Social inequality and child poverty – Blog No. 37.

  In dealing with the matters of poverty and social inequality contained in this post, I am stepping outside the areas in which I can claim any special expertise. Though I lack deep understanding of the problems, they are nevertheless problems that worry me – just as they do, or should do, others. I am […]

Green Action on Climate Change – Blog No. 36.

  Other than the belief, prevalent in certain Washington think tanks, that the USA could wage a nuclear war against Russia and emerge victorious, the greatest threat to humanity and to the multiple other species with which we share the planet, is the dramatic climate change, which is rapidly gathering pace. Shortly, Pope Francis’s encyclical […]

Gallipoli – Blog No. 35.

  New Zealand is currently experiencing a wave of patriotic nostalgia and solidarity as it recalls the centenary of the national tragedy of the Gallipoli campaign. In 1915, the population of New Zealand was around a million (the current size of Auckland.) The young colony had sent troops to fight for the Motherland in […]

The Social Progress index 2015: NZ v. Yemen – Blog No. 34.

  For many years, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been the measure most frequently chosen for assessment of one country’s performance in relation to another. If you divide the GDP by the population you end up with per capita GDP as an indication of how well individual citizens are faring. If you study […]

Saudi Arabia and the expansion of the Middle Eastern Civil War: Part II. – Blog No. 33.

  The intention of this blog is to give further insight into the background to the current Saudi Arabian intrusion into the Yemeni civil war. At this stage, I would like to issue a caution. My interpretation of recent events is only an interpretation. Especially in the case of the Middle East, the would-be analyst […]

Expanding the Middle East War. – Blog No. 32.

Saudi Arabia and the expansion of the Middle Eastern Civil War The nature, but probably not yet the full extent, of the quagmire that is the Middle Eastern civil war into which New Zealand has chosen to leap, is fast becoming apparent. The public were told it was a simple matter of us helping the […]

Stratfor’s envisioned coming decade. – Blog No. 31.

    When in my previous blog, I came to summarise the contents of the Stratfor (‘the Shadow CIA’) vision of the next ten years of global developments in international relations, I was more than surprised. Stratfor’s five yearly analyses are highly respected and are influential opinion formers in helping to set the foreign […]

Stratfor’s ten year forecast – Blog. No 30.

Strategic forecasting – Stratfor   Stratfor is a most influential publisher. “ Stratfor’s vision is to be the most respected provider of predictive intelligence services. Our core philosophy centers on the understanding that transformative world events are not random and are, indeed, predictable. Building on nearly 20 years of experience as the world’s premier […]

New Zealand joins the war against ISIS – Blog No. 29.

It is clear that New Zealand’s entry into the Iraqi civil war is a war of our government’s choice, rather than one of national necessity. In the case of asset sales by the previous Key government, even though the majority of the country was against them, Mr Key could claim that he had a mandate […]

What is ISIS? – Blog No. 28.

  Now that the New Zealand government has taken the lamentable decision to enter the Islamic civil war in Iraq, it would be useful for readers of this blog to have a better understanding of the enemy the country has decided to confront: who are they and what are they fighting for? In February 2015 […]