism, communism and other forms of tyranny.

Millions of migrants flooded here after World War II. They have since been joined by many more displaced by war, conflict and brutality around the globe ? from Hungary and Czechoslovakia, from Vietnam and Cambodia, from Chile, from the Balkan states, from Somalia and other African nations. And they continue to come from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. They come because they know what Australia ? and Australians ? stand for.

We stand for safety. We stand for security. We stand for peace. We stand for fairness.

We stand for freedom.

And we believe that all people have a right to enjoy those things, wherever they may be in the world.? Read more »

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The Hypocrisy of NZ over Fiji, Ctd

On the one hand we have the Prime Minister blithely suggesting that we should continue to freeze out Fiji and on the other hand our Trade Minister talking up a storm about free trade agreements with less than democratic nations, showing once again our strange foreign policy hypocrisy to the world:

Trade Minister Tim Groser yesterday announced that New Zealand was joining an initiative to create a huge free trade region.

If the agreement succeeds it would cover an area with more than three billion people, 43 per cent of the world’s population.

Mr Groser has been in Cambodia this week for trade meetings hosted by Asean, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The countries which have agreed to the initiative are the 10 Asean countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and the Philippines – and six countries with which Asean has existing free trade agreements: China, India, Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Let’s look at those countries shall we…since we insist on forcing Fiji to have a system of government like ours, and highlighting civil rights and free press and independent judiciary:

Indonesia: hardly the stand up country when it comes to human and civil rights. They occupied East Timor for more than 25 years, including massive civil rights abuses of the East Timorese population. They continue to fight seperatists in Aceh and have only had one direct presidential election since Suharto’s resignation, which was held in 2004.

Malaysia: Ostensibly a democracy but with ongoing persecution of opposition politicians in partiucular the persecution on trumped up charges of sodomy against Anwar Ibrahim, and a less than free media.Islamic fundamentalism is growing in Malaysia.

Singapore: Is barely a democracy:

The?People’s Action Party?has won every election since self-government in 1959, and governs on the basis of a strong state and prioritising collective welfare over individual rights such as freedom of speech, an approach that has attracted criticism from organisations such as?Freedom House.

That is an amazing string of electoral good luck. Tight government controls exist particularly with regards to freedom of speech and freedom of association:

?In 2011, in the?World Justice Project‘s?Rule of Law Index?Singapore was ranked in the top countries surveyed in “Order and Security”, “Absence of Corruption”, and “Effective Criminal Justice”. However, it scored very low for both “Freedom of Speech” and “Freedom of Assembly”.?All public gatherings of five or more people require police permits, and protests may only be legally held at?Speakers’ Corner.

Brunei: The personal fiefdom of teh Sultan of Brunei, with few if any democratic processes in place. The country has been under martial law since 1962. Despite a lack of democracy the government regularly fetes the Sultan of Brunei and allows him to maintain an extensive property portfolio in Auckland, and travel with freedom in his own jet which is often parked up at Auckland. Media are tightly controled:

The country has been given “Not Free” status by?Freedom House; press criticism of the government and monarchy is rare.[

Myanmar (Burma): A military dictatorship, where the NZ Government is more than happy for SOEs like Kordia to make millions from a government that is rife with human rights abuses and of course actively and violently?suppresses?the opposition.

The United Nations and several other organizations have reported consistent and systematic?human rights?violations in the country, including?genocide,child labour,?human trafficking?and a lack of?freedom of speech. In recent years the country and its military leadership have made huge concessions to democratic activists and are slowly improving relations with the major powers and the UN.

Thailand: Any government in?Thailand?serves at?the?pleasure of the King. They have had more coups since the formation of the country than any other in the region. Yet New Zealand already has a Free Trade Agreement with them. Since the country was founded in modern times in 1932, ironically by a coup, they have had coups and/or insurrections in 1932, 1933, 1938, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1957, ?and 1973.

The?history of?Thailand?from 1932 to 1973?was dominated by?military dictatorships?which were in power for much of the period.

The most recent coup was in 2006 when Thaksin Shinwatra was overthrown, and a in 2010 there was a “judicial coup”:

Immediately following what many media described as a “judicial coup”, a senior member of the Armed Forces met with factions of the governing coalition to get their members to join the opposition and the?Democrat Party?was able to form a government, a first for the party since 2001. The leader of the Democrat party, and former leader of the opposition,?Abhisit Vejjajiva?was appointed and sworn-in as the 27th?Prime Minister, together with the new cabinet on 17 December 2008.

In of April 2010, a set of new?protests?by the?Red Shirt?opposition movement resulted in 87 deaths (mostly civilian and some military) and 1,378 injured.?When the army tried to disperse the protesters on 10 April 2010, the army was met with automatic gunfire, grenades, and fire bombs from the opposition faction in the army, known as the “watermelon”. This resulted in the army returning fire with rubber bullets and some live ammunition. During the time of the “red shirt” protests against the government, there have been numerous grenade and bomb attacks against government offices and the homes of government officials. Grenades were fired at protesters, that were protesting against the “red shirts” and for the government, by unknown gunmen killing one pro-government protester, the government stated that the Red Shirts were firing the weapons at civilians.

There is far more of a coup culture in Thailand but we are yet to see travel bans for members of the government, travel warnings or sanctions, instead New Zealand gave them a FTA.

Cambodia: is recovering from?the?legacy of the Khmer Rouge regime and subsequent Vietnamese occupation.

Hun Sen and his government have seen much controversy. Hun Sen was a former Khmer Rouge commander who was originally installed by the Vietnamese and, after the Vietnamese left the country, maintains his?strong man?position by violence and oppression when deemed necessary.?In 1997, fearing the growing power of his co-Prime Minister, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Hun launched a?coup, using the army to purge Ranariddh and his supporters. Ranariddh was ousted and fled to Paris while other opponents of Hun Sen were arrested, tortured and some summarily executed.

In addition to political oppression, the Cambodian government has been accused of corruption in the sale of vast areas of land to foreign investors resulting in the eviction of thousands of villagers?as well as taking bribes in exchange for grants to exploit Cambodia’s oil wealth and mineral resources.?Cambodia is consistently listed as one of the most corrupt governments in the world.

Laos: A single party communist dictatorship. Their human rights record is appalling. no democracy here, no press freedoms, no indepedent judiciary…but welcome into a Free Trade Agreement while we shun Fiji.

Vietnam: A Single party communist dictatorship controlled by the military. Media freedoms are non existant:

Vietnam’s media sector is regulated by the government in accordance with the 2004 Law on Publication.?It is generally perceived that Vietnam’s media sector is controlled by the government to follow the official communist party line, though some newspapers are relatively outspoken.?The?Voice of Vietnam?is the official state-run national radio broadcasting service, broadcasting internationally via shortwave using rented transmitters in other countries, and providing broadcasts from its website.?Vietnam Television?is the national television broadcasting company.

Since 1997, Vietnam has extensively regulated public?Internet?access, using both legal and technical means. The resulting lockdown is widely referred to as the “Bamboo?Firewall.”?The collaborative project?OpenNet Initiative?classifies Vietnam’s level of online political censorship to be “pervasive”,?while?Reporters without Borders?considers Vietnam to be one of 15 global “internet enemies”.

Philippines: The only real democracy in the countries listed above. Still not without a history of military control at some points and some coup culture.

When you see it all listed there you really wonder why we continue to freeze out Fiji when it appears we are quite prepared to deal with Military Dictatorships, Communist states and corrupt demagogues. It must be interesting to try and justify all that inside MFaT while at the same time running the silly?policies?we have against Fiji.

 

Question Five – The Video

Watch the disgusting partisan and corrupt display by Winston Peters and the Speaker in Parliament today.

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