Time to Break Free: from now on… Part IV

Blog No.188 Genesis 1:26-28 King James Version (KJV) 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that […]

Time to break free: loosening America’s stranglehold: Part III.

Time to break free: Loosening America’s stranglehold. Part III Blog No.187. Sawing through the legs of the stool. Many will argue that the Covid-19 crisis provides the perfect opportunity for a more communal-minded socialism to displace the selfish individualism of the neo-liberalism ideology on which the West’s privileged elites are feasting.  Might it be argued […]

Time to break free: Loosening America’s stranglehold. Part II: Exterminism.

Blog No.186. The Situation. A nation’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic is an indicator of how it might cope with the future and more dire challenges that rapid global warming is about to inflict on humanity. The Anglo-Americans, responsible for the cult of individual rights and the spread of neo-liberal capitalism have created an economic […]

Time to break free: breaking America’s stranglehold Part I

Blog No. 185. Today is Saturday 28th of March – the third day in which New Zealand, under the exemplary leadership of Jacinda Ardern, has been in lock-down to slow the spread of Covid-19. I don’t know how best to chronicle despair. There must be so many of my fellow beings who feel despair because […]

Tony Kevin

Blog 184 The first 1000 or so words of this blog consist of a review of two books. It was written at the suggestion of their author, Tony Kevin.  The first book ‘Return to Moscow’ was published in 2015 and thus, is too out-of-date for its review to be acceptable in publications that take book […]

Sibling Security: Part II

Blog No. 183 Blog No.183 PART II    MURDER IN BAGHDAD AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN CANBERRA: BACKGROUNDS FOR A NEW AUSTRALASIAN DEFENCE POLICY. New Zealand’s defence policy is predicated on Australian defence policy. As things stand, it is impossible to conceive of a New Zealand defence policy that is not tied into and coordinated with that […]

Sibling Security: Part I

Blog No. 182. PART I    MURDER IN BAGHDAD AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN CANBERRA: BACKGROUNDS FOR A NEW AUSTRALASIAN DEFENCE POLICY. As is apparent from the last two khakispecs blogs, the world around New Zealand is rapidly changing. Given the amateurism built into democratic political systems and the failings of the mainstream media, NZ policy-makers are […]

NZ and the Doughnut Economy

Blog No. 180 In the lead up to Christmas I have found myself with time to pull together a series of separate trains of thought.  Over the same period that we have had Boris Johnson’s election victory (and more significantly, the UK Labour Party’s rout) I have been reading Kate Raworth’s ‘Doughnut Economics.’ Also, this […]

A bugle call for sleepy ears

Blog 179. Colin Keating was New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) between 1993 and 1996, and represented New Zealand on the UN Security Council between 1993 and 1994. He was a diplomat for most of his working life, but served as Secretary for Justice and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Justice, […]