Democracy and the rule of international law. Part I.

World Peace through Law. (WPTL) Blog No. 139  A central and recurring theme of this blog-site has been the question of global governance. In particular, the argument has tended always to lead back to the requirement for some sort of central, international legislative body (Blogs No. 131 on Naomi Klein’s ‘LEAP’ programme and No.132 on […]

Putin’s grasp of international affairs.

Putin’s grasp of international affairs. Blog No. 138. With a new government being formed in NZ we have had to reconsider  how we should approach the NZ government and bureaucracy in regard to the continued persecution and abuse of my friends and business partners, Harmon & Carolyn Wilfred. At the same time, I have been […]

The Rule of National Law – without which, International Law has little chance.

    Blog No. 137. For this fortnight’s blog I had been planning to write at greater length on James Ranney’s book “World Peace through Law.” Though it is a slender book, the food for thought between its covers is rich and calls for a longer period of digestion than I had initially anticipated. The basic […]

The Pirate Ship: the USA’s hard-power option.

     Blog No. 136. It is odd how things all seem to come together at the same time. As readers of my blog will know, my current, personal preoccupation is with the NZ government’s on-going and unabashed abuse of the human rights of my friends, Harmon and Carolyn Wilfred. The failure of the government […]

Crisis in Korea?

     A storm in the Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan Blog No. 135. Map of Korea – though mention is seldom made of it, note that Russia also has a border with North Korea. Though just seventeen kilometres in length, in the middle of a river and the sole crossing is by the […]

Climate Change Denial

Climate change denial. Blog No 134. The perfect example of a self-fulfilling prophesy is to be found in humanity’s continued extraction and burning of fossil fuels as though there is no tomorrow. It guarantees that there won’t be. The bulk of climate change denial is emanating from the USA. This is where expenditure by the […]

Emergency: nine one one.

  Blog No. 133.    In emergency: dial 911. As was recently pointed out to me, is it purely a coincidence that the date 9-11 should also be the US emergency services telephone number? If it is not a coincidence and if it was the old man with the beard that chose the date, Bin […]

The SIMPOL Solution.

   Blog No. 132. The literature on humanity’s current political and economic direction is almost universally dystopian. No one seems able to write a Utopia that can factor in the all too obvious direction in which latter-day capitalism is dragging human civilisation. Salient characteristics of the current age include undiminished expenditure on increasingly lethal weaponry; […]

NO is not enough

Blog No. 131. Having read no end of reports praising Naomi Klein’s ideas and active engagement in the global oxidation lagoon into which humanity is being dragged by latter-day capitalism, I decided it was time to read something she had written. I ordered her two most recent books and opted first to read the shorter […]