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Murdoch’s view of what the Royal Commission will find about the SIS and GCSB

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

31 March, 2019

Hello The Dom Post,

Sharon Murdoch’s insightful cartoon (29/03) may be a good summary of what a down to earth Royal Commission examining the SIS and GCSB would find as the main targets of those organizations: Read the rest of this entry »

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We need to respect deep cultural influences newly revealed in the Post Truth Era

The Editor,  The Weekender of the Dominion Post,  Wellington

02 April, 2019

Dear Editor:

Saturday Weekender’s (30/3) Insight article by Andrea Vance is only one of several in the media these days noticing that cultures old and new seem to be at the heart of the narrative of various groups defining ‘who they are’.

Vance casually makes fun of ‘Thor worship’ and points out dangers of it but that begs a deeper discussion of the dangers arisen from our own cultural heritage.

Culture has a big influence in the development of any individual though our ego sometimes hides it from us. (Note that my thesaurus says the antonym of the word ‘culture’ is ‘ignorance’.)

But in times of fundamental change like today, necessitated by climate change and the growing threat of nuclear weapons, unprecedented realizations arise naturally (with extraordinary discomfort!) from that which was hidden.

We should look at institutional manifestations of our cultural history that are dangerous. The media is concentrating now on the racist history of British colonialism.  But there are many manifestations and the most mainstream, hence perhaps the most insidious, is holding economic growth in GDP as the centre of our political and economic planning.  This kind of growth is killing the planet and reveals an international cult mentality much more dangerous than Thor worship.

Richard Keller

 


‘brother in humanity’ deserves a name

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

31 March, 2019

Dear SST Editor:

Muslim blogger Nureddin Abdurahman (Victoria Masters student and taxi driver) says he has long felt categorized in Wellington as the ‘exclusion combo’ of black, refugee, and Muslim. Read the rest of this entry »


PM needs to see GCSB is beholden to Five Eyes first

The Editor,  The Listener,  Auckland

16 March, 2019

Hello The Listener,

Independent security analyst Paul Buchanan of 36th Parallel Assessments suggests the NZ security agency GCSB has been concentrating primarily on Islamic Jihadists and more or less avoiding right wing white supremacists.  This is both provocative and rational.  The GCSB is and always has had first loyalty to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Washington, DC as part of the Five Eyes network of spy agencies.

Five Eyes will expect all of its branches to place their emphasis on those the NSA wants to focus on, which today in terms of threats of violence being Islamic Jihadists. The only way to avoid that will be to withdraw from Five Eyes.  The New Zealand government and public will need to examine more closely ‘who we are’ to establish priorities for our security agencies.  It is also an opportunity for the Prime Minister to develop a more nuanced understanding of ‘who we are’.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

published in 30 March issue


Denialism still at the forefront of climate thinking in NZ

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

21 March, 2019

Hello The Dom Post,

PM Ardern has said that climate change is NZ’s current equivalent ‘nuclear free’ issue and that future generations will judge today on that basis. Yet, as Mike Joy pointed out (20 March – lack of urgency) little is being done here in Aotearoa or around the western world. Read the rest of this entry »


‘No Name’ of killer is dangerously close to the non-person attitude of the killer towards the people in the mosques.

The Editor,  The Dominion Post

Wellington,  21 March, 2019

Hello The Dom Post,

Dom Post blogger Nureddin Abdurahman (Victoria Masters student and taxi driver, 21 March) says he has long felt categorized in Wellington as the ‘exclusion combo’ of black, refugee (Ethiopia, 2008), and Muslim. Yet he says his Islamic faith being an inclusive faith leads him to see that the Christchurch mosque killer is still a ‘brother in humanity’. Read the rest of this entry »


Learn from ‘bypass’?

The Editor

The Dominion Post,  Wellington,  14 March, 2019

Hello The Dom Post,

Roland Sapsford (Inner-city bypass, 12 March) is quoted as saying coyly, “Couldn’t happen again, right?” thinking of the recently published analysis that benefits did not justify the costs of the bypass. Read the rest of this entry »